Other Sewing And Embroidery Machine Reviews

While visiting this site, you will come across reviews of all the popular, well-established sewing machine brands.

You will also find reviews of lesser known, sometimes obsolete brands.

The reason for this is to let you know that:

a) Just because a brand is unfamiliar to you, it may be better than some of the brands you are familiar with;

b) Many extremely dependable sewing machines produced under brand names that are unfamiliar are definitely worthy of some very serious attention;

c) There is genuine interest in brands that are no longer available;

d) There is a very large market for both new and used sewing machine brands that are not widely known;

e) Brand new sewing machines bearing lesser known brand names are generally less expensive than most of the more popular brands;

f) I believe anyone in the market for a new or used sewing or embroidery machine and everybody who is genuinely interested in all things sewing should at least be aware of the existence of every brand out there and have the opportunity to compare as many reviews as possible.

Sewing Machine Brands You Will Find in This Section

Fleetwood sewing machine

The Fleetwood is not as popular as Singer for example and yet it is my favorite sewing machine

In time, this list will grow. As I am able to get my hands on more and more sewing machines to review, the number of sewing and embroidery machines and sergers manufactured by little known brands will increase.

The search continues for machines manufactured under the following brand names: Dyno, Michley, Rex, Siruba and Smartek.

For the time being, reviews of the lesser known sewing machine brands you will find here are:
- American Home
- Consew
- Elna
- Fleetwood - National

All "Other" Reviews

Consew 14TU

Consew 14TU Review

It’s always nice to welcome new neighbors to the community. It’s a special treat to find out that a new neighbor also loves to sew and has a mini sewing factory in their home. My new neighbor is a semi-retired pattern maker and tailor. When he allowed me to review his Consew 14TU, it was easy to see why he chose this machine. It is ideal for finishing seams. In addition, this machine is super user-friendly and very easy to maintain.
Real FY 361

Real FY 361 Review

This straight stitch only industrial sewing machine is a product of the US based Tacony Corporation. It is super fast and can be used to sew or repair car seats, boat sails, purses, shoes and upholstery. This is one of those specialty sewing machines that would be a good addition to any home based business or commercial setting. The clutch motor is quieter than most and the stitch quality is excellent.
Accuquilt Go Big Fabric Cutter

Accuquilt Go Big Fabric Cutter Review

Although the Accuquilt Go Big is not the first cutter of this type I have seen, it is the very first that I have had an opportunity to review. Since it is the first, I have no basis for comparison. However, I can confirm that I was impressed by its accuracy, the professional looking edges and the speed with which it is able to cut through multiple layers of fabric with ease. The Accuquilt Go Big is designed for use by quilters, but as someone who is not a quilter, I can see how people who like to use a lot of appliques could benefit from having one of these in their sewing rooms a well.
Necchi 4825

Necchi 4825 Review

After years of anticipation and looking forward to reviewing a Necchi sewing machine, I almost felt like the child who received a beautifully wrapped gift box full of coal and ashes on Christmas Day. The Necchi 4825 was a real disappointment. It looks wonderful, but the stitch quality is so poor that I must rank it among the worst I have ever experienced. It is easy to thread and not an altogether horrible choice for a child who might be learning to sew, but parents and grandparents beware. You will be shopping for a new sewing machine for your budding designer before you know it.
Consew 206RB sewing machine

Consew 206RB-5 Review

The Consew 206RB-5 is one of those straight stitch only industrial sewing machines that can handle just about anything… from light weight natural fabrics to the thickest of leather or sailcloth. With a speed of up to 3300 stitches per minute, this one is definitely not for the beginner. Nor is it for the timid. It is not a complicated machine for anyone who is familiar with the workings of a basic mechanical sewing machine, but if you have to use the owner’s manual, be forewarned. It is written by someone for whom English is a somewhat of a challenge.

Alphasew PW 200 Review

The Alphasew PW 200 gets high marks in the marine industry. It is one of the most popular machines for mending torn sails. It is also ideal for working with thick layers of leather and suede, fur, heavy vinyl and canvas. This machine is small enough to fit into a standard sized sewing machine case or can be table mounted. It sews up to 900 stitches per minute and is built so that it can be easily cleaned and serviced. This seemingly insignificant feature means that anyone who purchases this machine will save hundreds in maintenance and service fees over the years.
Tacsew BLST–2 Portable Blindstitcher

Tacsew BLST–2 Portable Blindstitcher Review

The Tacsew BLST-2 Portable Blindstitcher is small, affordable and easy to use. It weighs less than 25 pounds but works just as hard as a full size blind stitch machine. According to Brad Parker, owner and manager of the Gold Coast Sewing and Vacuum Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, this is a favorite among his clients who are professional dressmakers and tailors. This is one single purpose industrial sewing machine that impressed me so much, I might just consider adding it to my own sewing room. In my opinion, it is an ideal choice for anyone who makes a lot of dress slacks, tailored skirts and what I like to call ‘dressy’ dresses… especially if they don’t have a lot of time for hemming by hand. With this in your personal sewing room, you can cut your hemming time to a fraction of the time you spend putting in hems by hand.

