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2 1/2 stars if I could rate it that way
on February 27, 2007
I bought this machine as it had a good price, and I wanted more variety of stiches, and some other modern features. My first project was a fleece baby bunting, but even though the fabric wasn't very thick, it didn't always seem to feed very well. And at the junction of seems where there were several layers, I had to "walk" it by hand (turn the wheel myslelf slowly for each stich.) And when I was inserting the zipper, I noticed the foot will be either on the right or left, but there is no way to set the distance from the zipper, like every other machine I have used. Zippers come in many different sizes!
My second project was to sew some clear vinyl covers for appliances. What a pain! It was just a medium weight vinyl I bought at the fabric store, but it kept sticking to the machine, and would barely feed at all. The stiches were very uneven, and there were big loops of thread in the seam. I finally gave up and got out my trusty old White sewing machine. That old girl sewed the vinyl like a dream.
I think the problem is that there's no pressure regulator, which controls how much pressure there is on the pressure foot. And when I was basting on the fleeece fabric, the longest stich was pretty short. Again, if the foot had more pressure, it may have been different.
My review isn't totally negative. I'm probably going to enjoy this machine with ordinary fabrics, and I'm sure I'll have fun with the fancy stiches. Hopefully it will let me express my creativity. I wil defintely use the blind hemming, etc.. (My old machine only has straight and zigzag.) Threading was very easy, as was changing the zipper foot and putting in the bobbin. Not having to oil it will be nice, and I like the long warranty. The manual was pretty clear. I'm sure this is a good choice for beginners, and many other sewers. But if you're very experienced like I am and used to being able to adjust your machine to the task you're doing, you might be as frustrated as I was. I don't think I'll even try it with denim or canvas, unless it's just one seam. I wonder how it will handle something like slippery silk. I think it was worth the price I paid, but glad I've kept my sturdy old White machine too.