Basic - Sewing & Quilting
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Thu Aug 09 00:00:00 MDT 2012cjbear26 Rating:5.0
I HAVE NOT BEEN NEAR A SEWING MACHINE IN 30 YEARS. SO IT ALL SEEMS NEW TO ME. HAD PURCHASED A MACHINE AT A LOCAL STORE AND BASICALLY TOOK IT RIGHT BACK. TOO HARD TO DO THE BOBBIN AND FORGET ABOUT THREADING THE NEEDLE. THIS MACHINE IS AMAZING IT WAS SO EASY. THE ONLY NEGATIVE MIGHT BE THE DIRECTIONS COMBO OF LANGUAGES MIXED TOGETHER. SOME PHOTO ILLUSTRATION TOO. THE BOTTOM LINE IS IN THE END I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. AGAIN IF YOUR A SEWER YOU WON'T NEED DIRECTION ANYWAY, SO GO FOR IT. GREAT MACHINE!
Fri Oct 25 00:00:00 MDT 2013danielleil Rating:5.0
I purchased this machine back in April, and it came unusable. I tried multiple thread brands, different stabilizers, and more to attempt to make it work correctly. I was out of the 30 days when I contacted Over-stock about the issue, so the machine is basically useless unless I spend another *** to repair it. I would greatly discourage buying a product of this nature from Over-stock.
Tue Jan 04 00:00:00 MST 2011wendymaria Rating:4.0
I am not an absolute beginning seamstress, nor am I anywhere close to a pro. I love buying commercial patterns as a base and tweeking them (to fit) and create my own designs. Sometimes I do create my own patterns. I am by no means a "perfect size six" so this dress form is really necessary for the kind of sewing I do. And all in all, I love it! I love that it can be off set for pants and that the waistline is marked. The only small problems I have are adjusting the size and the height. It seems a bit more difficult than my old dress form although it seems to be more accurate. I would give it five stars except for the fact that I cannot make it tall enough for me. I am not even really tall, only 5'8", and it seems to only want to extend up to about 5'5' or 5'6'. I have read and re-read the instructions (all the while feeling pretty stupid) and just can't get it to budge. When the bust and waist are to my size, the neck is too big and I can't figure out how to make it smaller. Basically, it's a great lightweight dressform that perfectly fills my needs of designing and sewing for myself - my own "not so perfect" bod.
Tue Dec 27 00:00:00 MST 2011magsnj1 Rating:4.0
I bought this kit as a side gift to a sewing maching. It has all the basics for a new novice sewer. Saved me the time from having to pick out each individual item. Useful and basic.
Thu Oct 27 00:00:00 MDT 2011brandy2020 Rating:5.0
Perfect machine, exactly what I wanted. I found a used treadle table (which you need to have in order to use the machine) for a great price in my local ads. I prefer a few basic stitches and a solid machine, that is exactly what I have in this machine. It's fun to use and human powered, great buy.
Tue Jan 31 00:00:00 MST 2012sighthounderin Rating:5.0
I purchased this machine from recommendations of another reviewer who purchased it to teach her daughter to sew. This is a great entry level machine that has all the basic features you would need for the beginning sewer: buttonholes, zigzag and overcast stitches, etc. It is so useful that I now keep it alongside my vintage machine as a modern alternative for some tasks. The free arm is great for sleeves and small spaces. The sturdiness of the machine was surprisingly good. It seems to be solidly built. The only component I do not like is the handle to lift the presser foot. It is a plastic component that in my mind is a weakness. My daughter has responded well to its simplicity. All dials and features are responsive and not sluggish. I trust the Janome name as I have an entry level serger from them that is also simple but well-built.
Tue Oct 11 00:00:00 MDT 2011sally1cooper Rating:5.0
After conferring with several of my quilting friends and relatives, I chose Janome. I wanted a machine to do basic quilting on with a few extras. So far, I have quilted three small quilts but have not mastered free motion quilting to my satisfaction. I love the knee-presser foot release and the thread cutter feature.
Tue Sep 18 00:00:00 MDT 201247diane Rating:5.0
This is my third brother machine and I am definitely a fan of their products. This machine replaces my Innovis 900D for embroidery. I wanted an embroidery only machine so I wouldn't have to switch back and forth from embroidery to sewing. This machine also has the 5x7 hoop which I will use often too. My Innovis 900D uses a cable and USB port, while this one uses a flash drive, but I had no trouble learning to use the flash drive. Since all my Brother machines are basically the same, I had no trouble learning to use it, and was doing a sample embroidery very quickly. My only complaint is that the supplied 5x7 hoop is hard to use. I have much better luck with the Elipse brand with 4 sizes of hoops that I purchased elsewhere. They are very easy to put in place. I highly recommend this machine--it is definitely worth the money.
