I have had numerous problems with both the CE 150 and my new CE 250 machine. I bought the 250 in the hope it would be a better machine, but it appears the problems are common to all models only the added software and a few more built in stitches is the difference!. #1 - The machine/s do not align with embroidery patterns. Recently I was at a swing workshop where 9 ladies all with their own machines, (only I had Singer) were stitching lace onto wash-away stabaliser, we were ALL stitching the same pattern, only I had problems of the machine not running true, and having aligning problems with the machine stitching outside the borders previously stitched, satin stitched edges were not placed where the original pattern stitching marked where they were to go, "filler" patterns in the scallops did not stay within the stitched borders, ONLY I HAD THESE ALIGNMENT PROBLEMS: NO HOOP REMOVAL AND NO BOBBIN CHANGES!!
I have had problems previously especially when having to remove the hoop, for replacing Bobbin, or having to do cutwork when doing laces, all too often, the machine refuses to line up correctly when you put the hoop back into position, no matter how carefully you make sure that it is in place EXACTLY how you had it first time.
PROBLEM #2 when doing extensive embroidery or lacework, where you are likeley to use an entire bobbin, NEVER let it run really low, for some reason on BOTH of my machines the bobbin lifts slightly when almost empty and the top thread catches under the lip of the bobbin and just winds around and around, which stops the machine sewing and you have a terrible BUNCH of fabric and thread held fast under the plate, which has to be cut away!! therefore losing the project you are doing EVERY time.
I have learned the hard way, to replace the bobbin when it is about a 1/4 full (wastefull I know) or this happens, risking then, the machine not aligning correctly to the original pattern stitched
NEITHER of my machines sounded an alarm when this Thread bunching happened,
I would be very interested to hear if anyone else has this problem with the machines not aligning properly both when hoop has been removed, and when the hoop has not been touched.
OR with the second problem with the thread looping under the lip of the bobbin when it is almost empty..........VERY frustrating very COSTLY as you have to throw away your project when cutting away at the threads, because it has already caused a hole in the fabric, stitching in the same spot!!
So am I to assume that the Futura series are limited to what they can do? even though the machines readily accept the designs? It appears Lacework especially Cutwork is out of it's range - am I right? PLEASE someone tell me I am NOT and give me suggestions to overcome these problems