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First off, the most important thing to note about this machine is the price. Any sewing machine under 50 pounds that comes with a set of unbranded threads, in pink, with a matching pink nylon-feeling bag is not intended for a connoisseur of sewing machines. If you are intending to make thick curtains and upholstery, heavy duty quilting or complicated machine embroidery them this machine will be as much use as a chocolate teapot. It's unpredictable, impossible to perfect thread tension doesn't seem to be regulated in any way the manual writer was aware of, you can carry out the instructions till you're blue in the face, but one or both of the upper or lower thread tensions will be off doing it's own thing. If you want things to be perfect, this machine will never help you achieve that. But let's be honest, hardcore sewing fanatics aren't this machine's target audience. The people who buy this machine, like me, are just looking for something that doesn't break the bank, but does the job - in my case, some small dresses and baby bits an bobs, and hemming the next thing my son destroys. It does buttonholes, a handful of basic stitches, is easy to thread and change bobbins, and has idiot proof instructions. Add to that the free thread with it, handy bag and handle on top of the machine, and of course the colour, and anyone paying this price for a sewing machine would have a bit of a cheek to expect perfection. If you can cope with the temperamental thread tension and a very short power cable, and have no illusions of sewing grandeur, then this is the machine for you. And hey, they even put a little light on it!
The time came when I had to make a fewing sewing adjustments to my elders sons trousers so out came the old trusted sewing machine which has been in the family for about 50 years. To my dismay it didn't work, to cut a long story short the repair bill was going to run into the hundreds so thought that it may be time to order a new one that fitted in with this centuary.
Found this one on the next and didn't bother looking at any reviews, after all, Ithought they all pretty much did one thing ... sew! The Beldray stood out because of it's attractive pink colour and looked very girly - just up my street. I didn't require anything special, just needed the basic sweing functions that a machine could provide me with. So it was order and then arrived 5 days later. Perfect!
The first thing that I noticed about the Beldray was how light it was, weighing in at 1.9kg, in comparison to my old Singer machine that was built like a bomb shelter or two! Hmmm was this a good thing or not I asked myself. Would the quality be there? How long will it last?
Needless to say it has 12 manual stitches, consumes 7.2 watts, has the usual 3 needle position, reverse stitching. One great thing is that it comes with 32 different coloured drop-in bobbins which is sotred under the machine. One thing that my old SInger didn't have was a thread cutter - this machine has one of those and I foind it to be extremely handy.
OPERATION OF THE MACHINE:
I grabbed an old bit of fabric so I could have a little practise run propr to attempting my sons trousers. First I set the little footpedal up which plugs into the back of the machine. The needle was very easy to thread, and there's a light by the needle which will halp you see where you need to thread. Although I did have to refer to the handy instruction booklet first. I made my stitch selection and off I went with no problem at all with the first running stitch. I then had a little play with the ziz zag pattern and all was well. Of course you can change the size of the stitches too.
I purchased this a year ago from Amazon for £59 in del. I use it a lot and it's still going very strong, although I've managed to jam the bobbin up a few times. I now use the metal bobbins as opposed to the cheap plastic ones that came with the machine. pleased with this purchase indeed. I would not recommend this machine for heavey work as it wont cope with thick materials - trust me I tried and failed and got in a right pickle.