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Skip this machine and save up a little more for one without headaches
on May 18, 2016
I bought and returned this item twice. The first time I thought I'd just gotten a bad machine, but by the second one I concluded it just isn't made very well.
Both machines had bobbin trouble and snarled and caught easily. On one the automatic threader malfunctioned. On one the bobbin housing actually fell out while I was pulling a stuck thread. Those just reflect low quality craftsmanship; one should not have to spend equal time resolving snarls as actually sewing. There is no way you should use this on any kind of heavy fabric or for multiple layers. I would think of this as a child's machine, but then, actually, it is so persnickety that it would just frustrate a child.
The Janome 2212 is an entry-level machine that costs only about $50 more here on Amazon, and it is vastly superior. It sewed six layers of upholstery fabric without even the tiniest disruption. It doesn't have 1-step buttonholes, true, but the advance in quality and ease of use are worth far more than that.