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Good for Beginners, Not for Intermediate Seamstresses
on February 2, 2015
As a beginner sewer, I was very excited when my mother bought me this machine at a discounted price. Just minutes after taking it out of the box and thoroughly reading the manual, I was able to perform the simple stitch lines on scrap pieces pieces fabric it came with. I wasn't expecting very much, as this was my first time sewing.
However, over the past year or two, I can see where its main difficulty lies- creating a straight, crisp stitch. I feel like the fabric rotates under the presser foot even as I guide it through and that the presser foot almost pivots too much. The thread constantly breaks (which may be due to the thread I use) and makes it hard to finish any project without getting thoroughly frustrated. In addition, back-stitching is so tricky because the position of the lever and the fact that it has to be held down. The speed is kinda slow, and the presser foot is small and hard to work with. The bobbin winding feature works fine and it's not too confusing. Threading the machine isn't too bad either, until you get to the needle...luckily it has a little light though. The machine has difficulty going over multiple layers of fabric and even worse- lightweight fabrics get stuck on the metal facing above the bobbin. This has resulted in the tearing of fabric on multiple occasions. The tension control is pretty terrible. It creates either a really sloppy, loose stitch or (if the tension is at 10) creates an okay stitch but the thread shortly breaks. It's also extremely noisy.
Overall, this is a great machine for beginners who want to play around with new materials and learn to sew because its not much of an investment and it comes with basic accessories. But, due to its lack of functions, won't hold up if you are a dedicated seamstress. I suggest purchasing this machine for a young child or for minimal touch-ups. I am looking for a new, more advanced machine and surprisingly, the prices aren't too bad. Look at the Brother machines going for $100-$150.
Hope this helps!