Ella - My Singer Futura



Meet Ella. Ella Futura. Her name is Ella because she is a great Singer.

 She is a Singer Futura XL-400 actually. 

 I got her a couple of weeks ago, right before Easter. I have been spending time with her every day since then. 

 It was a big deal for me to get her so I wanted to make sure she was right for me. I wanted to try our every function and make sure it was something I would use. And so far, so good.
First day.  I took forever just to decide to open the box.
Ella is a combination sewing and embroidery machine.  The embroidery feature is new to me but I am getting the hang of it.  I think it will really add a lot of detail to some of the things I like to make.


My very first attempt at machine embroidery
I made a little detailed pocket for an apron for my daughter-in-law.


Trying out some embroidery for a top that I was making for Margaret

I bought the machine on sale at Joann's after searching around a bit online and not finding any better deals at that time out there.  They offered free classes to learn about sewing and embroidery so I took them up on it.
That's me waving in the middle!
I read a LOT of reviews online about the machine.  There were those who have no love for Singer machines, which I understood because I guess there were some quality issues in recent years.  I read about some problems that others who gave low scores had had, which is why ( I was paranoid) I ran through everything on the machine before the time ran out where I could return it.  I read so much...but then I am always that way before I get something...I read everything I can find.  And youtube videos....  I watched plenty of those (although there aren't tons related to this particular model).

So my overall opinion is that it is an affordable sewing/embroidery machine (compared to those super-nice-but-completely-beyond-what-I-would-be-willing-to-spend machines out there) that does what it says it will do.

First and foremost, it isn't hard to use; it's very easy to thread and bobbin winding is a snap.  The manual is clear (which is a huge deal when you have to refer to it often) and the software for embroidery isn't terribly hard to figure out. (Although, admittedly, I did call in tech-boy-son for loading it onto my computer --but that's because I am not actually that software savvy.  After we were done I thought I could have done it myself)

I have tried machine quilting, making clothing, embroidery (both big and small) and all of the stitch functions and different feet included. 

I have already opened her up and cleaned and oiled her.  Not hard at all.

Some people don't like the fact that you have to use your own computer for the embroidery function.  This didn't bother me.  It's not really an issue because we have other computers if I had to go and use one for something else right that very minute and I kind of like creating the designs on the big screen.  Mostly I just look at blogs or browse Pinterest while waiting for the stitches to finish.  :-)

I can't really compare this machine to any other embroidery machine because, as I said, it's all new to me.  It works.  So I like it.  As a sewing machine it is fine and I haven't had any trouble with a wide variety of fabrics.  

I am considering making some things for sale on etsy, as I love making things but I don't always need to have more stuff.  And I do have large collection of a variety of fabrics piled up.  If anyone cares to share some advice about etsy, feel free to email me.


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7 comments:

Sam I Am...... said...

We are sisters! I go on and on about researching before I buy and it pays off in the end! Good for you! So glad you are enjoying your new machine...how fun and you really put it through it's paces.
I don't have an embroidery machine and really don't need one or want one at this point but I would be interested in any info about Etsy as I have been thinking about that too.
Enjoy your blog and all your "adventures"! Have a great week!

camp and cottage living said...

I need a new machine and am glad for any advice from someone who has one they are happy with.
Thanks!

sewingmom said...

I have been doing embroidery for 6 years and love it. I want to upgrade my Brother to a bigger hoop. I am looking at the Singer Futura XL400 and Brother PE770. I am worried about the reviews saying the thread bunches at the back of designs; says the hoops are flimsy (I want to put beach towels in it) and says multi-color images shift and don't line up properly (which means to me the hoop doesn't hold the fabric still). I'd love to hear from someone who has really used it. I love the idea of a 6x10 hoop. Thank you!

Molly said...

Great that you are having a good time with this machine, I really want one too! Could you possibly help me with a question. What size box did it come in ? I'm looking at courier costs for shipping one...

Many thanks and happy sewing!

brenda said...

Im glad you're all happy with your machines I mean the xl-400. I am on the verge of returning mine all the lights are blinking I'm calling support tomorrow and if priblem isn't solved I'm totally over it. I have spent more time trying to fix problems then actually getting a decent design. I did get a few good ones but am disappointed overall. Any suggestions?

brenda said...

Im glad you're all happy with your machines I mean the xl-400. I am on the verge of returning mine all the lights are blinking I'm calling support tomorrow and if priblem isn't solved I'm totally over it. I have spent more time trying to fix problems then actually getting a decent design. I did get a few good ones but am disappointed overall. Any suggestions?

Addie alexa said...

You have done a great work in embroidery business.Good work.

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