My mother is a seamstress and I was not interested in sewing until recently. When I decided to purchase a machine to learn on, my mother helped me select my machine. She kept saying that I did not need many features to begin, just a straight stitch and zig zag. so when I saw this machine, I asked her to take a look at it, she was sure that this would be perfect for me. So, I got this machine. She is unable to teach me as much as I like, so I began attending a local sewing club - ladies of all sewing levels meet weekly to sew, chat and assist learners like me. I bring my machine to the group and they all agreed with my mother. In order to learn the basics, they felt this machine was great to begin. I have made numerous items for my home and clothes for myself. I did have some issues with tension - NOTE: the bobbin tension is a little tight on this machine, but I do not recommend that a beginner adjust it. If possible, take the machine to a store or ask someone experienced to adjust as the turn needed for adjustment is so slight. The manual tension will require some play to get right. overall, I am having a ball with my machine and doing everything I want to do with it. There are a few things I will leave you with.
1. all machines require tweaking before sewing - you will not be able to use the same tension setting for everything you sew.
2. make sure that you are buying the correct machine for your skill - if you have experience, this machine will not have the features you need, if you are beginner, this is a great intro
3. make sure that you take an intro to sewing class - craftsy.com has online sewing classes that will show you how your machine works in addition to learning to sew. (Unpaid, unsolicited endorsement). Understanding how the machine works takes the scary away.
4. Make sure that you maximize your money. I was able to buy a more expensive machine to start, and in fact planned to buy one for $200.00 - the features were similiar to this one and I was ok with that price. I found this while researching christmas gifts. I saved $150.00 getting this one and everything I have made so far looks great. The machine sews what you create! Great construction begins and ends with you. If you pay attention to detail, what you paid for the machine will not matter - people will be amazed that you made it!
Enough typing...buy this machine and get sewing!!!! Have Fun!
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