Insightful Sewing Machine Reviews And More

Whether you are looking for a review of a particular sewing machine, or just shopping around and want to get the opinion of someone like me who has experienced working on many different sewing machines, Sewing Insight is for you.

Reviewing a sewing machine

Reviewing a sewing machine

Sewing Insight is a source of information for ‘everything sewing’.

That includes reviews of every sewing machine and serger we can get our hands on.

The sewing machine reviews on this site are based on my own personal experiences with each one of the machines depicted.

I do no claim to be anything other than a person who has been sewing for many, many years.

To say the very least I know my way around sewing machines. I love sewing and I love sharing information about the machines I am privileged to review.

I found many of the sewing machines and sergers reviewed on this site in shops near my home in South Florida. The owners of these shops pay nothing for these reviews and have no influence in how the reviews are presented.

If I come across a sewing machine that I think is a waste of time and money, or one that is a great deal, I will say so.

In reading reviews of brand new sewing machines, you should be aware that just about every machine operates at its maximum level of performance – its all time best – when it is brand spanking new.

Vintage sewing machine

Maintaining a sewing machine well makes even the old Singer 221 shine…

The true value of any sewing machine or serger is seldom realized until it has been in use for a few years. Any sewing machine’s performance over time depends largely on how well it is maintained, and the owner must take sole responsibility for that.

If you purchase a sewing machine or serger and follow all of the manufacturer’s suggestions regarding care and maintenance, you have a right to expect that machine to serve you well for many, many years.

However, just like automobiles, some sewing machine models turn out to be lemons after a while. None of us – not even the dealers – have any advance knowledge about which machines will turn into duds over time and which models will last for decades.

For example, I bought a sewing machine I the late 1980s that worked like a dream for the first two or three years. I kept it covered, cleaned the race hook and feed dogs after every use and made sure there was no dust or dirt anywhere inside or out.

However, when it was about five years old, the started having some rather serious problems. Eventually, I sold it at a yard sale for $5.

On the other hand, a sewing machine I got about 20 years earlier still holds a place of honor in my sewing room. In fact, it is my favorite.

Fleetwood E188 sewing machine

The Fleetwood E188 is my favorite sewing machine

Aside from the brand new sewing machines and sergers I review, some of the machines reviewed on this site are in private collections… my own and the private collections of some of my sewing buddies.

In these reviews, I am able to share not only my own opinion, but the opinions of the owners as well as a testament as to how the machines stand up to the test of time.

If you have a burning sewing question, I am glad you decided to visit Sewing Insight and welcome your input. Please click here to contact me.

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Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC Review

This is one of the most well built, user friendly computerized sewing and quilting machines I have had the pleasure of working on. The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC is a solid, quiet machine that can please the most seasoned of home sewers. It’s a great machine for beginners as well because its function buttons and features are so clearly defined and easy to use.

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Husqvarna/Viking Designer Topaz 25 Review

The Husqvasrna/Viking Topaz 20 has been replaced by the Designer Topaz 25. It has all the great features and specifications that made the Topaz 20 so popular with home sewers and brings a new level of technology. This computerized sewing and embroidery machine is solid, quiet and has no vibration. It’s so quiet, in fact, that I don’t think anyone would have a problem carrying on a telephone conversation without the other party even knowing you were sewing.

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Husqvarna/Viking Designer Topaz 50 Review

On a visit to Ace Sewing and Vacuum in Pompano Beach, Florida, I came across the new Husqvarna/Viking Topaz 50. I love the feel of working on this computerized sewing and embroidery machine. The only flaw I found is that the default length and width settings need to be adjusted in order to achieve professional quality when using certain decorative stitch options.

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Pfaff Smarter 160s/140s Review

The folks at Pfaff have introduced two brand new mechanical sewing machines to the Smarter line. They are good choices for beginners but anyone who has been sewing for a long time would be able to appreciate their features. I have reservations about the material used to make them, but if you aren’t planning on moving them around a lot, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

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