Many online reviews I read weren't exactly favourable, so I wasn't expecting much. A lot of people reviewing it on the internet seem to have problem with the tensioning and bobbin tangles. But honestly for $139 so far I have found it to be a great little machine. I sewed a couple of items last night after getting it (including a skirt), just to test it out before I hand it over to the kids, and I had no problems at all. I had no problems with the tensioning whatsoever. No problems with the bobbin thread tangling or anything.
The action isn't as smooth as my Janone (it sew more stiffly like my really old Singer but not as strong), and the foot peddle is not that reactive. Also the bobbin stitches are at a very slight angle to each other, so if you often cheat on hemming and use your bobbin line as a top stitch it may be something that bothers you (but I only noticed as I sewed with white thread on dark material on purpose to look at the stitching - it actually isn't noticeable unless one looks closely). Also the bobbin cover is a little hard to get off. I also can't see it sewing through many layers of really thick material, but the kids aren't going to be doing that anyway. But for the price it seems to be a good basic machine, although not a terribly fast machine (but for kids and beginners this is may be a good thing!) But I mostly sew as much as possible with an overlocker, so honestly I guess everything seems slow after an overlocker.
It actually does a lot more stitches than my old Janone and my very old Singer, so I may even be borrowing it from the kids from time to time, lol. It has twin needle capacity which is also good for such a cheap machine (although I haven't used it yet).
Edited by SarahM72, 18 January 2013 - 10:08 AM.