Tell us about your first impression when you used this machine. Speed control is awesome! Great lighting.
Was the machine manual sufficient? No. More like a brochure. Very basic info. I did take several sewing classes (hat, skirt) using my Singer 401a with table given by my mother-in-law years ago and have previously made curtains for my home.
Did you buy any accessories? Do you use them? Yes. Bought the extension table. Got into quilting and bought the darning foot, quarter inch with guide, and quarter inch without guide. The last one is very accurate. Cannot use stitch in ditch foot because it pops off each time you lift the foot to pivot (needle screw hits it on the guide). The documentation does say you have to half-lift (did not notice that fine print when I bought it).
Is this your primary machine? Yes.
Did you take any classes specifically for this machine? No.
Was this a gift/pre-owned/garage sale etc? Bought at a quilt show. Was a show special used in one class (saved $50). A Pfaff at an affordable price.
How often do you use it? Once a week.
Would you recommend this machine to others? Yes. Very lightweight, great for classes. Built in walking foot is handy and changing feet is easy.
Have you had any trouble with this machine? Please elaborate. Bobbin thread is sometimes tricky to pull up; it does not catch properly and takes several tries. Also difficult to remove plate...screws and angle of screwdriver is tight. Found a 1.5" screwdriver and now much easier. My old Singer has a pop-up plate. The "play/stop" button is next to reverse button and I keep accidentally hitting the wrong one.
Do you do regular maintenance on this machine? How? Yes, after every sew. Use a brush and small vacuum.
Other thoughts? Free arm is wider than most machines this size. This is perfect for travel, easy to set up. Just fits in a medium Tutto bag, which has great organized storage. Needle up/down with quick tap on pedal is handy (I prefer this over the button). I had thought I was upgrading from the Singer (free arm, speed control, needle up/down, walking foot). Since I am now getting into quilting, I am preferring my old singer for the actual quilting because it has the deeper throat space.