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SINGER, 57 Applications-Perfect Made Easy | Start 1304 6 Built-in Stitches, Free Arm Best Sewing Machine for Beginners
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- BEST SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Start 1304 sewing machine is basic, simple, and easy-to-use thanks to 57 Stitch Applications, all with pre-set stitch width and stitch length. Just select your stitch and start sewing
- : SINGER Start 1304 Start Free Arm Model Sewing Machine has 25 Year Limited
- LIGHTWEIGHT AND PORTABLE: This lightweight and portable machine weighs only 7 pounds, making it great for sewing in smaller spaces or taking to sewing class
- AUTOMATIC BOBBIN WINDING SEWING MACHINE: To wind a bobbin, simply follow the numbered diagram printed on top of the sewing machine. The bobbin will automatically stop turning when it's completely filled
- SINGER Start 1304 ACCESSORIES: Includes All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Darning Plate, Pack of Needles, Bobbins, Needle Plate Screwdriver, Spool Pin Felts, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Power Line Cord, Foot Control, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual. Amps: 0. 6
- This sewing machine is warranted for use in the US and Canada at 110 volts only
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The SINGER Start 1304 sewing machine is a basic, simple, and easy-to-use mechanical sewing machine. It is a good choice for beginners thanks to 6 Built-in Stitches, all with pre-set stitch width and stitch length. Just select your stitch and start sewing. The SINGER Start 1304 Free Arm sewing machine comes with a limited 25 Year Warranty. This Free Arm sewing machine has a ton of other features like easy stitch selection, automatic bobbin winding system, free arm, built-in reverse, easy threading, adjustable tension settings, and extra-high presser foot lifter.
Weight: 11.5 pounds.
Dimensions: 13 x 7 x 11.5 inches.
Stitches: 5-millimeter stitch width, and 6 built-in stitches: straight, zigzag, satin, blind hem, scallop, and a 4-step buttonhole.
Speed: 350-400 stitches per minute.
Bobbin: Class 15
Warranty: 25 years limited.
Feet Type Included: All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole
Foot Presser Foot System: Low bar
Color Family: White
Item Weight (lbs.): 11.5
Button Holes: 4-Step
Number of Built-In Stitches: 6
Number of Decorative Stitches: 1
Number of Styles: 6
Stitch Width Control: Fixed
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Sewing Since 1851.
The spirit of practical design and creative innovation that characterized the company at its beginning continues today as we develop products for every level of sewing.
Sewing Made Easy.
Mechanical Sewing Machines: Simplicity At Its Finest.
hey have manual controls that stand the test of time. Popular stitches are built in to handle basic sewing, home projects, alterations and more.
SINGER’s Start 1234 sewing machine has 6 basic stitches from which to choose, selected by the simple turn of a dial. Because the stitch length and stitch width are preset, there's no guesswork, making this a great machine for a hobbyist or even a beginner. Choose a straight stitch for basic sewing, sew a simple applique with a zigzag stitch, fix a hem with the blind hem stitch, or sew a decorative scallop stitch to embellish almost anything. The Four-Step Buttonhole feature allows you to add buttonholes in four easy steps on things like pillows, children's clothing, fashions and more. Slide off the Removable Extension Table to expose the Free Arm for hemming trousers and sleeves or for sewing other small projects. This machine is lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry or store.
Beginner Sewing Tip #1: Find the Right Machine.
- 6 Stitches for Essentials
- 3 Presser Feet Included for Enhanced Capability
- Buttonholes as Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4
- Simple Stitch Selection
6 Stitches for Essentials
Essential stitches for key sewing techniques.
3 Presser Feet Included for Enhanced Capability
Expand your machine's capability for various techniques.
Buttonholes as Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4
Buttonholes are sewn in four easy steps, clearly displayed on the Stitch Selector Dial.
Easy Stitch Selection
With the easily accessible stitch dial you can change stitches in one easy step.
Full Metal Frame for Durability
The machine's interior frame is metal, providing long lasting durability.
Sew stitches in reverse, usually done to secure a seam at the beginning and end to prevent unraveling.
Quick and Easy Threading
Easy-to-follow threading guides.
Illuminate Your Sewing Space
Clear view of the sewing area while eliminating shadows.
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If you have experience with sewing machines already, you could probably open the box, get the machine hooked up (there is one cord that connects the machine to power, and also connects the foot pedal to the machine, so it's a quick-and-easy setup), and start powering away. If this is your very first machine, I would recommend reading the enclosed manual first (of course, I'm generally of the opinion to always read the manual, anyway). The machine comes with a small bag of accessories neatly tucked away into the accessory tray compartment (that little box at the front of the machine that you remove to access the bobbin compartment). There's one bobbin already in the bobbin compartment, plus an additional 3 bobbins (4 total). Also included are 3 extra needles (in addition to the one already installed), 3 total feet (the "all-purpose" foot is already attached, plus there is a buttonhole foot and a zipper foot), a darning plate, 2 spool pin felts, a needle plate screwdriver, and a small lint brush with a mini seam ripper hidden inside the handle. All of the accessories fit neatly into the compartment with room to spare.
The first thing I did was wind a bobbin. There are diagrams on the top of the machine that show you how to run the thread from the spool to the bobbin winder. The bobbin wound quickly, and the winder simply stopped winding once it was full, even if I kept my foot on the pedal. More diagrams on the top and front of the machine walk you through threading it, and the process is similar to every other sewing machine I've used. It lacks a needle threader, which is handy to have, but I suppose not necessary. If you have issues with threading the needle, a hand-held needle threader (http://www.amazon.com/CottageCutz-CNT1-2-in-1-Needle-Threader/dp/B000YZ462E/ for example) can still be used to help get the thread through the eye.
