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Thread: What do you think? Singer Heavy Duty School Model Sewing Machines?

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    OK I went to the sewing machine sale. The man was trying to demonstrate three machines......yup, he had three. He did not use the student model, #1507 and said that you would only use it for woven material, not material that stretches. He did not use the Curvy Singer, #8763, saying he sold the last one he had yesterday. So all he showed me was the Teacher model, #2662. He said you could sew leather and other think materials on it, I checked his stitches and they looked just a little off to me. He said this machine had the button-holler attachment and had a serge and cutting attachment (which would be shipped separately). He had some trouble getting the surge attachment to work. He finished his demonstration before he showed appliqué, monograms, double seams, zippers, pin tucking, darning, blind hems, and buttons. I asked him about the quilting and he showed me that the presser foot would adjust to the thickness of a quilt. I asked about darning foot and walking foot and he faced me and told me that they don't come with the machine, but he would give me one if I bought the machine. Ok, now I asked him where the machine was made and he said China. I asked him if the machine had plastic parts and he gave me a mad look and said it wasn't plastic, it was a stronger space-age product. I asked him how many machines were returned because of breakage......he said it was not true that these machines break and if I bought the machine I could return it within 3 days for my money back, but if I needed a repair, they would send me a new machine. Then he turned around and addressed someone else in the crowd and wouldn't look at me.
    I looked those three machines up. He wanted $149. for the student model and you can get it on line for $99. The Curvy Electronic # 8763 was tricky. The web site showed Martha Stewart demonstrating one, but she did not show which version of #8763 she was using (there are two). He wanted $349., while the internet said I could buy it at any of 5 local stores. I went to those 5 internet addresses and they don't list them for sale. I checked back at the internet sales site and found that you could order it on line for $299. Now here's the deal with the Teacher Model # 8763. I did not find any stores that carry it and I did not find any internet site that sells the new machines, but you can buy factory refurbished machines of this number for $149.....remember, he wanted $269. He sold a lot of those machines, even with me standing there asking him all these questions. Oh well, I didn't buy one. :)

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    You did good! :D

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    I would like to say that I do think that Singer has some great sewing machines on the market. I think I must do more research and try many machines before I purchase my next machine. I think these one day sales from 11 am to 3 pm may be selling over priced machines that aren't quite what the salesman says they are. My grandmother had a Singer, my mother had a Singer, and I won awards in school with a Singer....so basically I have no problem with Singer. :thumbup:

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    This is a DUD!!!!! Please don't waste your money. I know of 2 quilters who have taken up on this offer and were sadly disappointed. They broke down and no one would fix them. Couldn't get parts replaced. Very bad deal. It is false advertising.
    If you want a machine for quilting buy one that has metal gears. A Singer does not, use to in the past, but not anymore. Was told this by a store that sells Singer. But they are good machines for lighter sewing.

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    Thanks buttercup. I appreciate your reply. And I do mean that....... :thumbup:

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    I saw the ad in Beaumont, TX. Let me know if it's any good. Thanks. lana.cane@yahoo.com

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    I saw the ad in Beaumont, TX. Let me know if it's any good. I don't want it for quilting, just regular sewing. Thanks. lana.cane@yahoo.com

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    Hi Lana,
    I don't know if the machines are good or not. I did not buy one. There were a lot of people burying them, the salesman was very busy. I do know that you can get those particular machines cheaper on the internet and in stores that carry them. Thanks for asking.

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    Hi, I just joined this forum and I wanted to thank all of you from saving me a trip to the Singer Heavy duty sew and serge sewing machine sale! I too have been debating on these machines and you all have convinced me not to even bother. Thank you so much!! Now, does anyone know of a good embroidery sewing machine? Thanks,Val :D

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    I have had my singer for almost 30 years. It has been thru a fire, water damage and more. It works wonderful. I use it daily and have done this for years. It's been in the repair shop once. It needed a new part. They cleaned it and replaced the part for $68.00 total.

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