This is my first industrial machine, after runing through 3 singers (2 old and one new) I knew that my purposes did not suit household machines. I searched the internet for weeks comparing and pricing and found this one for $400 which includes everything, table, legs, motor and needles. I paid more for mine because I live in Trinidad and Tobago and bought mine from a dealer so my price of $792 includes shipping, but judging from previous quotes its about $400
Unlike the yamata fy8500, the three singer machines( the Inspiration 4220, 966 and the other number I can't remember right now) could not handle layers of light fabric or even sewing on velcro, if the needle didn't break it would stop sewing midway
The yamata/feiyue fy8500 is a great price, it sews really quickly, its easy to use and troubleshoot, it also sews very quietly with the clutch motor, so much so it actually sounds more like a servo motor after a few minutes of idling. The stitches most times are nice,tight and straight
It's a straight stitch machine that does 5500spm and is supposed to be for light to medium materials which is just great for me since I sew on a lot of light materials like satin and stretch sequin. So far I've made some clothes, sewn about thirty bags. It worked through a 1inch of silky lame fabric layers, heavy cotton and brocade! I have even sewn denim with it, but I would recommend only using light weight denim though.
It's parts are interchangeable with the Juki DDL- 8500/8700 so that makes it even better! Parts and thread are really easy to find for this machine also and are relatively cheap! I spied some bobbins online at a really great price!(50 for $10/USD) It's also really easy to troubleshoot when there is a problem.
The manual was very hard to understand, I had to search the internet for another manual from Harbor Freight, most of the instructions where very vague.
The bobbin winder is an issue, and is the Main Issue! If the bobbin is winding the needle moves, there are time when the thread won't spool, there are times when it winds on the outside of the bobbin than in the bobbin and then the scraping noise is still there!Also, when it does wind, it does not full up the bobbin, so it finishes rather quickly when sewing.After a month I lost all hope and patience with the scraping and irritating bobbin winder and ordered my Side Winder, just got it a few weeks ago and I am loving it!
The motor makes the current in my room dip everytime I put it on, I now use a surge protector and that helps.http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SlFBZstvN4c/StnmrvA-lNI/AAAAAAAACyM/AZpYBJU3S5c/s1600-h/IMG00435.jpghttp://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SlFBZstvN4c/StnmsJBQFQI/AAAAAAAACyU/vZFOouzx5pc/s1600-h/IMG00436.jpg