Thu Feb 28 00:00:00 MST 2013chargarber1 Rating:4.0
I had the machine sent to my daughter-in-law (1000 miles away from me). She's had some bad experiences with sewing machines, so when I visited, I was not surprised to find the machine basically untouched. I gave her some brief instructions, set the machine up, showed her a few tricks, and now she's loving it. It's a great beginner machine!
Fri Feb 10 00:00:00 MST 2012tgibson2 Rating:4.0
I love this machine. I have sewn several things on it so far. I cannot speak to all the fancy stitches because I only use the straight and locking stitch, but it is definitely more powerful than my basic Singer mechanical machine I got 2 years ago. It is much more quiet, I love the extension table. I have yet to get thread jam on this one. I do not have to worry about tension, it adjusts for me, nor do I have to worry about running out of bobbin thread in the middle of a project because I can see it through the clear cover. This is described by overstock and singer has having a extra high presser foot, but I really do not think so... my old machine was higher. The free arm isn't as free as it should be. You can see it in the picture though, there is a little bottom arm that steadies the machine that is still there when you take off the accessory box. This machines does not dance across the table. The pedal needs to be given a second in between changing stitches or needle up/down (which is a very convenient function) but you'll get used to it. I did not rate this as excellent despite how much easier my life is because of the free arm issue and the alleged high lift presser foot.
Thu Dec 16 00:00:00 MST 2010cmsp Rating:5.0
I bought this machine after doing a lot of research. I have owned Brother and Singer machines all of my life. After 22 yrs my good old basic Brother decided to retire on me in mid project of sewing draperies for two rooms with 9ft ceilings. I have used Berininas in sewing classes, and recently had to borrow a friends' Pfaff to complete one room and thought wow maybe this is the way to go. This particular Pfaff is an $8,000 machine. As I am sewing my own draperies it stands to reason that I can't really afford $8K. This machine came up over and over in doing research and let me tell you it is awesome. Has enough features to please the most advanced seamstress, it is quiet, easy to use too. Beware there are fabric stores that sell similar if not almost identical Janome brands such as this, but when I plugged those consumer numbers into Janmone's website they don't exist and this one does so it can go to manufacturer in need of service, but I don't think that will an issue based on reviews. This has been a great find for me!
Sun Dec 26 00:00:00 MST 2010serenamichelle Rating:5.0
I'm a seamstress and own several sewing machines (including an embroidery machine and serger) so I definitely know my way around machines. My 6 and 5 year old girls have been asking me to learn how to sew for ages and a couple months ago they saw a cheapy battery operated Hello Kitty sewing machine in a store and BEGGED me to buy it for them.... of coarse I said no because I didn't want to waste money on something I knew would break sooner, rather than later. I knew Janome made a "high quality" Helly Kitty sewing machine so I talked to my mom about it. My parents decided to buy this as a gift for my girls. It's a very sturdy machine about 3/4 the size of a standard sewing machine. It does have a vertical bobbin case which I'm not accustomed to so I did have to break out the owners manual to figure out how to insert the bobbin - took about 2 minutes to figure it out. The manual is easy to follow and perfect for someone who is a novice to sewing and sewing machines. A previous poster mentioned there is no stitch length selector on this machine... while she is right, the machine comes with various stitch length stitches - so you don't need a stitch length selector. There are three straight stiches - the first one is about 2.5mm, the second one is about 3.5mm, and the last one is about 4.5mm - the same applies to the zigzag stitch. The smallest setting for the zigzag stitch is very small and is a borderline satin stitch - so this can easily be used for appliqué work (just another fun thing for the little one learn). While the machine comes with a buttonhole attachment and buttonhole stitch (basically just the smallest zigzag stitch) - I wouldn't exactly recommend it. It works, but it's not the greatest. So, when my girls get to the point they're sewing something with buttons - then we'll likely be doing the buttonholes on my "fancy" sewing machine. Honestly, there are a handful of cheaper Brother sewing machines that come with more stitch options - however, the likelihood that a young girl is going to need more than a straight and zigzag stitch is very slim. You might as well spring for this "girly" sewing machine which they will LOVE... should they outgrow this machine you can always resell it or pass it on to family/friends. Janome is a high quality company/machine (they also make Kenmore sewing machines). Therefore, you can rest assured you're going to get a high quality product! This is perfect for the young girl/teen in your life!
Mon Jul 28 00:00:00 MDT 2014thpdl Rating:4.0
I just needed something small to help out around the house. This machine is great for basic jobs.
Fri Mar 02 00:00:00 MST 2012judy1962 Rating:5.0
This covers all you basic needs, great for a new person gettin started.
Tue Dec 20 00:00:00 MST 2011littlebigsister Rating:4.0
I purchased two of these (at different times for 2 different people) and am happy with the results. Other than the noise it makes, it is very good.
