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    Singer 257 question

    Does the Singer Fashion Mate 257 Sewing Machine have metal or plastic gears inside?

    Joey needs to know before he drops the coin on it.

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    Joe

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    Joe, my 237 has metal gears in top. If there are some down below, I don't know. I'm not very knowledgeable, but top ones are. That is the 237, not 257. It's a Fashion Mate. I paid 25 for it at a goodwill.
    Last edited by barny; 08-02-2012 at 02:42 PM.

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    Nylon gear replacement parts, so I would imagine there are at least 3 nylon gears in it. http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sin...ine-parts.aspx

    http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=0Huzd6OgN1o

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    Now that is disgusting. My 338 has all steel gears, yet a 257 has plastic gears. Go figure.

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    I think the Fashion Mate 237 is the only one with metal gears. It's a really good, reliable machine (made in Italy) but I've always heard that it's the ONLY good Fashion Mate. A friend of mine has a 237 that she bought new & wouldn't give it up for the world!

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    I've acquired five of the Singer 237s.

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    path49 and bearisgray,
    Thanks for the info.

    I'll keep my eyeballs open for a 237 then.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    Joe, my 237 has metal gears in top. If there are some down below, I don't know. I'm not very knowledgeable, but top ones are. That is the 237, not 257. It's a Fashion Mate. I paid 25 for it at a goodwill.
    I got my 237 at a garage sale for $5.00. I was a little skeptical at first because it looked like it had never been used but then I thought $5.00, what the heck. WOW, after sewing on that baby, I really like it so I am sure my $5.00 was well spent.

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    The Singer 237 Fashionmate is not a 'luxurious' machine - and it's the tan or ivory that replaced the black - and it's a heavy thing (over 30 pounds - I think) - but it sews nicely - and it does a very nice satin stitch.

    You might need to get it cleaned, oiled and adjusted - or do it yourself - AND I can sew almost a 'perfect' 1/4 inch seam with the 'all-purpose' presser foot that came with it.

    The one thing I can think of that really annoys me about it - the thread spindle - it looks like a birthday cake candle - and is about as sturdy. What was Singer thinking with that thing?

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