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Thread: Dollar General Singer School Machines - $129

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    Senior Member malindaann's Avatar
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    hi,
    are the sales listed for new, excess school inventory of heavy duty Singers worth looking at? My local Dollar General is having a sale today. They advertise them as solid, built for heavy use machines. They also have a "teacher's" model for $199.
    They are advertised as "sew and serge" with a "professional" serge stitch and it it "quilts" too.
    I am looking for a second machine to do some heavier duty canvas and sunbrella stitching for some projects for my fiance.
    Does anyone have experience or know what these machines are all about, especially the difference between a student and teacher model?

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    THE Dollar General store has these????? wow

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    Never heard of it. But i think the tearcher model would be worth doing some resarch on.good luck!

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    This most likely is an outside company setting up a booth at Dollar General...I know there were 2 guys from Texas that were doing this.
    The machines are OK. They do have heavy duty motors...the difference between to student and teacher models is:
    Teacher has a free arm machine
    Student flat bed
    Teacher has many more stitches
    Student basic stitches

    These are NOT industrial machines, just heavy duty.

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    I brought one of these after Hurricane Katrina and was not satisfied with it. The serger foot is separate aswell as any other attachment; good for sewing heavy duty stuff but nothing fancy. They will do a demonstration in the store. Good Luck!

    Sewfine

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    I bought a Pfaf school model several years ago and it was nothing but trouble. I took it in 2 times to get it fixed and finally gave up and got rid of it. Maybe the singer is better. I would do lots of research first.

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    don't buy one. all they are is a machine that sews and has a cutter attached to it to cut off fabric. I boought one for the $199 special and was so disgusted with it, it didn't sew right or anything. It is setting in a box as it quit running. too cheaply made to get it fixed.

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    Just a FYI. I have read that these are not anything special. They have called them school models thinking that folks will think they are better made and they aren't. I wish I could remember where I saw this info, but I think it was Consumer Reports or some other consumer group. I would beware and not be willing to pay any extra for supposed quality. Just MHO.

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    thanks for the advice. Sounds like all marketing vs. performance. This forum has been so helpful. You guys are fantastic.

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    Go to Craigslist and find a pre 1975 machine with metal gears. I got one of mine on ebay and had a good shipper. I found a vintage Necchi at the Salvation Army resale store this week. Right now there is a 1960s turquoise and chrome machine in a blonde cabinet on our Craigslist for $60. You can pick up a vintage Singer for under $100 easily. These old girls were meant to sew. Skip the Featherweights. They are adorable, but not heavy duty, in addition to being out of my price range.

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    Schools ,generally ,do not order machines in this manner. It is more of an advertising gimmick. Schools have to have the money to buy and will go directly to the dealer and buy the machines that they want and unless it is a new school with a home economics department ,the school will only buy one or two machines at a time. Schools just do not have the dollars to spend anymore. In fact, they have cut the home economics departments.

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    No! Those "excess school inventory" sales typically have really bad quality machines. Sounds like someone went out of business and sold them to Dollar General.

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    Someone gave me one of those, and it had plastic gears. Lasted less than one year of sewing. Go for a vintage machine, save money and be able to sew anything heavy. Doesn't have to be an old Singer. My son sews his scuba dive gear (heavy webbing) on an old White sewing machine.

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    I got one of these a few years ago (actually, my husband bought it as a gift) and it was the worst machine I have ever owned. I used t a couple of weeks an then gave it to the Goodwill.

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    all I have ever heard is that they are JUNK!!!
    Have had several brought to me to see if I could fix them, but full of chewed up plastic gears--stay away!

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    I am glad you asked this question as we have a local Dollar General having a sale on these machines on Sunday. So glad I thought to look here and see if someone had asked about them. Saves me a trip! Thanks for all the answers! I was afraid it was to good to be true.

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    I had a heavy duty singer for years and I loved it, I got it in 1977, I paid 700.00 for it then, it was a top of the line machine. FYI.

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    They are not the Singer brand machines. You can Google these sales and read hundreds of bad reviews about these machines.
    Got fabric?

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    Glad to know all this information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malindaann View Post
    hi,
    are the sales listed for new, excess school inventory of heavy duty Singers worth looking at? My local Dollar General is having a sale today. They advertise them as solid, built for heavy use machines. They also have a "teacher's" model for $199.
    They are advertised as "sew and serge" with a "professional" serge stitch and it it "quilts" too.
    I am looking for a second machine to do some heavier duty canvas and sunbrella stitching for some projects for my fiance.
    Does anyone have experience or know what these machines are all about, especially the difference between a student and teacher model?
    My advise - go on craigslist/newspaper/Goodwill and find a Singer golden oldie. Or a Pfaff 130, or Necchi Bu, or many oldies that were built long ago. A little cleaning, a little oil and these things are amazing. They will sew through heavy duty stuff. They were made so much better years ago.
    Judi in Ohio

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    My sister n law bought teaching one from jo anns about 4 yrs ago an she dumped it in the trash

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    My local paper ran this same ad, and I was intrigued. Thanks so much for setting me straight!

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    I would suspect that school machines have had a very hard life with students trying and learning on them. My sewing classes were great we had modern machines and one treadle. Having been taught on a treadle I loved it. No one else could manage to make it go straight and forward so I finished all my projects early.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Buy a Viking, they can sew through just about anything and there's very little maintenance. No oil is required, just clean out the lint after every project.
    Debra

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    Looks like if it's too good to be true, it's not a good deal.

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