Mon Apr 11 00:00:00 MDT 2011shalomforever Rating:5.0
It was a larger and nicer machine than I expected for the price. It is all that I need since I'm not a professional seamstress. I just sew some clothes for myself which only require basic stitches and button holes. This machine is much more than I require. I've already sewn with it a little and did not face any problem. I'm very happy with my purchase from Overstock. I'm really glad that Overstock is providing us products with a very low shipping charge. It really makes it worth it. Thank you.
Fri Nov 22 00:00:00 MST 2013juju1280 Rating:5.0
This machine is basically 4 machines in 1. It comes with 3 different software pkgs, which you'd normally have to buy separately with other brands/machines, you can download all types of images using the USB iincluded, you can use software you already have, regardless of the file type. You can use your computer to find 14+ file types, not just Singer. Serger stitches when you use the cutting foot. And you can also use it for quilting. If you have any questions, try the built in tutorials or go to the Singerco.com for help with the Futura models.
Fri Sep 23 00:00:00 MDT 2011coop42151 Rating:5.0
I love,love my sewing & embroidery machine!!! I use the embroidery all the time the best money I've ever spent for the price you can't beat it! There all kinds of web site to get thread and embroidery designs! I bought brother PED-Basic software with card to add new designs and I can download all kinds of new designs! This machine is awsome! Very simple to use! Buy one you'll love it!
Sun Jan 11 00:00:00 MST 2015jcoop54 Rating:4.0
Terrific little machine for quick work, quilt classes, etc. Limited functions but all the basics. Am concerned that it cannot be oiled (I am an old-school seamstress) but perhaps that will be just fine with it's limited use.
Thu Oct 11 00:00:00 MDT 2012kelrebelcowgirl Rating:5.0
I had a few old sewing machines I was making due with. One by one they all started breaking and having expensive issues. So instead of fixing them I decided it was time to treat myself and buy a new machine. This machine is extremely easy to use, it even comes with a basic instructional video. Anyone who has threaded (or dealt with) an older machine will truly appreciate the ease of threading this one. The bobbin is extremely easy to wind as well as use. The stitching is crisp and easy to figure out length and width. My boyfriend even managed to figure it out (when I wasn't home) and was able to change the thread and sew his torn pocket back together. I highly recommend this machine to beginners as well as seasoned sewing divas alike.
Tue Dec 30 00:00:00 MST 2014elegantswan Rating:5.0
I consider myself a very experienced sewest, and teach sewing and textile arts. I have owned every brand of machine under the sun (well almost, Singer is out of the question unless it is my mom's 301!) and have paid A LOT more money on machines with all the bells and whistles-so I have paid 6 or 7 times more than I did for this refurbished machine! As an instructor, I get to help students master their machines, so I have seen them all. I have always been impressed by Brother machines. Due to economics, I have sold off my super high-end machines, and with experience, have found, for my needs, I only really need a heavy duty straight stitch, which I got (a Janome-all it does is straight stitches, sort of a home industrial), and a machine that offers a buttonhole, needle up/down (MANDATORY!), and some fancy fun stitches to play with. I did a bunch of research, and tried out a Janome Magnolia, but could not stand the poorly positioned buttons for reverse, etc.-their function buttons were at an angle, so you could not see the buttons while sewing. I returned it, and decided, what the heck, at $$$. with the same features but better than Magnolia, why not take a chance. I know, one thinks "refurbished-what, was it dropped from a high rise?" But I think most of the time, these "refurbished" models are those sent back due to operator error, not reading the manual, or just novice sewers starting up and not knowing certain tricks that make sewing trouble-free. Anyway, the machine got here in the stated time frame, wrapped up like it had never been out of box, and looks totally brand new. I have been sewing all kinds of fabrics on it and am very impressed! Of course, there is a change of needle for specific fabrics, but the feed dogs are great on it. Great screen size and back light. Tons of buttonhole options, decorative stitches, and an alphabet. TONS of information furnished too-if you are experiencing any trouble (which I have not been, only operator-error ones that can happen on ANY machine from any price range, or brand!) there is a very detailed manual that one can reference (and learn basic sewing with, it is very extensive), phone number pages and stickers galore to call their customer service, and a DVD to watch. If anything I would change on machine is more lighting, but I will just get an adjustable, high-powered sewing machine light one can mount on machine; I would offer a different place to mount second spool holder on, so when I wind a bobbin, I don't have to un-thread machine (could get a side winder for that, or wind bobbins on my Janome). But these are very, very minor wishes that can I can fix if I want (lighting, YES, bobbin winding, I don't really care that much). All in all, this is a great value for the money. Do NOT be afraid of "Refurbished". The discounted price is your gain!
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