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It sews. It embroiders. It brings out the creativity in you. Ideal for both sewing and embroidery, this easy-to-use machine provides an array of convenient features. (100 Built-In Stitches)

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WHY ARE COMMON PROMBLEMS ENCOUNTERED

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Pros: Good Value, As Sewing Machine - Great!!

Cons: Poor Quality, Alignment Problems, Bobbin Alarm Doesnt Work, Doesnt Live Up To The Singer Workmanship I Expect

25 out of 27 people found this helpful.

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

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Bad Software

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Pros: Great Features, High Quality

Cons: Complicated, Expensive, Software Wont Sync

20 out of 22 people found this helpful.

Software refuses to install on x64 system. I can't get it to sync with my computer!!! What good is an embroiderer if it won't embroider?

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Hate it

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Cons: Poor Quality

19 out of 22 people found this helpful.

Replaced my Singer 6268 which I had for 20 years. Thought I was getting a good Singer Product. I sold and serviced Singers for 10 years. I have been sewing for 60 years. But I cannot operate the buttonholer. The embroider was just okay. For the money I spent I expected a better product.

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Nice features but does not deliver on performance.

Overall Rating:

Pros: Great Features

Cons: Poor Quality, Expensive

17 out of 17 people found this helpful.

After reviewing and comparing all models of emb machines in this price range I decided on the functionality of the Futura. I have to say it took a long time to save and I thought it was the best deal. In retrospect I think I should have opted for another unit. While this machine has great features and functions it also has its fair share of issues and drawbacks that makes creating frustrating at times. The machine can do a lot of stitches while in sewing mode and for sewing it is a nice machine. Using the embroidery machine functions I find that it is very, very picky and does not give the most clear, crisp design stitches that I have seen on comparable machines. I have done my own digitizing using another software program (due to Futura's limitations) and have bought professionally created logo designs and in both instances have found the machine to lack in a nice crisp stitchout. This is unfortunate as the reason why I bought it was to make logo'd gifts for my peers. I also have had issues with the designs shifting (for no apparent reason), poor bobbin tension control, and the inability to un-hoop and re-hoop for appliques without a misalignment occuring. The excessive beeps for thread breakage when there isn't one is also very frustrating. I also would like to back up or start my stitches in a location that I specify. When this machine has an issue (beeping!) and the thread isn't behaving correctly - I would love to be able to stop - fix the fabric/stitch/bobbin and align the start to a specified place. You can't with this model. There is also no function to move the hoop to an upper or lower corner while you trim an applique - this would be helpful. If you do not want to unhoop while trimming (and you can't without being misaligned when you replace it) it would be nice to clear the design while trimming. The little things that would be helpful are not available. I know that there could be a user factor but after taking classes and familiarizing myself with the machine specifications and hints and tips, the results are the same. This is a good machine if you aren't particularly picky about the design stitch out being perfect. It is a shame because I thought I was getting the best value for my dollar and in the past I have had many, many Singer machines. This is the only brand I have ever bought but for embroidery I think I will have to look to other manufacturers for the quality output that I desire.

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Buy something else

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Cons: Poor Quality

16 out of 16 people found this helpful.

I've owned this machine for more than 2 years. It has alway had issues. the bobbin thread constantly bunches up when sewing. This is not a tension issue, but a machine defect. The functions like button holes are inconsistent. One will start at one point then the second will start at another. This causes uneven buttonholes. It misaligns during embroidery. To insert hoop you must struggle to get the hooped material under the embroidery foot. If you are going to applique, this usually causes the material to shift in the hoop (no matter how tight it's in the hoop).
At first I thought that is was user error for each issue, but many extremely experienced ladies have had the same issues. my advice is to buy something else.
the worst thing is that there are no convient service centers. I live in the state capitol and the nearest service center is 4 hrs away!

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Singer CE-250

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Cons: No Compatibility With Win7

12 out of 13 people found this helpful.

Beautiful item, but it is to expensive to use it as sewing machine. This product has been intended to be used with a computer. However, it is not up with the trend. If you have win7 64 bits, the drivers are not available and this product is useless.

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I got a dud

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Pros: Good Value

Cons: Complicated, Hooping Has To Be Perfect, Have To Use Certain Embroidery Thread

12 out of 13 people found this helpful.

