At the end of last week my parents very kindly bought me a new Silver Crest sewing machine from Lidl. I am VERY pleased with it so would like to share some details with you here.
Out of the Box
The machine in question is the model SNM 33 and was £59.99 from Lidl. I had seen this one before, at Christmas, and thought it looked a good deal then too, so was very pleased to see it back in stock.
The machine is a nice sturdy, white plastic item, with a subtle ‘crest’ logo and details of the available stitches. A reminder of how to thread up the machine is also neatly part of the design.
It boasts 33 stitches, but as you can also vary the length and width of stitches there are really many more – compare this to lots of the cheaper machines which say they have 7 stitches, when 4 are really just zigzags of different sizes. There is also a button hole and button-sewing-on feature, which really add to the value.
The machine includes extra feet for button holing, buttons, blind hems, zippers and freestyle embroidery.
You can also do overlocking stitches and a nice selection of decorative finishes for edges.
There is a clear and detailed instruction booklet which clearly explains everything you need. I was very impressed with the booklet, as many modern instructions seem very thin and poor nowadays.
I gave the machine a good test by making a little protective bag for my netbook. This was a very simple ‘make it up as you go along’ type creation. The sewing machine worked like a dream, even when I was sewing through 6 layers of wadding and 8 layers of fabric! The ‘accelerator’ is very good and I felt in total control, even when sewing fast.
There are so many nice touches that make the machine a pleasure to use. A built in light and a nice easy way of threading it up really come in handy. The bobbin is a side-loaded shuttle sort. Choosing a stitch is nice and easy and intuitive too. Very impressive.
There is even a plastic cover included (though I will be making a pretty fabric one for mine very soon!). Also included are three reels of thread (in pretty colours!), spare bobbins, a seam ripper, screwdrivers and tools, oil, a quilting guide and spare needles.
All in all I am very happy indeed with my new baby. It really feels like a much more expensive machine, both for ease of use, sturdiness and the sheer range of features and included items.
Free sewing machine classes!
Craftsy have a couple of excellent FREE classes to help you get the most of your sewing machine.
The Sewing Machine 911 one gives a really good guide to the parts of your machine and how they work, and I recommend it for anyone buying, or thinking of buying, their first machine.
There are also many other free ones, including how to make bags and how to insert zips.
And of course there is a range of purchasable courses on every aspect of using your sewing machine too.