How to Use Sewing Machine Review Sites to Buy Sewing Machines Online

Here is what you want to read in the customer reviews:


Start by reading the sewing machine reviews and look at the number of customers that have reviewed the sewing machine.  Reviews from lots of customers will be more accurate overall than those from just a few customers.

Read the reviews that are marked as ones that other people found most helpful.  They are usually the sewing machine reviews at the top of the list of customer reviews

Use the five star rating systems as a quick and visual way to see the average customer review ranking which is calculated by adding up all the reviews and dividing by the number of customers who submitted reviews for the sewing machines.

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The best quality sewing machine reviews will be those that give the most detailed information. This information will educate you about the various stitches, presser foot/feet and accessories for each sewing machine and how the customers rated them.

Dates of sewing machine reviews

Study the dates of each review to determine if they are enough to continue to be relevant for this sewing machine today.  Very old reviews are not always applicable to current manufacturer’s models

New & Updated Daily

Read new and fresh sewing machine reviews on a reputable site that updates customer comments on a daily basis.

True & Unbiased

Focus on reports from customers that are actual users/sewers of the sewing machine you are considering buying online, which are naturally unbiased and true, as opposed to the manufacturer’s brand description and reviews which are generally sales oriented.


How much sewing experience does the reviewer have?

Try and match up your own level of sewing experience with the customer review.  If you are a beginner sewer another beginner sewer opinions and experience of the sewing machine are more relevant.  Whereas an advanced sewer may find a beginner sewer views to be lacking in the more complex information they require.


Go to a sewing machine review website that is run by real sewers who have years of knowledge about the various sewing machines and may have owned and sewn on many types and brands of sewing machines over their years of enjoying sewing as a hobby.


Democratic Plans Extend Open Enrollment, Offer Subsidies Outside Exchange

The House Health Committee debated Democratic plans to salvage the Cover Oregon insurance exchange yesterday, hearing several items that would require approval from the federal government to help Oregonians benefit from Obamacare who have been frustrated by the catastrophic rollout of the insurance exchange.

“We’ve had lots of time in this session to beat up on Cover Oregon,” said Rep. Shemia Fagan, the chief sponsor of House Bill 4154. Fagan is a freshman Democrat locked in a tough re-election bid in outer southeast Portland and Clackamas County. “This bill cuts through the politics and gives us all a chance to come through for Oregonians.”

HB 4154 extends the open enrollment for Cover Oregon through April, funds a temporary high-risk pool created by Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, seeks federal subsidies for qualified consumers and small businesses who shopped outside the exchange; gives whistleblower protections to Cover Oregon employees; and allows the governor to wipe clean the board members of the exchange.

For Oregon to extend the open enrollment period or offer federal subsidies to people outside the exchange, it would need a waiver from the Obama administration, which Kitzhaber already sought informally when he sent his health policy advisor, Sean Kolmer, to Washington, D.C., last month to meet with top officials in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Rep. Dennis Richardson, the Central Point Republican and leading candidate to battle Kitzhaber in the fall, made a surprise appearance at the House Health Committee, sitting on the dais next to Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem.

“I applaud the intent of the bill. It doesn’t go quite far enough,” said Richardson, who called for the exchange to be shut down, and the state to turn to the website portal of the federal exchange or another state. “There’s already systems that are working. This one is not working.”

Rep. Jim Weidner, R-McMinnville, asked for an amendment that would put into law Richardson’s request for a federal audit of Cover Oregon, but Clem mocked Weidner, asking if the Legislature could compel the federal government to audit the National Forest Service while they were at it.

Health Committee Chairman Rep. Mitch Greenlick agreed with Fagan that HB 4154 should move forward without getting larded up with controversial amendments. He told Richardson that he was wrong to assume that the federal exchange could just pick up the slack for Cover Oregon’s failings. “The federal exchange may not work. Some state have just one insurance carrier. We have 11,” said Greenlick.

However, some other states do have a large number of health insurance companies on their exchanges. California, which operates California Covered, has 12. Michigan, one of the states served by the federal exchange, has 10 health insurance carriers on its marketplace.

Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, another Republican who’s seeking statewide office — in this case the seat of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley — pointed out that Fagan and other Democrats are not seeking anything that Kitzhaber hadn’t already asked from the Obama administration. “The website still doesn’t work. What happens if the website still doesn’t work by April 30?” he posited.

Cover Oregon lobbyist Dave Barenberg said the exchange has currently enrolled 35,000 people in private plans and 68,000 people in the state’s Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan. When the website failed, the exchange switched to paper applications, and now uses a hybrid process, where consumers can buy plans online after their eligibility has been determined through either a paper application or an electronic PDF document.

Acting Cover Oregon Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg told legislators last month that the insurance exchange would soon be running a number of tests with information technology contractor Oracle that would determine if the website could go live by the end of the enrollment period in March.

