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Michley LSS-505 Lil' Sew & Sew Multi-Purpose Sewing Machine with Built-In Stitches
- 8 Built-in Stitch Patterns.Automatic Thread Rewind
- 2 Speed settings.Forward & Reverse Sewing
- Double Thread
- Troubleshooting steps are present on the 2nd page of the quick start guide
- Multi-purpose sewing machine with 8 built-in stitch patterns
- Double thread; double speed; forward and reverse sewing
- Can sew sleeves; automatic thread rewind; LED sewing light
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TheLSS-505 from Michley is a multi-purpose sewing machine that features double thread, double speed, 8 built-in stitch patterns, forward and reverse sewing and automatic thread rewind. Sews sleeves and had a built-in sewing light. Use hand switch or foot pedal to start. Drawer, thread cutter, foot pedal, adaptor, and thread bag included. Uses DC 6V power. Prior to creating the Michley LSS-505 review, I was curious as to the features and power such an economical machine would have. I found the Michley LSS-505 sewing machine to be a great beginner sewing machine. This sewing machine would come in handy for small craft projects hemming garments around the house. The Michley LSS-505 has eight built-in stitches, forward and reverse sewing for backstitching, and the ability to sew using either the foot pedal or buttons on the machine itself. I would recommend the Michley LSS-505 to anyone who either sews only for basic tasks or who has little experience in sewing and will be using the machine for basic functions. What Can I Sew? Sewing with the Michley LSS-505 sewing machine will be limited to basic fabrics and mending. This sewing machine will be great for an introduction to quilts, sewing linens, clothing, or even hemming. I would refrain from heavy use of thick fabrics such as denim or duck cloth, however hemming jeans would not be a problem for the Michley LSS-505. What’s In The Box? As with most budget sewing machines, the Michley LSS-505 comes with few accessories including; two thread spools, two metal bobbins, one needle, a needle threader, a foot pedal, and AC adaptor. You will have to purchase extra accessories as you find you need them. Pros: Unlike other budget sewing machines that run on batteries, the Michley LSS-505 comes with an AC adapter which will save you the headache of running out to buy batteries every time you want to use it, as well as the extra expense batteries bring in the long-run. This sewing machine is great for a beginner seamstress, or for basic home repairs. Construction: While I was creating the Michley LSS-505 review, I found that If not threaded properly, you can experience issues with the thread tension. You will want to make sure when threading the Michley LSS-505 for the first time, you follow the directions carefully and experiment to make sure the thread pulls easily without snapping. In Conclusion: I would recommend the Michley LSS-505 for basic home mending tasks or for a person new to sewing. You will get minor use out of this machine, and will eventually want to upgrade if you find yourself wanting to take on larger projects or sew on a more regular basis.
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Firstly, the machine is very easy to thread. There is an instructional video on their website:
[...] (Look for LSS 505 under 'Sewing Machines')
This was extremely helpful for me as it was the first time I've ever owned/used a sewing machine in my life and did not for the life of me understand the intricacies of threading and tension. Make sure you follow the threading instructions to the key, or the machine will jam. Threading it the right way will solve this problem.
Secondly, the machine has a bobbin winder with an instructional pamphlet on how to get it working (again, a necessity for a sewing dummy like me). I got it working just fine and substituted the bobbins with the thread I actually wanted.
Thirdly, all of the patterns on the machine work. I tested them all out on some scrap fabric as I noticed some low-end sewing machines tend to advertise more patterns than they actually have (such as the Singer Pixie Plus).
The machine is cute and small. If you're looking for a heavy weight substitute for your Singer/Brother, this is not the machine for you. If you're looking to do some simple hemming and stitching with light fabrics such as cotton, this is the machine for you.
If you substitute the bobbins, look for something similar in size and material. This machine uses metal bobbins. There are some generic metal bobbins which are exactly the same sold at JoAnn's. These have worked for me.
So far I have hemmed and sewn two 24 x 24 inch decorative pillow covers and it still works perfectly. I have substituted the bobbins, wound up and prepared new bobbins and threaded and re-threaded multiple times with no problems. If your stitches look like a loose line, check the tension dial on the needle.
To wrap things up, I'm honestly not sure what the fuss is about concerning this machine since it has worked like a dream for me. I highly recommend this for a first sewing machine!
What type of sewing I hope to achieve:
Tops and lightweight bottoms, take in medium weight jean legs, put together medium weight curtains, pillows as needed.
Testing Day One : So far I have taken in several lightweight cotton tops and the legs on a medium weight denim jean.
My initial reaction to seeing the machine was concern that it would not be able to handle denim. It's very lightweight. I did work on taking in the legs of some medium weight denim jeans today and found it very successful. I changed loosened the tension just a little because the denim I was using had some stretch to it and I wanted the stitches to have room to stretch a little as well as to keep the material from puckering. My jeans look great and it took just about ten minutes. I am happy that this little machine seems to be able to handle more than just lightweight crafts.
I'm going to include so many pictures because those always help me when looking at reviews. The machine can be battery or cord powered. There is a pedal and there is a button on the front that can be switched on low/off/hi to run the machine. It seems like it would be difficult to run this without the pedal. The reverse switch has to be held down to engage. I didn't find it difficult to use. The machine has a small built in light. I hadn't noticed that it did and was happy about that. I have noticed that the light flickers when I first press down the pedal, which can be distracting if I'm sewing short sections at a time. The only other thing I will mention is that the plastic cover for the bottom bobbin is a little tight to put back on and I found that pressing the cover down while sliding it in allows it to go back into place. Also, here is a setup video for anyone who needs to know how to thread their machine. [...]. I hope this helps :)