Totally agree with you. Being powered by 4 x AA batteries, it won’t have much oomph or staying power. At 8+ a child should be responsible enough to use an electric sewing machine, Aldi sometimes does one for £29.99 or This deal.
It's not a lot of money but would be better put towards a real machine...
First time I've heard of onbuy, is it a chinese marketplace like AliExpress?
I bought it from netto ages ago (for less than £20-30), I used it yesterday to fit all that cheap burton stuff, it's ok for something like that. Great for all easy jobs, I did something like a pillow from an old blanket or I sew together 2 blankets to make one big one. It just a bit expensive, I'm not sure is it not better to buy that bit bigger for £40 or https://www.onbuy.com/gb/12-stitch-portable-electric-mini-sewing-machine-overlock-2-speed-pedal~c7607~p30676744/
This is cheap but you're better off spending a little bit more (about £100 - give or take) on a decent entry level sewing machine than buying one of these. They might cost you a bit more but they will be more versatile than these things. These ones can be very frustrating for some people. That's just my opinion though. :)
This is a really basic sewing machine that struggles to sew anything more than 2 layers of fabric at a time. Might be ok for simple diy tasks or basic hobby crafts, but it’s not gutsy enough to make lined curtains for example. This basic entry level machine is often suggested to be perfect for the beginner, but the cotton regularly breaks or comes unthread from the needle, so patience is required, which may not be ideal for a child or if you’re doing a special task.
If you need to sew away from a mains source you'd be far better off with a hand cranked machine than a battery powered one.
From the comments it looks like it's a very lightweight machine which is not a good thing when you're sewing because you need it to be stable. The positive comments come from people who use it to sew lightweight fabrics and paper, and it seems that if you try and sew anything bulkier the foot falls off. It doesn't have a variable speed foot pedal which means you have very little control and you will unlikely be able to sew anything but 'straight' lines. Straight lines require good pressure from the foot but seeing as this one tends to fall off with thicker fabrics I doubt it has any pressure. Oh and it can be run off a battery. There are very few instances where this would be necessary and a good sewing machine needs a good bit of power so if it can run off a battery it doesn't fill me with confidence.
Not saying it's a good machine, but note there are only 10 reviews for this particular machine. Amazon have, yet again, done their idiotic habit of lumping together reviews of completely different products. So it's not very easy to tell how bad, or good, this machine really is from the reviews. Based on my fairly limited knowledge of sewing machines though, I would guess it's actually a quite limited capability machine and that spending a few more tens of pounds will get something that is actually much better value for money and will last a lot longer.
Great price, but blimey 13% put 1* reviews (shock)
Posted 13th FebPosted 13th Feb
Mini Sewing Machine - £23 (Free Standard UK Delivery for orders over £20) @ Hobbycraft£23£3330% off Free P&P FreeHobbycraft Deals
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Not sure why it’s now £33 as this has always been £20 at Hobbycraft but usually much cheaper on offer (confused) maybe they’ve bumped the price thanks to sewing bee selling out their sewing range last year. I have this machine and I’ve been happy with its performance so far. I’m very new to machines and have used mine for making my daughter mini tote bags from fat quarters. I haven’t had it jam either but found having to thread it through quite often. A great machine for a child or someone who just wants it to do very small basic sewing, however not worth the price it’s currently on “offer” for :o
These are only usable with thinner/lighter fabrics otherwise they just jam up. The motor isn't up to much, unsurprisingly enough. They rattle and vibrate much more than larger machines so keeping a straight line is more effort. You would be better off putting the money towards a half decent used sewing machine. Even for occasional use only.
No, don't bother.
Seriously don’t bother it’s a really poor machine and Hobbycraft aren’t surprised when you return it.
Nope. I bought 2 of these for my kids. As stated elsewhere they are a generic model that can be bought for less than this. They are very temperamental and jam really easily. Pay a bit more a get 'real' one.
Thanks for that (y) Looks good. Does anyone have any comments? For some reason it doesn't allow me to select colour. I don't want the pink one (embarrassed) Edit: Ahhh...it's sold out online that's why I can't select the colour.
Aldi has this one currently: https://www.aldi.co.uk/so-crafty-midi-sewing-machine/p/707355422497000
Any good deals on a normal sewing machine? Prices seems to have gone up. I was waiting for Lidl or ALdi to do a deal but I have been waiting for a while.
you can get a singer sewing machine quite cheaply, although for some reason they have gone up in price since the pandemic as everyone has decided to take up sewing! XD
i'm no expert, but this is an overlocker, which is different from a 'regular' sewing machine - its used in conjunction with, for edging not as a replacement for
Posted 4th JanPosted 4th JanLocalLocal
Singer sewing machine case bag £5 at Lidl Kelso£5£35.8386% offLIDL Deals
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These are coming up on 24th Jan, but 15 quid, not 5.
Can you purchase online with lidl?
As others have said, it is a good bag. I think the normal Lidl price for these (a couple of times in the past) is about £15, so still cheaper than elsewhere if you can’t find one for a fiver or if they come up for sale again.
This seams like a really good deal!
Bet it wouldn't handle our 40 year old Singer which is entirely cast iron!
Posted 27th Dec 2020Posted 27th Dec 2020
Professional Sewing Kit 167 Pieces £9 +£4.50 delivery at Hobbycraft£13.50Hobbycraft Deals
Professional Sewing Kit 167 Pieces. Free C&C (when you spend £10) or £4.50 shipping. The same kit is on sale at Argos for £19.
My floor mop has bits of the rags coming off. Could I saw them back on with this?
As a professional sewer I am outraged
Always have to laugh at these kits being described as "professional". Anyone sewing in a professional capacity will find this pretty useless. Fine for an absolute beginner though. Quantities and quality won't be enough to do any big projects but fine for trying things out.
