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200 Embroidery Designs, 30 Sewing Stitches, Endless Hoop, Knee Lifter and more!

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Excellent!

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

16 out of 17 people found this helpful.

I replaced an older embroidery machine with this unit and what a difference! This is fast, quiet and I don't have to get tangled up in the machine to change colors. The Swift Smart threading is almost like not having to thread the machine!! The knee lift for the pressure foot is a huge help to release the tension to change threads and the needle threader takes care of the rest! The bobbin winder runs automatically.
As far as sewing goes, the machine handles it all. The buttonholer is excellent and the machine can handle all fabrics.

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Gettin Started

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, High Quality

Cons: Little Hard To Get Dialed In But Once You Do Your Setadd A Con

13 out of 15 people found this helpful.

I would suggest that you read the manual carefully and use the needles for singer, the bobbins 15j and good quality embroidery thread. It took me a couple of tries to get it dialed in but once that happens your set to go. I would recommend this machine. Oh, and the sewing is excellent.

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still not sure if I like it.

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Pros: Good Value, Easy To Use

12 out of 15 people found this helpful.

Although the sewing on the Futura 420 is lovely, I find the machine very noisy and am about to return it to the dealer to look at it.
It sounds like the insides have something that is either loose or has fallen off and is grinding.
I also don't understand why with todays technology why the machine doesn't have the scissors or automatic cutting feature that most other machines have.
However that being said I do love the way it embroiders and it is good value for money,
I also wish it had come with more feet, but I am sure that is a value thing.

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Wonderful!

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

27 out of 28 people found this helpful.

Sure, I broke about three needles and kept receiving a "top thread broken" message a few times before I got going on the embroidery aspect of the machine. But, I re checked the manual and realized that 1) I needed to put the tension wheel on "E" 2) always use the type of bobbins that are recommended 3) always use a high quality machine embroidery thread 4) use the correct type needle for your fabric. After I corrected all my mistakes, I could not be happier with this beautiful machine!

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emmylou

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

Cons: Haven't Had Time To Figure Out The Embroidry Feature.

14 out of 16 people found this helpful.

What I have done so far has been so slick. Can't wait to learn more.

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Wonderful

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use

9 out of 9 people found this helpful.

Love, Love, Love this machine. Did I say that I love it! So easy to install software and prepare to work. Easy threading and easy loading. Great price and value! And as always the quality is superior.

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disappointed

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10 out of 12 people found this helpful.

I can't seem to get through an embroidery project without the needle breaking or top thread tightening on me.
I have read other reviews and tried what they had suggested but nothing seems to work.

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thread breakage

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12 out of 14 people found this helpful.

I have the futura xl420. I would not recomend this machine. Many thread breaks and broken needles. I use the singer needles and the threads that are recomended. Very frustrating. I dare not to take my eyes off this machine while embroidery. I had the futura ce 250, a much better machine, but after a while the feed dog would pop up while embroidering.

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luv it

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features

Cons: Complicated

2 out of 3 people found this helpful.

Sews rally well

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great machine

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

4 out of 4 people found this helpful.

love this machine I had a little trouble at the beginning but read instructions and that took care of the problem.

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fantastic

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

5 out of 5 people found this helpful.

lots of fun easy to use and setup

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Awful

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Cons: Poor Quality, Complicated, Expensive, Upper Thread Tension Is Not Consistent, Embroidery Is Not Quality Work

7 out of 7 people found this helpful.

This machine is awful. Sewing should not be this hard. The upper thread tension is never right. It has taken me hours to finish a product simply because I am constantly fighting with thread tension. I've owned my machine for about a month and a half and I am so regretting buying this Singer machine for its embroidery features.

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Wiah I hadn't been so nervous!

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Pros: Good Value, Easy To Use

Cons: Add Needle Threader Is Cheap And Breaks Too Easilya Con

8 out of 8 people found this helpful.

I read a number of reviews and was so scared to try this machine when I received it as a gift. I am SO glad I didn't return it! There's definitely a learning curve, but everything is so easy! The only downside so far, is my needle threader no longer works when I have the embroidery foot attached. Having no problems with nesting or thread breakage and I'm just tickled it works so well!

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XL-420

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

Cons: Requires Daily Maintenance If Using Over 8 Hrs Daily

6 out of 6 people found this helpful.

Great product for the price! Have seen quite a few reviews griping about thread breakage. This is not a maintenance free machine! If threads are breaking, it needs to be oiled! If problem persists, change needle! Easy fixes! Use mine daily!

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Works great????

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54 out of 57 people found this helpful.

She's really nice. One thing to remember if tension goes bad on you she has a reset button. Set it to zero reset and back to where you need it. That's the only problem I've had with her. She didn't like the thinner threads kept bunching and tension not working on top. She did great with cotton threads. Is she doesn't like your lighter threads( nesting under hoop.)just reset tension and that should fix it. I do worry the plastic parts like the lifter for the foot might break and the slider arm insert for the hoop. . They both flex pretty easy so be careful with these parts.

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Frustrating to use

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5 out of 5 people found this helpful.

The thread does not feed smoothly from spool holder into the machine, so it jams easily.
Neither sales rep nor I can determine if there is ability to change zigzag width on text
Screws for the pressure plate are ridiculous. Should be spring or clip in plate.
Should have downloadable software instead of a CD.. for a new model, this is outdated..

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Love my new machine

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Pros: High Quality

Cons: Complicated

6 out of 6 people found this helpful.

I love my new machine. So excited about it an the technology. Don't like the book as it doesn't really explain or show anything. On line videos are good, still a lot to figure out on your own. Time will tell!

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