Tell us about your first impression when you used this machine. I was impressed with the stitch quality and solidity and obvious quality of the machine itself, not to mention the 30 stitch programs. I was intimidated by everything I had read about how difficult they are to thread, but was pleasantly surprised at how straightforward this machine is to thread. It is easy to switch to coverstitch, the thread paths are colour coded and there are charts on the inside cover, also the computer screen tells you how to set up each stitch.
Was the machine manual sufficient?. On the whole, the manual is excellent, however it could be better indexed and organised which would make it easier to find the information needed. I tend to use the pdf version from manuals.lib on my smartphone as then I can search the text for what I am looking for and it saves space on my sewing table!
Did you buy any accessories? Do you use them? I have bought the elastic foot, gathering foot, piping foot, braiding foot, hem guide, hemstitch foot. I have got the most use out of the elastic foot and the braiding foot, both of which are great. I would definitely recommend the elastic foot as a must have although it is expensive. It has made sewing children's clothes and sports clothes a breeze and really professional looking. I wanted to get the bias binding attachment, but it no longer seems to be available anywhere unfortunately.
Is this your primary machine? Yes.
Did you take any classes specifically for this machine? No, never seen taken any serger classes.
Was this a gift/pre-owned/garage sale etc?. It was an ex-demo model from a dealer who was retiring. It has been well used but well looked after.
How often do you use it? Several times a week.
Would you recommend this machine to others? Unquestionably - it might seem expensive, but it is the only machine you will ever need! I only use my sewing machine for basting, buttonholes and zips - I do everything else on the 4874.
It has an amazing array of stitches - I mostly use the 5-thread safety stitch, rolled hems, flatlock, coverstitches and overedge seam. I have yet to use all the topcoverstitches - that is my next creative challenge!
Have you had any trouble with this machine? Please elaborate.
It took me a little while to figure out that when changing the needles, you need to loosen the adjacent screws as well in order to insert the needles fully. Once I had that sussed, the stitches have been consistent and spot on!
Do you do regular maintenance on this machine? How? I brush out the lint regularly, but haven't needed to do anything else so far.