Top positive review
Wanted to throw it out at one point, but worked through with problem solving and now LOVING it!!!
September 24, 2015
This is my first ever embroidery machine. I was a little hesitant to purchase this machine based on some negative reviews about tension setting, etc. But, there were a lot of positive reviews as well and I really really wanted an embroidery machine that would be easy to use and wasn't overly expensive. I was ecstatic when this machine arrived so that I could begin my projects right out of the box! Set up was a breeze! The hoops in came in 3 different sizes and the pre-wound bobbins were nice to have. The thread that was included was all of the primary colors and it came with an entire spool of white bobbin thread. Threading the machine was super easy, although you need to be a little careful near the thread uptake as there's a little plastic piece that the thread can get caught on. The automatic threader is very accurate, but don't forget to put your foot down before trying to thread! LOL... I've done that several times and thankfully I haven't broke the threader! My first project worked out great and was thrilled with how easy it was to use right out of the box. However, after that first project, something had happened... after that project, all of my stitching started birdnesting at the bottom, the thread would shred, and it just would not complete a project without messing up. I thought for sure I had broken it and would need to return it. I was VERY frustrated and thought about throwing the machine out of the window at one point!! LOL Thankfully, I was persistent and did some online research. If found a YouTube video that showed how to take off the side cover of the machine to clean out the uptake to make sure that there was no thread that had been broken off there.... Took off the cover and found a HUGE ball of thread... No wonder it wasn't working correctly. I also checked the bobbin area and cleaned that out so that there was not a single piece of thread in the bobbin case which can cause inaccuracies in the embroidery. I changed the needle just in case it had bent. I adjusted the upper thread tension, and I also tightened the bobbin tension a little bit (instructions are in the book on how to do this and it's easy to do). Although my projects got a little better after doing all of the above, it still was not 100%, and still was birdsnesting under the material. Finally, I went back online and read some more tips and tricks to help with embroidery, I purchased some Sharp embroidery needles as well as some Sewers Aid.... NOW IT'S WORKING PERFECTLY!!!!!! The Sewers Aid has been a lifesaver and I put it on every single spool I use in the embroidery project and the needle has stood up to several projects, including tshirts, towels, bibs, blankets and so much more! This machine is really easy to set up for projects and I really like the USB feature as you can download so many more embroidery designs. I would recommend this embroidery machine. While it's not perfect, it is really easy to use and the projects come out really nice and clean. If you are having problems with tension, birdsnesting, jumped stitches, etc., don't throw it out the window, google the problem and try to work to resolve it as it is really worth it!!!! I've attached just a few of the projects I have completed with this machine :)