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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2007
I have never sewed in my life and feel great about my experience with this machine so far. I wanted to learn how to sew so that I could do window treatments and embroider stuff for my kids. I would also like to do simple alterations to my husband's clothes, as well as my own. Now that I have started using this machine, I really want to do more challenging stuff. Not as intimidating as I thought it would be.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2008
I bought this machine when it first came out, and have loved using it ever since. I have never had a problem with it at all. It's great not only as an embroidery machine but as a regular sewing machine as well. It has loads of stitches available, easy push button thread cassette, it cuts the thread for you, threads the needle for you, and I prefer not to use the foot pedal so I just have to push the button to start and stop it. No more foot cramps and trying to find the pedal when it's moving away from you on slippery floors. The embroidery part does a great job as long as you are watching the tension. I also have the PED design box so the amount of designs you can make are huge. You can also buy the cards that are pre programmed as well. I work in a certain "Supercenter department store" in the fabric dept and I recommend this to all my customers. Brother is a really good company and I really like that they offer a 25year warrenty on all their sewing machines not that I've ever needed to use it, even with my other Brother machines.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2007
I purchased this sewing machine (Brother SE270D) in March and I don't have any regrets. I am a novice seamstress and have found the machine easy to operate and the manual gives you a lot of information. Also, the embroidery stitching is gorgeous. I have only done single color monograms and it always looks so great. Professional quality. Also, with some special feet this machince can also SERGE. yes, so it's really at least 3 machines in one. Plus it has disney character embroidery options. All in all the price is great considering you are really getting value for the money. Buy it you won't regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2007
I am on my second machine and still dissatisfied. I had to return the first machine after only a few uses because the automatic threader quit working and whenever I tried to maually thread the machine, it kept telling me that the thread was out.

Now I am having many issues with the bobbin thread tangling as I sew and jamming up.

This is all just straight stitch sewing, I have not moved on to the embroidery and it looks like I won't. My first $100 sewing machine worked better, harder and longer than this one has. I wasted $400 on this piece of garbage! I will go back to a cheap Singer!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
I enjoy basic sewing (like the straight lines for halloween costumes it about as good as i am) but this machine is so user friendly and makes everything it can do very simple-with a help screen right there (avoid having to search for the manual if it is something new). very fun to make things embroidered. I haven't sewn a straight line yet, but it is already well enjoyed! highly recomend for someone who is interested in dabbling in embroidery, regaurdless of sewing talent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2007
I have been sewing for about a year now, having begun with a mechanical Singer from the 70's that my MIL gave me and a community college sewing class. I got this machine as an anniversary gift last May. I have waited until I had some real sewing hours under my belt before reviewing.

I have to say that I think this is an outstanding value for the money. It is an easy-to-use sewing machine with tons of stitch features PLUS a very respectable embroidery machine. I can't imagine needing to upgrade this machine any time in the near future. I love the one-touch sewing (I have yet to use the foot pedal), the onscreen help menu, the auto threader and the thread cutter features. It is very portable, and since you don't really need the foot pedal, that is one less thing to carry around.

The only problems that I have had stem from the feed dogs wanting to eat some of my fabric. Being such a beginner, I can't really fault the machine. Trying to do a scallop stitch hem on very drapey bamboo knit is probably the real reason for the mishap. The rest of this project, which was my first knit, went very well.

I have heard of people having bobbin issues with this machine, but the only times I have had bobbin trouble, again, it seems to have been my fault not replacing the parts properly.

My only complaint, really, is that the thread cartridge doesn't accommodate the long, slender European thread spools, such as Gutterman, without using the adapter. I think this is probably to encourage the use of Brother thread! However, it is really no big deal to use the adapter.

I haven't done much embroidery, but my husband has done several grayscale Mickeys successfully. We will soon have a Mickey-themed house!

All of the bobbins and feet are easily available online. The overcast foot is great. I can't imagine really why I would want to bother with a serger now. I recently ordered the overcast foot with the side cutter, but haven't tried it yet. Too many Christmas project deadlines! I have ordered bobbins and feet from Allbrands. The needles are universal, so there is no issue with using the common brands.

I had a woman at a fabric shop that couldn't wait to tell me how terrible Brother machines are, and the fact that they are all cheaply made in China now. I do believe that this model is made in Japan, and I'm happy to report that her dire warnings have so far been groundless.

Now, as for service...we'll cross that bridge when we come to it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2008
I should really let my wife write this review. I bought this for her for Christmas as she really wanted to go beyond her very basic sewing machine.

The number of projects she has completed with this machine is incredible; which speaks towards her enjoyment of the art and using this tool.

Downloading new patterns to the machine is extremely easy. She loves the ease of use of the embroidery feature.

Accessories are easy to come by and fairly inexpensive. She just bought a foot and finished off a neighbors prom dress.

We originally looked at much more expensive machines; however, gambled that this machine had the features and price that a hobbyist would use and could afford. Luckily we were right; the machine has worked flawlessly in the past 5 months.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2008
This machine does all that it claims to do. For the price, it is an excellent value. It performed better than my high-end Kenmore for basic sewing. And for embroidery, it could not be easier or more user-friendly. When I first got this machine I was a little intimidated, but finally Christmas forced me to try the embroidery. I was shocked at how easy it was. You just set it up and it does all the work. Would recommend to anyone on a budget that wants to try embroidery.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2007
So far this is a great little machine. I've sewed about 10 hours and haven't made one error that I could blame on the machine. I am a little worried about what will happen if it needs service seeing as I didn't buy it at a shop with service. Many of the removable parts are plastic. I plan to be very careful when threading and adjusting things so as not to break anything.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2008
After enjoying success with my brother sewing machine I decided to upgrade to an embroidery machine and I couldn't be happier with it! It's pretty easy to use and as a sewing machine it does a fantastic job. Switching between sewing and embroidery is really easier than setting up my other sewing machine so I've been using it to do my sewing pretty often. The heirloom stitches look great, it has a twin needle feature and the computer screen will talk you through most problems, including letting you know that your bobbin thread is running low before you sew a nice long seam without any bobbin thread. That's a fantastic feature for someone like me! =)

So far the only problems that I have encountered have been user ended and the result of not fully reading the instructions before starting. Reading and following all of the instructions in the book will help you get the best results. Also, you will want to purchase and use stabalizer in order to get good results.

When using the larger spools of thread for embroidery the thread cartridge won't work, but the heavy threads can still be used, they just have to be placed on top of the machine and wound through a little differentlty.

The embroidery work is nice once you get it going, but it's limited in size to a 4x4 area. Most of what we plan for it will be about that size so it works for us but it's still a consideration if you are dreaming of doing bigger projects. The Disney characters look really good and they are a lot of fun to make.

It's a really great deal. All of the other machines that we looked at were priced over $700 which made this the only really affordable option for my family.
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