Has anyone ever used a Europro Machine? I just saw one called Denim and Silk and it’s supposed to be able to sew very thick fabrics as well as lightweight.
Since I sew a lot of leather, it’d be perfect for me (and it’s a great price) but I don’t know anything about the brand.
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I have a Euro Pro X machine that I bought in 2006 at Costco, &, so far, I like it. It is a self-contained computerized machine. The light isn't bright enough for me, so I have a daylight bulb in a clip-on light by my machine, but I like a lot of light. The needle is harder to replace than in my older Kenmore, as there isn't a lot of finger room, but long tweezers have taken care of that. Also, the darning foot has to be attached with a screw, which I find a nuisance, as I use it frequently for mending & for free-motion quilting. Otherwise, I've been pleased with the machine. The case of it could be thicker plastic, as mine has a crack in it already (my fault), but it's not affecting anything important.
Check out your model of machine on the Pattern Review website & see what others say about your model. If it states that it's for silk or denim, it should be a fairly sturdy machine. It also depends on the thickness of leather you intend to sew. Good luck!
Euro-Pro would not be anywhere on my recommended list. Basically, they are an ironing board distributor who has sewing machines made in Asian countries on bid, and puts this name on it because it makes people think there is a European connection. Some models work out OK, some less so, but if you need customer service, you will listen to a busy signal for days at a time, and frequently get no satisfaction if you do get thru. Many shops refuse to work on them, because they know they will have trouble getting parts, and are afraid that the customer will blame them for something that they cannot control.Bill Holman
Wow! Thanks for the information! You're right - the name does imply that it is something high quality. Oh well, back to my search!
I had never heard of them, until a friend had problems with her tension. So I checked it out. They are put out by Shark, the vacuum people. This friend is happy with her model, she may speak up about hers.
I wouldn't know how much they are selling for, but around here, they have been clearing out some lower priced ones in the under $100. range. For basic sewing needs, such as mending,and basic sewing they seem to be doing the trick. They do what they are supposed to do, and the stitch quality is pretty good. Another friend bought one for herself, she does not sew much. They are not heavy machines, and I would put them in the category of throw aways, when they break, buy another. Those are the ones I have seen here anyways, I do not know about the more expensive ones. (I do think they would be good little travel machines for a motor home, or trailer.) Just my limited experience. Cathy
Thanks - it doesn't seem to be the machine for me.
Now I'm looking at Janome (sigh). A lot better quality but so many to choose from.
Currently - Janome is at the upper end of good choices. The many models allow for availability for a variety of budgets. If at all posible, do a test run with the machine to get a "feel" for it.
With the prices on machines going up up up, and all the fancy stitches available, it is so hard to choose an affordable machine these days.
A reconditioned higher end older machine is more likely to have the capabilities of what you are looking for than a newer, lower end machine. Keep testing the machines, and keep looking. While you are doing that, research the older machines too, you may find an oldie but goodie that is perfect for your needs. Cathy
Yes, it was so much easier when all we had to choose was if we wanted zig-zag or not! And there were (and still are) unbelievable garments produced on those old machines.
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