I bought my first sewing machine in 2005. It is a basic model: Brother BM-3600, with a handful of stitches, and 4-step buttonhole. I don’t do quilting or embroidery (maybe one day?), so a simple machine is more than enough for me. I still use it regularly now. It hasn’t needed servicing or fixing thus far, apart from a blown light bulb, and is a reliable little machine. It’s an old model (I can’t believe it’s been more than a decade..) and had long been replaced by other Brother machines, but I suspect they are more or less the same, just different model names, body and packaging.
Things I like about it:
- Portable, lightweight, yet sturdy when sewing
- Easy to use
- Intuitive function
- Great for beginners
- Top loading bobbin
Things I think could be better: (but I remind myself, this is a basic machine after all):
- 4-step buttonhole – 1 step would be excellent
- light bulb – LED lasts longer, and brighter
- Carry ‘handle’ is actually a shallow recess – the machine nearly slipped off my hands a few times!
I have mostly positive experience using this machine. Of the times I got frustrated, 99% of the time it was me who made a mistake, didn’t know how to adjust tension, used cheap thread, or broke a needle (or two…). I feel good about Brother sewing machines. I would recommend them. But then, I haven’t used any other brand before this.
I bought a new sewing machine in Dec 2015 (it’s great being your own Santa), but not because I’m unhappy with this one. Will talk about it in the next post or so :)