Note the words "20-Stitch FUNCTIONS", not 20 different stitches. Keep reading... This machine is for those who want, from time to time, to make a pillow case, or curtain, or if you are skilled enough, to do size alternations on a sport coat, pants, etc.. About 45 years ago I was a tailor but I no longer had a sewing machine. Recently, after losing some weight, I took a sport coat in for alternation at the "best" alteration shop in town. They botched it. So, I bought this el-cheapo machine at Walmart on Black Friday, because: 1) it was cheap, and 2) it can sew a straight line, vary the stitch length, and handle different types of thread. The machine was cheaper than the botched "professional" alteration charge. I was able to take-in the jacket sides and back seam on a heavy tweed wool sport coat and resize the fine satin lining with no problems from the machine whatsoever. In fact, the machine reminds me of those machines "back in the time"; a well made basic tool. It is all you really need unless you are into making suits/dresses from scratch/pattern, or are into high volume production sewing work. The machine does not do a blind stitch (for hems), but, I always blind stitch by hand (I'm a perfectionist -- according to the local alteration shop). This machine allows you to vary the stitch width and length -- that's what the two big knobs are for on the front. The little lever just to the left of the knobs lets you set the needle on center, or 1/8" left, or 1/8" right -- for making a button hole (really? -- make a button hole?). The left knob sets the stitch width, enabling you to make zig-zag stitches up to 1/4" wide; or set it to zero for simply a "zero width" straight stich. The right knob sets the stitch length from "none" to about 1/8" between stitches. By varying the settings of these two knobs, you have 20 different stitch "functions". The lever below the right knob is the reverse lever -- push it down and the sewing reverses until to release it. Finally, and very important, there is a little knob on the front, down by the needle area. That knob controls the top thread tension. It is very rare to see that feature anymore -- and essential if you use different kninds of thread (cotton, poly, combo) and thread thicknesses. Brother does not list it on their site (they seem to disavow all knowledge of it) and the only place I could find it "Brother LS-2350" was Walmart.
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