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Thread: Commercial Grade SInger 550 help?

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    Does anyone have any experience with the CG Singer 500-590 series? I am looking for a heavy duty "metal" machine that would be used as a work horse for mainly straight stitch piecing quilts. I have looked on line but would love to hear from someone that already owns one feels about it.
    The local singer store is supposed to be getting one in so I can "test drive" it.
    Any comments or advise would be great.
    Thank you all so much

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    I was looking at HSN last night for the same reason. They have a Singer heavy duty one. Take a look if you haven't already.

    http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/singer-...53&o=&ocm=seis

    I emailed Darlene Cahill about the throat measurement and she said is it 6-1/2 wide X 4-1/2 high.

    I you find one, please post becsuse I'm looking too.

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    Yes, that's the one I have been looking at.
    A salesman for another company told me they are made in Brazil.
    I plan to test drive when possible and open it up to look at the parts inside.
    I really do not want plastic.
    Maybe will end up buying a older "reconditioned" model.
    Several years ago my good machine was in the shop. Bought a used one that they had took in on a trade in. $75.00 and it works wonderful. I call it the back up machine.
    Want one that tolerates going faster more than what I have.
    Any other suggestions?
    Thanks

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    Machine is really just more like an older Singer. Yes it is made in Brazil. Not the plastic ones that are sold at Walmart....It is a mechanical machine, not computerized. Motor is a bit heavier than most of todays machines. It IS NOT a commercial machine. The throat plate is just an average size so, it isn't going to make quilting any easier.
    Hope this helps...I'm not saying to get it or not....Try the machine....Bring with sample fabric. including a piece made up like a mini quilt, to see if it does what you want.
    Good luck....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    Machine is really just more like an older Singer. Yes it is made in Brazil. Not the plastic ones that are sold at Walmart....It is a mechanical machine, not computerized. Motor is a bit heavier than most of todays machines. It IS NOT a commercial machine. The throat plate is just an average size so, it isn't going to make quilting any easier.
    Hope this helps...I'm not saying to get it or not....Try the machine....Bring with sample fabric. including a piece made up like a mini quilt, to see if it does what you want.
    Good luck....
    Good idea, that way you will know if it will be good for quilting. I'd have to buy it to test it. I'm not really fond of singers, but don't want to push my expensive Bernina either.

    Let us know what you think please.

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    Although I don't have any actual experience with this particular Singer, I personally wouldn't even think of it. Our little quilt group bought a Singer heavy duty school machine. It was a piece of junk. It was used maybe 3 times, before it was trash. This is my own personal opinion, in regards to Singer, I would definitely stay away from at least the low end Singers, don't know about the high end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingmom86
    Yes, that's the one I have been looking at.
    A salesman for another company told me they are made in Brazil.
    I plan to test drive when possible and open it up to look at the parts inside.
    I really do not want plastic.
    Maybe will end up buying a older "reconditioned" model.
    Several years ago my good machine was in the shop. Bought a used one that they had took in on a trade in. $75.00 and it works wonderful. I call it the back up machine.
    Want one that tolerates going faster more than what I have.
    Any other suggestions?
    Thanks
    Run- do not walk!!!

    I had that piece of crap. While it is heavy and LOOKS like metal, it is plastic. All the works inside are plastic, too. After 2 1/2 years, it was costing me more in repairs than I paid for it new!!!! Three times in the shop for timing problems is too much. I am not rough with machines, either. One worm gear was shredded and burred from a piece of thread getting near it. The inner plastic is much too soft to be practical.

    The accessories were flimsy, the walking foot sounded like it would give out at any minute, and the "serger" foot was really a toy. Do not buy this until you have a good look at it, inside and out. I will never trust a Brazilian machine again!

    I bought a Sears Kenmore made by Janome after that, and have been very happy with it. It is not as fast as the Singer, but has been trouble-free for a little over two years now.

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    My son has that machine. It is not what the salesman presented it to be. It's not a horrible machine for him because he doesn't sew a lot. But it has given him some problems. He should have stuck with a Janome.

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    Okay, that's good enough for me. Thanks for the warnings ya'll! :-)

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    I have a Singer DH bought me in 1962 and it is all metal and I have probably put several hundred thousand miles on it and it was only in the shop, once = my fault. My Singer was made in Great Britan and has a metal plate attached to it that says so. I haven't used it since I have been machine quilting. Maybe one day I will pull her out and see how she can quilt.

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