I am not a beginner sewer, but no professional at all. I am a total amateur who just enjoys sewing things for myself, family, and home. I am very content with this sewing machine. It is very lightweight and portable, yet can handle heavyweight and thick materials. My recommendations to Brother--> Perhaps slightly more weight for the machine would be desirable and metal legs for the expanded table instead of plastic. I really love how easy the machine is to thread and being able to just pop in the bobbin versus having to pull the bobbin thread up through the other side. Now I can keep replacing the bobbin thread while I am working without having to remove my material to do it and starting over. I really like the LCD screen too. It tells me everything I need to know so that I have the correct adjustments and presser foot installed for any thread style. All I have to think about is making sure that I am using the right needle. This machine makes sewing a breeze!
I would never have guessed this was a factory refurbished machine if it didn't say so on the box. The led light gives great coverage over the sewing area. Selecting a thread pattern is hassle free since there is no need to adjust width of any thread pattern, which can actually be a bad thing. However, seeing as this is a entry level machine using the preselected width, on the zigzag stich for example, is suffiecient enough. Threading the machine is a breeze since this machine has the automatic bottom bobbin threader. I find the foot pedal to be much more responsive to pressure than others, however the top speed is not that fast.
My first impression was not great but than I had to factor in the price and realize that I was comparing it to my high end Husquvarna that was out for service. With that in mind, I am starting to really like it. It's not as heavy duty for sewing through thicknesses of heavyweight fabric but for general purpose sewing it does a nice job. I do like the sewing without a presser foot which my other machine doesn't have. I will consider Janome for future purchases should my need for a new machine arises. Good low expense machine.
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