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SussexCarole BS: Sewing Machines (42) RE: BS: Sewing Machines 20 May 12

My Frister & Rossmman which has served me really well for the last 30++ years gave up a couple of weeks ago. I looked around for replacement - wanting a reliable workhouse type of machine rather than one that would do fancy embroidery etc etc.

I settled for a BROTHER - oh what a MISTAKE!!! The machine was lightweight but at the same time flimsy...but I could have coped with that. There was no pressure adjustment for the foot - a basic requirement I I phoned them - ah! It's preset I was told. Preset for what I asked? Denim - silk - cotton....? No answer to that. Well. using the machine it appeared that the whole machine had been preset - the bobbin've guessed...was preset. The machine would not sew anything but the most basic cotton material.
I spoke to Brother's helpline and, after telling the chap at the end of the phone that I was an experienced dressmaker he proceeded to read out of the manual regarding different types of fabric etc!!! That didn't please me much.

After a long drawn out exchange of e mails I took the machine back and was given a full refund.

I have now bought a TOYOTA. It is superb - and it cost 20 less than the Brother. I've really put it through its paces in the last few days and I've had no bother. The quality of the whole machine & accessories is far, far superior to Brother.

So 10 out of 10 for Toyota.    Their range does cover special quilting machines and also has one called Super Jeans which is a real heavy duty machine.   Worth a look.


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