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He ain't heavy, he's my Brother
Member Name: northernlovely
Advantages: Price, ease of use, size
Disadvantages: Small arm space
I begged my dad for a Sewing machine a few years ago, with dreams of making beautiful ballgowns, pretty day dresses, and unique accessories.
It might not have panned quite out that way, but I still wouldn't be without my Brother LS2125. My lovely dad bought it for me from Argos for around £150, but you can now buy it online from £89 - £99.
The sewing machine itself is fairly basic looking which is best for the amateur sewer I find - if you've learned the basics of sewing at school as I did, I prefer the sewing machine to be easy to set up so you can get going. It is white in colour with a sky blue sticker on the outside with the different settings. The working parts (foot, plate, hook, etc) are in stainless steel. I have had my sewing machine for some years now and this has never rusted, dulled or faded and the white plastic has never yellowed, so I can vouch for it's durability and build quality. The machine has a carry handle for transportation. The machine is quite light to carry and this is a big bonus if you are not the strongest person! It's also quite small to store - it has the footprint space of a tabloid newspaper (I know, I keep it on one so it doesn't get scratched!)
The Brother LS2125 comes with the main unit, the foot pedal / power cable (which attaches to the side of the sewing machine, under the manual turn, with a kettle lead type connection). It also has a thin plastic dust cover with a hole cut in it for the handle, a decent instructional manual, and a warranty card. You get a three year manufacturer warranty with this unit as standard, I never needed to use it. I also got with mine, a few spare bobbins, a packet of pins, a set of needles (one for leather, one for denim, a cotton one and so on), and a small pack of cotton reels in primary colours. I am unsure if the unit still comes with this as it isn't mentioned in the listing on Amazon but it was a good way of testing it out before I stocked up.
So; the sewing machine has a fine array of features which means even the most amateur of sewers won't have any problems getting simple tasks done. I'd always recommend, even if you have had sewing lessons, to practice on some scrap material first but I have to say the machine is responsive on the foot pedal and very easy to get to grips with. It wasn't long before I was running up a pair of curtains.
The main features are it's 23 different stitch functions including button holes, blind hem, zigzag and straight stitch. You can change the stitch by simply turning the wheel on the front of the unit. There is also a smaller wheel above the foot for tension control. It has a bobbin function so you can wind up bobbins on the machine quickly and easily and the front part of the unit under the foot comes away with a click so you can replace them (I also keep my spare needles and bobbins in here as it's quite a big storage space for bits and bobs).
I never did knock up a ballgown, but I have made cushion and pillow covers, curtains, blackout blinds, throws, and peg bags, and I have been able to re-hem trousers and adjust clothing. It's been extremely useful and I find it very easy to use, even if I haven't used it for six months I can take it out of the cupboard and it will be ready to use in moments - I have never had any trouble with it at all.
If I had to make one criticism of the Brother LS2125 it would be that the space under the main 'arm' of the machine has less space than other units, notably my mum's Toyota. This means there is less room for material and manouvering material around and you have to be careful not to get into a muddle when sewing less bendable things (such as the blackout blind I made) or big, fluffy things (like the fluffy cushion covers I battled with!). For the amateur user, it's not really a problem as curtains are probably the biggest thing you'll be sewing. But it is important to note that for the price and for the features you get, that this is not comparable to a high end or industrial sewing machine.
Overall, I'd recommend the Brother LS2125 as if like me you only use a sewing machine occasionally, and are just wanting to have the convenience of making and repairing your clothes and homewares, it is certainly worth the (low) cost. Don't be suckered into buying one of the £30 cheap battery driven mini sewing machines - this unit will last you years for only a few more pounds, and you'll get a lot more done with it. I can certainly see myself using this for years.
Summary: Well worth the money, a reliable machine