Conger scolded Barenberg for including the Medicaid enrollees, since Cover Oregon does not receive any money from those consumers and cannot rely on them to remain solvent: “I have rejected repeatedly to including Medicaid enrollment numbers in that figure. The business model when it was sold to us was that Cover Oregon would sell over 200,000 plans.”

Despite the challenges that Cover Oregon has using a hybrid system to enroll people, Melissa Unger of the Service Employees International Union testified about a Grants Pass woman who was kept afloat by Obamacare.

Sheri Hendrix was among the thousands of uninsured people who received health insurance on Jan. 1, but were still in the dark about whether their application went through.

Hendrix broke her ankle just after New Year’s and it took a fortnight for advocates at SEIU to help her determine that she did indeed have coverage through Moda Health, but the insurer was able to help her with her emergency medical bills.  [Video is available on Project Free TV if not see alternatives on The-daily.Buzz or Solarmovie]

“If she had fallen down the stairs on December 30th, she would have ended up with no insurance and with years of debt,” Unger said.

“We are building for the future, if we can find out how to make it work,” said Greenlick in his closing remarks.

Inside The Numbers- Why Jason Conger is the only Republican who can beat Jeff Merkley


Jason Conger is the Only Republican Candidate Who Can Win

Nothing is more important to this Republican primary than beating Jeff Merkley in 2014. We cannot afford to put forward a candidate who is unable to challenge the Democrats statewide, and the numbers clearly prove that the only Republican capable of unseating Merkley is Jason Conger. Conger is only 7% behind Merkley and we have not even finished the primary yet. This shows that Conger’s story of Homeless to Harvard, his real vision for Oregon, and conservative principles are resonating with Oregonians. Alternatively, Monica Wehby runs a distant 12% behind Merkley – which is not even within striking distance.

Merkley 47% Conger 40%
Merkley 46% Wehby 34%

Republicans are united behind Conger, are disillusioned with Wehby

In order to win a statewide election in Oregon as a Republican, you have to have your conservative base behind you. You cannot hope to win if Republicans do not rally behind you. The strong show of support from Republicans is one of the most significant reasons Conger’s polling numbers were so much better than Wehby’s. Conger performed 7% better with Republicans than Wehby. While Republicans have a favorable opinion of Conger, there are more Republicans who have an unfavorable view of Wehby than those that have a favorable opinion. Wehby has taken many liberal and controversial positions that have frustrated Republicans – such as, she is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, said she “thinks a lot alike in regards to health care” as Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden and that she would not repeal Obamacare if elected.

There are many who say, “You have to be a moderate/liberal Republican in order to win in Oregon,” or, “You cannot win if you are too conservative.” These numbers prove why this is simply not true. How can you hope to win if your own party has a negative opinion of you?

Support from Republicans

Conger – 80.8%
Wehby – 73.0%
Republican opinion
Conger – Favorable (17.3%) Unfavorable (14.6%)
Wehby – Favorable (9.5%) Unfavorable (15.4%)

Jason Conger is the only Republican who beat Merkley with critical swing voters

The Republican nominee will have to persuade Independent and Non-Affiliated voters to vote for a conservative in 2014 if they hope to defeat Merkley. Jason Conger was the only Republican to win more of the non-partisan voters than Merkley, and he did it handedly by 7%. Conger vastly outperformed Wehby with swing voters and acquired 15% more support from non-partisan voters. This is a huge and important disparity between the two Republican primary candidates. Jason Conger has proven that he alone can connect with swing voters.

Merkley vs. Conger with Swing Voters
Merkley – 38%
Conger – 45%
Merkley vs. Wehby with Swing Voters
Merkley – 32%
Wehby – 30%

Jason Conger outperforms Wehby with women

We know that women will be key to Republican victory in 2014, and much has been made to emphasize this point and candidate’s ability to appeal to women voters. Jason Conger did 5% better than Wehby with women voters.

Support from women
Conger – 33.4%
Wehby – 28.4%

Jason Conger does better with young voters than Wehby

Jason Conger has shown that he can appeal to and mobilize young people. Much like women, this is a demographic that Republicans have struggled to win and communicate with, but is a critical voter group in Oregon. Conger did 6% better than Wehby with voters between ages 18-50.

Support from young voters
Conger – 42.9%
Wehby – 36.4%

To learn more about why Oregonians are rallying behind Jason Conger’s unique candidacy watch the following video.…

Goldberg Cites Progress in Fixing Cover Oregon as Republicans Increase Cries to Pull Plug

Acting Cover Oregon Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg hinted to the House Health Committee on Wednesday that Cover Oregon could go completely online by February, even as Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, told the director that the state should shut the whole exchange down.

In an otherwise dour report to the Legislature, Goldberg said that Cover Oregon had 45 critical technical errors when he took over the directorship from Rocky King, and there were now only 13 errors left to correct — down from 30 just last week when he spoke before the Cover Oregon board.

