I am posting this review as part of my entry in Walmart's Holiday Sewing Contest.
I was FINALLY able to get a sewing machine this year and I am very pleased with my Brother 130-Stitch Sewing and Quilting Machine, SQ9185 thus far. I have several projects waiting for a machine, but since it was a long, long time ago when I last sewed on a machine, I started with a basic and made matching sci-fi themed bandannas for my family—great for camping! They were easy to sew a hem upon, so I took the next step and tried my hand at a reversible bib for a friend's niece. I used the monogramming function to add the baby's name to the bib's tie. It worked well, but I will need to get a pair of sharper thread cutters to make the letters look crisp by closely trimming the extra thread between the letters. Pictured is this reversible bib, although after the picture was taken I did add a stitch about ¼ inch along the edge to tidy the bib up a tad. Since this bib, I have made some quilted bibs. After watching a video on how to attach the walking foot, it was fairly easy to attach this foot and sew along the quilted bib as needed. I have also made a blanket, 2 pillows, and a skirt. (Remember, I mentioned I had a lot of projects lined up!) The wide table was not only quick to attach, but very steady as well. It really helped when sewing the blanket.
Easy to use.
Easy to follow instructional DVD.
Easy for a beginner but has plenty of functions and options for a beginner to move to master.
Clear bobbin cover makes keeping an eye on the bottom thread a breeze.
Quick needle threading with the needle threader.
Walking foot makes very smooth stitches.
The monogram function is easy to program and the letters come out nicely.
The wide table is very sturdy.
Fabric tends to pull to one side a bit, but I am still new to sewing machines. This very well may be operator error.
All-in-all, so far, I would say this is a great sewing machine for the beginners and the experienced alike!