I purchased this machine to really see what the "bottom line" Brother computerized machines could do and how they stand up to use. IF people would just read the manual and watch the videos and use the helps Brother provides, I believe there would be fewer negative reviews. I have a couple of much more expensive machines, and this is now a backup. I have sewn a complete sampler of all the stitches and tried the lettering and sewed up a quilted greeting card for Christmas through batting, fabric and heavy paper. This machine has performed extremely well. Yes, it is a bit light, and yes, the plastic is plastic, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I can pick this up and use it whenever I need it! I have the Brother SE400 as well, and wanted a sewing only inexpensive Brother. I would recommend this to any sewer to have and to learn on IF you read the manual and pay attention to what you are doing. TIP - HOLD THE THREADS EACH TOME YOU START A SEAM. That will negate the thread nesting problem on this and many many other models and makes of machines - computerized or mechanical. All in all this machine sews a lovely straight seam, and tight well formed stitches. I am impressed!!!!
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