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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rattling bobbin? on: October 06, 2008 02:52:40 PM
Just another update - in case anyone else is reading this thread.

I got an email from Singer today.  They are willing to pay to ship my old machine back and exchange it for a Singer 2662 CL: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000C9MVFG/ref=nosim/coffeeresearch109506-20

I paid $400 for my Singer, but I figured I'm glad to be getting a working replacement, and since the machine is a few years old, this is actually a very comparable machine!  Hopefully it will work! Smiley

So all in all, Singer's customer service was very good, and the replacement was generous - they are definitely standing behind their product, and I was pleased to see that.
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm looking to buy a machine on: October 03, 2008 08:41:47 PM
I, too, just bought the Brother CE5000PRW from Walmart.  I've only been sewing a few days, on decently thick fabric, and I'm loving it, too.  It's slightly better than the Singer Millennium 6423 I paid $400 for that just died on me. Tongue
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rattling bobbin? on: October 03, 2008 08:39:44 PM
I bought my new bobbin case on ebay from "cwsews" - the important thing was to find the actual made-for-Singer part and not a knock off. 

I also ended up buying one through my service technician - he ordered one from his dealer.  Both work about the same.

I contacted Singer and they emailed me back.  They said if I was the original purchaser, had the receipt, and bought it from an authorized Singer dealer they would see what they could do.  I don't know what that means, but I sent in a copy of my receipt - I'm glad I kept it and I met all their criteria!  I'm still waiting to hear back, but in the meantime, I've gone and bought a Brother CE5000PRW from Walmart, and so far it's comparable to the Singer.  Interestingly enough, the biggest problem I've heard about the Brothers is that they don't sew well on heavy fabric - more specifically, the foot gets caught up and won't go.  I was concerned about that, until I realized that my Singer was doing the same thing.  The Brother CE5000PRW has some features that actually make it better than this $400 Singer for sewing heavy fabric.  I wasn't too happy to realize that the $140 Brother was actually a better machine overall... Sad  Oh, well.  You win some, you lose some.
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where can I find PUL fabric with a pattern rather than a plain color? on: October 02, 2008 02:27:34 PM
The company that makes a lot of the PUL you can buy is Fabrite, but you have to send in 50 yards of fabric at a time - it can be different prints, but has to be all one type (woven, knit, etc)

But the best place I've found to buy fun prints is diapercuts.com.  The owner is fantastic, too!  I don't know of any chain store that carries it online - I belong to a diaper making forum, and I've never heard anyone say they can get it in person.

Oh, and PUL is not food-safe.  Smiley
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where do you order custom sew-in labels? on: October 02, 2008 02:22:28 PM
They aren't woven, but MommieMadeIt on Etsy does great work - I use her printed labels and I like them a lot, and she was great to work with!
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: For those with experience with Diy cloth pads... on: October 02, 2008 02:19:09 PM
I use PUL in mine, but I think if you don't, anti-pill fleece or wool are considered acceptable substitutes.  Of course, you can use whatever you want. Smiley   You can order PUL online at sites like diapercuts.com (the owner is very nice and very helpful!) or if you go to diaperswappers.com, you can often find it for sale a little cheaper than retail in the Craft "For Sale or Trade" forum.
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer Quantum LE? A good buy? on: September 28, 2008 04:23:27 PM
I'm inclined to agree.  I spent $400 on a Singer Millennium a few years back only to find out that by removing the bobbin case to clean it (as shown in the manual!) has completely destroyed the case's ability to stay put.  It's popping out while sewing, and it's a known issue according to Singer - but they didn't bother to notify the owners who sent in their warranty cards!  I'm hoping for a replacement - otherwise, I'm in the market for a new machine. Sad
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Rattling bobbin? on: September 27, 2008 06:39:07 PM
So I just got my machine cleaned, repaired, etc. after I broke the bobbin case and my son put a bunch of pins in my machine.  The repair man got all of that cleaned out and fixed, but I got chewed out because I've been using metal bobbins in a machine that should have plastic (I know, I know...)

So I've been using the plastic Class 15 bobbin in my Singer 6423 Millennium and it's rattling like crazy - almost sounds like it would jump out if it could.  Does anyone know why this might be? 

Also, the new bobbin case will not stay put.  I'm positive I'm putting it in correctly - in fact, the first time it came loose, it had been put in by the repair man.  I happened to have ordered a second bobbin case, so I'm trying that one and so far no problems, but I haven't been using it very long.  The thread seems to catch and then the whole thing comes loose, but I can't figure out what it's catching on.

If anyone has any insight, I'd be appreciative.  I've googled to no avail. Smiley

ETA:  Also, I've noticed that suddenly my machine is sewing a lot faster with the newest bobbin case...

ETA:  Okay, actually, turns out this is a known issue with the machine (particularly the jumping bobbin case,) so I'm contacting Singer about it.    I guess I've answered my own question...
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: FDA Globalization Act of 2008-GET INVOLVED on: September 15, 2008 05:57:09 PM
hmm, the link works for me...

I was actually going to post this myself.

To the pp. the op outlines the changes the bill would put into effect - the biggest one for me is that to sell my soap bits, I'd have to pay $2000 in registration fees to the gov't!  I don't even make that much on them in a year!
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm not even sure what to call these stitches - irregular, maybe? Help! on: September 09, 2008 06:12:43 PM
Okay, thanks guys.  I had a feeling this machine was going to need service soon (and I've gotten away without doing it for 6 years, so it's high time - bad cmarie14! LOL) 

Fortunately, I won't be using my machine in the next few days probably - I'll have to check how much time it will take them to repair, but right after I wrote this post my water broke, and today I gave birth to a baby boy! Smiley  Hopefully the machine repair will only take a few days at my shop; if so, I won't miss a beat!
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