Written on: 22/12/2011 by angelawilliams (1 review written)
I started to work with this machine with some trepidation – I was a bit wary about using a machine with so many options. However, I was pleasantly surprised. In general, I found the instructions easy to follow, navigated between the various stitch options without difficulty, and managed to produce a couple of very presentable buttonholes. The thread never got stuck, and tension remained consistent throughout. The huge variety of stitch patterns available is impressive, and I liked the five different ways of making a button hole.
The instruction book was clear, (in spite of some of the slightly odd use of English in translation) and relating the diagrams to the buttons on the machine was reasonably easy.
The free arm option I can see being useful.
Although I am used to controlling a sewing machine with a foot pedal, the easy accessibility of the stop start switch meant that you didn’t necessarily have to use it.
Any niggles I have with the AEG 680 sewing machine are few and minor. I never managed to get the needle threader to work. I found that fitting the lower bobbin was a bit fiddly, and I wasn’t that successful with blind hemming – the stitches did not seem to catch the upper fold of the fabric consistently. Some of these difficulties may well be resolved as I get used to the machine.
It is not quite as attractive as some machines I have seen (not really a pleasure to look at) , and some of the actions were far from instinctive. For instance, it did take me some time to work out how to open the accessories box, and I had to use the instruction book a little more than I might have done to find buttons and levers. With AEG's tradition as a pioneer in functional but elegant industrial design going back over a century I feel that a little more thought could be put into producing something that is less clunky and more user friendly. The fabric cover could benefit particularly from a re-design – it would be nice if you didn’t have to remove the cover to lift up the handle.
All in all, however, the AEG 680 is a great machine and good value for money.