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Reviewed by:Atelier
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Member since: 6/25/13
Reviews written: 1
Sewing skills:Intermediate
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Posted on:8/26/14 7:19 PM
Approx price paid:$165
Had this machine for:28 years
Recommended? Maybe
Online Merchants:Amazon.com
Simplicity :8220 (Sewing Machine) by Atelier

Features
  • One step buttonhole
  • Free Arm
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
  • Adjustable Needle Position
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Current Tags What is a Tag: 8220  SL8220  simplicity  
Review:
Tell us about your first impression when you used this machine.I bought this machine new without doing any research. It was on sale and offered more features and decorative stitches (22) than a Kenmore machine I had been using at the time. I loved the twin needle option and automatic buttonhole feature.

Was the machine manual sufficient?Yes.

Did you buy any accessories? Do you use them?I've purchased additional snap on feet - Blind Hem, Narrow Hem and a Concealed Zipper Foot. It came with a Universal Foot, Buttonhole and Button Sewing Feet, Zipper Foot, Darning Plate, and Cloth Guide w/ Screw.

Is this your primary machine?It was until 2013 when I purchased a Janome DC2012. I also use a treadle Singer 66 (originally my great-grandmother's machine) and a Brother 1034D serger.

Did you take any classes specifically for this machine?No.

Was this a gift/pre-owned/garage sale etc?Purchased for myself on a whim about a year out of college.

How often do you use it?About once a month.

Would you recommend this machine to others?Yes, if you like a challenge. The tension is temperamental. But when the tension has been perfected….my, my… it stitches beautifully!! This model is the same model as the BabyLock 722.

Troubleshooting:
Have you had any trouble with this machine? Please elaborate.When I was younger it used to give me endless headaches, but I've stuck with the machine and over the years and actually enjoy fine-tuning the tension for each new project I start with it. Its like a difficult friend - I love this machine, but can't sew with it unless I'm in the mood for dealing with its tension issues and have the proper needle size needed for the project.

Do you do regular maintenance on this machine? How?I remove the cover plates and clean out the interior of lint and dust bi-yearly and oil depending on use. The bobbin raceway is cleaned before each new project. I've had it professionally cleaned and tuned once. I have dis- and re-assembled the tension assembly a few times for a thorough cleaning too.

If you don't mind the finicky tension, this is a sturdy machine with lots of room to the right of the needle.


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