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Thread: Singer Quantum L-500

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    Singer Quantum L-500

    Received it on Monday but did not have time to play with it until this morning.

    IT'S AWESOME and all it says it is and will do.

    I'm very pleased with my purchase and certainly the price I got it for. It came brand spanking new right out of the box.

    Set it up and sewed with it right out of the box. Pretty much what happened also when I bought my Singer Computerized Featherweight several months ago. This 500 sure is alot bigger than any other machine I had in this house with the exception of my Singer Futura SES 2000 machine.

    I love this 500 and happy I chose it over other more expensive models. What more can a gal want to sew and quilt. It has dual-feed, start/stop button, hook up for two spools of thread, separate bobbin winder which can be used while sewing to fill another bobbin if you need it, digital, heavier machine than I expected it to be, and much more. Still have to learn it all.

    It definitely is what I needed for my fiber art projects and being able to sew alot more thicknesses than I could with my other machines.

    More on what it does later.

    Carol
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    Carol, if you plan to drop the feed dogs for any reason, try lowering and raising the feed dogs a few times. I got this machine from HSN when it first came out a year or so ago but after lowering the feed dogs a few times, the latch wouldn't raise them anymore. I could manually push the feed dogs up with my fingers and they would click and stay up, but the lever wouldn't work so I returned it and got my money back. I'm sure I just had a bit of a lemon, but since that happened to me I thought I'd pass the info on. Enjoy your new machine!

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    I have the Singer Futura 200 and the Singer Confidence Quilter...I love them both! I think Singer is working so hard to get their good name back that the next few years are going to be "good" machine years! Good luck and please keep us informed on how well it does!
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    I have the singer Quantum XL5000, The singer futura 400, The singer Quantum 9940. I love my singers. I think they are good machines.
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    Last edited by snownannie; 12-01-2011 at 01:01 PM. Reason: spelling
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    Congrats! Enjoy your new machine!!

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    I have the L-500 too and I also love it! Like you say, it's a huge machine. Along with the 500, have the CE-250 and the SES-2000 plus 5 other vintage Singers. I mostly use my 500 to do fmq because it has a larger throat space than my other's do. I've never had an ounce of trouble out of any of them (knock on wood), but I've noticed that the other machines that others on this board brag about also have trouble with their's from time to time. I buy what I like and can afford.
    Bernie

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    Yep there are lemons in all brands. I also love singer. Have not gotten a bad one yet.
    Last edited by clsurz; 12-01-2011 at 06:33 PM.
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    Bought Singer futura XL-500 3 months ago am having a love affaair with this machine, embroiders bueatifly and sews like a champ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ View Post
    Carol, if you plan to drop the feed dogs for any reason, try lowering and raising the feed dogs a few times. I got this machine from HSN when it first came out a year or so ago but after lowering the feed dogs a few times, the latch wouldn't raise them anymore. I could manually push the feed dogs up with my fingers and they would click and stay up, but the lever wouldn't work so I returned it and got my money back. I'm sure I just had a bit of a lemon, but since that happened to me I thought I'd pass the info on. Enjoy your new machine!

    Suzy
    Had you read the instructions in the manual on page 48? It states "Sliding the lever to the down position will lower the feed dog, to resume normal sewing slide the level up. NOTE: Turn the handwheel one complete cycle to return the feed dog to the raised position.

    I tested it and that is how it must be done. When you push the button to up position or raised position you then must turn the hand wheel one complete turn to get the feet to raise.
    cparant

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    Immediate differences I have found so far just reading the manual and experimenting are how fast and easy it threads bobbins and fact it stops bobbin when full. The machine itself is very quiet which really surprised me. The bobbins are also wider than any others I've seen on various machines. Bobbins also do not have that little hole we use to push thread thru at least onces they sent with the machine. Books says to wind thread around bobbin couple times than hit start and bobbin will wind and it works. Although I ordered a bag of 20 bobbins for this machine and those have the little hole to push thread through and works fine as well.

    More later about this machine.
    cparant

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    Anyone happen to know where I can buy the extension table for this machine for less than $99.00?
    cparant

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    clsurz, I just love my Singer's too! Mine all do what they are supposed to and are very durable. I am with you, I will probably be a Singer person always. I also have a Brother and a Kenmore, but Singers are my favorites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clsurz View Post
    Had you read the instructions in the manual on page 48? It states "Sliding the lever to the down position will lower the feed dog, to resume normal sewing slide the level up. NOTE: Turn the handwheel one complete cycle to return the feed dog to the raised position.
    Truthfully, I can't remember now if I read the manual or not. I do remember that it worked for a while but then it didn't work any more. I wasn't meaning to bash Singer or the machine, I just wanted to give you a heads up just in case yours did the same thing. I also have a Singer 9940 that I really like and has caused me no problems whatsoever. I guess I was leary of paying that much money and having a lemon since they were new to the market and I was close to the end of the trial period.

    Keep us updated on how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clsurz View Post
    Immediate differences I have found so far just reading the manual and experimenting are how fast and easy it threads bobbins and fact it stops bobbin when full. The machine itself is very quiet which really surprised me. The bobbins are also wider than any others I've seen on various machines. Bobbins also do not have that little hole we use to push thread thru at least onces they sent with the machine. Books says to wind thread around bobbin couple times than hit start and bobbin will wind and it works. Although I ordered a bag of 20 bobbins for this machine and those have the little hole to push thread through and works fine as well.

    More later about this machine.
    I forgot to mention--one quirk about this machine is that it signals that the bobbin is out very early. I probably could piece another 10 blocks before it is actually empty. That's the only problem I have with it--not enough reason to be dissatisfied.
    Bernie

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