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Thread: What exactly did I buy??

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    What exactly did I buy??

    Saturday morning when I got off work I decided to go check out some thrift stores on my way home. I stopped at a local hospice thrift shop and one lonely sewing machine sitting all by itself. I first thought it was a plastic machine but when I got closer now actually touched it I discovered it was metal. It is a Singer 760 but I can't really find any other information about it. it is an absolutely awesome shape, not a scratch on it. It has a flip-up extension bed like a featherweight. And the bed actually comes off to transform into a free arm. It says it was made in Germany. I couldn't really find much about a 760 on here, or Ebay or Google. Are these a common machine or did I find something kinda unusual? It is very heavy and runs quite well. I paid $25 & also got a plastic box with a buncha cams and Pressler feet and other attachments. Can anybody tell me more about this machine?
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    Something is not quite right with your pics. All I get is this:

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    But ISMACS says this about it:

    760G 1972-74 Domestic Zigzag; slant needle; full auto range of stitches plus pattern discs; tubular bed; automatic bobbin winder; one-step buttonholer; Flexi; lt. grey 15x1

    Are they rare, or unique? I don't really know. I haven't seen one yet.

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    okay. I tried to post them from my cell phone so maybe that's why they're not showing up. I will re post them in a little bit when I get home and can get to my laptop.

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    I don't know anything about a Singer 760, but I can't wait to see the pics. Sounds intriguing!

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    Looks like a Touch and Sew. Google your model?

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    Here are the pics....
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    It does look like the touch and sew but it doesn't say that anywhere. I was really surprised to see the flip-up extension table. Are there any other singers with that feature except the featherweight or 301?
    Should it be a decent machine to own?

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    Can I envy you ? when you throw it out I want it. Hugs

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    I just googled and LOTs of info. about it out there. A lot of nylon and plastic parts inside it. http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sin...ine-parts.aspx

    Touch and Sews are also called Touch and Throws or Sew and Throws. There's not really a high regard for them. But, if you like it and it sews well for you, that's all that matters.

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    Tammi knows a lot about those free arms. Check with her.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I see these quite often for sale and wonder why. I think I may even have one, guess I need to look.

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    If they run right, people seem to really like those 700-series machines. But they are not the toughest things Singer ever built, hehe. I had never seen a free arm like that before I Googled it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I just googled and LOTs of info. about it out there. A lot of nylon and plastic parts inside it. http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sin...ine-parts.aspx

    Touch and Sews are also called Touch and Throws or Sew and Throws. There's not really a high regard for them. But, if you like it and it sews well for you, that's all that matters.
    Sewing machine mechanics I know call them Touch and Swears. Singer had stopped making good, solid, well-engineered machines by the time this machine came out.

    When this machine breaks, throw it out. I say that about few machines. Parts are plastic, not easily fixable, and - IMHO - not worth fixing. But in the meantime, maybe you can get lots of good sewing out of her.

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    It looks like it's in great shape.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Well, they get a bad rap these days but I love mine. I've had it for more than 30 years and have made a lot of clothing on it, including a man's suit, countless other household items--slipcovers, pillow covers, and for the last three years, since I began quilting, have pieced all the quilts I've made on it. Never had any trouble with it until about a year ago when a gear wore out and had to be replaced. It was a gift from my DH so I'd never get rid of it. But more than that, I use it every day! Even though I now have 3 other machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I just googled and LOTs of info. about it out there. A lot of nylon and plastic parts inside it. http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sin...ine-parts.aspx

    Touch and Sews are also called Touch and Throws or Sew and Throws. There's not really a high regard for them. But, if you like it and it sews well for you, that's all that matters.
    I have a touch and sew 626 from the early 70's and it's still working just fine. My husband did replace the plastic gears (1 or2, don't remember) but it was an easy job and cheap. I don't use the machine much any more but I made a ton of clothes with it and my daughter also used it for a long time. Also I have a 600 which I think is also a touch and sew and that also works great still. My point is they were not all terrible. I was very happy with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I just googled and LOTs of info. about it out there. A lot of nylon and plastic parts inside it. http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sin...ine-parts.aspx

    Touch and Sews are also called Touch and Throws or Sew and Throws. There's not really a high regard for them. But, if you like it and it sews well for you, that's all that matters.
    I have had two touch and sew machines, a 600 and a 626 which I was very happy with. I bought the 626 new and sewed all of my family's clothes on it for many years then my daughter borrowed it and used it for several years too. While she had it one of the plastic gears broke and my husband fixed it easily, it was not a hard job. Then I taught a young girl to sew on it, so it saw lots of use. My point is they were not all bad but they apparently did have a bad reputation.

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