Tell us about your first impression when you used this machine.
My first impression was that the decal featured two of my least-favorite colors: pink and yellow! =) But once I started looking at the important things, my first impression was that this was a very nice machine that would probably be easy for me to use. I also noticed how many features and stitches it had, many of which have come in handy.
Was the machine manual sufficient?
Yep! I had it up and running in a few minutes, and have made 4 complete projects on it in addition to several muslins/UFOs.
Did you buy any accessories? Do you use them?
I bought a binding foot, but haven't used it yet. One thing I really love about this machine is the relative affordability of many accessories that I think I may buy someday.
Is this your primary machine?
Yes. I have a Brother as well, but no longer use it.
Did you take any classes specifically for this machine?
I won this machine in a raffle (yes, really!) and part of my prize was a one-on-one class at the quilting shop that donated the machine for the drawing; I was taught what each stitch does, how to clean the machine, and many other things.
Was this a gift/pre-owned/garage sale etc?
A gift/prize. Yay!
How often do you use it?
Every single time I sew. At this point, that's about once per month if I am lucky, but I have put some hours on it since I got it late last summer. =)
Would you recommend this machine to others?
Absolutely. It's easy enough for a beginner to use, but has enough features and capabilities that I don't feel like I'm sewing with a toy that I have outgrown. The quality seems to be good, and the computerized factor makes it pretty user-friendly. Since I did not buy this machine, I cannot vouch for the price point, but I'm sure it's worth it!
Have you had any trouble with this machine? Please elaborate.
I was threading it incorrectly for quite a while; I chalk that up to me being very inexperienced and not understanding diagrams and instructions exactly. Miraculously, the machine sewed without a serious issue during that time. I received quite a correction from the teacher at the quilting shop, believe me! =) I had been pulling the thread around the metal "button" like I did for bobbin winding, but was supposed to pull it under the plastic piece under that "button" for sewing. Now I know!
Do you do regular maintenance on this machine? How?
Yes. I clean it after each project by taking out the bobbin and brushing out the assembly with a clean makeup brush. Since I do not have a cover for it, I wipe it down with a clean, soft cloth to remove dust or dirt (or pet hair!) every so often.