Although not as well-known as other sewing machine manufacturers, Euro Pro makes a range of sewing machines and sergers. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Euro Pro sewing machines, examining the Shark Automatic as an example Euro Pro sewing machine review, to determine whether it’s worth investing in a sewing machine from this brand.
What is Euro Pro?
Euro Pro is a company that produces a range of home goods and appliances, mostly under the Shark® and Ninja® brands. In 2015, the company announced a corporate rename to SharkNinja.
Shark® are well-known for their upright and robot vacuum cleaners, while Ninja makes a range of kitchen appliances. Euro Pro/SharkNinja has its global headquarters in the USA, with offices all over the world, including in Canada, Japan, China, the UK, and Europe and in 2011 was named one of America’s fastest-growing companies for the third year in a row.
They also make sewing machines, but this is not the main focus of the company; cleaning and kitchen appliances are the dominant part of their business model. However, they do have a range of different sewing machine models, including mechanical sewing machines and sergers.
Euro Pro is certainly not as well-known as other names in the sewing industry like Singer, Brother and Janome. In fact, you don’t see machines from this brand for sale very often, and you’re even less likely to come across replacement parts of accessories for Euro Pro machines.
There is a small group of fans who love this brand for its reliability and value for money, but most sewists have never even used a Euro Pro sewing machine.
What Euro Pro sewing machines should I look out for?
Euro Pro has released a number of sewing machines and sergers in the last decade or two. Almost all of these models come with very affordable price tags and range from very basic to features-rich machines.
Their most notable sewing machine models are:
- Shark Automatic – a basic but beginner-friendly mechanical sewing machine that can handle a range of different fabrics.
- X Select – a mechanical sewing machine with 30 decorative and utility stitches and a range of features.
- Shark 7133 – a beginner-friendly mechanical sewing machine that comes with a one-step buttonhole.
- X 420 – A basic and easy to use machine that is designed for beginners.
- X 6130A2 – a versatile machine that is marketing as being able to sewing any fabric from denim to silk.
- Shark 9110 “Intelli-Sew” – A computerized sewing machine with a range of functions and features.
- X 100-545 Overlock Serger – a 4-thread serger for overlocking and edging.
- Portable Shark – A very small and extremely affordable mini sewing machine with basic sewing functions only.
However, it should be noted that a number of these machines are discontinued, and even the current models are difficult to find, either in-store or online.
Although not very well-known, those who are familiar with this brand generally know it for its affordable and well-built sewing machines. We’re going to provide a more detailed view of the brand by taking a closer look at one of their sewing machines, the Euro Pro Shark Automatic.
Product Spotlight: The Shark Automatic
The Euro Pro Shark Automatic is a durable and beginner-friendly mechanical sewing machine. It comes with an impressive number of accessories and features for its low price tag, though allows you to do basic stitches.
The key features of the Shark Automatic are:
- Automatic needle-threader
- Reverse stitch lever
- Automatic button hole
- Snap-on presser feet: zigzag/regular foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot and zipper foot
- Able to handle multiple layers of heavy-duty fabrics
- Twin needle
- Solid metal construction
- Metal darning plate
- Quilting guide
Let’s take a closer look at the features and functions of the Shark Automatic to help you decide whether a Euro Pro sewing machine is the right choice for you.
Is the Euro Pro Shark Automatic easy to use?
The Euro Pro Shark Automatic is a simple but well-designed mechanical sewing machine. Its features and functions are controlled using a few knobs and levers which are clearly marked and placed conveniently on the side, top, and front of the machine.
The simplicity of this machine also makes it beginner-friendly. More advanced sewist may feel limited by its relatively basic range of functions and stitches, but this also makes it easy to use and a great entry-level machine.
One of the features it does have is an automatic needle threader, which users say works well and is easy to use. A good automatic needle threader is a huge advantage, as threading awkward sewing machine needles can be time-consuming and frustrating, particularly for beginners.
Another feature that makes this machine easy to use is the large reverse stitch lever located right on the front. This allows you to easily change stitch direction to reinforce your seams for extra strength.
On the downside, users report that the machine’s manual is very basic, so it is not particularly helpful when you are learning how to set up and use the machine. Add to this that there is next to no information online about this machine, and you’ll find it very difficult to troubleshoot problems you may have!
Online reviewers also say that the upper thread of the Shark Automatic is difficult to thread, and that the bobbin winding function is not very user-friendly. This could cause improper threading especially for novice sewists, which in turn can cause a range of sewing machine problems.
