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BROTHER LS14 Metal Chassis Sewing Machine

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If automated controls are important to you then you might like to consider a machine classed as Competent, Advanced or Professional. The machine has a nice simple layout – the only visible dials are the stitch selection dial, the tension setting dial and the backstitch lever.

I wouldn’t recommend this machine for a young child, but for older children who are being supervised or teenagers who know the basics, this is the perfect machine. The stitches were consistent, but when I look at them up close, there’s a weird pucker between them.This is an excellent option for new sewers or anyone who wants a second sewing machine to take to a class or club. The machine doesn’t come with a cover of any sort only a thin plastic wrapper (which you could use for the meantime until you sew your own! This appliance can be used by children aged from 8 years and above and persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge if they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance in a safe way and understand the hazards involved. Note that the adjustable stitch width control on this model appears to be fairly limited, and may not affect all of the inbuilt stitches.

It pulls the fabric into a tunnel with the standard tension of 4, so more experimenting is needed with that. It doesn’t matter how much you change the speed during a line of stitching, the stitches are consistent. Here’s what I found annoying: the stiff backstitch lever, bad lighting, the thread jumping out of the needle, and the lack of a “normal” manual. The machine includes several accessories, including a needle set, bobbins, and a seam ripper, giving users everything they need to perform basic sewing tasks. The flat bed attachment is described as a storage compartment in the instructions, but as there is no ‘compartment’ so to speak you will need to put the accessories in another bag inside the compartment to avoid them spilling out when you open it.

The plastic bag that this machine was supplied in should be kept out of the reach • of children or disposed of.

I noticed the machine sounded loud and thumpy when going over humps, sometimes the backstitch lever would even rattle. Our expert testers try out this entry-level sewing machine – perfect for beginners or those looking for a second machine to take to classes or sewing clubs!You should consult the manual for your machine to ensure that the machine is set up correctly when sewing different fabrics, and always sew test samples to get the best possible stitch quality and to achieve perfectly balanced tension. The machine’s built in light is quite dim, I tested the machine during the daytime with my blinds closed to get an idea of the light quality.

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