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Please could somebody answer my question???? I am new to sewing but i am determined to be able to use my sewing machine currently i have a Brother XL2230 can anyone tell me what they think of this machine because ive struggled with it I may be in the position now to get a new machine but im unsure whats best for a complete beginner, Just need advise or an opinion on this. Thanks


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    Dec 21, 2012, 02.27 PMby katexxxxxx

    Looks like one of Brother’s cheapo entry level jobs, now superseded. Gets very mixed reviews: http://www.productreview.com.au/p/brother-xl-2230.html

    I don’t know this one myself, but looking at the pictures, I be tempted to upgrade ASAP. From what the reviewers are saying, it seems to be picky and temperamental and the sort of thing that would put beginners off.

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      Dec 21, 2012, 08.09 PMby fashionfrenzy

      thanks for replying i thought it was just me but it does seem to be difficult lol. Im just not sure what machine to try and replace it with. Or what is a realistic price base which will give me quality, if you could recommend something you used id appreciate it

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    Dec 23, 2012, 04.12 AMby purplefan

    I’d check to see if the machine needs oiling, only because if it’s been a long time since the last occurrence, you’d understand why machines act funny or tempermental (our old metal Kenmore console machine does that as a result of infrequent use and the cold basement doing wonders on metal parts…).

    Hmm, must add oiling to my list now that I finally have proper sewing machine oil, not 3 in 1!

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      Dec 24, 2012, 08.23 PMby katexxxxxx

      A lot of those cheap entry level machines don’t get oiled by the user: they only get oiled at major servicing. Check with the manual to see if it should be oiled.

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    Dec 27, 2012, 05.22 AMby purplefan

    I found it odd that the Janome manual does not list oiling in the maintenance section. My friend tipped me off on the usual spots to oil plus one location usually not mentioned-under the hook race (after it is removed and the section cleared of dust/lint), where a central opening with a type of wick is located.

    The old Kenmore manual shows all the oiling points on the machine-just realized that I have never oiled the underside spots (photos and arrows are shown in the manual). That might explain why the machine has a tendency to lock-up during start of sewing or why the thread catches in the shuttle race below.

    While I now know of a local person who does repairs/servicing, I don’t have the money for repairs. Hence, I am trying to ensure that I keep on top of lint buildup, changing needles for different projects and keeping the Janome machine in its tote when not in use (as for most part, due to space, machine has to be kept downstairs).

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      Dec 27, 2012, 06.45 AMby katexxxxxx

      Many newer machines have sintered or teflon bearings and do not need oiling by the user. Be wary of oiling if the manual does not tell you to do so, especially on an electronic machine. Excess oil can cause more harm than good in some places.

      I was shown by a service engineer where to put ONE SINGLE drop of oil (and then to run the machine unthreaded for 10 seconds and WIPE OFF all visible oil) on my electronic machine. I do it every couple of months on a machine that gets heavy use on tough projects for several hours almost every day.

      Keeping the machine lint free, changing the needle, and ensuring the needle and thread are good quality and suited to the fabric and process you are using so that you don’t stress the machine is more important for most modern domestic electronic machines than oiling like we did with the old mechanical ones.

      The only machines we use regularly that I do more on are the serger/overlocker machines (oiling points shown in the manuals) and the mechanical Bernina (again, oiling points shown in the manual).

      Internal lubrication done when a machine is serviced is often with grease rather than oil: oiling places that should be greased is a recipe for disaster.

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