After doing extensive research on embroidery machines, I chose the Futura CE 250. I watched the video, read the manual from cover to cover. Owned this machine for three weeks, and it has only made one design. Think it has broken about 20 needles and ruined things I tried to embroidery on. Really regretting my choice of this machine.

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Did i get a lemon or what???

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Pros: None

4 out of 4 people found this helpful.

I am so dissappointed in my futura 250. I have had this machine for 4 years. Put it away for 3 of those years because i got so frustrated rethreading, rewinding, fixing nesting, replacing broken needles. The bobbin holder keeps popping up, breaking needles and m aking a really big mess. If i didnt have so much invested in it i would just trash it! So wish i had gone wuth a different machine.

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Love it!

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Pros: Great Features, Easy To Use

4 out of 5 people found this helpful.

This was a great purchase! I've been wanting an embroidery machine for years. I have another Singer sewing machine that is 8 years old. It is amazing how far sewing machines have come in 8 years. The sewing feature is very smooth and has great choices in stitches. The embroidery part wasn't too hard to figure out. I found the Singer videos on YouTube to be quite helpful; they explained everything from threading the machine properly (so that beeping does not occur very often) to using proper stabilizers, needles and thread.

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Has everything I wanted and more

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

4 out of 5 people found this helpful.

This CE250 has been everything I wanted. I Love the ease of use. My sister has a Huscavarna that she paid big bucks for and this does all of that and more. I love the fact you can change the size and and move things around to where you want. Thank you Singer!

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First Embroidery

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use

4 out of 5 people found this helpful.

I love Fiberarts and by purchasing this machine I was able to open up a new range of creations. I use this machine for general sewing and embroidery. I found the instructions easy to understand. The first few times the machine beeped a warning to me I was slightly frustrated, but by reading the instructions that were included by Singer with the machine I was easily able to correct whatever was wrong with the threading. Now a couple of years later, I do not regret this purchase I love this machine as much as the first day I received it.

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This machine is a good deal

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use

Cons: Hoop Sizes

3 out of 3 people found this helpful.

I have other embroidery machines. The fact that it hooks up to a laptop is a plus. The software allows you to use any embroidery pattern. It also has a new patch that makes it work with windows 7. I have a machine that takes 3 1/2 in floppy disk that are now hard to find. I also was told that the usb machine should use 1 gigabit of memory or less which will no longer be made. So as long as singer keeps updating the software for new operating systems this is the best value. I think it sews great and embrioders wonderful. Does great with metallic threads.

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Solid machine

Overall Rating:

Pros: Great Features

Cons: Short Warranty

3 out of 3 people found this helpful.

I assumed this machine from a lady in the garment making industry. After a year, I took it to have a fine tune up (@$100) and despite the timing being off the parts were easily replaceable and quick to repair. Singer is a great Corp. I'm so happy they allow the option to have the machine hooked up to computers and not have to worry about the "cost" in machines for the computerization screen. The software and tutorials are so understandable you can't go wrong... unless your "timing" is off.

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Not happy

Overall Rating:

Pros: Good Value

3 out of 3 people found this helpful.

when my machine works its wonderful but when u need help you can never get thru to support.

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I Love This Machine

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

3 out of 4 people found this helpful.

I have owned a competitors's embroidery machine for 11 years, I upgraded because I wanted the larger sewing field. After a lot of research I chose this machine - mostly because of the price compared to others. At first I was a little hesitant about it having to be hooked to my computer to embroider. But after the first project I was hooked. I can now see everything on the computer screen! I was up and doing embroidery on this machine in about an hour. I admit that my experience with another machine probably helps but I can't see that anyone should have a real difficult time getting the hang of it.

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Singer Futura CE-250

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

3 out of 4 people found this helpful.

This is my first time owning an embroidery machine and it is perfect! I can sit at this machine all day. Thank you for such a wonderful and fun product!

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ce 250?

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Pros: Sewing Is Good

Cons: Won't Embroidery

3 out of 4 people found this helpful.

I have only had my machine a month and a half, sews nicely, but embroidery part is already not working. Can't transmit designs from pc to machine.

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glad i went with singer

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

Cons: Expensive

3 out of 5 people found this helpful.

