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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2012
I purchased this sewing machine on sale at big lots for $39.99. I was a little skeptical since this was my first sewing machine purchase and I could not find any reviews online for this machine.

This machine is small enough to fit in a small tote bag. It comes with the AC/DC cord a small plastic pedal that you plug in. It also came ready with thread in the machine.

I read the easy to read instructions about 4 times, finally I went online and you-tubed a video on first time sewing on a machine. Yesterday was my first day sewing. I sewing a piece of fabric I had laying around and I hemmed three pairs of black slacks.

My thoughts on this machine is that its great for a first machine and very portable. I can sew thin fabrics but I think I will have a difficult time sewing thicker fabrics such as jeans.

Hope this helps anyone intrested in buying it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
I got this machine at Big Lots for 39.99 and was able to do light sewing over the past year with few issues. Out of the box the on/off switch didnt work and the machine was either sewing by itself or you could turn it "off" and use the pedal and it would sew like a regular machine. I just unplugged it when I wasnt sewing. It was pretty easy to use and had a few different stitch options to choose from. The stitches were pretty tight and even as well. After owning this machine for about a year I have begun to have problems getting it to sew. I hit the pedal and the machine buzzes but nothing happens. It is as if it is frozen up somewhere but everything moves manually just fine. The bobin winder is not working as well. I have tried everything and nothing so far has fixed it. I guess I cant complain though, I have definately got my moneys worth out of it.
I guess I would recommend this to a beginner or to someone who only sews occasionally. This is definately not the machine for a heavy sewer or quilter!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2014
This machine broke after I hemmed one leg on a pair of pants. This machine seems appropriate for a child interested in learning how to sew with only light cotton fabrics. I would be wary of the "great deal" if you're interested in having more of an all-purpose/heavy duty machine.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
I also bought this at Big Lots. I figured if I could do all my curtain panels before it broke, 39.00 was not too high a price to pay. The light switch broke off when all I did was touch it, but the light still works. The on/off switch didn't work from the get-go, the machine is always on as soon as you press the presser foot. Also, the arm is too close to the table under it. The two speeds are fast and super-fast. The good news is, and it's why I bought the machine, it comes fully-loaded with threaded thread and bobbin, so you can start sewing right away. I got my curtain panels done, and just kept sewing other things, and the machine didn't break. This went on for about a week or ten days, and then I left the country. I ended up missing the machine so bad I ordered this one, for about 100.00:
http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B0030XMUQ6/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00
It seems like a better machine but I did have to wind my own bobbin before I could start sewing, and also there is no light. This one also has no on/off position. The sewing arm is better-designed for sliding the fabric underneath. Also, the needle is all the way to the right which scares me. But, fingers crossed, it is also still working.
update: i have given up on both machines. the sunbeam is too hard to sew with, not having an on/off switch; the other machine gets tangled really easily but it does prefer heavy fabrics which is a plus...or would be, if i were still limping along on the machine.
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on February 9, 2015
Terrible. Doesn't look like In the picture. Is like having a toy. My niece is playing with that terrible swing machine.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I, like the other poster, saw this machine at Big Lots for $39 and snapped it up. I brought it home only to see that it had no manual. I have not successfully tracked one down online and their customer support will take one to two days to get back to me. The issue I am having is bringing up the bobbin thread. Would be nice if I could get it working, so I gave it three stars.
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