Therefore, it is not surprising that some users report issues with jamming, particularly with the bobbin thread, causing birds’ nests. These problems may be down to user error, but given the lack of a good manual and online support, this could be seen as a pitfall of this machine.
What kind of sewing can I do on the Shark Automatic?
The Shark Automatic comes with a good amount of snap-on presser feet for the price, coming with a zigzag/regular foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot and zipper foot. This allows you to execute a number of different sewing techniques, from home decor projects to garment sewing.
It should be noted that the machine only has a limited range of basic stitches: essentially only straight, zigzag and buttonhole stitches. On the upside, it does come with an automatic buttonhole, which users report is incredibly simple to do.
There is a quilting guide, so you can also use the Shark Automatic for quilting, though you’ll be limited to doing so with basic stitches only.
Can the Shark Automatic handle different fabrics?
Another plus of the Shark Automatic is that it can handle a range of different fabrics, from lightweight chiffon to heavy-duty fabrics. Users confirm that the powerful machine can even sew multiple layers of denim without compromising stitch quality.
This machine also comes with a twin needle that is ideal for stretch fabrics, making the Shark Automatic very versatile when it comes to working with different fabrics.
Is the machine reliable and durable?
Online reviewers generally agree that the Euro Pro Shark Automatic is a reliable and long-lasting machine that produces high-quality stitches. It is fitted with a metal darning plate ensures fabric is pulled through the machine smoothly without bunching or tugging.
The machine also has a solid metal construction, making it sturdy, durable, and long-lasting. However, if you do run into any issues, you’ll find it almost impossible to get replacement parts, as Euro Pro sewing machine parts are notoriously difficult to buy.
Furthermore, as such a low-cost machine, many people are unlikely to service their Shark Automatic sewing machine, because repairs and servicing may be half the price of the original cost of the machine. This is a common issue with very affordable sewing machines, sometimes making these throw-away machines.
What accessories are included with the Shark Automatic?
The Euro Pro Shark Automatic comes with a range of accessories, including:
- Four snap-on presser feet
- Three single needles
- One twin needle
- Three bobbins
- Quilting guide
- Extra spool pin
- Seam ripper
- Spool holder
- Cleaning brush
- L-shaped screwdriver
The Shark Automatic also comes with a hard case to protect the machine during transport and storage, which is very helpful if you want to take it with you while traveling or to sewing class.
This is an impressive range of accessories for the price and will set you up well for a range of sewing tasks. Even if you’re a novice sewist without any sewing supplies, you’ll be able to sew garments, quilts, home decor projects, and more.
However, you will struggle to find extra accessories such as additional presser feet or needles for different fabrics or sewing techniques, as Euro Pro sewing accessories are not widely available.
Are Euro Pro sewing machines worth it?
In general, Euro Pro sewing machines offer excellent value for money, being generally reliable with a good number of features for a low price. They come with an impressive number of accessories and a level of versatility that you won’t find with many models in this price bracket.
They are generally known for being well-made, high-quality, and durable, though some online reviewers report issues with birds’ nests, jamming, and problems with threading.
The biggest drawback of Euro Pro sewing machines is their scarcity. It is very difficult to find Euro Pro machines in the first place, and even if you manage to get hold of one, you’ll struggle to get spare parts, not to mention copies of user manuals or online support.
The cost of repairs and servicing of a Euro Pro sewing machine are often a significant proportion of the purchase cost, meaning that you may be reluctant to get the machine serviced. This, in turn, can cause bigger problems down the line, when it will be even more difficult to have the machine repaired.
These issues are compounded by the fact it is hard to find online support for Euro Pro sewing machines, unlike more well-known brands that have customer service lines as well as online communities of users to offer tips and advice.
Pros and cons of Euro Pro sewing machines:
|Well-made and durable||Most models are fairly basic|
|Very affordable||Hard to find parts and accessories|
|Easy to use||Difficult to find models at all|
|Good number of accessories|
Overall, it is simply not worth the hassle of buying a Euro Pro machine, you’d be better off investing in an affordable machine for a better-known brand.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the Shark Automatic, we’d recommend the Janome 2212 as an entry-level mechanical machine without the disadvantages of Euro Pro machines.
Euro Pro sewing machines have a number of advantages, being affordable, well-made, and with a good number of features and accessories for the price. However, these advantages are by far outweighed by the issues you’ll face in finding replacement parts and accessories for a Euro Pro model, as well as the cost of repairs and maintenance.
When there are other affordable, reliable, and versatile sewing machines available, it doesn’t make sense to hunt around for a Euro Pro machine that has all these complications!
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