I have had singer,and have done alot of research on different models,brands.etc . this just connect to computer and i am ready. that was my main selling point. now that i have had it for a few years i can say..thank goodness i did. user error is the biggest problem. pulling bobbin thread and top thread and holding tight eleminates thread breakage beeps when starting design. cleaning out bobbin case after every bobbin change(when u change bobbin) eleiminates the bunching of thread in bobbin area. it has to be clean. if the design is not clear try different format. i always do a sample design before i use a costly garment. the editing program is VERY basic but workable. . i have 4 singer sewing machines, the futura 250 for embroidery and singer serger. i love singer. i recently came across a great deal on a used brother embroidery machine. i use my futura program to resize and change designs as needed and save as a pes for the brother..my only issue is i want bigger embroidery area.I joined a support group for futura/singer on yahoo.groups.and it has been great with any issues i come across. i love it and want to invest in more software(fonts)

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Good Overall

Overall Rating:

Pros: Great Features, Easy To Use

Cons: "beeps"

2 out of 2 people found this helpful.

If you are a beginner, this is a pretty good machine for the money. The different stitches are nice. I would definately look for a serger to compliment it if constructing outfits... The "beeps" it produces when sewing can be somewhat annoying regarding thread tension/ breakage. (Sometimes there is nothing wrong and you can still get a beep and the machine stops.) I would be sure to read the entire manual. Sewing machine part seems easy enough, but the embroidery part can be a little complicated when quality is an issue. If you need to back up, it doesn't always do what you want. Overall I would say you get what you pay for.

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Great Machine!

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

Cons: Alarm Goes Off For No Reason.

2 out of 2 people found this helpful.

I really love this machine! It handles well around zippers and curves. I can't wait to try the embroidery features! I have made four items in three weeks and am about to sew another dress! Thank you, Singer!

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My dream machine

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Cons: Complicated, Several Design Flaws.

2 out of 2 people found this helpful.

For 35 years I have used a Singer Stylist and have loved it dearly, but when this machine came out with the ability to connect to the computer I decided that I would one day get it.
As soon as I got it I realized that there were several design issues that I found frustrating. One is the needle threader; it is a flimsy, impossible, obstructive little demon that needs to be eliminated or redesigned. The other design issue is the low, shallow throat. There is not enough room for you to get your hands in there!! Gets my blood boiling!
And then the last, but not least, issue is the instructions! I'm a hands on kind of learner, so the long strings of instructions may as well be written in Greek. It's a very high maintenance, complicated machine and, for me, a wiser choice would have been something with fewer moving parts, better accessibility, and simpler more thoughtful instructions.

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I LOVE THIS MACHINE

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

2 out of 3 people found this helpful.

I am sewing up a storm since I got this this week. I like the fact that it beeps at you when your bobbin is empty. I can embelish store bought items with embroidery to look a little more personal. Love all the stiches for sewing, and it is quite quiet. I will never buy anyone a store bought gift again.

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This Machine is Like Magic

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Add A Pro

2 out of 4 people found this helpful.

Before this, I would do some hoop embroidery manually on my old Golden Touch & Sew 750. Now I can do anything with cloth and thread on my CE-250. Very short learning curve, learning the adjustments for transfering pictures, but now with the simple Windows 7 interface, patches for my buddies are a cinch, did my mom's face with Auto Punch, and it looks wonderful hanging on the wall. Singer has done a great job creating this machine, as with all their machines. I don't know how they could make it any better. I'd say it only took about 10 hours to master, and now I can't keep up to the requests for embroidered items.

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Loving it!

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

2 out of 6 people found this helpful.

After using some other brands of machines and bought the Futura and WOW! Runs smooth as silk.
And after gettinbg the hang of the embroidery option, I was really impressed!

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CE 200 Futura Quantum

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Able To Upgrade To Meet Higher Futura Models

1 out of 1 people found this helpful.

My machine is not listed, but it is very similiar to the Futuras. I like it because I can use many formats and the machine does so much. Only problem, I do a lot of embroidery and the needle goes under and gouges the bobbin case and have had to replace it several times.

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Aaron/Heather in Florida

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Pros: Good Value, Easy To Use

Cons: Few Features

1 out of 1 people found this helpful.

When compared to the 4-in-1 Quartet FUTURA and the SS6000 the CE-250 is average. I LIKE THE MACHINE BUT DETESTS THE LIMITATIONS ON THE HOOPING AND THE BUNGLING IN THE BOBBIN CASE AREA. I am a little disappointed in its limitations (a small and medium sized hoop with no multi-hooping). Also, I am disappointed in the bungling in the bobbin case and hook race areas which burnt out the rubber washer and now I am not able to use the machine until I get the replacements.

