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Thread: For those who were interested in the "new" Retro Singer 160 machine...

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    For those who were interested in the "new" Retro Singer 160 machine...

    Just as I suspected, it is being unveiled as the Today's Special on HSN on January 26th.

    The machine is on the Singer website now, with more photos, but no pricing information yet.

    http://www.singerco.com/products/2228/the-singer-160

    There will be several sewing shows on HSN that day (which is a Thursday; these are Eastern times):

    Midnight- Singer Sewing
    1:00 am - Sew Crafty featuring Quilting
    9:00 am - Sewing Solutions
    11:00 am - Singer Sewing
    Noon - Sew Crafty featuring Quilting
    3:00 pm - Singer Sewing
    4:00 pm - Sewing Solutions
    7:00 pm - Singer Sewing
    10:00 pm - Singer Sewing

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    thanks for the info.

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    I really like this machine but wonder how much is metal vs plastic...The specs state: "Heavy Duty Metal Frame - The internal rigid support holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment forskip-free sewing and overall durability". Update: found the answer: inside is all metal, outside is plastic.

    Oh and it appears it will be over $500.
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    Not interested in all in a plastic machine that is trying to reproduce the featherweight. I'd take the "real" featherweight in a heartbeat. But this underwhelming, ugly (IMO) machine doesn't interest me in the least. Especially for the price.

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    I don't care for it, will have to see what people think of it after using it. I am thinking Singer may need some money in the coffers so is bringing this out as a collectible type machine.
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    Wow! Who would spend $500 on this when for less they could get a Featherweight?
    Quote Originally Posted by tngal22 View Post
    I really like this machine but wonder how much is metal vs plastic...The specs state: "Heavy Duty Metal Frame - The internal rigid support holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment forskip-free sewing and overall durability". Update: found the answer: inside is all metal, outside is plastic.

    Oh and it appears it will be over $500.

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    I would not spend $500 for this limited edition machine. I am a quilter, I sew alot, my featherweight cost half that much, and mostly I never use any other stitch than straight stitch when I am piecing (about 90% of the time). I think Singer has a "lemon", and needs to have quilters on its staff to find out what we really need. (like huge bobbins, huge throat areas, easy maintenance, quiet motor, well lit throat area, and maybe a CD player. (Haha)
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I wonder where it is made, likely China. Also the promo mentions that it would be good for quilting. Uh, I don't think so, the harp space does not look very large. I would have liked to see some specifications for this machine. Don't think I will add this one to my must have list. For the price of that machine I could rescue some more vintage machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Not interested in all in a plastic machine that is trying to reproduce the featherweight. I'd take the "real" featherweight in a heartbeat. But this underwhelming, ugly (IMO) machine doesn't interest me in the least. Especially for the price.
    Boy am I with you! The whole point in using a vintage machine is its' ability to sew beautiful straight stitches which the present day models cannot do because they are made to be able to sew zig zag stitches and other fancy stitches. Now they make a 'reproduction' with all these abilities? The reproduction will not be able to produce the beautifiul stitches any more that the present models can, and it doesn't even look like a vintage. You're right, it's ugly and underwhelming. I think it will be the 'Edsel' of the sewing machine world! You remember the 'Edsel' don't you? The ugliest most inefficient car Ford ever built!

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    I for one am very excited about this machine, I really like the design of it. I already have a white Featherweight, a 1910 Singer Treadle, a 401a, a Genie and a Singer Confidence can't wait to add this to my collection. I will try to be the first to order it, lol. Thanks so much DonnaC for the heads ups.

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    You're very welcome, sew.annie! I will be watching the HSN shows for sure... even though I am on the fence about this machine, I would like to see them put it through its paces!

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    Thanks for the heads up! I will have to tune in and see what the machine is like, but will probably stick with my real FW due to $$.
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    But don't forget. The new Singers are not made by Singer, and read all the comments by those who have bought new Singers recently. My repairman says to stay away from any new Singers since they were bought out by another company, that new ones are mostly junk.

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    Thanks for the infomation. I will have to check this out.

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    ok, will try this again, so sick of having to key posts several times before they post.....where do they dissapear to????

    I will buy a new machine when they bring back the ability to sew off of two spools of thread...when the lower thread is from a spool also.....would be great for a long arm and for a DSM......IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
    ok, will try this again, so sick of having to key posts several times before they post.....where do they dissapear to????

    I will buy a new machine when they bring back the ability to sew off of two spools of thread...when the lower thread is from a spool also.....would be great for a long arm and for a DSM......IMHO
    Yes, wouldn't that be a GREAT idea? Like a new, modern Eldredge Two Spool sewing machine. I wonder why it has not been done?
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    The new "retro" Singer is really just a Singer Curvy 8763 in a new dress. The Curvy is a basic machine...however I wouldn't pay over $200 for one. I much prefer my vintage Singers and other brands.
    Sharon W. in central Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    The new "retro" Singer is really just a Singer Curvy 8763 in a new dress. The Curvy is a basic machine...however I wouldn't pay over $200 for one. I much prefer my vintage Singers and other brands.
    Sharon W. in central Texas
    Yes, Sharon. It is a very expensive black dress! I had not heard of the Curvy 8763 but I did an Internet search for it. It is a very basic sewing machine and does not have the features that a Quilter would want on an new machine. It would be interesting to see the HSN promo on it though.
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    Interesting!!!
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    No matter how you package it, it'll be in pieces soon

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    I bought a singer futura from hsn and had to send it back to the factory the first week I had it. Got it back and made a baby quilt. Quilted about 75% of the BABY quilt and the stitches started looking horrible and finally would not do at all. I called hsn and was basically told it was my tough luck. It had been over one month. Of course it was at the factory for that first month. I traded it in for a bernina, which I love. At least I got 1/4 back of what I paid for it. I will never buy a singer again. Nor will I buy a sewing machine from hsn.

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    Froggiey, I feel your pain. The Singer Quantum L-500 I bought from HSN has been nothing but trouble. I've had to mail it back to Singer's facility in Tennessee twice. I am very hesitant about buying another Singer now, especially a brand-new model that hasn't stood the test of time. But, I will be watching the shows on this new machine, just to check it out. Curiosity!!

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    Sorry but WHAT is "Singer" thinking ?? ... I hope people know that "Singer" label machines are NOT the Singer machines we grew up with. IMHO this is probably the UGLIEST machine I've EVER seen ... and WHY would someone buy this one at > $500 for plastic, made in China ... when you can get a REAL, timeless FW and for less $$ ???
    Last edited by TexasGurl; 01-17-2012 at 09:47 AM.

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    Everyone has different likes and dislikes...Me I like ...no I love this
    Machine can't wait to get it....I'm sorry for all of you that have issues with their Singers, I have not I bought my confidence from HSN and have no problems with it. I guess opinions are what make the world go round.

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    I like the looks of this machine! I think I am going to look into this! Thanks for the info!!
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