Lead-footed drivers beware: the machine goes FAST. I'm accustomed to the speed control on my mom's machines, where you can set a top speed and, no matter how much you put the pedal to the metal (or carpet, wood, tile, whatever your flooring is), it won't exceed it. The only speed control on this machine comes from how much pressure you apply to the foot pedal, so definitely take it easy! I'm not deducting any stars from the machine for the lack of speed control, because it's not a "missing feature," since nowhere does the information on the machine suggest it has this feature, it's simply something I'm used to from higher-end machines. If this is an issue for you, you may want to consider looking at a different machine.
Another feature from higher-end machines that I noticed was not included on this machine was a button to set the needle so that it stops either down or up. Of course, there's a knob on the right side of the machine that raises and lowers the needle, but it can sometimes be handy to have the needle stop down, without trying to time taking your foot off the pedal just right. Again, not worthy of a star deduction, because this is a basic machine, but something to consider. After all, if the needle stops in a position different than what you need (up, down, or anywhere in between), you can simply turn the knob and put the needle where you need it.
The lever to raise & lower the presser foot is easy to manage with just a finger, and it can lift the presser foot a fairly decent height, beyond the raised "resting" position. There is a thread-cutter located on the left side of the machine. A lever on the front right of the machine allows for easy back-stitching. The big round dial at the top front of the machine (with the blue S in the center) is your stitch-selector: line up the stitch you want with the little marking at the top center, and you're good to go. It includes 3 lengths of straight stitch, 3 zig-zag widths, satin-stitch, blind hem, scallop, and the three parts to the four-step buttonhole stitch (steps 2 & 4 use the same part). There is also a dial a bit to the left of the stitch selector where you can adjust the tension of the stitching, but you'll probably want to leave it on "4" for a good majority of your straight stitching, and the manual succinctly covers how to check if the tension is "good" for what you're doing, as well as how to adjust it.
Overall, it is a nice little machine, great for beginners and those who don't really need all the bells and whistles that come with higher-end machines. I tested it out on both muslin and flannel (the fabrics I had available scraps of), and it held up well on both. If you want to work on heavy-duty fabrics (corduroy, denim, upholstery fabric, etc), you will need to buy the appropriate needles, likewise for the "wispier" fabrics such as chiffon. When buying the fabric, an employee should be able to help you find the appropriate needles for your machine and fabric. I give this machine 5 stars because it does what it says it does: it gives beginners a nice little launching pad without overwhelming them with extra features.
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Anyway, from a total neophytes point of view, I write this review.
The manual if well written and includes numerous diagrams. A couple of things weren't entirely clear to me vis a vis threading and installing a loaded bobbin. I went to YouTube and looked up a few basic lessons there which certainly clarified the upper threading process. This process would likely have gone faster and easier if there had been 1 or 2 small sample spools of thread included in the accessory box. Trying to visualize the process without actually doing it probably slowed my progress. It was too late to go to the store that night to purchase some thread.
The bobbin was a bit more of a challenge, at least for me. Initially I didn't have the thread properly inserted under the metal flap on the bobbin. In spite of that I managed to sew about a 1" repair in a pocket. I ran in to problems taking the item off the machine however. Since I didn't have the bobbin thread properly aligned it was catching on itself every other stich or so and was all but jammed with 7 or 8 threads coming up out of the needle plate when I had finished. I had to remove the needle plate to clear the mess (simple enough with the small "L" shaped screwdriver included).
Back to the videos and another couple of read throughs for that section of the manual and I had the problem solved. I had to loosen the bobbin tension screw about 1/16th of a turn which then allowed the thread to slip under the flap to the correct position. Once I had this operation mastered sewing was relatively easy, though keeping the seam straight is another matter which only practice will make perfect.
I practiced after that on a piece of paper (not having a lot of spare fabric pieces lying around to practice with. This was instructive since I could easily see the various stitch patterns that I tried, enabled me to practice the procedure for turning corners, reverse stitching at the start and finish to lock the seam etc.
Armed with this practice, I removed my first repair stitches, refolded the fabric and pinned one small section to keep it aligned. A minute later I was all done and this time quite pleased with my results. I went on to repair a rip in the lining of the pants and to zig-zag lock stitch the web belt to keep the plastic buckle from sliding under tension. One pair of pants down and about 5 more that need hemming, repair a hole in a jacket pocket and when I get really ambitious I will replace the broken zipper on my favorite pair of insulated coveralls.
This machine will have more than paid for itself by the time I do these projects. The satisfaction of being able to do these simple things myself is also well worth the investment.
La maquina cuenta con un pedal con la que se activa y comienza a coser, tiene 9 tipos de costura/puntadas ademas de que puede coser los "huecos" para los botones. Tambien cuenta con un foco que ilumina la aguja, el cual resulta de gran ayuda
Sin duda la maquina es simple pero muy util para las necesidades del hogar, el paquete llego antes de lo prometido y completo.
Me hubiese gustado si el cable del pedal fuese unos 30 cm mas largo.
If you are doing basic sewing, without anhy sophisticated stitches the machine works marvelously; it is easy to thread and use.
I wish the cable for the pedal as just a foot longer