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April 6, 2016
Innov-is NV1300

For simple basic sewing, this machine works well but it does not work well for knit fabrics and the instruction book does not have instructions for different types of fabrics. also, the upper thread does not stay in place.

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I got this machine for Christmas in 2013. I was over the moon, I loved it. I used it virtually everyday and everyday would get increasingly frustrated with the bobbin. It's almost as though it might get too hot, or alignment would get off. It would work for several minutes then bunch up. And with no real way to adjust the tension makes it frustrating.

This machine is good for light use, very basic sewing, and someone who is willing to spend extra time to go slow and not use the back stitching.

It has difficulty going through 4 layers of thin cotton and batting (table runners)

Overall, it is an OK machine.

It's good for the price you pay.

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Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

I love my machine. It was not difficulty to get started sewing at all. The instructions are simple and easy to understand.

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Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Singer 1512 Promise Ii

Sewing machine was easy to set up. I still knew how to thread. I sewed my first torn socks, just to try the machine out. It was wonderful, the only thing it didn't come with any oil. I guess I can go to some fabric place, and get me some oil for the machine. But instructions are easy to follow. My husband gave me this singer as a gift. I use to sew my little girls clothes, now I have grandsons, so I can sew their clothes. I really enjoy this singer, it even stitches in reverse.

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Temperamental, Can Require Frequent Re-threading

The good news... great price & you get many opportunities to practice re-threading. The bad news... you get many opportunities to practice re-threading. Keeping the adage "You get what you pay for" in mind, this machine has met my expectations of a device in this price range.

I am a beginner and had only sewn one project, as a learning exercise, prior to purchasing the 1512 Promise II. My goal was to help my son create an ambitious, custom, but fun Halloween costume. Given my limited experience and infrequent need, I was not ready to invest in a professional grade machine. Based on cost and local availability, I settled on the 1512 Promise II model, despite mixed reviews.

My experience with this machine was a positive one, albeit frustrating at times. I was able to deliver an acceptable version of the desired costume (particularly given my skill level) and my son was proud to wear it. The 1512 did not let me down, in the long run. However, I would warn that the bobbin is touchy and can be a source of frustration, until you get a feel for how to keep it threaded between stitches. In my case I had to ensure there was at least 8" of thread pulled through the needle, etc. after each stitch (the manual suggests up to 6"). After some initial discouragement, trial & error, I was able to "get the hang of it" and my project went relatively smoothly from that point on.

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