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|Brother:Bicor VX1005 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About KarenMD |
|Member since: 5/11/11 |
|Reviews written: 4|
|sewing machines reviewed: 4|
|Posted on:||6/19/13 4:50 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$15|
|Had this machine for:||1 week|
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- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
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|What KarenMD likes about this machine|
My understanding is that Bicor is really a Brother sewing machine manufactured elsewhere? This machine states it was made in Poland and came without a manual. I cleaned it up and put it through it's paces, making an ironing board cover (zig zag stitches) and a cover for the machine with a bag for the foot control. This allowed me to use a variety of stitches as well as sewing on Velcro and stitching bias tape.
It works pretty well for a very basic machine. I made up a sample buttonhole and it was not one or even 4 steps but it looked fairly passable. It handled the Velcro without a hitch and I've had difficulty with bobbin thread misbehaving with Velcro. For a mechanical machine that is all metal, it's only about 17 pounds and has a smaller scale to it. I practiced hemming jeans and found I needed to use a heavier needle and lighten the tension but it did an admirable job.
I bought this machine because it was so cheap but then a co-worker expressed a desire to hem her own jeans without grief so we practiced with this Bicor and found it was going to do the job. She is very happy with it's lighter weight since it's going into storage between uses.
There is a threading guide printed on the machine and even though it's a bit hard to distinguish all those parts from a diagram, it's quite handy. It has a drop in bobbin, something of a rarity in this era of machines.
What KarenMD does not like about this machine
It took class 66 bobbins, which I didn't have, but that's just my own problem of not having a large range of different types of bobbins. The previous owner complained about the thread breaking but I found you need to adjust the tension carefully and frequently for each job to make sure you have needle, tension, and fabric matched perfectly. I think this is an oldie but a goodie!
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