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Thread: Singer Quantum L-500 - does anyone have this machine?

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    I was wondering if anyone has the Singer Quantum? If so, do you like it or don't you like it, why....? Enquiry mind wants to know.

    I just ordered it from HSN yesterday because it was on sale. Apparently it is a conglomeration between the Janome 6600 and the Babylock Quest Plus. The reviews are split. People seem to love it or hate it but nobody feels ho-humm about it.

    I figured that I would give it a run through all the features and see if we are more compatible than me and Pfaffy. If it doesn't meet my expectations, I can return it.

    Now I have to be patient - - - tapping finger on table top already. Those will be long 10 days. lol

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    umm. i ordered it months ago when it was a todays special value. I got it home, plugged it in and sent in back in 2 days. I didnt like the way it sewed, was really loud and not a smooth machine.

    You may love it, who knows.

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    Googled the machine and it came up on HSN. They're having an event price. Has reviews and such on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrazygirl
    umm. i ordered it months ago when it was a todays special value. I got it home, plugged it in and sent in back in 2 days. I didnt like the way it sewed, was really loud and not a smooth machine.

    You may love it, who knows.
    Thanks for the reply. I suppose I have to test it out myself to see if we get along. It appears that some people got lemons.

    I figured with the return policy I couldn't go wrong. AND if I don't like it, I get to figure out which features I absolutely need. IF I need to get a different machine, it will help me decide on a Janome versus a Babylock because neither of the machines I looked at have ALL the features I think I want.

    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Googled the machine and it came up on HSN. They're having an event price. Has reviews and such on it.
    It's made for HSN and I thought the sale price was definitely in the ballpark of what I was looking for.

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    For the $200 difference I'd get the Janome 6600. I know I've praised this machine since I got it, but it deserves it. Its made with ball bearings which are not going to wear out like the bush and castings. Took hubby to ask questions on mechanical stuff and this is the machine that he liked. I paid $1049 for my 6600. Think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    For the $200 difference I'd get the Janome 6600. I know I've praised this machine since I got it, but it deserves it. Its made with ball bearings which are not going to wear out like the bush and castings. Took hubby to ask questions on mechanical stuff and this is the machine that he liked. I paid $1049 for my 6600. Think about it.
    Since I already ordered it, I have to give it a chance. Honestly, if it turns out to be dud, I'll send it back. There are some things I am not crazy about on the 6600. If anything, I'd check out the new one (the 7700). Believe it or not, but I prefer the front load bobbins and the built-in walking foot.

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    why not check out Viking? the Sapphire 870 is pretty awesome for quilters, the 835 is more affordable. I didnt like the 6600 either, and the janome 7700 looks too meaty for me, i looked at viking and glad I did.

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    I have been very pleased with my Quantum L500!
    I LOVE the built-in walking foot. Have yet to install the foot pedal....just push the 'go' button and off it goes...at any consistant speed!! Needle up/down is great!
    It will get loud IF the bobbin is not in 'right'...or... if there is a build up of 'fuzz' in the (where the top thread runs from the spool to the needle)...old age is making the correct word escape me!
    I sew much better with this machine than I ever have---straight lines, even 1/4 in.....
    And the distance from the needle to throat is awesome! Lots of room!
    I really love it and I got it when it first came out!
    If you have any ?????? you may just ask me or Singer has a dedicated # just for HSN customers!!!

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    Is it there yet :shock: LOL Hope you have fun with it :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    For the $200 difference I'd get the Janome 6600. I know I've praised this machine since I got it, but it deserves it. Its made with ball bearings which are not going to wear out like the bush and castings. Took hubby to ask questions on mechanical stuff and this is the machine that he liked. I paid $1049 for my 6600. Think about it.
    Since I already ordered it, I have to give it a chance. Honestly, if it turns out to be dud, I'll send it back. There are some things I am not crazy about on the 6600. If anything, I'd check out the new one (the 7700). Believe it or not, but I prefer the front load bobbins and the built-in walking foot.

    Janome has a built in walking foot. Lever is in back and you just snap on the foot. I didn't think I would like the top bobbin, but I actually do. I can see my bobbin thread dwindling down and have only run out of thread once.

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    I'm excited for you and can't wait to see what you think of it. Hope yours is a dream machine. Keep us posted.

