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Thread: Singer Futura sewing/embroidery machine

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    Has anyone used this type of machine? I have had it for 8 months now and I am afraid of it. Yes I will admit this thing scars the pants off of me. I tried to embroider a flag and well lets just say they (my family) will not let me near it. I have issues with it sewing at the start I guess I wanted to know if it is me or my machine that has issues. Thank you! Nikki

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    I have one and love it. I must say my first attempt or two with the embroidery did not go well. I followed the steps til I learned how and use it often. I do most of my piecing on too. Just go slow and read all the directions. If you can go a Singer dealer and get some instructions.

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    There is a very active yahoo group. I have one, but I don't use it.

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    I love mine, too. I don't use the embroidery module very often so I have to get out the manual & re-teach myself every time. It does have a few quirks but once you get used to them, you'll wonder why your other machines don't beep at you--LOL! It was my first computerized machine and I was scared of it at first but I'm stubborn.

    There are at least 2 yahoo groups for the Singer Quantum Futura machines that might help you.

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    whew!I feel so much better. Thank you so much! I believe my a local sewing and vacuum shop will teach you how to use your machine for free. I just need to do it. I do feel better now!

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    I have one and love it. I bought it mostly for embroidery but I find i like it for regular sewing also.

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    I have one got it for Christmas last year, I love it - for the most part. I have made 2 prom dresses, 4 flower girl dresses on it, 1 King sized quilt top, 3 lap quilts, 2 WIP king size quilt tops...

    I haven't had too many problems with it and I have sewn on it a lot since Christmas. I have had issues with doing embroidery on it. I would like to take a class on this machine for using that function of it. Other than that it's not that bad.

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    I use mine only for embroidery, love it, just make sure you have your tension on the mark for embroidery and tighten the hoop with the screw driver, if you just hand tighten it can vibrate loose while sewing.

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    I have one. It is sitting on the floor. under my Baby Lock. In the 8 months I used the singer, it was in the shop 4 times,for the same problem. The machine is easy to use, but for me it was not the headaches. I would not recommend the singer furtura to anyone.

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    Some of the early models did have trouble with something in the bobbin case. I don't know how or what eventually solved the issue. I remember them talking about it a lot on the yahoo group but mine never had any problems other than operator headspace--LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    Some of the early models did have trouble with something in the bobbin case. I don't know how or what eventually solved the issue. I remember them talking about it a lot on the yahoo group but mine never had any problems other than operator headspace--LOL.
    I have never had big issues either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    Some of the early models did have trouble with something in the bobbin case. I don't know how or what eventually solved the issue. I remember them talking about it a lot on the yahoo group but mine never had any problems other than operator headspace--LOL.
    That was my problem. I had to send it to the factor to have it repaired. It spent more time getting repaired than doing any embroidering. Now the only thing I use it for is to enlarge my designs. :)

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    I have the Futura CE-350. It is my only machine newer than 1970s. :mrgreen: It was a Christmas present, year before last, and I didn't use it much for the first 6-8 months. Now I use it all the time, for embroidery mostly. It took me a little while to get the threading so it didn't beep all the time, but now it rarely beeps.

    I like it, although it's the only embroidery machine I've used. I like the computer interface. The computer screen is much easier to see than those tiny screens on some of the machines I've seen.

    My Futura has been in the shop exactly once, for her annual checkup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    I have the Futura CE-350. It is my only machine newer than 1970s. :mrgreen: It was a Christmas present, year before last, and I didn't use it much for the first 6-8 months. Now I use it all the time, for embroidery mostly. It took me a little while to get the threading so it didn't beep all the time, but now it rarely beeps.

    I like it, although it's the only embroidery machine I've used. I like the computer interface. The computer screen is much easier to see than those tiny screens on some of the machines I've seen.

    My Futura has been in the shop exactly once, for her annual checkup.
    I like that (using your computer monitor) feature too.

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    I am having problems with not being able to open my design browser, no matter what I do it closes down the whole program on the computer. Even the company has not been back in touch with me about the problem. Any help out there.

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    Is everything thing plugged in and turned on? If your connection is a little loose it could do that.

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    That has happened to me before. Rebooting the computer helps.

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    Everything is tight and the rest of the program runs fine. It embroiders beautiful. I made a quilt top for a baby girl and it turned out so pretty. Unfortunately the mom had a boy. So I look at it as a quilt in waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamdux
    I am having problems with not being able to open my design browser, no matter what I do it closes down the whole program on the computer. Even the company has not been back in touch with me about the problem. Any help out there.
    I had to get an update from Singer. After the update had to be installed, I had to reinstall the basic program. It was a pain in the neck, and took me about 30 minutes on the phone with Singer,(making sure that they emailed me the update) But it did work after that. I still DON'T LIKE my singer
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    I have one and also have issues with the embroidery at the beginning of each color change. Tells me the thread is broken, but I just pull the end of thread tight and start it again and it's fine. I do wish I would have researced a little more before I bought it though... there are so many things this machine can't do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltedComforts
    I have one and also have issues with the embroidery at the beginning of each color change. Tells me the thread is broken, but I just pull the end of thread tight and start it again and it's fine. I do wish I would have researced a little more before I bought it though... there are so many things this machine can't do...
    Aren't you supposed to pull the bobbin thread up from the bottom before beginning? That's what I've done it seems to help.

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    The salesperson finally got a hold of Singer and got me a new cd for my machine. And now it embroiders like a dream. It seems that the cd that came with the machine was bad. I am enjoying my machine finally and I have joined the Futura group. Thanks to all. pam

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    I had one...wanted it primarily for embroidery but for me it was just too many headaches. Upgraded to a Bernina 730 and gave it to one of my friends, and she likes it for sewing but hasn't tried embroidery.

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    I have a Singer Futura 250 and I absolutely Love it.. when I first got mine I was having trouble with needles breaking. I finally realized that I was putting the hoop on up-side-down.:oops:. Once I learned how to use it correctly I have no longer had any problems with it.

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    I have not had any problems with mine since the new cd was downloaded in my computer. I have even tried applique and love it.

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