Posted 16th Nov 2020Posted 16th Nov 2020
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It probably would, but there would be loads of distortion at the edges and you'd have to stand back a bit and zoom in (I've done this before to distort images and it works). Have you tried using an extension tube? You can pick them up cheap on Ebay and get a cheap adapter for your camera. You can always take the lens off and use a short cardboard tube as an extension tube by setting the menu to 'lens: none'. I've got an old webcam with a lens that got ruined by plasticine, I unscrewed the lens and the CCD now acts like a microscope.
One of the many specials Ive never needed.. sold. off to Lidl tomorrow
I wonder if this would work as a macro lens (lol) i have tight budget lol
Sometimes left longer, and even reduce price to clear remaining stock, so maybe worth checking other stores if it's not a long trip.
Ahh I see, so I'm a week late and they took them off the shelves last Sunday then! Damn, I'll have to wait and see if they come back in a few months
It usually is Thursday deal and it either sells out our removed from stock on Sunday night when shop shuts. That's what I understood when I was in the shop on Sunday, labels were still there, but no stock left, asked staff, they said it would not be on the shelves from Monday morning, so assuming removing them from stock after shop is shut.
How long do these offers stay in store? Do they take them off the shelves after a week or so? Went to two local Lidls last night and neither had them. Tempted to go on a trip to a few more today but not sure if any will have them now!
Has anyone seen this at any Lidl? I cannot seem to find it xx
Posted 29th Sep 2020Posted 29th Sep 2020
3x Large Wooden Box - 25 x 20 x 10cm - £10 Using Click & Collect @ The Works£10The Works Deals
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These sewing machines are all gone in Robroyston today and still no reappearance online, so your in store availability may be patchy.
Seems to be sold out online now. Not sure about Aldi's website and re-stocking, though they did get more stock of the Ferrex Compact Pressure Washer around three weeks after the link was live, so it does happen.
Quick picture in store in Robroyston before it closes at 10pm!Here is the box rotated and cropped (it also says in the bottom-left, in red, that you must be 18 or over to purchase this product!):
Meant to update and forgot! This is in store today as well now, if it's easier to pick up in store.
I'm only shopping at Aldi more than normal because I've been at my shielding mother's house and not home. It's the only store here within walking distance! The people who watch the MSE Poundland Thread probably think I've emigrated or kicked the bucket (I usually post on there about once a week) XD
Posted 15th Sep 2020Posted 15th Sep 2020
LETION Embroidery Thread, 144 Skeins Rainbow Colours Cross Stitch Threads £7.99 (Prime) / £12.48 (nP) Sold by UTTORA & Fulfilled by Amazon£5.99£9.9940% offAmazon Deals
Have to click on the voucher then also enter the code at checkout to get it for £5.99
Price has gone back up to £9.99
*Update* there is now an aditional 20% off voucher, just need to click on it
Honestly, I feel rather annoyed with you. I've just spent an unnecessary £7.99 on embroidery thread which I probably won't get around to using for a long time lol XD I mean I can't pass a fantastic deal like this!
Good colour range there, spot on for making all those rainbow decals on the second covid wave (zombie) (voted hot) (y)
Posted 23rd Jul 2020Posted 23rd Jul 2020
Singer 4432 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine £335 John Lewis & Partners£335 Free P&P FreeJohn Lewis Deals
High Demand...won't be back in stock online for long! Price same as Singer Outlet which is discounted! 4432 is a heavy-duty sewing machine that can tackle a wide range of fabrics… Read more
Got this for my daughter who was sick of using my wife's Singer from 1954 (according to the serial number). Works well and she has used elasticated thread on it as well. https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/necchi-jeans-pro-q411a-heavy-duty-sewing-machine/648829-1000?glCountry=GB&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq-68pbvl6gIVcYBQBh1E-gSIEAQYASABEgKFiPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds I posted this before and it is now back in stock- very similar to the Singer 4411 (thus, Q411 for this....). Join the club and get 15% off first purchase as well.
I concur Ha!
The use of the words Singer and Heavy Duty in the same sentence - laughable!
Wish I had one of the singer machines they where built to last and control was easy with the wheel.
In that case just dont allow yourself to be upsold to a too fancy expensive machine. I dont know enough about current machines to suggest. All i can say is my Bernina 830 at 40+ years old is still going strong and I hope I never need to replace it.
Posted 8th Jul 2020Posted 8th Jul 2020LocalLocal
Singer sewing machine 2263 £75 at Dunelm Swansea£75Dunelm Deals
It's actually difficult to find who owns/makes these now as I believe the name has been sold out on license. Aldi/Lidl used to deal in Singer Machines but appear to have moved around to Necchi base models since the SVP buyout in 2018. Singer is now part of the Husky/Viking brand group with Sweden as a main point of manufacturing. Necchi in America is distributed by Janine, although it's unclear if they also manufacture the machines. Over all if it does what you need and lasts the way it should win win. This particular model/brand just wouldn't be my choice.
Having received it, it is made in Vietnam. Essentially identical to the Singer 4411 (maybe that's why it is Q411); with the central dial changed plus this has a needle threader. No out of stock, though!
I feel to come out this crisis Britain have reset lot of things and the youth have to step up. Time is similar like after world war2 and need to allow lot of indulgence to be forgotten and work harder
Singer isn't not what it once was. Vietnam and Sweden are actually large producers of quality build machines these days, but the mainly plastic kind are Chinese. Computerised machines certainly make things easier, but when they go wrong, they do it often in a spectacular fashion (pun intended)
All the "reasonably priced" ones have been snapped up by people making plague masks.
Posted 2nd Jun 2020Posted 2nd Jun 2020
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