If you are looking for an affordable felting machine, Simplicity Deluxe will be a good choice. However the build quality could have been better.
Simplicity Deluxe Felting Machine Features
- 12 needles
- Needle guard
- Presser foot height adjustment
Simplicity Deluxe Felting Machine Review
Sewing Machine Reviews Recommendation Level : HIGH
There aren’t many quality felting machines available in US market. When you search for a felting machine, you are bound to come across Simplicity Deluxe. It has been here for a while and lot of people started inquiring about the machine. So I decided to do a review on it. The best thing about this felting machine is that it is very affordable.
There is no threading or sewing involved, the machine just pushes through one type of fabric into another. Simplicity Deluxe has 12 barbed needles to mesh fabrics together. You can also remove some needles for customization. Now this is a cool feature, I have seen some felting machines which don’t have the facility to remove individual needles. What this means is that, you won’t be able to replace individual broken needles. For which, you need to buy a separate needle unit that has removable needles.
Operation needs to be done with the foot pedal, unlike computerized sewing machines which have start/stop button and variable speed control. For slower speeds you can always use the hand wheel. The needle guard prevents your fingers from getting hurt. The machine has a clear presser foot which can be raised to accommodate bulkier fabrics. You can easily clean the lint after removing the accessory compartment (you can use a small vacuum).
There are two little box compartments to store your accessories. There is a work light, but it is not bright enough. The built-in carry handle makes it easy to move around.
The workspace is nice and wide, which is always helpful. You can also buy an extension table if you want. A tip to prevent needle breaking is, try not to match up the presser foot speed with your hands, go slow. The space between the needle and the base is good enough to accommodate bulky fabrics (it could have been bigger, but you can’t ask more for the price). I have used it with thick layers of wool and it worked flawlessly.
The machine is pretty lightweight but it is very stable. It is an easy to use machine, even for those who don’t have any previous experience. The motor is very powerful and it punches through smoothly. Changing the needle is easy (don’t remove the screw completely, loosen it until the needle is loose enough to pull out, otherwise you will have a hard time putting the screw back in).
You will break the needles at some point, that is how felting machines behave. It is a completely normal thing. All you can do is,go slow. Always stock up needles.
The quality of the foot pedal in not excellent but okay.
- 12 needles
- Easy to use
- Foot pedal quality
Is It Worth Buying?
The best part of Simplicity Deluxe Felting Machine is, how affordable it is. A 12 needle felting machine of this quality, at this price isn’t a bad deal at all. It’s quality is right up there with more expensive felting machines. It will definitely save a lot of time for a creative person.