This here's the Singer Futura CE-150. She's a sewing/embroidery combo machine, and I love her to pieces... so much so that I've not named her... I simply just refer to her as "her" or "my Singer". I know, way loving, right? Well, she's not complained... much.
Lets start with the nitty gritty's about this stitchin' gal, then I'll tell you why I ♥ her.
Specs: 17 x 11 x 12 inches ; 41 pounds
- All-in-one Sewing and Embroidery Machine, with 24 built-in stitches (plus 2 automatic one-step buttonhole stitches... though I've yet to use this awesome feature)
- Self threading needle and drop-in bobbin -Yay, easy!
- 13 adjustable needle positions, plus drop feed for ease of creative topstitching and free motion stitching (a nice perk for those who quilt... i'm getting there)
-120 pre-programmed embroidery designs and 5 fonts... but reads most home embroidery designs... and I have TONS!
- 2 embroidery hoops
-Included 7 snap-on (easy!) presser feet. (My fav. being the satin stitch and seam guide feet.. woot!)
- Add on packages are available which lend more creativity to the embroidery with AutoPunch (convert images into designs), Photo-Stitch (create designs from a photograph), and CrossStitch (make designs look like they've been cross stitched onto fabric)
I've seen this machine priced for sale anywhere from $450-$600. I would recommend waiting for a sale OR seeing if you can get any Add-on packages free-with-purchase... just to get the most bang for your buck.
You may be thinking "Whoa, Six hundred bucks!?", but really, that's inexpensive for a quality starter Emrboidery/Sewing machine... AND, if you wait for a sale on Joanns.com, you'll come out on top.
With all of that out of the way, let me tell you more about my Singer Futura CE-150:
I was lucky enough to receive mine as a gift about 2 Christmas' ago... before then I was using my Grandmother's 1970's Brother to sew my bags :-)
I use my machine just about every day for general sewing of handbags and accessories... I have done quite a bit of embroidery with it as well, which is apparent in this previous post. I love how easy it is to use, thread, clean, etc. It's also fairly easy to switch between sewing and embroidery by sliding off the sewing base and on with the embroidery unit... just remember to drop the feed, adjust tension, and change the presser foot. Really, once you learn the routine, it's not difficult... I have messed up many a time by trying to move too quickly and have forgotten to lower the feed... Oops!
I've also made a quilt with my machine and I enjoy doing applique and general embroidery.
With all of the positives about this gal, I will admit there are a few quirks that get me... namely that she beeps at me when the thread tension is not just so, and sometimes during embroidery when she has a hard time picking up the bobbin thread. This could all be very frustrating when I have a deadline, but as I just said they are "quirks"... in other words, I know about them and try to accommodate so as not to stress myself out too much. No use getting myself in a tizzy for something I know may happen. *wink*
As efficient as this little machine is for me, sometime's I am more efficient... or too effeicient, as I have had her bite my finger a time or two... OUCH! Note to self: Keep fingers away from the machinery. ;-)
When all is said and done, I am really pleased with my Singer Futura CE-150. She has been to perfect little partner in stitches for my young business and has grown with me from the onset of my handbag sewing/fabric addiction. I would like to *one day*, upgrade to a metal framed sewing machine (my old Brother is a metal framed work horse) and use my Futura for embroidery most of the time. I think though, that would be for more efficiency on my part... how sweet it would be to have two machines going in my studio... *woot!*
What kind of sewing or embroidery machine do you have? What do you love/hate most about it? Share with my by leaving a comment! :-)
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