When my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, one of the items I told him I would like was a small craft sewing machine. He asked me why I needed another sewing machine when I already have one which I never use and I explained to him that these machines are small, inexpensive and are made to do things like paper crafts on. Well, being a man he heard the words small and inexpensive and when he saw the Home Elite Pro sewing machine advertised in the Black Friday Rite-Aid ad, he thought it was just what I was looking for.
This was in fact, not the machine I wanted but I will give it credit for the features it does have:
* 2 speed control
* Locking stitch
* Double threaded
* Operates on AC adapter or 2 AA batteries
* Foot pedal
* Small compact size
It is a cute little machine, threads evenly and sews a nice tight stitch. One problem I have with it are that it only sews a straight stitch. The craft machines I looked at sewed at least a straight and a zig zag stitch. The other problem I have with it is that it has no reverse so you can not backstitch to knot your thread. With this machine, you have to leave a tail at the end when you cut the thread and then go by hand and tie it in a knot.
For the $8.00 he paid for the machine, there is really not too much to complain about other than it does not have some of the features I was looking for. This would be a great machine for a college student to take to school with them to school or for a person who only has occasional things to hem or mend. If it only had a zig zag stitch and reverse, it would have worked great for me too.