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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
I paid $139 at Costco. $169 less $30 instant rebate. They are out of stock on their website, check stores.

This is my first electronic sewing machine. I only used the mechanical ones before.

Button holes are perfect - look no hands. 8 different styles sized for your button.
Needle always ends at bottom of stroke. Press a button and needle comes to the top of the stroke.
The result being the top thread doesn't pull out of the needle when you start.
Machine won't let you sew if you forget to lower the foot.
Sews through 8 layers of medium weight denim.
More decorative stitches than I will need. But now I can add a fancy stitch to my pockets.
Nice thread cutters at left/back of body, at bobbin case and at bobbin winder.
Starts smoothly, you don't have to hand crank the wheel to get it started.
You can start and stop with a button control or the foot pedal. (If pedal is plugged in you have to use the foot pedal.)
You can set a maximum speed. When you "step on it" you get your preset speed.
I plan to use the button controls for buttonholes, winding bobbins and decorative stitches; the foot pedal for seams.
I've been playing with it for two days and really like it.

UPDATE 1/16/13: Automatic buttonhole foot wimped out on me today. I couldn't make a buttonhole in jeans. (With a traditional fly, so many layers and seams.) I didn't experience a problem when I used lighter fabrics. The machine handled everything but the buttonhole. I had to pull out my old mechanical machine which made a 4 step buttonhole no problem. Just not enough foot pressure to work.

UPDATE 1/17/13: Made the jeans again. This time I took extra care to trim seams and make sure I had a very flat area big enough to accommodate that huge automatic buttonhole foot. This time it worked as it should. Online research tells me this is an issue with all automatic buttonhole feet, they are big and can get hung up on bumps.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
I bought this machine from a competitor and paid more. I have been sewing for over 15 yrs and sew on both Singer and Brother machines. I can't say enough good things about this work of art. I mostly sew heavy upholstery type projects that include up to five layers of fabric. Usually heavy canvas. This machine never stalls never balks just eats the material up and sews it perfect. The drop in bobbin is such a blessing compared to the awkward Singer front load. The tension is perfect out of the box regardless of the project ( never once had to adjust) the feed dog is the most precise,even and consistent of any machine I have ever used. I had always used manuel machines before and even the old Singer cam type. This machine totally changed the game. Not only is every setting a clear button on the front of the machine it even yells you the correct pressed foot to use. Of course you can ignore this as I often do to get a more closer controlled placement of stitch. One of the best features is that you don't have to use the foot pedal. You simply press the start/stop button and guide the fabric. The adjustable speed control that you control mid stitch insures your project docent run away so to speak. Of course you can use the included foot controller that is very precise when you desire. I haven't used any if the quilting features to date but plan to soon Twi points to note that are not my favorite. The light that claims to be super bright is the dimmest sewing light I have ever had. I compensated fir this with a bright clip on led light. The throat if the machine is relatively constrictive for my needs and I have to make sure to position my projects (mostly upholstery) with the bulk of my fabric to the left free side of the machine. One huge bonus is the extra wide and sturdy quilting table. It will totally change the ease of moving your project through the machine. In short. Buy IT even if you don't need it. You will find you DID
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
I did not purchase my machine from Amazon, but would highly recommend any one looking for a simple easy to use machine, this one fits the bill. Very easy to use, my graddaughter is 12 and I am 60 and both did great with the easy to follow instructions. It handles thick fabrics and layers well without bogging down, runs quietly and has 130 stitches and speed control, as well as no foot petal if you choose. We love it!!!!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I bought this sewing machine at Costco a few months back, paid $169.00 for it. So, first off, it is much cheaper and better quality than my Singer CG 590 that only has 18 stitches and no screen. Other reviewers have posted the great features of this machine, go check them out! So much product for so little $!

Pros:
Inexpensive!
Great for Quilting!
Lightweight!
LED and many presser feet included!
Variety of Stitch
Easy to use

Cons:
The only con I can imagine is the feed dogs are so well at appropriately catching fabric that it snags on terry cloth with large loops. For this I use my Singer because there is only two lines of feed dogs, instead of 4.

Bottom Line: Costco is having a sale on this machine for $139 and I will buy one tomorrow as a back-up.
This machine is sturdy and produces great quality stitches and is so easy to use. I researched months for my Singer (before this one came out) and is heavy, basic, and is stored away looking for a new home.

I enjoy the quality of Brother sewing machines and overlock machines I have purchased in the past. I will buy from this brand again.

My advice: BUY! So many bells and whistles that makes sewing fun again.

Update Dec 31, 2012:

I bought the backup like I said I would! I registered it with Brother and stored it away as a backup.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I was at the midle of my sewing for my Christmas projects then my Elna stop working! So I ran to Costco and got this brother XR1300 while I sent my Elna for repair. It worked fine for me. I made a fleece pullover/with zipper and a hat (using ball point needle). So far so good. I plan to keep it. I still have some more sewings to go so will see what happen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2013
I own a small alterations shop and absolutely love this machine! Not only is it incredibly low-priced, but it has features matched only by much more expensive machines. It is a workhorse and very easy to operate. The stitches are even whether sewing on sheer or denim fabrics, and the bright LED light is a bonus appreciated by my employees. I will be adding more of these machines soon.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2012
I bought this sewing machine for my eight year old daughter. This is so much easier to use and much better quality than the singer 7258 that I bought and returned because it jammed the second day I had it. I bought this machine today, unpacked it and I have not been disappointed.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
I have wanted to learn to sew forever and so when I saw this machine at Costco, I had to get it. At first I thought I might have gotten in over my head and would need a smaller simpler machine when I unpacked its goodie bag of diffetent feet and extra pieces. However, I was a le to quickly figure it all out and within a few days have sewn two pairs of pants and have even used the button hole maker. Threading, making bobbins, etc is a cinch. I like that it actually has pictures and numbers right on the machine to tell you where to go.
I thouvht I would ne lucky to learn to make a pillow case, but because this thing is so easy to use, now I'm buying patterns for all kinds of stuff and have officially made sewing my new hobby.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
I bought this lightweight machine to take to sit and sews. It is very easy to use and has nice stitches. Only thing they should add is the walking quilting foot. Good machine for the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2013
My granddaughter, age five, is learning to sew and it's perfect. There are three speeds controlled by buttons.. No foot pedal is needed, although it's included. That way she can concentrate on the stitching alone, not sewing and trying to maintain a constant speed via a foot pedal. It produces a beautiful stitch, but it's noisy and loud, but that's compared to the higher quality machine I use. . Still the features: needle down, automatic threader, view of bobbin, push-button control, etc., make it an over-all winner!

Like some other reviewers, I purchased it at Costco for $139.
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