Love it, hate it, or something in between? It got me going, so I feel a little bit of an attachment to it. It gave me lots of frustration, but some of that was surely my own fault, as an ignorant beginner who kept forgetting to put down the presser foot before sewing. Then again, some of it was certainly the fault of this cheapy sewing machine, which came up with new ways to foil me on a regular basis until I stashed it to use my 1972 White.
When did you buy this sewing machine? late 2005
When was it manufactured? it was new, so around 2005
Where did you buy it? Target
How much did you pay for it? about $80
How many projects have you done on this machine? approximately 15
Describe the kind of work you've done with it. I started with baby pouches, repaired heavy-duty items like wrist and knee braces, sewed a hideous (not the machine's fault) canvas handbag, two cloth grocery bags, a few little gift bags and pouches, a summer dress, three skirts, two tops, several pairs of elastic-waistband toddler pants, a fleece monkey costume, and started working on a sail cover made of heavy-duty marine canvas called Sunbrella.
What do you like and what do you hate about it? Thread jams. Seriously, all the time. In fairness, they became rarer as I used the machine more, so I really do think that I was doing funky things in the beginning that set it off -- I went through a phase where I loaded the thread into the bobbin case backward, and that wreaked havoc; I often forgot to put the presser foot down before sewing, and I just wasn't very adept at moving certain fabric types through. Still, it often jammed when I think I was doing everything right, and my White almost never jams, so I'm pretty sure the machine is highly susceptible to thread jams.
One of its biggest problems, aside from the thread jams, was that the plastic reverse lever got shredded inside the machine -- apparently the mechanism was too tight. Singer sent me a new lever (they did suggest I return the machine for a replacement, but with a tiny baby and a complicated living situation at that time, I couldn't drag myself back to Target in another state), and after doing some complicated jerry-rigging and being oh-so-careful, I did manage to keep it working reasonably well. And then one day I decided to drop some sewing machine oil down in the hole, and, well, the problem was totally fixed. So I see it as an indication that care was not taken in making the machine in the first place, but, again, if I'd known my way around a sewing machine better, I probably could have cleared it up right off the bat and saved myself a year and a half of grief.
As long as the thread wasn't getting all balled up under the needle plate, it worked great. The stitches looked good, and it even had enough power to get through some thick fabrics -- when I was sewing the sail cover, the needle seemed to go through the heavy canvas without too much effort, but the overall project was really too heavy for the feed dogs to move through very effectively. Also, I don't think it had any way to adjust the presser foot pressure or to lower the feed dogs, which I've since found to be a handy feature.