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Singer QuikFix Mending Machine

I was fortunate to recently receive this cute little SINGER QUICKFIX MEND MACHINE (also known as the SINGER Pixie-Plus Craft Machine) as a gift from a friend. I was so excited about it, because at a glance it met all the requirements I have for a machine: compact, easy to use, easy to store, has all the “necessary” features, and is made by a reputable company. Another bonus was the fact that this little cutie runs on batteries (four AA batteries, to be exact). I craft at a folding table in my living room, and have young children. Those cords can be a hazard, and anything I can do to get them out of the way is fantastic! This machine is billed as “perfect for all your mending and hemming needs…designed for all those little mishaps that happen.”

The QuikFix includes:

  • the machine itself (measurements, including carrying handle: 10.5″h x 11″w x 5.0″d)
  • 1 general purpose foot pedal
  • 2 thread spools
  • 2 metal drop-in bobbins
  • 1 needle threader
  • 1 extra needle
  • 1 power adapter
  • needle threader

And its basic features include:

  • eight stitches and a pattern selection dial
  • a reverse stitch button
  • sewing speed control
  • sewing light
  • free arm (for sleeve cuffs and pant legs)

The thread colors included in mine were orange and turquoise, which I totally loved. It also happened to come with two bonuses: an extra spool of buttery-yellow thread and an extra metal bobbin. Who doesn’t love a little non-advertised freebie?! It was in a whole separate bag. I still haven’t figured out why, but I’ll take it! I don’t know if they are included in every box or not. The machine retails for around $70 and is sold online at Amazon, Target, and other retailers (mine came from Target.com).

According to the directions, you can operate the QuikFix two ways. Option one is the foot pedal, which will operate when the machine is plugged in via AC adapter. Option two is to install the batteries, and then turn the machine to either low or high, and it will begin automatically sewing. I took this to mean that if the batteries were not in, the automatic options would not work – this was in fact incorrect! So that is an important safety tip. Make sure the switch is in the off position before you plug in the machine! I happen to think the low speed is perfect for small projects, like hemming pants, mending holes, and sewing on paper craft projects. The high speed seemed quite fast (and other problems developed…read on).

The QuikFix, like most other machines I’ve seen, comes with a small drawer to hold its sewing goodies. My extra two metal bobbins, a spool of thread, a needle threader, and the extra needle all squeezed in just fine.

This machine has eight basic stitches available. Again, that’s all you really need if you are truly using this machine for its intended purpose of quick hemming and mending. I found the stitch selector dial and the tension selection dial (not pictured above) to be very hard to turn. I thought at first it was because the machine was new, but even after repeated attempts neither one turned as easily as I would have liked them to.

The machine thread a bobbin and holds the spool of thread much like other, larger machines do. In my opinion, the green plastic pieces seemed a bit…cheap. They work fine, I just constantly worried about them breaking on me. They don’t feel very heavy-weight. But again, this is an inexpensive machine designed to do quick-and-easy work – not heavy duty stuff.

The instructions that accompany the QuikFix include decent quality black and white photos, and very good step by step instructions for winding the bobbin, threading the machine, threading the bobbin, actually sewing, adjusting the tension, replacing the needle, and a good overview of the machine features (although, that is at the end, and I think it should be at the beginning – don’t you want to know what it does before you get started?). It’s important to note that with this machine, you must always use a metal bobbin, or the magnetized bobbin case will not be able to function properly, resulting in a lack of tension on the thread. Also noted on the Quick Start guide is the tidbit that the bobbin sits in the bobbin case with the thread tail coming out on the right side of the bobbin (clockwise), and that this is different from most regular sized sewing machines. Also included in the instructions is a troubleshooting guide, which I had to refer to often.

I really liked the clear sliding cover above the bobbin. The two other machines I have used have not had that feature, so this was a new one for me.  The drop in bobbin seems much easier to use.

I set the thread tension dial on 5, and started testing out stitches. With all eight stitches, the same thing happened. They would start out fine, and then one of two things would happen: either the end result would have skipped stitches (see above and below) or the thread would break. To address the skipped stitches, I first emailed fellow reporter Wendy Jordan to make sure it wasn’t operator error. Then I double checked the troubleshooting guide, and saw that the problem could be one of three things – the needle eye was not centered, the needle itself could be bent, or the presser foot was too loose. I removed and re-inserted the needle and slightly tightened the presser foot, which seemed to help.

Pictured below is the broken thread problem, which to me was much more frustrating. The troubleshooting guide hypothesized that the issues causing the thread to break were a bent needle, that the needle shank was not properly seated, or the thread tension dial or thread guide were too tight. I removed the needle and re-inserted a new one, and adjusted the tension dial and guide. Unfortunately, this problem continued to occur. I never actually got more than one 8″ line of stitches before the thread would break in spectacular fashion – it almost looks as though it gets knotted and then breaks. I tried the tension dial on all settings, to no avail.

