I've had my machine for 6 months now and all of the sudden the alignment is off. I haven't used it very much (as I have another machine) or used any heavy duty materials either. I used it maximum of 8 times. Unfortunately it was a gift and I didn't recieve the reciept so I'll be paying $30 for the repair.
I have grown to love this machine but not until after going through the pain barrier with it.
The first pain was the threading. I wish that the pictures could have been a bit clearer and from more angles. But I'm over that now and can thread with relative ease.
The most frustrating thing about this machine is that unless you are very careful how the thread lies in relation to the needle after it's been threaded and the needle lowered into the fabric it will constantly jam up on you. However now that I have sussed it out its great and does it's job well. The back stitcher on the other hand - if just don't use it due to its temperamentally.
Stick with you machine and get to know it very well and it will give you trouble free basic sewing.
I bought this machine two months ago and since then I'm having problems in adjusting the tension on this machine. I'm totally upset about this. From day one this was the problem. I'm struggling to adjust the tension. Can you help?
Singer has been a part of my life since I can remember. It's the only sewing machine brand my grandmother, mother and I have ever used. I purchased my very first singer when my first daughter was born in 1977. It's still going strong, but my second daughter decided a couple of years ago that she wanted to learn to sew. She learned quickly, loved it, and kept my machine.
So when my 14 year old granddaughter said she wanted to learn to sew, I purchased a 1409 Promise, because it was basic and inexpensive in case she didn't stick with it.
Things didn't work out and I ended up keeping the machine. The first thing I didn't like was the way the bobbin is inserted. Until you get used to it, it's easy to miss and falls out. The old fashioned drop-in bobbin worked so well, why change it?
But my biggest complaint is one that seems to be shared by many -- the bobbin thread gets tangled up often and this has become very frustrating. It's not a problem with the tension, stitch length or needle, because it will work well for a while, then without warning the thread tangles and breaks. I have NEVER had this problem before. Clearly this is a defect in the machine, since I am not the only one with this issue. I'm very glad I did not get a chance to teach my granddaughter to sew, as I would've left the machine with her and she would have given up. She lives in another state and her mother doesn't sew, so there would have been no one to tell her the problem is with the machine.
I'm not giving up on Singer, but next time I won't think I'm doing something wrong and wait until it's too late to return the machine.
My husband replaced my 30 year-old singer and what a change!! The machine is extremely light-weight and very easy to use. I, too, had problems with the machine jamming when I did reverse stitching. But I found the problem went away when I changed the weight of the thread from a cotton (heavy weight) to polyester (lighter weight). The machine is quite responsive.
I am not a beginner when it comes to seeing machines. I threaded the machine and immediately realized tension issues when sewing my first item. I have adjusted it to every possible setting (even though the manual says "tension has been set correctly at the factory, so you do not need to adjust it"), and still no luck. Whether it is set on zero, four, or eight, there doesn't seem to be much difference and there should be. This tells me there is a problem. I have followed the manual step by step and my threading of the machine is correct. I contacted the company via their email and was told I need to rethread it to fix my problem. This was not helpful. I then called the 800 number, I've done so three times. The first time, after waiting 45 minutes and it telling me there were zero callers ahead of me, I was disconnected from their end. The second call ended the same way after 30 minutes wait time. The third call was oddly disconnected after 25 minutes and 4 callers ahead of me. I am displease with the customer service and the product itself. After this I have seen multiple other reviews on this model where people have experienced the same problems with the machine.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Very Reliable, Metal Interior Frame
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i dont see why this machine is classified as a very basic machine because it is very rich in features. i grew up on an industrial streight stitch machine, and quite frankly, its great to have not only zig-zag, but also decorative stitches and a built in buttonholer. not only that, it is also very heavy duty! ive sewn through 16 layers of denim with this machine. other brands of machines i tried, like Brother, were lacking in the strength department. i love this machine and i swear by it. BUY IT!!!!!
I have heard great things about singer and how good their sewing machine are, but when I purchased one I was disappointed in it. I am just learning to sew so I didnt want a machine that was to complicated to use. It was easy to understand and use, but it doesnt work on any thick material. It jams up and breaks the thread. You have to keep rethreading it.
I haven't used my machine as of yet, I will get myself familiar with it and then I can start mending clothing articles. I will start sewing toddler clothing for my niece who is 7 months now. Sewing for family only, I don't feel confident to sew for others yet.
Its a great machine for a beginner, but not the best investment. Should only be used for kids ranging from ages 10-14. Very simple to learn how to use, but cannot handle any tougher fabrics, like tough denim or leathers.
It has been over 15 years since I used a sewing machine in middle school home-ec class, so I wanted a machine that was practical for a beginner. This machine has been excellent! In a month of ownership and weekend crafting I have successfuly made a new makeup bag with a zipper, a few pillows, and am currently working on a dress.
Don't be fooled by the bad reviews. Promise 1409 was easy to set up after I followed the full directions (NOT the Quickstart) step by step. I was a bit aprehensive about a side-loading bobbin, but was proven wrong after getting the hang of it. Have only had the machine jam once and found I had loaded the bobbin backwards. Very smooth, quiet, and the metal frame beats other "cheap" models on the market. Only wish: a few more stitches to work with.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
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I am 12 years old and I have wanted to get into sewing and designing. My family have been using singers for generations so, naturally, I got a singer too and I am overjoyed at how brilliant it is. I know close to nothing about sewing machines but I was able to set this up in 5 minutes and I sewed my first dress which looks super professional ! I couldn't have asked for anything better! This is a wonderful machine and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys sewing
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
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I have owned the 1409 for a couple of months now and it has proven to be a good investment. It is very trouble free and easy to learn. I had a Singer "Touch and Sew" years ago and it lasted many years. When I had to replace it, Singer was not being manufactured and I bought a Necchi machine. I was never happy with that one and it became unrepairable. It was also much harder to learn to use. I am looking forward to using this Singer for a good long time.
