First let me make this statement:
Hi my name is Dena and I'm a complete dork.
Ok, now that you have no illusions about me I can go on.
I actually emailed Singer that I couldn't sew a straight line, what's wrong with this thing? yep, seriously. Now, I'm sure Singer thought "here's another one of those".
Now I'm normally not "one of those" I run a business and get plenty of "those" calls. In fact the latest "one of those" was a mother who called to complain that we made her sons ears look huge in his senior portraits. Huh? Well , you never know, angles can do weird things to peoples faces. So the girls in my office checked to see which of my photographers shot it and then very concerned pulled up his images. Now if you could read thoughts I believe all at the same time you would have seen the same words floating above their heads..."Is she serious?" This senior had the rings in his ears that stretch the earlobes into circus tent sized holes. They were huge and yes they were the first thing you notice in a 16x20 wall portrait, not much we could do with that sadly but feel bad for mommy.
So the moral is that I'm sure Singer was thinking... not their problem I can't sew a straight line, maybe her mommy should have taught her better. LOL. In all seriousness (or maybe in all dorkness) The needle on this machine has a lot of play, and I thought it was weird that it seemed jumpy. I was actually very good at sewing a straight line on my old machine. So why did it look crappy? Well since it would be 24-48 hours until Singer returned my email I started to think, yah, imagine that. For those of you who actually know what you're doing please turn away now... I was using the wrong needle. I was sewing on deco weight fabric with thick interfacing.Duh. After getting the proper needle I could sew a straight line. Whew I panicked for a moment that I should have spent the extra money for a Big girl machine. But nope, I'm at the moment very happy.
Good thing to know:
Make sure it is threaded correctly. Sounds silly but if you just quickly look at the diagram it's easy to miss that the thread goes under this little metal plate and if you put it over instead, the machine will keeping beeping at you that your thread is broken. Once I realized what I was doing...no beeping and again I love her.
Now on the embroidery side, I am going to wait and do another update on that end. It's very easy to use that is for sure but the machine only comes with I think 5 fonts (none of which I love). So when I tried to embroider some small Sugar Shop labels I first created one in photoshop, saved it and brought into the software and used the autopuch (which digitizes your image) and the quality was not very good. But I knew this was not recommended to begin with. I'm going to purchase the HyperFont software which allows you use any True Type font. So I'll report after I get that and after I do a little more embroidering.
Now I have that song stuck in my head from when I was a kid.....Do your ear hang low...do they wobble to and fro...can you tie'em in a knot...can you tie'em in a bow...can you throw'em over your shoulder like a continental soldier....Do...your...ears....hang...low?