we purchased this machine on sale. It has been perfect for everyday usage. Portable so it goes camping with us, I can use it where ever, even the kitchen counter. My cabinet machine can't do that. Definitely worth this price.
after only a week of use "bobbin fill" would not go back to sew mode even though the bobbin fill bar did. warranty co 3 hr drive away also missing 2 parts otherwise would give 5 star given to me as a gift
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Built In Button Holer
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This is an awesome machine as it has a serger ability built in. I have been sewing for many years and have always owned Singer machines. Easy to run and never any issues with the quality or durability. Highly recommend this machine.
I had my old Singer Sewing machine since 1981 I loved it I sew a lot of projects and it just wore out. So when I needed a new one and wanted a basic one that would do what I needed it for I found this one and it will be the best for me.
right now my new machine is getting repaired, so not so happy with singer, but my old machine i have had for 35 years and very happy with it, just wish it could do more..so i will wait until new one is fixed to give another review.
I bought this sewing machine at a special sale at K-mart. Being sold by Southern Sewing Center Inc. out of Florida. Don't buy from these so called sales. You have 3 days to cancel and they charge you 25.00 dollars restock fee. They refuses to take back my unopened box after it took over 2 weeks for me to get my machine. I have used this 2 times and the bobbin won't wind and the thread breaks constantly and you have to re thread. Motor sounds harsh and machine is slow on speed. Head is cheap and bonces all over while you sew. I have to take it 100 miles away to get this fixed under the warranty. I will never buy a new singer again.
Cons:Poor Quality, Very Limited Customer Service Hours
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Just started using my new scholastic 850 on my 1st project. Has already jammed up on me and am now stuck in middle of a unfinished project. Called customer service and on hold x 30+ minutes. Hung up and sent them an email. Going back to my old Babyloc. Have been sewing for over 40 years and have never had this much trouble with a machine.
I too have the 5511 and found the bobbin would tangle if I used it for long periods. It was the type of thread I was using. I am using duck cotton canvas material and was using upholstry thread, thinking it was sturdy for my project. Once I changed to a regular cotton thread, I no longer have the issue and it's still sturdy enough for what Im working with.
I havent found where to oil this machine tho. The manual stinks.
If it worked properly it could be a great machine. I have been sewing for years and needed a sewing machine that I could continue to grow with. My mom like myself thought this was a good brand, the machine is not.
The tension never works, even if you turn to the manual (which is impossible to understand). I have read inserting the bobbin clock wise or counter clockwise makes a difference. It doesn't. The stitches are always loose or pulling through.
Good luck using any of the stitches beyond straight, the materials the assemblies are made out of just don't meet the needs of me as a user.
I would recommend going online and finding an old one. Fix that up and it will cost you less than one of these. Plus you won't need to deal with the frustration of needing to fix a new machine that breaks after a month of use.
Purchased model 5511 first time approximately a year ago, used it for six months and was continually having problems with bobbin jamming and making a mess under fabric, dealer was kind enough to send me another one, have had this one since November 2013 and the same thing is starting again. I am so upset with Singer. I should have saved my money and went with another brand.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
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I had the same problem with the bobbin. I spent and hour and a half trying to use this and underneath the material, the bobbin thread was gathered in large loops every stitch!.
I was getting so frustrated and since the Singer customer service was closed, I looked on their troubleshooting website. It stated whenever, the bottom of the material had excessive loops from the bobbin, it was from the tension being wrong from the spool. I looked at the manual again to see how the spool was supposed to be placed (which isn't very clear) and it shows the spool should have the thread CLOCKWISE.
Well, I had the spool counterclock wise and when I turned the spool around, it fixed the problem..when the spool is backwards, it causes TOO much upper thread tension causing the bobbin thread to bunch up.
Now it sews like a dream and I was up till 2:00 a.m. sewing pillows.
I am confident if the other sewers would turn the spool around it would fix the problem.
These machines do have a warranty and they are well built.
I got the teachers model which has a zipper foot and free form embroidery foot...very cool..
Purchased at a special demonstration at Dollar store. Person very knowledgable about machine. Showed how to use machine just like dvd. But, should have purchased it at a store like Joannes as they had it on sale for less and I could have gotten one with a auto threader on it, this one does not have one. I would have had to purchase a more expensive one to get that feature. The one feature that impressed me most was the way it went thur 9 layers of jeans. But, still had to use a jean needle as i tried it at home and regular needle broke. And i had 12 layers to go thur and it did not work on that. I have not used any of the other feet yet. But, have had another machine that has the same feet and used a zipper foot and a few other attachments that are the same as the ones that you can purchase online or comes with the more expensive models. My dvd says I was to have more feet but, didn't . Another feature foot was the free movement one. That is extra
could darn or embroider with it. Would like to get one to do that.
