Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Inexpensive
Cons:Bubbin Threads Clockwise
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I have sewn all my life, but never had the oppurtunity to own a Singer. So when my 8 year old showed an interest in learning to sew, Santa purchased her the Pixie. It has all the mechanics of a large machine, but is suitable for tiny hands. Machine even came threaded and stitch tested, so it was ready to go on Christmas morning. My daughter immediately was able to use this machine and create creative projects independently. We both love this machine.
Pros:Good Value, Easy To Use, Battery Or Electric!
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First of all I'd like to say that most of the negative reviews are because people did not read the directions properly. The magnetic bobbin goes in CLOCKWISE, not counter clockwise like other machines. I love this machine, I take it on RV trips and piece quilts with fabric I buy on the trip. Sometimes I make kits for our guild charity quilts and take the kits on long trips. I can use electric if we are at an RV resort, or battery if we are camping on the beach without electric. I've had the machine for 3 years now and love it. Like I said, you must READ the directions even if you are an expert seamstress. As the box says, this is NOT a toy. NOT for kids; it's just a great craft machine for 50 bucks! Enjoy! :0)
It's a cute little thing and I am very disappointed. I spent the whole day trying to use my little gift but the bobbin thread is not being picked up by the needle thread. I am fuming right now for I waited 3 months to use it and found my time wasted. SINGER is a good brand but this style has a defect and should be fixed immediately.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Works Out Of The Box
Cons:Needs A Better Foot Pedal
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I use to help my mother sew years ago, she made all kinds of things. The other day I was thinking if I had a sewing machine I could make my granddaughters Christmas stockings. I went and looked at sewing machines at a local store. Seen and bought the PIXIE PLUS I grant you not very manly but who cares right. Got it home had a little trouble threading the needle but figured out that's what the silver thing was for. Cut out and pined the stocking together and started sewing. I was amazed that it sewed right out of the box. I made 3 stocking and repaired all my pants that was laying on the shelf of my closet. This little machine works great for me but the foot pedal is a little small for a man sized foot. Thank you Singer for saving me money. (don't need to buy more pants)
I'm not a fan of this one. It frequently doesn't pick up the thread during the stitch, leaving skips, sometimes for long sections. When I brought it in for repair, I was told that because the thread pickup ring is plastic, that there wasn't anything that could be done.
I have bought 2 of these machines both had the same problem. The plastic case that holds the bobbin comes loose. It looks like it is just glued in. I tried to get it back in place and was unable to do it. The second machine was only used twice, a total of maybe an hour.
I'm not sure why this machine is getting such a bad rating. I paid about $55 for the machine and have used it for a few basic projects - taking a dress up at the shoulders, hemming, etc. At first while I was testing the machine I did have issues with the bobbin thread getting bound up and/or issues with the upper thread tension, but with some tweaking of the tension for both, I got a nice even stitch. I did have a bit of trouble hemming over seams on thicker fabric, but I carried the needle over the seam using the handwheel and it worked without issue.
My one real complaint is the foot pedal... this is an on-off pedal, without any real incremental speed. I miss the travel distance between "off" and "full speed" of some of the older pedals I've used.
I grew up using really nice (ahem, beyond my current budget) Singer machines and let it be known that this is NOT a top of the line product. But it does a decent job for the occasional project and doesn't take up a lot of space in my apartment. Someday I'll probably replace it with a better model when I have the space, but this definitely is a good model for the interim.
I have been sewing for over 40 years so I know a little bit about what I am doing. I purchased a Pixie Plus for my 8-year-old granddaughter so I could teach her how to sew too. I had so many problems with it jamming up because the thread would not feed right that I packed it up and returned it for another model. I was afraid she would get discouraged before even getting a chance to learning anything.
As soon as I got it the stitches bunched up, and the bobbin wouldn't thread. I thought it was me but spent a few hours trying to fix it and it still didn't work. Then I read other reviews and they said the same, big waste of time.
me sewing machine came new in the box from my mom
it keep get supper hot!! that i cant use it so i save up for a brother xl 3750 sewing machine
that work supper good then the Pixie Plus i will not buy a singer no more
Zipper foot will not go down all the way. Makes sewing difficult because you have to hand feed everything. Have looked and tried everything for adjustment and can't find anything. Thread tension is very difficult to get just right. Bought this to use in scrapbooking and if I could get everything adjusted it would be great. Right now it is back in the box because it is too frustrating to use.
purchasing this machine was a mistake from day 1.
unable to sew even thin fabric. machine keeps jamming and leaving 'balls' of thread on the backside of the material. instruction manual not much help either. no contact numbers to request phone assistance....
My daughter recieved this for Christmas. The first one we had to return to the store because it would not work. We could only exchange it for the same machine, and this one too, does not work. I am highly disappointed in this machine, and would not recommend it to anyone for use scrapbooking or sewing simple patchworks.
Makes nice, tight, consistant straight lines. Very basic. Purchased this for simple, occasional around-the-home repair use. Have made a couple simple bags, pillow covers and curtains. Easy to learn. Have had issues with thread getting caught and snapping near tension adjustment knob. Disassembled and found there are jagged plastic edges that are snagging thread, which I filed and coated with clear nail polish, resolving the problem.
I purchased this machine for occassional projects. I'm not a big sewer but sometimes like to dabble with it. I got the machine about a year and a half ago. The low high speed settings did not work out of the box but the pedal worked fine so I figured no big deal. Used it once was happy with it. Started a project for my step daughter and the pedal died. plastic piece inside melted and could no longer connect the metal parts to get power to the machine. had to start using the broken low high switch again. Had to proceed with my project mostly with the manual turn knob. The plastic tray that holds the bobbin somehow broke too and the tensioner on the upper arm did not seem to loosen the thread the way I needed it to. It is now beyond repair and my project is only half done. I am very disappointed in the operation of this machine. Would like to know if there is a program to trade in my old machine for a newer one that works? That would be very helpful considering I cannot take this one back.
I have been sewing for over 40 years and my first machine was a Singer (loved it) I needed a machine to travel with and this one seemed perfect. From the time that it was taken out of the box it never worked. The bobbin thread could not be picked up. I wish that the quality was there. Now we are traveling in Central America and I am stuck.
I bought the Pixie Plus as a first sewing machine for my 9 y/o daughter. She loved it, the features were easy to use and setup was a breeze. It worked well for small projects, then we started working with fleece and then the problems started.
Foot pedal was inconsistent, sometimes it would work and sometimes it wouldn't. Then the thread would get caught on itself and snap, so I was constantly rethreading the maching. Last night the bobbin stopped spinning mid project and we had to stop sewing. The best I can tell is the magnet (I didn't realize that there was one) came loose and the bobbin can no longer detect it. The internal bobbin tray is loose so I will have to open it up and get a better look.
Long story short, great concept for a beginning sewer/crafter and the price *would have* been right except that mine only lasted for maybe ten projects, five sessions, over a period of four weeks.