“For the rest of the month, Oracle is going into intensive testing,” Goldberg said. “We can, over the next few weeks, make the changes to have an operational website by open enrollment.”

He also revised upwards the total number of people who had enrolled in private insurance plans through Cover Oregon, from 20,000 to 24,000. Oregon’s exchange is now in the middle of the pack among states in total private enrollments, ahead of larger states such as Maryland and Louisiana. The number of new Medicaid recipients in Oregon is now at 160,000.

But Conger told Goldberg that Cover Oregon had lost all credibility with the public, and he wanted the struggling state exchange shut down before any more tax dollars were spent.

“It’s frustrating and embarrassing to me to have voted for Cover Oregon,” Conger said. “To me and the public, this is just one more in a long string of broken promises in the state and federal government over healthcare. I’ve lost all faith in Cover Oregon.”

In a press release, Conger suggested that Oregon should follow the ideas of conservative Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — avoid both the state and federal exchange process and allow consumers to apply subsidies to insurance policies purchased directly from private companies.

He asked Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber to ask the federal government for a waiver to allow such a move, and asked Goldberg if a state legislative fix might be possible in time for the 2014 session.

As a state representative, Conger serves a district in the city of Bend that is closely divided politically and he has been something of a wildcard — helping to quash any significant increase in the cigarette tax but working across the aisle to sponsor the Toxic Toys Disclosure Bill and support all of the legislation that set up Cover Oregon. He said Wednesday that he had preferred a state solution to the federal exchange.

If Wednesday’s hearing was any indication, his energy for bipartisan cooperation may be over.

In an unusual move, Conger, along, with Republican Rep. Jim Weidner of McMinnville, voted against allowing a bill to be debated by the Health Committee that would direct the Oregon Health Authority to study a Basic Health Plan for working-class Oregonians who are not eligible for Medicaid.

Last week, Kitzhaber told reporters in Portland that he had hired an Atlanta tech company to independently analyze and report the mistakes that the state and Oracle Corp made when they flopped on delivering a workable online exchange this autumn.

Rep. Jim Thompson of Dallas, another Republican, said that was a waste of money and the errors with Cover Oregon were self-evident. He jokingly said that money would be better spent surveying Oregonians about whether they had any interest in signing up or paying for health coverage.

“We have a disaster on our hands, and it’s going to be very hard to get people excited about it,” he said.

Cover Oregon continues to revise downward the number of people it expects to enroll. Current estimates range from 64,000 to 97,000 by the end of open enrollment. Goldberg said he privately had kept even lower numbers with which he was sketching a budget that would keep Cover Oregon running with a 20 percent cut in expenses.

The Democrats on the committee were less sweeping on their disappointments with Cover Oregon, and none of them said they were ready to pull the plug on the state insurance exchange.

“I don’t want to throw in the towel and go back to the old system,” said Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem. “You want to talk about a new system, a public option or Medicare for all, I’ll talk about that.”…

Jason Conger Attacks rival GOP Senate Candidate Monika Wehby on hot-button Issues

Conger’s email comes as new campaign finance reports show that he has lagged behind Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon from Portland, in fundraising. Her candidacy — for the seat held by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley — has also attracted much more national press attention than has Conger.

The email compares Conger’s “pro-life” stand with Wehby’s belief that abortion is a woman’s “personal decision.” He also says he opposes granting amnesty to immigrants who are in the country illegally while noting that Wehby has talked about finding a way to “legalize people who are here.”

In addition, Conger seeks to tie Wehby, a former member of the American Medical Association’s board, to that organization’s support for gun control. And he quotes her as saying that it’s “not politically viable” to repeal the new federal health care law at this point.

Conger said he sought to accurately portray where the two candidates stood on the issues and said: “Isn’t the election supposed to be about giving voters choices and being clear about that?”

UPDATE: Wehby’s campaign manager, Charles Pearce, called it “sad that Jason Conger has decided his campaign’s only chance is for him to attack like the career politician he is – by distorting Monica Wehby’s positions and slinging mud.”

Pearce also charged that Conger had a “long liberal record where he voted with the Democrats on Cover Oregon, Common Core, and the Columbia River Crossing.” Conger has defended all of those votes, saying he had limited options to get the options he wanted as a minority member of the state House.

Wehby’s campaign did not have an immediate response. But Wehby has previously said she disagrees with the position taken by the American Medical Association and is a strong supporter of gun rights. And she has noted that she opposed President Barack Obama’s proposed new health care law in a 2009 video. In her campaign, she has said she would work for a series of sweeping changes to the new law if elected.

Her campaign has also cast doubt on whether the two have different views on immigration.

A newly released disclosure report said that Conger had raised just under $215,000 in the last three months of 2013. Wehby has said she raised about $500,000 during that same period.