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I really love my Singer Confidence machine. In fact, I would say that I rely on it.
I initially purchased this particular brand and model because I had heard really good things – and I was not disappointed.
The highlights of this machine include:
- Really easy to use – the instructions are super comprehensive, and are useful for the more advanced features, but you can start sewing and using the basic features very quickly, as the machine is intuitive.
- Bobbin and spool loading is really easy, and it even has a self-threading needle mechanism which is amazingly handy, especially when you have rubbish eye sight like me!
- It comes with a button hole tool which is great and, again, really simple to use. (Although i would advise testing on scrap before doing it on your clothes).
- It’s easy to adjust the settings such as tension and feed dogs.
- It’s quiet – this is a MASSIVE help to me – I live in a flat, and like sewing at night, so I know this machine doesn’t disturb my neighbours.
- It has lots and lots of cool stitches! Perhaps this is a little gimmicky, and you’re unlikely to use them all, but I find the blanket stitches in particular really easy to use and great for patchwork. Also the lettering function is useful for creating name labels for uniform.
The only downside of this machine is that it’s expensive. I mean that in both the sense that it’s costly to purchase and service. There aren’t many sewing machine places that will touch singer machines and as such, it can be expensive when you do find a technician. Also, parts are quite expensive.
I would highly recommend this machine if you’re a competent machinist who is looking for a good quality machine. It’s not something I would recommend for a beginner as it has many features a beginner wouldn’t use. It does not have an overlocker, so bear this in mind.
I decided to learn how to sew and after trawling the internet for a few days decided this was the best option for me. I didnt have a clue what to look for at first but quickly learned that Singer is a very well known reliable brand.
The cost of this was not too bad as I had bought it online. However I did check the price in Argos soon after and i had saved Euro170! So be careful where you are buying this product as the prices seem to vary greatly. Check them online as much as you can. It is also possible to get refurbished ones that are just like new. Just make sure you get the manual!
I got mine new so everything was included. A few bobbins, needles, some feet and oil to maintain the machine aswell as the singer manual which I found brilliant. As there is everything you need to know in it. They assume that you have never sewn before and have great pictures of step by step instructions.
It takes a while to get used to the feel of this machine but one you do you will be flying! A lot of features with the model as it is a bit higher in price than basic models.
It comes with a cover and a carry handle. However this can be quite heavy to move but its good that its so sturdy as when you are sewing it never moves out of place.
I never use the cover to be honest. It seems very tacky and cheap. I dont know if it is essential to keep the cover on this product or not.
I know that this sewing machine will last for years with good care.
I needed a new sewing machine as my old one wasn't working properly. My Dad said I should buy a Singer as my Mum always had a Singer and had never had any trouble with hers so I looked around but they were out of my price range. Then I had a shock, my Dad said he would buy me one as an early Christmas present and he bought me one of these. It is called the Singer Confidence 7465 and it is absolutely brilliant.
We bought it from Tesco Direct and it cost £285, they were doing a deal at the time so Dad got an extra 500 points on it.
The machine is computerised so a lot of the settings are done for you which is really good. It came with a floppy cover which you can use to keep the dust off. It is not too heavy to lift but not really light weight like my old machine but this is preferable as the case is metal not plastic and it feels really sturdy.
It has a carrying handle on the top so it is easy to lift.
There are some buttons on the front and a small screen which shows you what number stitch you are set to do. You change the stitch by pressing the up and down arrows each side of the screen, plus there are some quick selection buttons on display for the more popular stitches like straight, zigzag and button holes.
The sewing machine came with some accessories - spare needles, bobbins, spool pin and caps, seam ripper/brush, screw driver, zipper foot, satin stitch foot, blind stitch foot and buttonhole foot.
The bobbin is easy to wind up and it stops the machine when it is full. You drop the bobbin in the top and you just pull the thread around a groove and you don't need to pull up the thread before sewing which is really easy and makes it quicker to start sewing.
The top thread goes on a horizontal spool pin on which you then place a cover to stop the spool coming off and it makes it nicer to sew as the thread undoes much more smoothly. You get a spool pin that you can attach to the top for vertical threading if you prefer it or you are doing twin needle sewing.
You can convert the sewing machine for free-arm sewing by removing the extension table which also contains a neat place to store your accessories.
The machine has a built in needle threader which is easy to use for if you cant see to thread the needle or if you are using a thread that frays at the end.
There are 49 different stitches built in to the machine with lots of nice patterned stitches as well as those more functional stitches. Patterned ones include leaves, flowers, diamonds and semicircles. The functional ones include elastic stitch, blanket stitch, ladder stitch and overedge stitch.
The button holes are really easy to do, I had never used one of these buttonhole feet before but thought I would give it a try. It is quite long and you fit the button that you want the hole for in the back of it and then line up where you want the button hole and just press the foot pedal and watch it do the buttonhole for you.
I have done lots of sewing on it already including sewing patch works pieces together and it runs nicely over the seams through 4 or more thicknesses. I am very pleased with my new machine, it is so easy to use and the manual that comes with it is really simple to follow. I would highly recommend one of these machines to anyone who wants one that is better than an entry level machine.
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