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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Gets the job done.
on December 10, 2003
Hm. I thought I'd written and submitted a review for this, but it never showed up. I'll try again.
This machine and I got off on a bad foot, but overall it's OK.
- included oil bottle leaked all over the accessories compartment during shipping. I took apart and dried off everything I could, but it all still reeks of oil. I'm leery of putting the bottle back in the compartment, 'cause it'd have to go on its side again. This then becomes a storage issue.
- bobbin loading didn't work like I thought. I assumed it would pop over when full as other machines I've used do, but instead the "stopper" just sort of almost stops the full bobbin from turning.
- drive belt came off during shipping. I was able to remove the small side panel and wiggle my fingers in and get it repositioned (which was relatively easy, thankfully), but opening the plastic casing any more would have required removing all of it, which would have required a very long thin screwdriver that exceeded the contents of my decently-stocked toolbox.
- needle threader doesn't line up if the needle is fully seated. However, the needle can be pulled down a fraction of an inch before tightening the screw, and the threader will line up properly.
I haven't yet watched the video, but the manual is good and the operations are fairly straightforward if you've used another machine before. Changing stitches and stitch widths is pretty easy and straightforward.
The machine isn't very fast even at full speed (my old White was faster), but it gets the job done and there are some handy accessories, including button sewers and buttonholers and a few different specialty feet. I had no problems with the variable-speed pedal control (it's more sensitive than that old White, at any rate).
Other people have complained about the plastic body, but it's really just a plastic shell over a metal body, so the core of the thing is sturdy enough without all the extra weight of an all-metal machine (like my old one). The bad thing in my eyes is that the case Amazon recommended to go with this (Singer 611 - you can read my review of that on its product page) is little more than a sturdy dustjacket. I'm used to a case that allows the machine to be integrated in and only the top has to be removed to use the machine, but this combo doesn't get that privilege. The integral carry handle on the machine is pretty nice, though, and actually more comfortable to carry than the case.
Overall, not a bad machine. Not a great machine, either, but for the price you get a pretty good amount of functionality.