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CE-250

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

1 out of 1 people found this helpful.

I like the machine and have done quite a lot of really good work with it. The drawbacks with this product is that the bobbin housing wears out quickly if you are a heavy sewer. I sew nearly everyday and work with a variety of fabrics from very sheer to fairly heavy weight. I would also like to see some updates to the software in a disc so that as I update my computer that I can easily update my machine.

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Not a smiley face

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features

Cons: Embroidery Software Not User Friendly

1 out of 1 people found this helpful.

I feel the software for this machine is outdated and not user friendly. The instructions leave you scratching your head sometimes. I have had problems with EVERYTHING I have tried to embroider.
The singer call center is a joke. You can't get through they close the phone early so calling after work when I can be with my machine is impossible. No weekend hours to boot when I would think most people would be using their machines. Also the email support takes days to get a response. However when u can get through the ladies are wonderful and very helpful. Machine does sew like a dream. Embroidery.....should be much better for the money.

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not very good customer service

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1 out of 1 people found this helpful.

I bought a futura 250 and was given 2 learning sessions. Since this is my first embroidery machine, everything is "new" and difficult to remember all the instructions my sales lady/manager gave me. She also said, she will have to charge me $50/hr to reteach me!!!!

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Dream Machine

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

1 out of 2 people found this helpful.

I love my Singer Futura 250. It runs very quiet. Great selection of stitchs on this machine & very easy to change stitchs. Does excellent job quilting.
This is my fourth Singer & I would recomend it to anyone wanting a new machine.

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A winner

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

0 out of 1 people found this helpful.

I just love my machine when I first got it all I had to do was plug it in and start sewing. I found the instructions to be easy I love my new machine

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Love It

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Pros: High Quality

Cons: Complicated, If You're A Beginner It Could Be Dificult To Navigate The Use Of Your Own Designs.

0 out of 1 people found this helpful.

I love this machine. I have a regular sewing machine and a serger, and up to this point had to embroider free hand if I wanted my own design. The price is right, and I can use my own designs!

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Best Purchase Decision

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Embroidery

Cons: No Hat Hoop

0 out of 2 people found this helpful.

Machine embroidery my own designs. Goal achieved!

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great purchase

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Pros: Great Features, High Quality

Cons: Complicated

0 out of 2 people found this helpful.

Great sewing machine. I bought it for the embroidery option. I have not been able to figure it out as quickly as I hoped. But it is a good investment.

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Good machine

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, High Quality

Cons: Complicated

0 out of 2 people found this helpful.

I like the machine but found out that the area to the right of the needle is not big enough for quilts. This one has a problem with thread error, even when the thread is ok. Can be sewing along and the machine stops with the thread error. Guess it will be ok for embroidery but I ended up just buying an L-500 for sewing and quilting. It is a much faster machine and doesn't have the bugs that this one does. Got it for a good price at HSN so really can't complain about that.

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Singer CE 200

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, High Quality

Cons: Complicated, Instruction Manual Is Useless!

0 out of 2 people found this helpful.

I absolutely LOVE this machine. I was NOT happy with the instruction manual as it didn't help at all!!!!! There is a specific protocol to operated the embroidery part of the machine, and if it's not followed to the 'T', it will NOT operate correctly or at all! Once you have a chance to practice with it, it works like a charm!

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Great Machine!

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use

Cons: Complicated

0 out of 2 people found this helpful.

There are definitely some idiosyncrasies with this machine, as there are with all machines; however, I am very impressed! I have a very basic Kenmore that I use for sewing straights and zig-zags, but the Singer is so much better for buttonholes, has nice (and fun!) other stitches, and I love the embroidery mode! I'm sure there are bigger and better embroidery machines out there, but this was an excellent price and does everything I want it to.
I will not deny that it can be difficult to learn, but once you are up and going with it, it's great. Another con is if the needle is not in the fully upright position when you turn the machine on, it cannot do it's self-check and you will end up with "88" flashing and an incessant beeping. (But you can call Customer Service and they are very helpful, even when it's something that turns out to be your own silliness!)

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wonderful!

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

0 out of 4 people found this helpful.

This machine is just wonderful. For regular sewing and also embroidery. Thanks to Singer for having the "patch" because everything downloaded just fine the first time I love using my laptop computer and having the large screen to look at. I bought this from HSN and was hoping I'd made a good choice and I did. Thanks Singer!

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