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|Other:Artisan 518B (Sewing Machine)|
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|About swirlgurl |
|Member since: 7/30/09 |
|Reviews written: 15|
|sewing machines reviewed: 2|
|Posted on:||7/9/13 4:51 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$1300|
|Had this machine for:||3 weeks|
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|What swirlgurl likes about this machine|
THis is a review of the Artisan 518B needle feed industrial lockstitch sewing machine. THis is my first industrial sewing machine I have ever had or used .
Features: servo motor- with a speed regulator. It will stitch up to 5000 spm but you can set the machine to only have a top speed of say 1800.
has an oil bath ,so no extra oiling involved
uses M sized bobbins
adjustable stitch length
adjustable pressure foot
came with a nice magnetic led light and of course awesome industrial table that is adjustable.
I got this to sew denim, canvas and light leather and it does it beautifully. I love the degree of control. It can go very very very slow or rip along! I can sew the tightest of curves with the greatest of ease and it will sew up and down huge seam lumps with zero effort. Bonus, it will also sew midweight fabrics as well, so I see no reason why I wouldn't use it to quilt also-not that I am a big quilter but I see a couple in my future. I am in love with the sound it makes as it purrs along. I love the simplicity of straight stitch machines.
Previous to this purchase, I tried a myriad of machines from pfaff, viking, bernina, and Elna. Juki is not available anywhere remotely near me. I was looking for something that could handle the thicker stuff better than my pfaff 2030-which I adore by the way-love IDT. Out of all of them the pfaff performance 5 caught my attention the most and I almost bought it. But at the end of the day, it turned out it was really important to me to have a machine that was designed for what I really wanted to do which is sew jeans, canvas and some leathers...there really is just no comparison.
What swirlgurl does not like about this machine
The illustrations in the manual are pretty bad but then somehow I have figured out how to use it after a brief rundown by the dealer. But I feel like I am fairly mechanically inclined and understand how tension etc works.. There doesn't seem to be much on the interwebs about this line although I think they are more popular in the heavier leather sewing world. I believe they are made in Japan? but I could be mistaken....I do wish it had auto thread snips but it doesn't. There really isn't anything else about the machine I don't like, I love it!
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