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    Super Member rosiewell's Avatar
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    Touch and sew Singer

    I bought a Singer 600E at Goodwill for $20. I was very happy about my find until I took it home and found that is more complicated that I wanted it to be, even though i downloaded the manual, I had a hard time threading the machine and filling the bobbin. The machine looked in good condition and I will take it to a repair shop to look into, but I was reading on the net about this model and it said that it was the best of the worst series of Touch and sew by Singer. Has anyone ever had this model, what is your experience?

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    I am not sure which specific model my DM had when we were younger. I do know I nicknamed it "Touchy and Sew" because it was very touchy to sew with.
    Sadiemae

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    Thanks I was afraid of that!

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    Sorry I don't have any real experience. I have just heard the nickname for them as "Touch and Throw". I hope yours is not that bad.
    Lisa

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    LOL - I heard the nickname "Touch and Swear"

    I am sure there are good and bad with all models of machines, crossing my fingers for you that you have the peach off the assembly line and she will perform just fine~
    J

    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    Sorry I don't have any real experience. I have just heard the nickname for them as "Touch and Throw". I hope yours is not that bad.

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    I have a 600 model. The 600E was a change in the bobbin winder mechanism. My 600 has to be manually reset after the bobbin is wound, the 600E automatically reset. This is one of the last all metal gear machines Singer made, but one of the first wind-in-place bobbin machines. It does take getting used to. The machine itself is very similar to the 401 and 500 machines, but the main difference is that bobbin winding design, bobbins and the bobbin case itself. I don't especially like the fact that the bobbins don't hold that much thread. It does sew as well as my 401, 500 and 503. Hope you have fun playing.

    Pat

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    Thanks Pat, that was very informative, My DH took it to a repair shop and found there are only a couple of minor problems, I am hopeful, I am throwing myself (literally) into machine quilting after 25 years of hand quilting (courtesy of RA) and i thought this would be a good quilting machine. I will post again my frustrations. LOL

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    I bought a 600E at a garage sale before Christmas. The owner said it worked fine, but I found one big problem -- the lever to raise and lower the feed dogs and the little buttons that hold the throat plate down was disengaged. We checked it out and could see that someone else had already had the bottom of the machine off, since it the cover was bent and held on loosely.

    The good news was that if you didn't need that lever to work, it sewed very nicely. It also filled the bobbin like it was supposed to. I didn't get a manual, but it was easy to operate.

    Because I didn't need the machine, I sold the cams and some of the attachments and gave the machine to our local sewing machine repair shop. They accept donations, refurbish, and donate the fixed machines to charity.

    Good luck with yours!

    Dayle

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    I used my sister-in-laws touch and sew in '73 and had a terrible time with it. When I told her about all the trouble I had, she immediately bought a Viking. She thought it was her that was the problem.
    Lenette

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    If this is the cream colored Touch & Sew I loved mine. Got it in the early 70's as an upgrade. It finally gave out and had to be replaced at Christmas time as it was not "fixable". Other than tune ups on a non regular schedule I had no trouble with it. Still have all the cams, attachments, manual and lots of bobbins (screw together kind). Will put it all on ebay when I get it all together. Miss my old baby -- she worked hard for a lot of years.

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