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« on: August 26, 2008 03:54:09 PM »

So I'm planning to get a new one -


Singer« Heavy Duty-105 5 Stitch Sewing Machine

Does this look like a good choice?


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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2008 07:28:24 PM »

What was you old machine?
Are you sure it's dead? (like, it melted in a firey suicide or got thrown off a cliff & shattered into a million pieces)

Can you link to the one you are considering? I'm good but I'm not that good Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2008 06:17:00 AM »

It's not really dead dead, I think something is wrong with the clutch - after winding a bobbin, the clutch won't retighten completely, and gradually works loose until the needle stops moving.  My husband opened the machine up as much as he could (we couldn't figure out how to get the front case off completely), and said there were metal flakes inside as though some parts were grinding against eachother in a bad way.  So, it might be repairable.  But my husband is encouraging me to get a new heavier duty machine, so I need advice on what to look for!

I'm having second thoughts about that Singer mentioned above - it got some bad reviews.
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2008 08:23:31 AM »

Here's my opinion on buying sewing machines: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214760.0

Granted, this isn't your first machine, so you have a much better idea of what you want out of your machine, which is a very good thing!

My mantra for anyone shopping sewing machines: Go sew on one! and bring your own fabric.
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2008 03:51:14 PM »

Well, I rushed out in a buying frenzy and got Singer Inspiration 4205 onsale at Joann's.  I'll let you all know how it works out!  They have a 90 day return policy, so if I hate it, back it goes.

I was surprised they are not trained there to work with the machines, and none were set up to test.   Angry
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2008 09:27:56 PM »

Most fabric store do not offer service in my experience, it's a whole separate ball of wax. It is annoying that they didn't let you try it out though, you might want to mention that to the manager.
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2008 09:53:24 PM »

I have the singer Inspiration and i love it. I have read a lot of the post that people have written about Singer but I'm new and to me its seems like a very easy machine. And everything i have done it (not that much) has come out great with not that much of an issue. I have been trying to find somewhere to take classes to learn more since I'm fairy new to sewing but i haven't found a place to do so. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2008 01:24:05 PM »

Ok, I sewed with the new machine for a few hours today and so far I'm VERY happy with it.  Very easy to use, so far with just simple straight stitch.  Runs very smoothly both forward and reverse - I was doing a lot of reversing quilting down multiple layers of fabric.  My only complaint so far, which is minor, is the bobbins are a little smaller than those in my previous machine, which requires changing them more often.

So far, quite pleased with this very inexpensive machine $119.00.

We'll see if it holds up over time.  I intend to give it a good workout during the 90 day return period.
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