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.
Necchi ProLock PL 1020

Necchi ProLock PL 1020 Review

If all you want is a pretty serger that looks good in your sewing room and delivers good stitch quality, you will be very happy with the Necchi ProLock PL 1020. However, if you want to really work on this one, you might be disappointed by some of the design features that I found to be hard to get to and downright inconvenient to someone who doesn’t have a lot of time on their hands.

White Speedylock Model 1600 Review

When it comes to used sergers, you could do better. I had an opportunity to review this serger while visiting the used machine department at Factory Sew-Vac. While the stitches are good, there are other things that could turn you off. If, however, you don’t mind working on a noisy machine that vibrates more than I think it should, you just might be happy with the White Speedylock Model 1600.

Melco Bravo Review

It’s really an industrial embroidery machine, but easy enough to operate that it is being used in the Broward County, Florida school system. The Melco Bravo is a stand alone, 16 needle industrial embroidery only machine. Watching this machine do its thing is truly awesome. It can be programmed to change threads and finish professional embroidery designs at a rate of 1100 stitches per minute.

Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen Review

If you love quilting at home and don’t have space for one of those large quilting frames, the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen might be the answer you’ve been looking for. The convenient storage table doubles as a cutting table. In addition, the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen can do just about anything those large, bulky quilting machines can do.

Euro Pro X Select Review

There is a reason why some things are no longer readily available. The Euro Pro X Select is one of those things. This was one of the most disappointing machines I have ever reviewed. After reading and hearing so many good things about Euro Pro sewing machines, I expected much better performance.
Kenmore 385-15202400

Kenmore 385-15202400 Review

If you like working on old Kenmore sewing machines, you won’t be disappointed with the 385-15202400. It was made around 2003, and is a straight stitch and zigzag only sewing machine that is on that list of reliable older machines that are definite keepers if you should happen to have one in your sewing room already.

Kenmore 177.652 Review

This all metal vintage sewing machine can only give you straight stitches, but they are gorgeous. There’s a bit of a learning curve here, but the trip down memory lane is well worth the extra time it takes to learn how to thread and use the Kenmore 177.652. The no belt friction motor was a new experience for me. After experiencing it, I wonder why more sewing machine manufacturers didn’t use this technology.
Kenmore 158.1340

Kenmore 158.1340 Review

In case you didn’t already know it, sewing machines are my passion. I love sewing machines of all kinds and cannot resist the temptation to sit down and see how well they work. That’s the reason I have this website. Deep down inside, I’m one of those old school home sewers who prefers a good sturdy mechanical sewing machine over one with all the bells and whistles, and vintage sewing machines are my absolute favorites. When I reviewed the Kenmore 158.1340, I fell in love all over again. This machine was so great I offered to buy it from its owner. She refused to sell it to me, but implied that she just might leave it to me in her will.
Seiko 8BLD-3

Seiko 8BLD-3 Review

The Seiko 8BLD-3 is a single purpose, straight stitch only industrial sewing machine that is great for sewing medium to heavy weight fabrics, including leather, suede, fur, canvas and upholstery. If you like making handbags, especially large ones made of leather or suede, or enjoy sewing boat canvas or tents, this just might be the machine for you.
handi quilter avante

Handi Quilter HQ18 Avante Review

I had an opportunity to review a Handi Quilter. This was the first opportunity I ever had to actually put my hands on a machine large enough to take up an entire room. Although I had never worked with a dedicated quilting machine or a quilting frame before, I was pleased to discover that operating this one was not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be.

Dyno Easy Stitcher Review

The Dyno Easy Stitcher is one of those tiny little sewing machines that looks much better than it works. It can even run on electrical current or batteries. If it were able to perform even half as well as the manufacturer claims it does, this would be a wonderful little travel companion.

Featherlite Review

On a chance visit to Eve and Dave’s Sewing Center in Ft. Lauderdale, I chanced upon a cute black sewing machine called the Featherlite. To be honest, at first, I mistakenly assumed it was a Featherweight, but it looked nothing at all like any Featherweight I had every seen.
Vintage White Zigzag Sewing Machine

Vintage White Zigzag Review

It was great to finally review a vintage White Zigzag sewing machine as I've been looking for a White model for quite some time. What's surprising about this Zigzag machine is that it produces some of the most well defined stitches. Make sure to get the user manual for this sewing machine as it has some special settings you're probably not familiar with.
Fleetwood E-188 Sewing machine

Fleetwood E-188 Portable Sewing Machine Review

I got my Fleetwood E-188 sewing machine in the late 1960s and it is still going strong. Although I’ve had and still have other sewing machines, this all metal zigzag sewing machine remains my all time favorite. It’s easy to clean, easy to maintain and runs as smoothly and perfectly as it did the day I got it all those years ago.
National B450, a true rarity

National B450 Review

The National B450 sewing machine that I reviewed is a great machine for the beginning sewer… especially for the younger sewer who is drawn to bright colors. A child would do well learning the art of sewing on this one.