Cons:Complicated, Not User Friendly, Too Many Problems
4 out of 8 people found this helpful.
My mom has been using sewing machines for a long time. So I wanted to learn the skill, and do basic sewing ideas myself. I have made myself a pair of shorts with this machine, which was a good experience.
The machine has been too annoying, and too sensitive. When there are countless youtube videos on how to use, and maintain a machine, there obviously is a problem with user friendliness.
I can completely understand why youngsters aren't (and will not be) interested in sewing. It seems to be more about the machine, than the sewing itself. If you are a beginner, I say wait till a company comes up with a user friendly sewing machine that wouldn't be too annoying to use.
I wanted to post this review before packing up the Promise II given its latest problem of bottom thread jamming.
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Kyung Cha yoon | April 16, 2015
18 out of 20 people found this helpful.
for simple basic sewing, this machine works well but it does not work well for knit fabrics and the instruction book does not have instructions for different types of fabrics. also, the upper thread does not stay in place.
I got this machine for Christmas in 2013. I was over the moon, I loved it. I used it virtually everyday and everyday would get increasingly frustrated with the bobbin. It's almost as though it might get too hot, or alignment would get off. It would work for several minutes then bunch up. And with no real way to adjust the tension makes it frustrating.
This machine is good for light use, very basic sewing, and someone who is willing to spend extra time to go slow and not use the back stitching.
It has difficulty going through 4 layers of thin cotton and batting (table runners)
Overall, it is an OK machine.
It's good for the price you pay.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Singer 1512 Promise Ii
9 out of 10 people found this helpful.
Sewing machine was easy to set up. I still knew how to thread. I sewed my first torn socks, just to try the machine out. It was wonderful, the only thing it didn't come with any oil. I guess I can go to some fabric place, and get me some oil for the machine. But instructions are easy to follow. My husband gave me this singer as a gift. I use to sew my little girls clothes, now I have grandsons, so I can sew their clothes. I really enjoy this singer, it even stitches in reverse.
Cons:Temperamental, Can Require Frequent Re-threading
24 out of 24 people found this helpful.
The good news... great price & you get many opportunities to practice re-threading. The bad news... you get many opportunities to practice re-threading. Keeping the adage "You get what you pay for" in mind, this machine has met my expectations of a device in this price range.
I am a beginner and had only sewn one project, as a learning exercise, prior to purchasing the 1512 Promise II. My goal was to help my son create an ambitious, custom, but fun Halloween costume. Given my limited experience and infrequent need, I was not ready to invest in a professional grade machine. Based on cost and local availability, I settled on the 1512 Promise II model, despite mixed reviews.
My experience with this machine was a positive one, albeit frustrating at times. I was able to deliver an acceptable version of the desired costume (particularly given my skill level) and my son was proud to wear it. The 1512 did not let me down, in the long run. However, I would warn that the bobbin is touchy and can be a source of frustration, until you get a feel for how to keep it threaded between stitches. In my case I had to ensure there was at least 8" of thread pulled through the needle, etc. after each stitch (the manual suggests up to 6"). After some initial discouragement, trial & error, I was able to "get the hang of it" and my project went relatively smoothly from that point on.
Overall, the quality of this product is relatively low, but consistent with other models in this price range and I had no issues other than the fussy bobbin. I've actually used it for a few small projects since and am looking forward to the next. I would recommend the Singer 1512 to others on a budget. With the disclaimer that patience is required, until you become familiar with using this specific machine.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, High Quality, Instruction Manual Is Easy To Follow., Includes Storage Compartment In The Machine., Came With Bobbins And Zipper Foot, Button Hole Foot., Light Is Excellent, All The Controls Are Designed To Be Intuitive, Nothing To "figure Out"
6 out of 7 people found this helpful.
This machine is perfect as far as I'm concerned: it does everything it "promises" in the product features: simple to use, dependable, quiet, does everything I need: variety of stitches, button holes, zippers, blind hem, light weight, portable. I haven't sewn in decades; I dreaded re-learning, but this machine is so easy to use that there was nothing to learn, zero frustration. I love the PROMISE II (Model #1512)
My wife wanted me to sew the hems on 3 pair of slacks she had bought. This worked. After I completed them I read the manual and found I used the wrong stitch but my wife was satisfied. That is all I care about
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, The Pieces Of The Bobbin Assembly Only Go Back Together One Way! This Has Saved Me From Myself On Numerous Occasions.
Cons:None Of The Supporting Literature Stated The Size Bobbin Needed For The Machine. Thus, I Got Into Quite A Snare When Unknowingly Using The Wrong Size! But, Singerco.com To The Rescue, And All Is Well. Thanks!
18 out of 19 people found this helpful.
I received this machine as a gift last Christmas, and was a little bit overwhelmed with everything I didn't know (to say nothing of the things that at the time, I didn't know I didn't know)! But fast forward 5 months, and I'm well on my way. The machine is easier to use than I ever imagined, and in those instances where I could not find the answer in the manual or online, the email support at singerco.com has been exceptional! Thank you for making such a good quality basic machine. In my opinion, it is perfect for the beginner. I have used it to perform various additions to garments (fringe and edging), as well as to make alterations. I have even learned to do a pretty decent blind hem, and I'm about to tackle my first pattern! Perhaps I will outgrow this machine one day, but in the meantime, I absolutely love it!
Great machine for beginners!! However, the Machine continues to un-thread once you snip the thread from the fabric. Constantly have to re-thread in between sewing projects. This is a headache! Good learning experience though.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
16 out of 17 people found this helpful.
This is my very first sewing machine and first time using one as well. The product was easy to set up even for a 'newbie'. I was sewing within the hour of pulling it out of the box. This is a very basic sewing machine which is nice because it isn't confusing to get going or fix simple errors. If you are learning to begin sewing this is the machine for you!
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
15 out of 16 people found this helpful.
I just started crafting and needed a simple sewing machine that can perform basic machine stuff in a very affordable price. This machine did not disappoint! The only problem I had was the needle got stuck in the plate while I was practicing running stitches but was able to fix it by gently shaking the needle while the running the machine slowly. After that, I never had any problem! The needle never jammed again while I was sewing thick interfacing to a fabric and a thick strap. It worked great! And did I tell you how easy to use is it? I've never had a sewing machine and I was able to figure it out and used it right away!
Easy to set up and use. I like the accessories in the secret compartment, the easy threading and the fact that the cord unplugs from the machine. My last sewing machine was 37 years old and the only thing wrong with it was the cord twisted off. I mainly do mending-but have sewn clothes and quilts and curtains. I like the amount of stitches-that can be accessed by a turn of the dial and also that the carrying handle is built into the machine. I just use a dust cover. A good basic machine for menders or beginners.