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2009 | ATHENA™

Sew ahead of the curve

You'll be sewing in no time with the SINGER® ATHENA™ sewing machine with its features such as one-touch needle threading and our SWIFTSMART™ Threading and DROP & SEW™ Bobbin Systems. This machine also has a heavy duty metal frame for skip-free sewing during your important projects. With many more features, this machine is sew ahead of the curve.

Get started sewing faster.
  • Electronic Sewing Machine with Push-Button Stitch Selection
  • With just a simple push of a button you have selected the stitch and the optimum settings for length, width, balance, pressure and tension.
  • SwiftSmart™ Threading System
  • Digital technology makes threading a cinch! Just guide the thread directly from the spool to the needle area through a single groove and thread the needle by simply pressing the threading lever for truly one-touch threading!
  • Drop & Sew™ Bobbin System
  • There’s no longer any need to raise the bobbin thread before sewing. Just drop and sew!
  • 3 StayBright™ LED Lights
  • Not just one but three lamps illuminate the sewing surface for optimal viewing. The long-lasting bulbs (100,000 hours) stay cool regardless how long the machine is operated.
  • 30 Built-In Stitches
  • A large variety of stitches for clothing construction, quilting, heirloom, crafts, home decorating and decorative sewing
  • 2 Fully Automatic 1-step Buttonholes
  • Buttonhole sewing is a one-step simple process, providing reliable results every time. Each side of the buttonhole is sewn in the same direction, creating beautifully balanced buttonholes.
  • Built-In Stretch Stitches
  • Specially designed stitches that add strength and flexibility to seams, especially useful when sewing on knitwear and super-stretch fabrics
  • Hand-Look Quilt Stitch
  • This stitch is designed to look like hand sewing for topstitching or quilting. The Hand-Look Quilt Stitch is especially valuable to quilters, crafters and heir-loom seamstresses.
  • Automatic Tension
  • This system ensures stable stitch quality, whatever type of fabric is being used.
  • Automatic Presser Foot Pressure Control 
  • The amount of pressure exerted on the fabric by the presser foot against the feed dogs is automatic. Sew from the lightest weight tricots to the heaviest denim, without making presser foot adjustments.
  • Extra-High Presser Foot Lifter
  • Offers more clearance, which is needed when placing multiple layers of bulky fabric under the presser foot
  • Free Arm
  • Provides professional results and easy access to cuffs, collars, pant hems and other difficult-to-reach areas
  • Adjustable Stitch Length
  • Automatic settings for length can be overridden to personalize length choice.
  • Adjustable Stitch Width
  • Automatic settings for width can be overridden to personalize width choice.
  • Center Zigzag Taper
  • When tapering with the zigzag stitch, the stitch tapers to the center, not the left or right. This provides a more attractive look when tapering into or out from a point.
  • Automatic Tacking Stitch Function
  • Tie-off decorative stitches with just a push of a button. With 4 tiny tacking stitches the start and end of the pattern is reinforced. This ensures quality stitching and prevents unraveling.
  • Automatic Tie-Off Function
  • This function reinforces the start and end of seams for stronger stitching.
  • Automatic Reverse
  • Push the conveniently located Automatic Reverse Button to sew in reverse and reinforce the stitch.
  • Sewing Speed
  • With a maximum sewing speed of 750 stitches-per-minute, projects can be sewn quickly.
  • DC Motor
  • Provides instant start up and stop with no casting, for accurate and precise stitch placement
  • Automatic Bobbin Winding Clutch
  • Needle bar automatically disengages when winding the bobbin, making bobbin winding safer
  • 6-Segment Feeding System
  • This is a specially designed feed dog that ensures the fabric is picked up and supported from the front of the presser foot to the rear. This makes for much more accurate fabric feeding.
  • Box Feed
  • This is a feed dog motion that moves the feed dogs in a box motion, rather than the historic arc motion. Box motion assures perfect feeding throughout the entire feed process, as the feed dogs are always in perfect and equal contact with the fabric and presser foot.
  • Heavy Duty Metal Frame
  • The internal skeleton of the sewing machine. This rigid support holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment for perfect, skip-free sewing.
  • Direct Drive
  • The needle bar is geared straight from the motor, rather than from a drive bar across the machine. This makes the machine more powerful and durable.
  • Thread Cutter
  • Located on the machine for precise thread cutting, eliminating the extra step of cutting thread with scissors
  • Snap-On Presser Feet
  • Easily change presser feet without a screwdriver
  • Soft-Sided Dust Cover
  • Keep the sewing machine free of dust and debris while not in use
  • On Board Storage
  • Have easy access to accessories while sewing
  • Standard Accessories Included 
  • All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch foot, Pack of Needles, Bobbins (Class 15J), Thread Spool Caps, Auxiliary Spool Pin, Spool Pin Felt, Darning Plate, Screwdriver, Seam Ripper/Lint Brush, Soft-Sided Dust Cover, Quick Start Guide, Machine Intro DVD, Instruction Manual, Power Cord, Foot Pedal
  • Value Added Accessories Included 
  • Darning / Embroidery Foot, Gathering Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Invisible Zipper Foot, Pintuck Foot, Cording Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Open Toe Foot, 1/4" Foot, Special Purpose Foot, Spotlight on Accessories DVD, Extension Table
Get started sewing faster.
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Download the product sheet for a printable list of all of the features and accessories
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What others are saying.
Still having trouble with Bobbin Winder
Robin Carroll | July 10, 2014
Overall Rating
Pros:
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use
Cons:
Bobbin Winder Does Not Work Properly.

I love this machine, except for the bobbin winder. Have had problems with it since purchasing the machine almost a year ago. I thought it was something I was doing wrong, but in a sewing class I am now taking, the instructor has the same problems I do. We tried tightening the screw, but still an uneven winding. We ended up holding the thread which sort of defeats the purpose of having an automatic bobbin winder. Can someone help?

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Good Machine
Dietrich Chavous | April 09, 2014
Overall Rating
Pros:
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
Cons:
Sometimes Stalls, No Drop Feed

I like almost everything about this machine except, 1) the feed dogs don't drop down, need to use the darning plate; 2) sometimes the machine "stalls" going from reverse to regular sewing. So far I can live with this. The other features help greatly! Swift threading, automatic threader, drop & sew bobbin, push button stitch selection. Great for beginners and intermediate sewers!

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My Little Goddess
Laura Nolte | January 23, 2014
Overall Rating
Pros:
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

I had one of the original Athenas and loved it. I got this version in 2009 and absolutely love her - she is such a workhorse! I am a quilter and it seems like there is nothing she can't do. I have repaired jeans and worked with chiffon, all with no problems. I highly recommend this machine!

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My review
Vicki Sanders | December 30, 2013
Overall Rating
Pros:
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use
Cons:
None As Yet

Very quiet and easy to use

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Bobbin issues
Melissa Bair | December 17, 2013
Overall Rating

My machine sewed great then all of a sudden it made a loud noise and now the thread won't catch the needle and I have not been able to sew with it and it is only 4 months old. No idea what happened to it. Singer customer service is hard to get ahold of too.

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