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|Brother:Innov-is 350 Special Edition (UK) (Sewing Machine)|
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|About annem54 |
| UNITED KINGDOM|
|Member since: 7/10/12 |
|Reviews written: 5|
|Favored by: 1 people|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||9/7/13 2:25 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$936|
|Had this machine for:||Newly purchased|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
- Auto Threading
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|What annem54 likes about this machine|
I don't know what the number of this is in US - the 350 reviewed on PR seems to be an older and different model. This 350SE was produced to celebrate Brother's 50 years in Europe. I bought it because my 40 year old Viking Husqvarna 6690 finally met its maker. I went to a Viking (and Brother) dealer, thinking I would replace with an updated model, as I had numerous additional feet which still fit on the newer models, but was eventually sold on this one after great demonstrations. I will have excellent support from the dealer.
There was a more basic model with fewer decorative stitches and I was very attracted, especially as it was £100 cheaper but decided in the end on this one (at £599) as it was less likely to become restrictive as I hopefully expand my sewing repertoire. At present, the other one would have been perfect as it is designed for the dressmaker who doesn't need a lot of the fancy stitches, exactly where I am now.
As I've been working with a very old machine, even though it was very advanced when I bought it, so many things are great - especially automatic needle threader (and this one was much easier than the Vikings I looked at), thread cutter button, slide speed control and drop in bobbin with clear panel so you can see how much thread there is on it. I've never previously stitched without a foot pedal and I thought that was great and means that I won't have to contort under the table I use to get to the foot pedal. Haven't tried the knee lift but can see that some people would like this very much. It has a load of other functions - 'My Custom Stitch' for own stitch designs, combining patterns, memory slots, repeat single sewing, mirror imaging but at the moment I have no real need of these. It has drop feed for free arm sewing , useful for quilting or embroidery. It does straightforward stitching beautifully and tells you when to change presser foot for a new stitch type. It is easy to choose the stitch you want. There is a 7 point feed 'to ensure smooth fabric feeding and superior stitch quality' and this works well as does the presser foot levelling button which allows smooth stitching over changing fabric thicknesses.
I like the angle at which you feed fabric into the machine - that was a bit of an issue with some of the other machines I looked at. It seems well made and light but robust. I plan to carry it to the sewing classes I start later this month - my previous machine was way too heavy.
Accessories are less expensive than those for Viking.
In summary, I like it very much.
Picture of machine URL http://www.brothersewing.co.uk/en_GB/sewing-machines?p_p_id=cataloguedisplay_WAR_Catalogueportlet_INSTANCE_Fhl4&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_cataloguedisplay_WAR_Catalogueportlet_INSTANCE_Fhl4_articleId=NV350SEZU1
or http://www.lordsewing.co.uk/brother-innov-is-350se-brother-nv350se---special-edition-1464-p.asp (Thanks, Mufffet!)
What annem54 does not like about this machine
Really nothing, yet.
My Viking came with a wide table which I didn't use often but found invaluable on occasion - unfortunately it's an optional extra with this machine. I won't purchase yet, though - will wait to see when or if I really need it.
If I start to use the embroidery functions, I can see that I could become frustrated by the method of feeding in own designs as this machine has no computer link - however, I didn't buy it as an embroidery machine, nor is it described as one, and is of course cheaper too. If I go down that route, I will opt for a different kind of machine. The embroidery stitches are a bonus over all the utility stitches.
Of course, it's a pity that I'll have to buy new additional feet as my Viking ones won't fit! My dealer has offered to take back the ones they sold to me so that at least eases the pain.
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