I don't know when this one was made but the model was first sold in 1998
$500 for the machine, a SuperQuilter acrylic frame, and HandiHandles on Craigslist
How long have you had the machine?
2 1/2 years
Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine?
Basic, semi-industrial straight stitch only machine.
What are your favorite features?
It is fast (1500 stitches a minute at top speed) and incredibly strong. It will sew through anything. It is made of metal and is heavy and sturdy.
What are some of the unique features it has?
Thread cutting foot pedal (I love this) and button, knee lifter, needle down position (the needle stays down when you stop sewing).
How well does it run?
Pretty well - the only issue I have with it is that the tension is VERY finicky. I feel like I am always adjusting both the top needle tension and the bobbin tension. At least I've learned a lot about tension from this machine.
Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself?
No - knock on wood!
What are your least favorite features?
There has been a huge learning curve for me - but I think that's probably true of just about any machine. At least any of the more complicated ones. I've learned so much about tension and how to figure out if it's right, how to adjust it, and when to stop sewing and say goodnight!
Would you recommend this machine to a friend?
I'm not sure everyone wants a machine that is really just for straight stitching and quilting.