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    What would you do?

    My daughter inherited a Singer 4530 from her MIL, it seems to work ok, but has only one basic foot. She is really getting into sewing and would like a zipper foot, walking foot, etc, to be able to do more. She is on a super tight budget so I thought it would be a good Christmas thing to do. So, my question is, does it make sense to spend money on accessories for this machine or would it make more sense to buy a better but basic machine that has all the feet, etc.? From what I have read, Singer's of this age are not very reliable, and I would hate to have it stop working after buying a bunch of stuff for it...any thoughts? I could spend about 400 dollars for a new machine.
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    Ppersonally I would go with a newer machine with all the various feet. Brother is an excellent brand that is very reasonable.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Yeah I'd have to go with Dakotamaid on that one.
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    How attached is she to this machine? It would make sence to buy a new machine. I did in July and was so surprised at all the new things that are on machines today that was not on my old machine.

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    I brought my DGD very nice Brother through HSN and it has more sticthes and feets than my own brothers and I spent less than $400. But I would not tell MIL

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    I would go for a new one with as many bells and whistles as she can handle and keep the MIL machine for basic assembly and backup-Good luck

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    I would keep in mind that the MIL gave her the one she now has. Wouldn't want to cause bad feelings in the family.

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    I would not want to be in your shoes. A new machine would be nice , but the MIL factor .... Maybe wait a few more months to see how the machine she got from her MIL is holding up.

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    i would actually talk to her about it---is she really attached to the machine? she may not have any interest in a new machine-
    also---would her mother in law be hurt- maybe not-
    if you do go for a new machine tell her she should still hold on to the older one- you just never know when you might need a back up-
    i have been on both sides of this---actually all 3 sides of this- my mil gave me an old machine years ago when i was sewing my kids clothes by hand- later that year my mother sent me a newer machine- i stuck the older machine in a closet- another year or so went by i got my sister sewing-on the old machine- that old (machine from mil passed around between family members for 20 years- then i gave it to my daughter when she turned 21- and had her own daughter to sew for- then her mil gave her a much nicer new machine a year or so later- one of my neices kids are now using the old-old machine-it is still in the family---we just pass machines around to whom ever needs one at the time- there are no hard feelings- as we could get better ones we did- no one ever expected us to keep on using the old one- the old one was one to keep us sewing until we could get a better one. i can think of 4 different machines over 20 years old that are still being used by siblings, kids, grandkids, neices/nephews- they are excited to get the machine- and as soon as they get a new one they either put the old one away-or pass it on until someone else needs it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid View Post
    Ppersonally I would go with a newer machine with all the various feet. Brother is an excellent brand that is very reasonable.
    Good advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiaraquilts View Post
    My daughter inherited a Singer 4530 from her MIL, it seems to work ok, but has only one basic foot. She is really getting into sewing and would like a zipper foot, walking foot, etc, to be able to do more. She is on a super tight budget so I thought it would be a good Christmas thing to do. So, my question is, does it make sense to spend money on accessories for this machine or would it make more sense to buy a better but basic machine that has all the feet, etc.? From what I have read, Singer's of this age are not very reliable, and I would hate to have it stop working after buying a bunch of stuff for it...any thoughts? I could spend about 400 dollars for a new machine.
    I would be very careful about this. You need to consider whether replacing this machine will offend your daughter's husband. Buy a few basic feet, let her use for as long as it will run and then think about a new machine. froggyintexas

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    you can get a lot of different great machines for $400 Ask her what she thinks but I would go for a new one. Just got a great Brother for about $350 and love all the new features

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    I think you could really cause some hurt feelings in this situation.

    What about giving her a Visa gift card and let her choose how to spend it.
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    If you opt to purchase another machine, please do your research first and determine the differences in construction as well as price. I've found that irregardless of the $$$ spent on a machine, if the parts are made from plastic, it will not hold up to heavy duty sewing that quilting will require (I purchased two different brother machines over a 5 year span and both died). A brother may be just great for the occasional sewer, but not for an addicted quilter like me. Go to dealers and see if they have a good used machine - I recently bought a used Janome and am amazed at how much better of a machine it is.

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    Touchy subject! Are you friends with the MIL? If so, you might have some insight into how she would feel? And, as mentioned, you also should consider your SIL's feelings. I kind of agree that perhaps it would be good to let her just work on that one for a while, maybe invest in one more foot for it. Then, a little bit down the road, after the dust has settled, so to speak, maybe for a birthday, invest in a new machine for her. Good luck on this one!

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    singer feet will fit ANY machine!
    so buy the feet....they are cheap on ebay!

    you can also try Kenmore feet! THey fit several brands of machines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    singer feet will fit ANY machine!
    so buy the feet....they are cheap on ebay!

    you can also try Kenmore feet! THey fit several brands of machines!
    Interesting! I need a walking foot for my Viking 940. Do you think Singer's or Kenmore's would fit mine? (Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread.)

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    It would be nice for her to have a newer machine Brother makes a nice embroidery/sewing/quilting machine and not super expensive and comes with feet and a bunch of other things. I wouldn't get rid of the old machine and I would hope MIL isn't upset is just happy for her and especially when daughter makes her something pretty and also she knows she has learned a lot on her machine and has to move on so she can do other things. Good Luck. Sue

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    I have purchased an adapter and can use the same snap on feet now for all of my machines. Most all of mine are generic, and I have not had any problems with any of them.
    Maybe this will work for your daughter's machine too?
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    Sorry, double post
    Last edited by amma; 11-15-2011 at 06:44 PM.
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    I would give the singer a try, buy a few feet at Joann's, they are not expense. don't jump into just getting her a new machine, because the MIL machine might be just fine.
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    hmmmm. I think I would give her a gift certificate for 'sewing supplies' and let her make the decision. She can take you and her MIL out to do the picking - assuming you all get along.

    The other side of this coin is that getting a new machine doesn't mean scrapping the old machine. She can still use it. After all, many of us have several machines and switch between them.

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    I would be real careful here and consider the SIL's feelings before I did anything. Will he be upset because you are replacing something his mother gave your DD? If not, go for the new machine. If you think it would upset him, I would go with buying the attachments.
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    I would buy her some new short shank feet or whatever style it takes; they are going to be either short or slant shank. You could get her the basics or a complete set from Ebay for around 100.00. MIL's are a touchy subject. You don't want to come off as a meddlesome MIL to your Son in Law.

    When the machine poops out you can both go shopping and perhaps invite her MIL along to share in the fun of machine shopping.

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    Try a new Brother machine. You can get one for $400 and get a bunch of feet with it.
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