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Alphabet and speed
on 15 February 2018
I just bought this machine and it is amazing for regular sewing: so simple - you just press a button and it does what you want it to do. No thinking involved :) Brilliant.
It was a little bit shocking for me to discover, that every time you want to dust away the fluff accumulating around the feed dog or free the fabric trapped inside you need to literally unscrew the whole plate to access the right place. I never had a machine with drop in bobbin system before and I guess this is the downside of it.
ALPHABET - my main reason for buying this machine - is a disaster. I was told by many people, that I can't expect any nice results from a regular sewing machine. I would need to invest in an embroidery machine but... I didn't believe them, because the promo videos Singer puts on various websites don't look bad at all. I tried alphabet on 5 or 6 different types of fabric. It was horrific. The letters are either disjointed or too tight together and crooked. It didn't look good even on thick canvas (the green picture).
The font can't be altered, just one size and 1 look.
If you would like to personalise your clothes and think, that buying this machine will save you a couple of quid THINK AGAIN. You probably won't be able to achieve the desired effect.
I'm saving for an embroidery machine now :)
And lastly, this machine seems to be really slow. I really tried to overcome my irritation but I didn't manage and actually this was the main reason why I have returned it. I don't quite understand it, because after doing a bit of research I found out, that this machine should achieve up to 750 stitches per minute. My old Elna 240 was supposed to be almost the same (up to 800stitches), but the difference seemed to be huge. Waiting for singer to do it's job was simply boring and irritating and I never had any of these problems with Elna.
- if you sew little, slowly and rarely, and don't need the alphabet it will be a wonderful machine for you. Great for Beginners.I'd definitely buy it for my kids, so that their learning experience is smooth and pleasurable
- if you have some experience, know what you are doing and like sewing fast don't buy it.
- if you hope to embroider text on your garments - definitely don't buy it
I hope this helps!