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.

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.

Reviewing a sewing machine

Reviewing a sewing machine

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.

recent product reviews

Husqvarna/Viking Designer Ruby Royale Review

With more than 1000 stitches to choose from, there is no reason why anyone wouldn’t be able to find the perfect stitch for any task they may want to perform on the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Ruby Royale. This sewing and embroidery machine has an extremely large workspace… almost ten inches from the needle to the column. That, coupled with the fact that you can sew with the embroidery unit attached means you have more than enough space to work on those very large sewing and embroidery projects.

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Consew Model 14TU854 Overlock Machine Review

The stitches are wonderful. The Consew 14TU854 Overlock Machine has a free arm and is user friendly. What it does not have, in my opinion is a long life. That’s because of the amount of noise and vibration that you get when sewing, even when not sewing at high speeds, and type of plastic the manufacturer chose to use for the outside shell. The plastic is very hard and seemingly brittle. It reminds me of a very inexpensive toy… the kind of plastic that will crack after just a little bit of use.

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Singer Pro Finish 14CG754 Review

When I reviewed the Singer Pro Finish 14CG754, I was quite impressed by the features… especially the easily accessible free arm and the large on board storage compartment. The downside, however, was the hard plastic used on the outer body and the amount of vibration and noise that goes along with sewing on his affordable serger. I have concerns about how long this machine will last, but it could be just the answer for a beginner who doesn’t want to spend a lot on their first serger or a senior citizen who may be hanging up their scissors and sewing needles within a few short years.

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Juki MO 644D Review

The Juki MO 644D is possibly the most dependable, reliable serger in its price range. It is affordable and easy to use. Its features include a differential feed and adjustable stitch length and width controls as well as adjustable presser foot adjustment. While these features are available on every new serger, they stand out on the MO 644D because of its excellent stitch quality. There is no free arm, but that is a very minor inconvenience when you take into account the quality of the stitches and the great way it sews through all types and thicknesses of fabric.

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