This machine is very easy to use, also it has many functions that let me do a lot of kind of dresses, jerseys and all type of wear clothes.
But Lately I Been hearing a sound when i make a long sewing like pants.
Pros:Good Value, Light Weight, Easy To Use, High Quality
33 out of 35 people found this helpful.
I have been using this model for two months and I am very pleased with it. I have not had any major problems at all. This is the sewing machine for dummies. I have not used a sewing machine in 20 years but I remember how much I enjoyed sewing and wanted to come back to it.
I researched different Singer model sewing machines but I just wanted something very basic and simple. If you are into embroidery or want to expand this may not be the machine for you but I am looking to sew items for the home and found this to be effective.
I found the manuals easy to read and follow but before I bought the machine I looked at videos online on how to thread a bobbin and the basics of sewing.
This machine does pretty much everything I need it to do. It has jammed a couple of times, but my husband was able to fix it. I don't really need a lot of fancy stitches, so it works great for my little business. The only thing I dislike is that there is no option to purchase a Walking Foot for it, which would really help me when working with some of the slippery fabrics I use. I didn't know much about sewing machines when my husband bought it for me at Christmas, so now that I know more and would like that presser foot, I can't use it. So that sucks. Perhaps I'll have to upgrade someday, but I'll just suffer through and do my best in the meantime.
This machine was a gift to my granddaughter who wanted to learn to sew. The first thing I noticed it was pretty easy to set up and quiet. She is 11 and it didn't scare her at all. She loved seeing the different stitches she could use and by far the zigzag is her favorite. First project was a pillow and she did a great job. No problems at all. Just wish it had the little edger thing that would make it easier to keep the material straight. I have recommended this machine to a few of my first time sewing friends.
I have sewn before, but this machine is great. It is some simple and the directions were easy to follow when I went to set it up. The only problem that I had was that the thread sometimes gets jumbled up and stuck so I have to re-thread it. It's really no big deal to me. But its something I thought I would point out. I also like the fact that it is same and very portable. Its definitely not a machine for someone who is doing bigger projects.
Its great so far, works really well. I'll update this as soon as I figure out what I'm doing wrong. I seem to be having trouble with loading the bobbin. Can't really understand that part of the manual. I like the machine thought. I've never used a machine before and it's really quiet. Great for me, and will probably be easier to use when I figure out what I'm doing wrong.
This sewing machine is very easy to use. It is great for beginner or someone that just want to make simple things. The one bad thing is that you have to undo a screw just to get the the light bulb. Most of the other sewing machines I have used has a hing so you can get to the bulb much easier.
I haven't sewn in a while and this machine has helped me to get back in the groove of sewing, the only problem that I have is that I can't use heavy thread on the machine so that has slowed me down some, but other than that it is a great machine for beginners. I will up grade the machine and pass this one on to my daughter so that she will become a great sewer in time. I am going to make my daughters wedding dress for her wedding and the flower girl dress this will be fun and very interesting
Pros:Good Value, Easy To Use, Included Accessories
Cons:Few Stitch Patterns
5 out of 6 people found this helpful.
I am a beginner and this machine is perfect for me. I somewhat wish I would have purchased the promise, simply for more stitch patterns but other than that, I would recommend this to any beginner or expert who just enjoys sewing. I do seem to have a problem with the top thread pulling lose when I first begin stitching, but I may not be pulling enough thread out to start with. Seems like I do have to waste about 8 inches or the top thread will pull out. May just be me? Other than that, the machine has only jammed because of thread being bunched underneath my working fabric.
I have only some sewing experience, and this is my first machine. I have had my singer for about a month, and so far so good. Very easy to use, though it took some practice to learn to thread both top and bottom properly. The directions were pretty basic, but there were plenty of videos on YouTube that helped. This machine is solidly constructed and easy to use for basic sewing needs. I have zero complaints about this machine and I have been having a lot of fun becoming a more proficient seamstress. Highly recommended for a beginner!
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, Good Quality
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I haven't sew anything since I was in my early 20s, yet this year I decided to add textile work to my self-employed business (already includes photography). I couldn't afford an expensive machine; just wanted something that did the basics and a little more. This Promise 1409 machine from Singer has been a great choice for me. The bobbin loading and machine threading instructions are quite easy to follow. The machine has only jammed when it was my mistake. I would definitely recommend this machine for beginner/starting again sewers.
Cons:Poor Quality, Few Features, Complicated, Machine Jam
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The machine jams all the time when I try and backstich and even when I'm doing a simple stitch. It has such a complicated process on how to thread the machine and how to thread the bobbin. The instructions aren't written well at all. I don't recommend this product, you get what you pay for.
The Promise 1409 is a very good sewing machine for the price. Its an excellent value. It has the needed features for the beginner and occasional user. I found the machine very easy to setup and it runs good.
I have just begun to learn how to sew and this sewing machine is very easy to use and great for a first timer like me. So far I have made my 3month old daughter her very first baby blanket! She loves it and so I!