I do a lot of sewing, I make things for myself and family and also make things to sell online and at craft fairs so having a decent sewing machine is essential for me. Last year the sewing machine I had kept going wrong and I was having to keep sending it back for repair so in the end I decided to order a new one so I would always have two machines on the go.
I didn't have the cash to pay right out for a new machine so I looked online at some of the catalogue companies and found one on Isme.com which was the Brother RH127. It was on sale for £179.99 and you could have it on 6 months free credit. I thought this was quite a good price and as it was coming up to Christmas I could get the machine and not have to worry about starting to pay for it until after the holidays were out of the way.
The machine is very sturdy although it is light in weight, much lighter than my old machine, The insides are all metal so it should be long lasting and repairable. The machine has 27 stitches including some really pretty pattern ones which are different to the patterns I get on my Singer machine. The stitch length and width dials are on the top and easy to set. To set the stitch to what you want it to do you turn a dial on the front of the machine. It didn't take me long to get used to the settings. It is really easy to thread, it has a drop in bobbin which practically threads itself, you just put the thread through the groove in the bobbin holder then slot it into the hole in the machine and let the thread go through the channel next to it then when you give it a pull it cuts the end off. It is also easy to thread the needle as it has the needle threader on it which makes things really good if your eye sight is not as it used to be.
The machine is quite fast, you can control the speed quite easily with the foot pedal, it runs a lot faster than my Singer and I find it easier to control the fabric going through so getting a more even stitch line. The reverse button is in a handy place above the needle foot and it does it easy enough without tangling the thread at all.
You can do 1 step button holes on this machine and they are very easy to do with the attachment that you get with it.
I really like this new machine, it seems to be better designed than the Singer one I have which cost me £100 more when I bought it. There are still things I would use the Singer for but for most of my sewing now I am using the Brother.
The Brother RH127 sewing machine is good choice if you're new to sewing but want plenty of useful features / Light in weight yet with a metal chassis, it has a choice of 27 stitch options and an easy 1-step buttonhole feature / The RH127's top-loading bobbin gives you tangle-free ease of use, while the lock stitch facility finishes off any sewing neatly / And the view-through bobbin cover lets you know when the thread needs replacing / The reverse button and twin needle functions help reinforce any stitches; the stitch length control lets you change the length of straight or zigzag stitches; the free arm allows you to sew cuffs or trouser legs; and the LED daylight bulb means any thread or fabric colours are not distorted / Note: Brother sewing machines are available online and in John Lewis Oxford Street only / Short name: Brother RH127