Written on: 22/08/2006 by rho (1 review written)
I bought my EM3000 sewing and embroidery machine from www.joyssewingmachines.co.uk. It looks to be solidly built, and Joy's service warranties appear impressive (untested). It is an embroidery machine that can also be used as a sewing machine. The embroidery area is a good size, and it was way cheaper than the name-brand competition.
There is no needle up/down control in utility sewing, no help with threading, thread-cutting or locking at end of a seam. Clunky, hard-to-turn knobs for stitch-select and stitch-length. Crude tension control. Front-loading, non-transparent bobbin. Switching between embroidery and regular sewing requires you to change the table (which is not easy, as the embroidery table is heavy and has to be lined up just so). The other bad points are the foot (with a screw knob, not a quick-release lever), the stitch length knob (to drop/raise the feed dogs manually), the upper thread tension (manual reset again) and possibly the stitch selector.
This feels like a machine of 15 years ago. I'm sending mine back to the manufacturer and will buy something else.
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