Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 9
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kris1777 Don't Like it
I thought this would be a great sewing machine, but after I began to use it, it wasn't at all what I expected. It doesn't sew straight and sometimes it gets stuck and will not stop. Plus you have to keep untangling the bobbin, Maybe this would be good for a kid that is first learning on how to sew but not for sewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by mgarc73 Good learner, minor frustrations
This is a good sewing machine for a beginner or for someone who wants to occasionally craft. I purchased it for my 7 yo daughter to use for making doll clothes, etc. It is extremely light weight and small making it very easy to store when not in use. I wanted something with a foot pedal vs. just batteries and the fact that this machine comes with a pedal is a bonus compared to other small machines in the same price category. We have not used every stitch thus far - - only the straight stitch and the zig zag stitch. Each have worked fine. It is very easy to switch between stitches by using the dial on the front of the machine. Being an experienced sewer, it was easy for me to overcome any of the frustrations that came with this machine but an inexperienced sewer might give up on sewing altogether if using this independently (without someone there to help you out/to help you problem solve). Here is a rundown of the issues that we had with the machine:
- The thread broke quite frequently but that being said, this machine is VERY easy to thread.
- The bobbin winder was pretty ineffective, winding the bobbin very poorly and sloppily. The thread slipped off the bobbin while winding and wound itself, instead, around the bobbin pin (perhaps there is a missing cap or something of that sorts?) Rather than struggling with this I just used my little side winder to wind any bobbins that we needed. Please note that you must use metal bobbins with this machine as the bobbin tension is set with a magnet.
- The machine comes with a cap to put on top of the spool, but we almost immediately lost this top. :( This is not your typical cap. Rather than sitting on top of the thread it kind of "locks" into place. The machine still works without it, but the thread will sometimes, but infrequently slip without this part.
- Spool size is an issue with this machine. Only the smaller half-sized thread spools will fit in this machine. This is not really because of height but rather girth. The spool pin sits down in a little gully of sorts. A regular sized spool is too fat to fit in this gully. In addition to the half size spools, I also managed to use the taller, skinnier Gutterman thread spools with this machine. When using these you can not us the spool cap at all. Without this cap, the thread sometimes slipped.
- The feed dog is very, very weak. You have to basically use some light pushing and pulling to get the fabric through. This became a nuisance at both the beginning and ending edges of the project, and was very challenging for my 7 yo daughter. We overcame this by me starting and finishing off each row for her. But, it should be noted that even I had a difficult time starting and stopping each row since without a properly working feed dog, the fabric would easily get stuck in the machine. This issue also made it very difficult to keep a straight line while sewing.
- The arm on the machine is what you see is what you get - - stationery. So, doing arm holes or hemming would be rather difficult on this.
Bottom line - - if you are wanting to sew seriously and this is your only machine - - I would not purchase this. But, if you are teaching someone to sew and want to spend little this seems to be an o.k. purchase used in conjunction with existing sewing tools that you already own (such as bobbin winder, more advanced machine, etc). Another good use of this machine is if you want a lightweight portable occasional machine for crafting or light sewing, this machine will do the job.
Rated 1 out of 5 by dezzie48 if you are doing small projects its ok but would not recommend if you are a person that is going
to sew a lot, not a good choice presser foot too small.
Rated 5 out of 5 by santheen this is a great startter machine, i just have to get use to the machine running without me stepping on pedal.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Dairhean I love this little machine
I use this machine for sewing quilt pieces together and for ditch quilting. It can attach borders with difficulty. I have to use the hand wheel and a 16 gauge needle for this. I would not recommend it for garments because the stitches are not tight enough. However, the looseness of the stitches and longer stitch length (3 options) make it perfect for quilting. I have a 1972 model Husqvarna Viking and a 1964 Montgomery Ward Straight Stitch, and this Michley is my every day machine. I love the light weight portability. I can use it anywhere. Other machines have feet and require special furniture. This one has a flat base so I can use it on any level surface, even my lap. The slow speed means fewer mistakes and consistent seams. I also like the drop in bobbin.
This machine has a lot of drawbacks. It is not for the impatient or the inexperienced. It does not function like a standard machine because it does not have the motor power. It only has one speed and that is slow. The wiring schematic was not followed correctly in the factory and this basically makes it a lemon. But, I've learned to make lemonade.
Disregard what it says in the item description. This machine must be used with the foot pedal and the switch in the OFF position. The Low/High switch positions were mis-wired in the factory and do not function properly. Using these positions will cause the machine to run by itself with or without the foot pedal. It sews fine with the switch in the OFF position using the foot pedal. Do not try to use it any other way; you will only get frustrated.
The back stitch function is difficult because the switch doesn't lock. You have to hold it down with one hand while guiding the fabric with the other. An auto stitch lock function would have been better, but they probably would have screwed that up too. The length of even the shortest stitch makes back stitching a waste of time anyway. I leave long tails of thread when I remove a finished piece from the machine, tie a knot in each and pull the thread under the fabric with a needle like in hand quilting.
The thread loop (number 2 position on the machine) does not hold the thread very well. It will occasionally come out and the thread will catch in the bobbin, causing a bird's nest and the machine will hang up. A simple solution is, using two small strips of the new painter's tape, secure a piece of fabric over the opening. The thread will not slip or adhere to the tape. This new tape does not leave a sticky residue and can be removed and placed back easily for threading.
The spool pin does not accommodate a standard spool. I use a bobbin on the spool pin and it works just fine. This trick can be used on any machine and several bobbins with different thread colors can be stacked on the pin. To change thread, simply remove it from the needle and place it back out of the way and re-thread with a different color without moving the bobbins. This works for using a twin or multi-needle when you only have one spool pin and for embroidery.
The plate does not have seam guides, so I marked 1/4 and 1/2 inch with an ultra fine permanent marker. I haven't used the bobbin winder because I have a Side Winder.
Considering that the machine does not function properly, I feel that I paid too much for it. $20 would have been a better price. I still like the machine and will continue to use it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by zygulka Machine
I used couple time recently. It is small what suit me. Easy to operate and only for simple mending. I like it.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Blueraven60 Hate it!
It's way too slow to get anything done and the stitch size is inconsistent. So is the tension. Pay the $60 and get something that works!