Selvel Mini Portable Cordless with Reverse Sewing S-988 Electric Sewing Machine
These days, the market is full of many high performing sewing machines that can help you design fancy clothes and repair old fabrics. Advance sewing machines, however, are costly and certainly not portable.
The Gadgets Shiksha is one popular website to suggest a perfect sewing machine in a budget. In fact, we have many articles on sewing machines targeting every price segment. In addition, we regularly publish the review of newly launch sewing machines. We are receiving lots suggestion to dedicate a review article for low cost or portable sewing machines. Therefore, in the last few months, we invested resource for the search of some good quality affordable sewing machines to suggest in a review article.
Unfortunately, the bitter truth of the sewing machine market is it does not have much to offer below 5000 rupees.
After a long wait, finally, we have a few good suggestions for those who have been in search for an affordable sewing machine. I am sure you have never heard the brand Selvel, which has recently launched a sewing machine – the ultra portable S-988 Electric. You can purchase it below 1000 rupees.
Highly Compact Design
This machine comes packed in a highly compact outer shell. It is so small that you will be able to carry it inside a suitcase. In addition, it is surprisingly lightweight weighs in at just 0.5 KG.
The cost limits the brand to do much in terms of built and design. You get everything here made of plastic. Its build quality is not good. You will have to take extra care while handling and sewing work. Thanks the sleek design onboard, your home visitors will not be able to tell whether it is a budget product or a premium one. The white and blue finish of the body offers a great appeal.
You do not need to go to tailor classes for using this sewing machine. Its control panel is much easier to understand. There is only one on/off switch on the front. In my opinion, the hand wheel position on the top of this sewing machine is a bit awkward.
You can control the stitch quality using the tension dial on the front. The task of threading the needle compartment is no rocket science. Anyone who has used a sewing machine before will be able to do it.
Instead of a thread spool, it depends on a bobbin to fetch the thread. Therefore, the users will have to wind both the bottom and top bobbin in order to sew clothes.
Can Run On Batteries
The main attraction of this device is it does not depend on a wall outlet to work. At the bottom, it has a battery compartment. Surprisingly, it requires one four AA size batteries to run. However, the battery backup of this machine is not that great. My advice would be to purchase a set of rechargeable batteries so you do not have to burn huge money on the maintenance.
The end users can also attach a power brick that gives output in DC. Please note, the manufacturer does not send an AC to DC power brick in the box, so you will have to buy it from the market.
Moreover, its inbuilt motor is powerful. At the highest capacity, you will be able to do about 800 stitches every minute. This will attract many customers because such high speed is not even achievable by many advance sewing machines available in market.
Supports Reverse Stitching
Selvel was kind enough to equip this sewing machine with reverse stitching functionality. It is really an impressive feature and it will certainly help the users in locking the stitches. The product also supports buttonhole stitching.
You cannot make a complete dress with this machine. It is just an entry-level sewing machine has a compact built and suitable for only basic works. There are no zigzag design patterns to choose from. In addition, the quality of stitches that it sews is not much impressive. The tension wheel needs to be balanced properly else, the stitches will come out of the fabric.
- Its outer shell is really attractive
- Highly compact body
- Light construction
- Reverse stitching
- Can run on batteries
- No power brick is provided
- Build quality is not impressive
- Limited usage
- Average stitch quality
As compared to its price, features of this Selvel Mini sewing machine are impressive. However, the purchase decision will largely depend on your usage. If you are looking for a product that is lightweight and can perform cloth repair, then this machine can be a good solution. But I will not recommend this machine to ladies who are looking for a sewing machine to design dresses at the home. Its functionality is very much limited. It is only good for traveling and doing small repairs.
|Dimensions||15 X 10 X 6 inches|
Smiles Creation TM Mini Electric Sewing Machine
To attract budget customers, many brands have launched mini sewing machines in the Indian market. These machines are generally lightweight and compact. The Smiles Creation TM Mini Electric Sewing Machine is one such product that comes at the price of 1149 rupees.
The Smiles Creation TM mini was launched recently in the online market and now it is one big attraction. I am surprised, in spite of features limitation the affordable sewing machine has been getting good sales that too in a short period.
Attractive Affordable Gadget
I am certain this product will blow your mind on the very first look. It is available in multiple color variants, all of which look exceptional on a table. The build quality of this product is also appreciable. Although the manufacturer has used only plastic materials for making the frame but still it feels quite sturdy.
This sewing machine does not need huge space on a table to settle. At first, even I was surprised after seeing how compact this product is. In my opinion, it will prove to be a perfect solution if you have limited space at home. Another big surprise is the machine weighs just 1KG, which means the end user will not find a problem in moving it from one place to another.
You will not have to spend a lot of time in doing the setup. All you need to do is fill both the bobbins with thread and then pass the thread of the top bobbin through the needle guide. The bottom bobbin can be placed easily by removing the cap located under the needle compartment. After doing the thread setup, you are all ready to stitch clothes.
Even at this price point, the Smiles Creation product offers tons of extra features. The bobbin winder attached to the hand wheel makes the task of refilling the bobbin much easier. This machine is also equipped with a high-intensity sewing light that turns on in low light ambiance.
Another great feature of this product is it allows the user to set speed from the two speed modes available onboard. The tension screw can be used to tighten or loosen the stitches according to the type of fabric. You can run this machine in two ways either by the on/off switch or by using the food pedal that comes in the box.
The reverse stitch feature can be used to lock the stitches in place. It also has the capability to do hemming and mending.
The handling of this sewing machine is a lot easier as it offers cordless operation. The battery compartment is located at the bottom. However, if you run out of batteries, then the option to attach a power brick is always there.
- Powerful motor inside
- Can run on batteries as well as with a power brick
- Features a powerful sewing light
- Reverse stitch functionality
- Comes with a foot pedal
- Two-speed options
- Multiple color variants are available
- Not good for embroideries
The Smiles Creation TM Mini Electric sewing machine is a great product. Its price will attract many budget customers. It is really a surprise the manufacturer could able to equip this product with so many features in spite of a low price tag.
|Extra Features||Bobbin Winder|