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Reviews for FQ-4 | FUTURA QUARTET™

The next generation of SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing and embroidery machines, this is one machine with four functions—sewing, embroidery, quilting and serging.

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Struggling Purchaser

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Pros: Great Features, Sews Great

Cons: Complicated

The machine operates well as a sewing machine. I am having trouble with the training of the embroidery part. The control foot that you use for regular sewing does not work. I wish you had lessons offered not just videos. The place of purchase has not been helpful at all. I wish I would have bought it locally even if the price was higher.

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Futura Quartet 400

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Pros: Easy To Use, Not Too Expensive Now, And Pretty Well Made.

Cons: Missing Thread Cutter And No Led Window., Doesn't Come With A Lot Of Accessories(feet) For Regular Sewing.

1 out of 1 people found this helpful.

I really miss the thread cutter and having a led screen to see what is going on. If I had known Singer would immediately come out with them on the newer models I would have waited, but as I use my beloved 9960 for everything sewing, it is not too bad. As I said, the lack of windows to keep track of your sewing is a pain. AND the missing thread cutter. I did buy it for the embroidery, and so far, no complaint. It is slightly slower than my stand alone, ancient Brother embroidery machine, but I love the contact with the laptop and being able to use the laptop for updates, embroidery designs then sending to sewing machine. If you are going to want a sewing machine to use all the time, I would buy one of the other newer ones, with the t.c. and the lcd screen. If you are looking for more in the way of embroidery, it won't matter. The only difference, BTW, between the four machines before the 550,(besides the color of the machine) is the software package.

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Great machine

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, A Lot Of Machines In One

3 out of 3 people found this helpful.

Love, love this machine.Still learning embroidery but this machine is so great. To have sewing machine with quilting capability and regular sewing and embroidery all wrapped up in one machine is the greatest. Thank you Singer.

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Valverde At Last

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

4 out of 4 people found this helpful.

I had an embroidery machine before for 8 years and I had to take it in 6 times for major repair. When I got this machine I was so happy to see how great it was to have a machine that really worked well. The only problem is the bobbin at times stops picking up thread, has happen at least 4 times. I notice that the bobbin case moves and when I move it back in place it works well for some time, otherwise I love the machine. PS Needs a 5 by 7 hoop.

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You can make amazing artwork/crafts

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features

Cons: A Little Noisy

4 out of 5 people found this helpful.

I could've sworn I already left a review here, but I was emailed to leave another? So here goes: Excellent machine, if you expect it to perform like a $10,000 Husqvarna you will be dissapointed. This is a consumer grade version of more expensive embroidery machines, but it gets the job done. If you take a day to read the manual and learn the software you can make some amazing stuff. At first I was unsure due to negative reviews but most of them seem to be from either lazy people, people who did not return machine before 30 days were up, or people who do not want to take the time to read the easy to understand manual. Also Jennyssewingstudio on Youtube has a few tutorials on the software that are easy to follow. I would refer beginning sewers to a simpler machine than this one.

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Very Capable Machine

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

7 out of 7 people found this helpful.

This embroidery machine is very good. I suggust using the PDF manual, either through the CD card or by copying the PDF form. I use the CD card and save paperwork:} I love this machine because it has beautiful stitch power on embroidery and sewing projects. The hoops are great too.

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Nice machine

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features

6 out of 6 people found this helpful.

I have had this machine for about 18 months. I also have a Futura 350 but wanted the larger hoop and easier threading. The machine is quite noisy but works well. Since I already had an embroidery machine I knew that I had to have special stabilizers, thread, needles etc. Just recently this machine quit sewing and gave message that it was locked up. I took it to be serviced and the serviceman said the problem was the bushings and he had it fixed in one day. He was impressed with the machine. It is not as noisy now and I was able to finish my Christmas presents. I would recommend this machine with the understanding that machine embroidery has a learning curve but is very rewarding. I have tried the multi hooping feature but found it hard to get lined up perfectly, I plan work on that with the video tutorial found on this site.