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    I also got this one the first time it was on HSN. I needed a new 2nd machine. I thought the thread cutter was a little loud until I watched Sewing with Nancy and heard her machine in the background (also Fons&Porter). I haven't had any trouble with mine, sews just fine. I still have to try FMQ with it. The bobbin holder is just like my old White machine.
    Only thing I don't like is the bobbin low function. It pretty much stops sewing at that point, which is disappointing if I only have a short way to go to finish a seam. I just take the bobbin out and use the rest for hand sewing binding.
    As with any machine it has to be threaded properly per the directions for the smoothest ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Janome has a built in walking foot. Lever is in back and you just snap on the foot. I didn't think I would like the top bobbin, but I actually do. I can see my bobbin thread dwindling down and have only run out of thread once.
    The Pfaff, Babylock, and Singer have the kind of walking foot where you engage the mechanism by pushing the lever under the foot. No tools required.

    Isn't it funny how we are all different in what floats our boats? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingsusan
    I have been very pleased with my Quantum L500!
    I LOVE the built-in walking foot. Have yet to install the foot pedal....just push the 'go' button and off it goes...at any consistant speed!! Needle up/down is great!
    It will get loud IF the bobbin is not in 'right'...or... if there is a build up of 'fuzz' in the (where the top thread runs from the spool to the needle)...old age is making the correct word escape me!
    I sew much better with this machine than I ever have---straight lines, even 1/4 in.....
    And the distance from the needle to throat is awesome! Lots of room!
    I really love it and I got it when it first came out!
    If you have any ?????? you may just ask me or Singer has a dedicated # just for HSN customers!!!
    Thanks for that thumbs up reply. I have had the walking foot on my Pfaffs for years and love it too. I have also broken a few needles until I got the bobbin shuttle seated correctly. My current Pfaff has been forcing me to do more cleaning because of lint build-up in the feed dogs.

    I donwloaded the manual last night to get a head start and now I am even more impatient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrazygirl
    why not check out Viking?
    I did - the answer: no built-in walking foot and that is a deal breaker for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greencat
    Only thing I don't like is the bobbin low function. It pretty much stops sewing at that point, which is disappointing if I only have a short way to go to finish a seam. I just take the bobbin out and use the rest for hand sewing binding.

    I laughed out loud because that is one of the reasons I am replacing my Pfaff. Well, if it just stops and you HAVE to change the bobbin then that's that. Heavy sigh.....but still excited. Glad you love your machine.

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    Sharon and littlehud: I have to wait at least 9 more days unless I can hypnotize the UPS guy to run like the wind. lol

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    I also bought the L-500 when it was the Today's Special and I really like mine. Yes, it does have a problem with the thread cutter that I should probably get fixed, but that isn't a big issue for me. My machine is actually pretty quiet and sews nicely. I have some other TOL machines and I feel that this machine holds its own quite well and is good value for the money.

    There is definitely a learning curve, however, as the threading, bobbin etc. operate quite a bit differently from most of my previous machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by greencat
    Only thing I don't like is the bobbin low function. It pretty much stops sewing at that point, which is disappointing if I only have a short way to go to finish a seam. I just take the bobbin out and use the rest for hand sewing binding.

    I laughed out loud because that is one of the reasons I am replacing my Pfaff. Well, if it just stops and you HAVE to change the bobbin then that's that. Heavy sigh.....but still excited. Glad you love your machine.
    When the low bobbin warning shuts you down...just wait a few seconds...you will be able to sew again...and again!!! It always seems to happen on the last 3 inches!! But the warning always sounds at least 5 inches ahead of time!!

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    Good thing I already downloaded the manual and started reading, akrogirl.

    I read that the sound can be deactivated on this machine. Hm, might not be a good idea or I'll get whiplash when the bobbin stops. lol

    Got notified today that it is in the good hands of UPS. I will probably be on that tracking number like the kids who watch the Santa GPS at Christms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Good thing I already downloaded the manual and started reading, akrogirl.

    I read that the sound can be deactivated on this machine. Hm, might not be a good idea or I'll get whiplash when the bobbin stops. lol

    Got notified today that it is in the good hands of UPS. I will probably be on that tracking number like the kids who watch the Santa GPS at Christms.

    WOO HOO now the count down begins... Is it there yet ???
    :shock: :shock: LOL

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    How about now?

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    waaaaaaaahhhaaaaa 7-10 days.

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    MadQuilter: would you mind sharing what things you're " not crazy about" on the Janome 6600 ?

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    Thanks drivingsusan - I know I need to put some more time into learning all about this machine. I have been able to kind of walk it along 2-3 stitches at a time (seems like forever to go the last few inches!!). Otherwise I'm really pleased with this machine!

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