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Thread: Must buy a new machine ASAP

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    My $100 Kenmore seems to be dead. It doesn't seem to be worth repairing it. So on Thursday, I will go shopping. I do not want and cannot afford anything too complicated. Any ideas?

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    Dotty, have you thought of an old Singer?? They are amazing !!

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    Do you have a budget in mind?

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    Under $500. Hmmm, my friend has 2 old Singers she does not want... but I have to go cold turkey until I solve the problem!!

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    I use nothing but Singer. The older the better. I can clean and repair the old ones myself. Bought a $1600.00 famous name machine once, used it for 2 months, sold it for half that and went and bought a $300.00 Singer. And I crank out a lot of quilts with my little cheapie.Don't be drawn in by all the extra googahs and such. It is just more stuff that can break or go south on you. Good luck.

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    If I were spending less than $500 I'd be tempted to go with a used machine and get more spending boom for my dollar. Check with your local dealership to see what they've got for sale as some will give you at least a 30 day warrantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    Under $500. Hmmm, my friend has 2 old Singers she does not want... but I have to go cold turkey until I solve the problem!!
    Maybe she would be interested in selling to you asap especially if they are just sitting around. :-P

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    If you want a new one with various stitches go with a Brother Quilters machine. I got mine at WalMart on sale for $195.00, and it's great.

    However, I LOVE my vintage machines as well, but they don't do various stitches...only straight stitches.

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    I'd buy a new top of the line or midrange Kenmore. For the price you can't beat the quality. I have two vintage Singers that sew like a dream so I'm partial to older machines.

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    I look the old Singers too.....I would buy a new small one at Walmart, the little one, you can take anywhere, theyre under 100.00, then look at your friends Singers!

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    I did all my quilting on a Singer 301a until I got my new Janome 7700. I think there are other older Singers out there with a larger harp opening that would have made life a little easier when doing FMQ but you can't beat the easy maintenance and cleaning of these older machines. I have my Mother's old machine and it is almost as old as I am. I think some of the older Singer dress making and tailoring machines would have had a larger opening to the right of the needle so you would have more room to manipulate your quilt while quilting but I don't know what the model numbers would be. Check with a Singer repairman or look on Craigslist. I find a lot of old Singers listed on Craigslist. Anything built after the mid 60's isn't worth having. The machine my DH bought me for a wedding present in 1969 ended up as target practice in the back field after being to the repair man over a dozen times in 2 years. The repairman said that the new machines were nothing but junk and that was the last Singer machine I owned that was new. I'll take an old one any day. Ann in TN

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    I have 3 kemore's the oldest is 40 years and going strong. That was the only one i bought. I stick with what i know. They seem to last for ever.

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    I love my Kenmore. Mine is probably 3 or 4 years old, but they are on sale for $259 at Sears right now. 110 stitches, computerized, etc. You could use your surplus to buy more fabric!!

    Whatever you choose, I hope you love it!

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    DH bought me a Brother CS6000-i for Valintines Day! He said he couldnt pass it up, he saw it on Amazon for $159! And they deliver it to your door, no lugging it home! 50 plus stiches! I love it!
    Sorry to hear your old friend has pooped out on you.

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    I am a fan of vintage singers or Brother machines.

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    Spent a lot of money on a Viking almost 8 years ago. The computer went on it 2 times, both under warranty. The next time it goes I will pitch it and use my back up I purchased from craigslist...a Bernina 830 for 300 dollars!!! It runs beautifully. So, buy an older machine, they are work horses.

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    I have several machines..but my Kenmore and my Brother are my favorites, both about 7 years old. The Singer dealer even told me 4 years ago they would outlast and out perform any Singer I would ever buy. My 3 FWs and treadle being exceptions to that thought!!! They just do not make machinery like they did 20+ years ago.

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    Personally, I wouldn't mind a new Singer, an old Singer, definitely. I would check out a dealer first and see what they have in higher end trade ins that would fit your budget. I would also check out Craig's List in your area, yard sales, estate sales and auctions.

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    Brother or babylock are my faves

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    I'm sorry if this ends up a double-post - which is more likely something that I did on my laptop (what the heck is it that makes me do that??) - than this board!

    I like my Janome Jem Platinum (760) very much, and for that price, you could buy a new one. It's lightweight, which is great for sewing days @ guild, retreats or classes. Has some nice stitches,and the straight stitch is nice and even.

    I LOVE my Bernina, which is now 15 years old and runs like new. Stich quality and consistency is fabulous. It will go over/through anything - layers of denim, flannel, etc. - without complaint. Hands down, it is the better of the machines, but obviously cost more. While this model is no longer available, I don't think they have anything in that price range.

    That said, if I could find a used Bernina from a reputable shop, I'd hop on it in a second. So while I hate to suggest you try to go cold turkey, lol, if you can take a bit of time to check around and/or wait until you can find a used higher end machine, I think you'll be thrilled.

    Well, okay, now that I said that - isn't new machine, whether it's really brand new or just new to us - thrilling??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sallyflymi
    I have 3 kemore's the oldest is 40 years and going strong. That was the only one i bought. I stick with what i know. They seem to last for ever.
    Aww, I love you. My parents bought me a Kenmore for my 18th birthday. She has been a work horse and nothing but pure pleasure for me. I've had to change out her belts about 6 times since 1977 and replace her shoes (foot pedal) twice, but that's really not horrible since I have had her for XX (you do the math) years. If she was a car she would have had her first million miles about 15 years ago. She's working on the next million right now, and still keeps me smiling. :lol:

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    You couldn't give me a newer machine anymore. I'd get machine off your friend or go to ebay and get a nice singer featherweight or a Singer 301A.
    Let us know what you decide on.

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    Maybe my Kenmore just needs belts? It does not move! Going to the very nice sewing machine guy on Friday!

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    Love my new brother for under $500, bought it online

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    Maybe my Kenmore just needs belts? It does not move! Going to the very nice sewing machine guy on Friday!
    If you are mechanically inclined, you can replace the belt yourself. If it just doesn't move it sounds like the belt is shot unless you really WANT to see the very nice sewing machine guy. ;-)

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