In this post we’ll do one test to see the sewing strength of the new EverSewn Sparrow 20 Sewing Machine.
These new machines are made in China. This model has a 0.7 amp motor, which is inline with what most domestic machines in this price range have.
I’ve always felt a fair test for any domestic machines build quality is the classic Levi’s jeans test. Yeah, I know less and less people are wearing these jeans now including myself (plus I have a stack of them in the top of my closest), but they are thick and dense on those flat felled inner leg seams and I need to justify keeping them around a bit longer. Who knows, they may just come back in style a few years down the road.
One of the first things I sewed on it was some knit elastic in which I needed to join the cut ends together. I always start with the widest zigzag on the forward first row; on the back row I reduce the width; on the final row going forward I reduce the width again. I made it forward and backward, but when I started going forward on the last row it stalled feeding and created a threads nest by sewing in the same place over and over again. In this first video I demo the issue, along with some other test fabrics. This was my first test shooting with my iPad Pro too, so keep that in mind. I am gathering additional equipment to produce a much more professional looking and sounding video using it going forward.
Levi’s Jeans Hem Test
Next, I performed my classic Levi’s Jeans Hem test. See the results in this video:
The machine passed the test. It did grind and grunt a bit when sewing through the hammered down flag felled seam, but it made it through it. After that it was smooth sailing. I did notice that the stitches shortened on the serged side seam. If I was sewing this hem for public view I should have first hand basted each side seam to ensure it would not shift when sewing. Next, I would assist feeding the fabric when sewing the side seams. This will result in a much more even stitch length.
One of my problems with this machine is they did NOT provide the ability to adjust the pressure on the presser foot. In my world this is a must needed feature for any serious sewer OR any sewer that uses a wide range of fabrics. On my daily sewing a almost always adjust the pressure on the foot when I start a new project. My guess is given that is seems that everybody is a quilter in the domestic marketplace the manufacturers only test for this market. I just find it interesting that their entry machine ( the Sparrow 15) has this feature, but so far none of their other models do as the date of this post.
It would have been nice to see a thread cutter on this model too. They do offer it on the Sparrow Model 30 machine though.
Overall they seem to be a good value for the entry level sewer.
One last note: I emailed them a request for a demo machine to review. I need another machine like I need a hole in my head, but there seems to be a lot of interest in these new machines. I also received numerous emails asking if I would review it and do my jeans hem test. I never heard back from them, so I ended up having to buy the machine myself. I'll sell it at some point, but it would have been nice if they would have at least responded to my request. Since I don't generated any money off my videos or do any advertising on my blog I am funding everything myself. I guess that allows me to be honest in my reviews, but I would do that either way.