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This review is from: Cuisinart ICE-21
Pros: Very simple construction with few parts to break. Works as indicated in the manual. Takes about 20 minutes from pouring in the mixture to ready to eat ice cream. Includes a number of good recipes in the manual (probably about 10 or 15, ranging from ice cream, frozen yogurt and fruit sorbets). The cheesecake ice cream recipe is spot on and tastes delicious from my experience. Cooling 'bucket/container' can be left in the freezer at all times for convenience, which is what we are doing. Great machine that we will be using for years to come.
Cons: Ice cream consistency at the end of a 'run' is more like soft serve than store bought style ice cream, but an overnight in the freezer will easily solidify it to what you are used to. Cooling 'bucket/container' doesn't have a lid for quick transfer from machine to the freezer if you want to further solidify the ice cream, but that is probably so the expanding material inside doesn't rupture the 'bucket' when it freezes. A quick transfer to a separate container isn't too big of a deal, and you get to taste your frozen concoction while 'cleaning up'.
Other Thoughts: All the parts (aside from the 'bucket' and the motor base) can be put in the washing machine for quick clean up. Machine looks very pretty on the counter when all put together, very aesthetically pleasing.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Singer Sewing Co. 2259 Tradition Sewing Machine 20 Utility Stitch Functions
Pros: Very good price for all the different stitches it has. My girlfriend loves using it and has gotten up to speed very quickly with it (it is her first sewing machine that she owns but not the first she has used). She has already made several things with it that have turned out great. Saves her a huge amount of time compared to sewing by hand.
Cons: Manual is a little skimpy with how to do stuff other than basic setup, but my girlfriend found several videos online as well as several books at the local craft store that have shown here all the techniques she need. She did mention the bottom needle/threader is a bit tricky to get set correctly, but once you do, it moves pretty quickly. She has said this is a common complaint of most sewing machines so I don't think this one is any worse than others when it comes to that aspect.
Other Thoughts: This is a good choice for a first sewing machine. No complaints on our end after over a month of using it. It is very sturdy and seems well built. Should last for years and many, many projects based on our time with it so far.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice long cable for plugging my Blackberry 9780 into its wall charger. Easily fits in the opening for an Otterbox Defender case. Much longer than the including cable with the phone.
Cons: A little thin feeling, but it does the job.READ FULL REVIEW