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Really Nice Machine1

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

7 out of 7 people found this helpful.

I have been sewing since I was a child and have never owned a sewing machine that embroiders. What fun! All in all I really like this machine. The only thing is that I make alot of baby blankets from fleece and I cannot sew a simple straight stitch on more than 3 layers without the thread breaking. I also make handbags and have not yet tried to sew leather. I do like that the presser foot can be lifted to a much higher width but you really need three hands to push the fabric and hold up the presser foot. But, for the money I spent for this machine, I am very pleased.

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Nice Machine

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Pros: Great Features

Cons: The Hoop Is To Flexible

3 out of 4 people found this helpful.

This machine has some very nice features. I have had three other embordery machines that quit on me just trying to do a quilt this year I am hoping this one will be OK. The only thing I have found with this one is the hoop is so flexible it is hard to keep the fabric tight.

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Stick with it

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use

Cons: Noisy

8 out of 8 people found this helpful.

I had a hard time starting because I did not know you needed special thread, stabilizers etc for embroidery. I was upset that there were not more instructions - but then I called the support number. These people are incredible and have been a fantastic resource. Now I have learned a little more I love this machine. It is super easy, usually when there is a problem it is me and so it is fixable with help from support.
I cannot believe the beautiful things I have created with very little knowledge and this fantastic machine, and all my friends cannot believe how inexpensive it was for what it does. It is a little noisy, but all in all a great value. I was not much into sewing but now I a so excited about what this machine enables me to do, I can't stay away!

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I'm in love

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

6 out of 7 people found this helpful.

This machine is amazing! I was worried that it was going to take me forever to learn how to use it as I am a beginner but it was very easy to master! NO complaints.

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Truly worth the money

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

11 out of 12 people found this helpful.

I love the machine. Very easy to use. Only issue is I would love to be able to work the software without attaching my computer to the machine.

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best machine ever easy to use!!!!

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

10 out of 11 people found this helpful.

I have never ever did embroidery before till this machine!!! Love it !!!

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Loads of Fun

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

Cons: Needs Stand Alone Software

4 out of 5 people found this helpful.

I have rediscovered my love of sewing thanks to this machine. It does enough of all the things I want to do. I have made jackets, and done quite a bit of embroidery. I had no trouble setting it up and figuring out how to sew and embroider. I could not figure out the serger foot but found a video online here that I think should fix that. My wish is the software would work without being attached to the machine. I would love to be able to plan the embroidery without having to be attached to the machine.

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The best yet!

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

18 out of 18 people found this helpful.

I love it more everytime I use it! I've yet to have to rip out anything I've done. I can't say that about the $5000 machine I have. It doesn't have all the feature my more expensive machine has, but I'd rather stitch with this one because it doesn't frustrate and disappoint me, it does what I need it to! It embroiders, quilts (without eating the fabric) and garment sews.
I hesitated about buying, but I'm glad I did. I'm thinking about selling my much more expensive one and I'm sure I won't miss it.

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FQ-4

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

10 out of 10 people found this helpful.

Bought my FQ-4 about 3 weeks ago and love it, easy to set up, and have been embroidery all kinds of things for christmas presents this year. The price was also great, can not justify 5 or $6000.00 for a machine, my aunt has one of those machines and I can do more with mine than she can hers. So glad I waited for this machine. I do alot of machine quilting and this machine does it all. Thanks Singer

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Don't be so fast to give up.

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Pros: Great Features, High Quality

Cons: Complicated

28 out of 28 people found this helpful.