Here is my quick list of pros and cons for this sewing machine:

Pros:

  • affordable price and compact size
  • runs on batteries
  • easy instructions
  • good range of basic features

Cons:

  • thread breaking is a problem
  • the skipped stitches required quite a bit of TLC as well (I readjusted the needle frequently)
  • some of the plastic parts seem inexpensive, and feel like they might break easily

Overall, despite the thread breaking frustrations, I really like this little sewing machine. I intend to keep fiddling with it, and call the Singer customer service line to see if they have any solutions for me. For the price is seems handy for its intended use.

Do you have a QuikFix, or a similar machine? How do you like it? And if you’ve experienced thread breaking problems like I did, please share your tips on how to resolve them – I’d love to hear it!

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15 Responses to Singer QuikFix Mending Machine

  1. Angella D. Crockett March 23, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    What a great review, Taylor! Thanks for listing the pros and cons. Since hubby works for Target and gets a discount, I just might check it out! Blessings, Angie

  2. k March 23, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    This seems like a handy machine if the thread problem can be fixed. I can’t tell from the pics what brand thread you are using, but I had this problem on a machine and using better quality thread seemed to help. I hope this helps you.

  3. Taylor U. March 23, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Thanks, k!! I tested it out with only the thread they packaged with the machine, and if a better quality works I’ll share that with Singer. That might be information that is worthwhile to them :)

  4. rush March 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    if the thread breaks and there are skipped stitches, i would bring the machine back to where it was purchased. i don’t need the frustration. for $70.00, i think there are other choices out there. maybe this might be an issue: i noticed that you are using denim. perhaps the machine is for lighter weight fabrics. but, denim needs mending, too. also, with denim, you need to use a size 16 needle. maybe that would help. also, i would like to know how it worked on paper.

  5. Mari March 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I bought the Pixie Plus someplace else for a *lot* cheaper. I messed with it for a while, thinking it would be perfect for sewing on cards. Needless to say, the thread breaking problem was a true pain! So painful, in fact, that I’ve put it back in the box and refuse to pull it out again.
    If I had paid $70 for it I would be over the moon irritated. As it is, I figured it was a good lesson in researching my options before buying. *sigh*
    Sure would love to see it working as intended! :(

  6. KathyinMN March 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    Nice review, but I’m curious about the positive tone when its obviously not working correctly. If the thread broke every 8 inches, I wouldn’t use it, I’d return it and I wouldn’t recommend it. I might recommend the idea of it, but certainly don’t recommend the actual product.

  7. KarenB March 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    I have been sewing for more than 35 years and from my experience with various machines, if the thread continues to break or skip stitches and the needle has been changed(is not bent); it’s the thread!!! The bobbin probably did not wind properly because of the poor quality (cheap) thread. Try a trusted Brand Name thread, and wind a fresh bobbin with this thread. You will be amazed at the difference!!!

  8. Cyndi - Dreams Unltd March 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I agree with Karen B. These machines usually come with cheap thread. I’ve tried a couple of these “little” machines and both have been returned and I decided to spend a little more money for a “regular” machine with just some pretty basic stitches, etc. Another thing I didn’t like about the “little machines is that you are limited to using the small spools of thread as the spool has to fit in the curved section and the spindle doesn’t move out away from the machine to hold a larger spool. I live out in the sticks and the small spools weren’t readily available to me.

  9. Margaret April 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    The first time I’m using this machine – belongs to my granddaughter. It was stitching along nicely for a little while, then jammed. It seems the bobbin holder has come out of place. Any tips?

  10. Margaret Maloney October 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I’ve got this machine. I can’t describe exactly how I made it happen, but with enough fiddling, I got the thread breaking problem to go away. If you really can’t spend more than $60-$70 on a machine, you can make this one work.

  11. Anonymous December 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Same thing with my machine. My bobbin housing will not stat in place. It seems to move when you start up the machine. I thought it possibly had a part missing. Singer should be ashamed to put their name on it. It will not sew.
    I have sewn for 35 years, but I can’t on this one.

  12. Anonymous June 26, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    I’ve had the machine since Sept. 2011. Used it twice and the third time it wouldn’t work at all. I tried to return it to Target. They said it was discontinued and would only give me $17.98 for it. I paid 69.98 for. I said no way. I will be calling singer to see what their story is tomorrow.

    Will update later!!!

  13. Jessica Williams September 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    I am having same problem with bobbin holder. Worked fine for a few seams and now it wont thread the bobbin. I returned it, got another one and new one has now done the same thing. I guess I will have to try a completelu different machine. I am upset I spent 70$ on this. :(

  14. Maire October 23, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    I have problem with bobbin holder

  15. Stephanie November 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Bobbin holder broke and it runs like crap. Made of plastic which breaks easily. Wouldn’t recommend.

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