Cons:Not The Best Machine For An Experienced Seamstress
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This sewing machine is ok for basic sewing and mending. It is very loud and doesn't have the finesse of my more expensive Janome Embroidery Machine. It does sew through heavy material unless you try to go through seams and corners on denim, etc. It does hang up and get stuck. I bought the machine to use on heavy material and for mending so I don't need to use my expensive machine. It does a decent job but not as good as the demonstrator said. I'm glad it wasn't ultra expensive. You get out of it what you pay for it.
Cons:Poor Quality, Few Features, Complicated, Bobbin Never Works, Manual Is Just A Picture Book Of The Names Of Parts., For A First Time Sewer, No Information On How Or When To Use The Parts
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NO STARS!! Beginner sewer. Can't use machine. Manual is of no help. Tells names of parts but not what they do or how to use them. As others have reported, bobbin will not work. Thread just tangles. Where I bought it they have a three day return policy. It took me three days to gather fabric, pins, and all the supplies to set up my sewing "station". Guess I'm stuck with a $200 sewing machine I can't use. Not the product my grandmother and mother
Pros:Good Value, Easy To Use, Some Good Features, But Not Necessarily "great", Lightweight (compared To My 35 Year Old Machine)
Cons:Has Issues With Bobbin Tension Regularly
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I have used Singer products exclusively since learning to sew decades ago. Have purchased two other "scholastic" machines in the past. Thought it would be terrific to have a machine newer than 35 years! When it works it is wonderful for the basics. However, after a few weeks of "carefree" sewing, the bobbin thread began to jam. It continues to do every 30 minutes or so of sewing. Like several others have noted, I have read the limited manual and done everything I know to do (I never touch bobbin tension), and I can eventually get it to work again - but only for a short while. I have used various fabrics, but nothing heavy duty to date. I, too, think that the printed manual is of poor quality (limited and stilted English) and includes VERY limited instructions for the "serger" part purchased separately. This machine was a gift purchased at a one-day-only sale so I did not see the demonstration of this machine. I have been sewing for a very long time and consider myself a proficient sew-er.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
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I bought this for my son (12)to use, since he he loves to sew and I didn't want him to use my electronic machine. We used it to make his costume for a scout event and it was great. I tried it on jean repair and it worked great and with ease. Bought it at a Singer event and didn't know what type of machine it could be and we are very happy with it!!! Even is great with jeans!!
I bought my machine in feb 2012, and took it in for service in june 2012 for timing going out and other problems. I had to drive over an hour away for service and luckily the repair was only $80 and I had a two month window to bring it back if anything went wrong. I am taking it back for repair next wednesday which will be july 25, 2012 because it will not make a zigzag stitch. I should not be having so many problems with a brand new machine. I will get it reserviced and then I will be selling this machine. Im very disappointed, I rely on a machine to help with income.
Well I'm having the same problem as the other people. Bobbin keeps jamming up, makes a mess on the underside of my fabric. This needs to have the Singer people rethink there bobbin mechanism. I do like the fact that I can see the bobbin ( top loading bobbin) and find the thread to cut, that makes it easier to pull out. I got a Singer because my Mom always had one and it never did this.. Older machines didn't have so much plastic the bobbin was a metal bobbin too. I wonder if they changed the way they thread because of them being plastic now? Wish I could trade it in..
I'm having the same problem with my thread breaking while in the middle of sewing something. I'm not sure if I'm not threading it properly or the bobbin. I'm taking a sewing course & it really slows me down to have to keep re-threading. It also jams up & keeps going over & over the same stitch so makes a huge mess on the back side. I have a silk blouse I need to sew together & I'm a little afraid to actually sew on it. I'm afraid it will ruin my beautiful silk material. I'm sorry. I was very excited to get this machine, but now I'm not so sure. Then I go to the fabric store & find machine's with way more features that cost way less than I had to pay for this basic machine. I'm not sure I will buy another singer. Really am sorry that my first experience with a Singer machine has been very dissappointing.
I just replaced a zipper in a leather Jacket. layers of leather, 2 layers of interfacing & zipper material. I had to use a size 18 needle & put vasoline on the leather to get it to feed, but it went in easy. No broken thread, bunching up or puckering. I worried about the bobbin thread after reading the reviews, but have not had that problem yet. I have sewed on thin cotton, & put zippers in blue jeans also. so far it works great on everything.
Having the worst time getting this machine to sew without the bobbin thread messing all up! Have rethreaded it a million times. Had an old singer and I have gotten it back out! Can not wait for the salesman to come back in town.