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Thread: singer scholastic model #717. yes/no?

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    singer scholastic model #717. yes/no?

    I found a singer scholastic for $25 including the cabinet. Is it a good ideathanks to purchase.

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    Run screaming? LOL I think any of those 700 series have plastic gears. Those machines jump timing and such. I guess they are not too much problem for people who fix their own machines. But I would avoid.

    I am open to other opinions, as usual.


    eta -- The manual is a free pdf download from Singer.
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    Ahh, that's exactly what i was afraid of when i looked at it. LOL I saw plastic knobs and was very hesitant about purchasing. There was also a Morse machine but it was without power and pedal so i couldn't test. Thanks for your quick answer It was exactly what i wanted to know.

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    I would skip the Singer and grab the Morse even though it does not have a foot controller. Morse sewing machines are awesome. You might even get it real cheap because you can't test it. It does pay to dicker.
    Sweet Caroline

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    The Morse is only 15 bucks with the cabinet (needs lots of work) and a new belt. So it's already pretty cheap. So I'll go back tomorrow and nab it. The sewing machines you see in the background of these photos are Singers: A Scholastic 717 and a Futura II

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    If you look behind this machine that is a Singer Futura II hiding in the background

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    This is the side, you can see it has a lamp. in the background you can see another sewing machine, that is the Singer Scholastic #717
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    The connector where the power goes and the belt, which is quite literally hanging by a thread. But the motor turns easily when i try with my fingers.
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    Good Housekeeping approved and it's a Super Dial

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    As you can tell there is a whole lot of dust on this machine. It sticking on it perpendicular. Here is the motor and it's information.

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    Model Number? Not sure... if you can identify, i'd be very grateful. I can't tell if it's a Heavy Duty or an Industrial. I'm figuring a heavy duty. *grin* As you can see in some of the pics the cabinet needs help. It looks like it was used as a table to hold drinks. But over all it's a pretty machine.

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    Futura 900 and Futura II 920 and Athena and anything else on that same chassis = plastic disposable '70s machines from Hades. Run! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCow333 View Post
    Futura 900 and Futura II 920 and Athena and anything else on that same chassis = plastic disposable '70s machines from Hades. Run! ;-)
    LOL *running as fast as i can.*

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    foufymaus,

    Aren't you in Australia? If not I'm confusing you with someone else. I noticed the Morse has a US voltage motor.

    Anyway ... That Morse is a domestic sewing machine. A good strong one, yes, but a domestic none the less. Definitely not a heavy duty or industrial machine.
    However having said that it is a lot heavier duty than the plastic Singers in the back ground.

    I have one of those machines badged as an American Home and it sews very nice.
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    For $15.00 I'd grab the Morse. Belts are not expensive, and neither are motors, wiring or controllers..... at least not in the U.S., not sure about AU.

    And I wouldn't go so far as to say the 70s and newer Singer were machines from Hades, some of them work very well. But, I also wouldn't depend on them. Those stinking plastic gears have a tendency of breaking just when you are in the middle of a project.
    My wife and I had two of them do that to us.

    Joe

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    I'm from the US. *grin* But i almost was moved to Australia when i was younger. lol I'm on my way over to get the morse if it's still there.

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    Alas, it was sold when i went back. Although those singers are still here. Haha

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