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Wanted to love this machine but it keeps breaking needles and halting my projects
July 8, 2015
I read all the reviews on both this and the CS6000i and decided to get this machine over the other because it had the embroidery feature. I waited nearly two months before writing a review in order to get a good feel for what the machine could do.
I love this machine, i really do, but I think it has a mind of its own and is temperamental. I have been known to reason with and plead with this machine in order to get a task done.
~ The finish of finished goods is gorgeous using this machine. Both my singer and my Pfaff pale in comparison to the finish this machine produces.
~ Like others, I LOVE the automatic needle threader and thread cutter
~ It has enough basic feet to complete your basic sewing jobs. I bought the additional feet set here on Amazon and it worked for it.
~ Comes with a good variety of feet to get you going with more than just basic sewing techniques.
~ Buttonholes are a cinch using the various buttonhole stitches
~ Easy drop in bobbin and the bobbin case has a transparent cover so you can see the status of the bobbin thread. I also love that the machine warns you when the bobbin is finishing.
~ Love the one touch button for sewing without using the foot pedal. This has really helped as it is tiring to use the foot pedal for extended times.
~ Machine will still operate with buttons even if you break the foot pedal.
~ It is so easy to adjust the needle position and sewing speeds.
~ Easy to change the feet except for the embroidery foot which while not hard to change, does take a little more time that the normal snap on feet.
~ I enjoy being able to make embroidery pieces and have used Fiverr to create my own embroidery designs. iEmbroidery does sometimes have $1 sale on designs so that is a great time to stock up on designs for your machine.
~ It simply keeps breaking needles. Before purchasing, I had read reviews citing this issue but thought maybe they were doing something wrong ( I am sorry to have doubted) or it was a dud machine. I find the constant breaking of needles frustrating and annoying. No matter what is being sewed, this machine will for no apparent reason break the needle.
I have changed the type and size needle to no avail. My comparable 160s Pfaff sewing machine has no problems sewing the same things with the same needle that caused the SE400 balks at. I am not talking thick seams, rather, even sewing two pieces of quilting cotton has resulted in the needle breaking. Forget denim. I tried to hem a jeans pants and the denim needle broke 3 times. I switched over to the comparable Pfaff sewing machine and it handle the denim like a pro with just the 90/14 needle.
~ The tool for unscrewing screws is ridiculously designed. It is very difficult to use and so I use a small screwdriver that came with my other machine.
~ It created beautiful designs but poor quality monograms. I also discovered that it does not like embroidering on t-shirt material even when using extra stabilizer.