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!!!!
I bought this machine to take with to quilting workshops. Not only is it very lightweight, it also sews evenly and has great features like feet that make button holes, quarter inch foot with a guide for perfect seams. The speed is controlled so you don't have to worry about your foot pressure on the pedal.
It took me a while to pick out a machine because I didn't want one of those new fancy, futuristic looking machines. Maybe next time. I wanted a hardworking, fancy, and comfortable machine. I must admit I have been so surprised by this machine. It has exceeded my expectations. It has met every challenge so far, from quilting, sewing clothes and mending. Brother could easily charge an extra $100 for this machine and it would be worth it. I highly recommend this machine to everyone!
At first to try my new machine I just grabbed a piece of scrap fabric, picked a neato looking deco stitch and started sewing. At first the stitches looked horrible. I freaked thinking I got a bum machine. Then I really looked at the fabric I grabbed. It was very loosely weaved material where I should have folded it over a few times. I thought well duh! LOL So I grabbed some bed sheet type fabric and the stitches are just awesome! Even tried the monogram, and it looks great! Didn't realize I was "playing" with my new machine for about 4 hours! I'm not an expert, but not a novice either. I've made teddy bears for grandkids, not the greatest looking but the grandkids loved them! lol I can see that with the ease of use of this machine verses my old plain one, my skills are going to sky rocket! LOL I recommend this machine for beginners and experts alike.
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