I bought one of these machines a few years ago for crafts, and I have done some small sewing and simple craft projects on it. It is nice to cart around because it's so lightweight, but the sewing quality is not great and it sews real slow! There are so many other machines (used or even new) that can be purchased for around $100 or less (check out the entry level Brother machines) that will do such a better job than this if you really want to make clothing, home dec or do quilting projects. Buy this one only for simple crafting projects (fabrics and paper) for kids to play with or learn on or for minor clothing repairs and not much else. If this was the only machine I could sew on I'd go crazy.
I've done alot of sewing in my life and I knew when I ordered this it wouldn't be anything fancy or extra heavy but I was hoping it would do a little better job than it does sewing on a variety of fabrics. I'm having a hard time getting the tension adjusted moving from lightweight to heavier fabrics. It's still nice to have for mending and hemming which is what I wanted it for.
I have attempted to deal with this machine for 5 months. Let me start by saying that I have been sewing for 50 years and know my way around a sewing machine. I had used other sergers belonging to friends over the years but never bothered to get one for myself because traditional sewing worked fine for me.. Now that I'm back to sewing doll clothes and costumes for grandchildren I thought a simple serger would come in handy.
To start with, the lower looper of this machine never stays threaded. I can work for 5 or 10 minutes and it suddenly becomes unthreaded. It has taken me hours to complete a job because I constantly need to rethread. This is a giant waste of time and energy. I was certain, at the beginning that I was doing something wrong but this is an incredible problem for this machine. I would say it's pretty useless. The last straw is the tiny "spreader" attachment now drops off in the middle of a seam. I realize it can be replaced but should I be buying one of these every few ...
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