I own this machine and the Futura SES2000. Since the software was the same but, you are able to mulit hoop and the large hoop was bigger I bought this one as well. It's a great machine and easy to use ONCE you have worked with the software and mastered it. For the people with USB issues if you have VISTA you need to apply a patch for the software to work. I can say that any issue I have had with any futura machine was my error and not the machine. Yes you must use your laptop at all time when you want to emb but, a machine that does not use your laptop will only have a handful of emb to pick from. For the person that said you could not use other desgins yes you can use have to digitize them and that you have to learn how to do as well. Suggestion you can purchase software or DVD to help you and HSN has it. Most of you need to get some material and just play around. For the bobbin issue you can ONLY use 15J bobbins or it will not function right. Just keep trying and reading and playing around and you will soon find you can not live with out this machine. Also for any other machine that does this type of thing like a babylock will cost you much more money and you will have the same issue.

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Impressed

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

4 out of 4 people found this helpful.

Had issue, could not get embroidery table to attach all the way. Called 1800 number person on phone helpful and solved problem. Machine works good. Embroidey table arm is noisy other wise a very nice machine. Own one other Singer and 1 Brother embroidery machine. So far this is the best, because of its large field of embroidery. Except for table noise would recommend this machine to anyone. Singer just needs to get better QA at factory. Fo this much money customers should not have to remove excess plastic to make machine work.

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Beautiful Machine!

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, High Quality, Sew Great

Cons: Complicated, Expensive, Weight-heavy

2 out of 3 people found this helpful.

I am disappointed that its weight is heavy. Usb connection issue, had to remove software and add it again, to get it to work, Limited designs in software. No insturction on how to use the software progam. Had it for a few days now, will return to reviews once I learn more about it. Like all machine takes time to learn them. I've been sewing for 30+ years.

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Had to send it for repair in less than a week

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Pros: Great Features

Cons: Complicated

5 out of 7 people found this helpful.

It is a very pretty machine, but I have already had to send it to the factory to repair the malfunctioning bobbin case. The instruction manual is limited, referring you to the on-line instructions. For the embrodery function, you have to have your program up while trying to read and follow instructions. Seems to me that a machine this complicated and expensive should have detailed printed materials with it.

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Great machine

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

12 out of 12 people found this helpful.

Saw the other reviews and figured I better say something. Often if someone doesn't have a problem, they don't post. I received my machine last week, and really enjoying the machine. I own other home embroidery machines. Setting up the machine was smooth. It is nice you do not have to bring up thread from the bobbin. Threading is easy, and the thread path is better than with my Futura CE250 or my old CE200 I use to own. There is no " thread flossing" now. Bobbins wind tightly. Embroidery is beautiful. Lots of room for wrestling around quilt tops or quilting. Sewing is effortless. This is a great all-around machine.

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Love It!

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

9 out of 9 people found this helpful.

This is the first review I have ever written but I saw the only other review and had to do it! I have wanted a embroidery machine for close to 20 years but could never really justify it because I have never sewed more than the occasional straight line, and it probably wasn't very straight. I spent a couple weeks reading every review I could find and finally decided on the singer 250 and the morning I was going to order it I saw this machine on HSN, I took it as a sign:) It sat on my table for 4 days because I was scared that it wouldn't work right and I would be so disappointed! I am not very computer literate and I use a Mac so I broke out my 8 year old laptop, took my time and actually read the step by step directions and have had no problems. If somethings not right it will blink on a number and the Manuel tells you exactly what's wrong and how to fix it. There is a learning curve with the software but if I can figure it out then im sure most people can, just slow down and have fun!

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What a mistake

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Pros: Great Features

Cons: Complicated, Expensive, Lack Of Instructions

10 out of 11 people found this helpful.

I purchased via HSN. Was really excited to have a machine that would sew, embroider and be a serger. The embroidery arm was malfunctioning so that has to be shipped back for repairs (they wouldn't send me a new one). There are absolutely no instructions for the serger so unable to use - will need to call the service center and hope someone can walk me through. no pictures or other identifiers for the "value added" pressure feet so have about 6 that I have no idea about. Overall - not a good experience thus far. My ratings may change if this gets worked out

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ce-futura

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4 out of 6 people found this helpful.

Very dissapointed-just unpackaged my beautiful machine. and it will not stop showing me usb problems..will not work embroidery at all because of the usb connection issue.

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