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Does anyone like the Singer CG-590
Amy VG
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Date: 12/25/06 6:22 PM

Hi!! I'm new here! Great forum!!
I own my own business which has me sewing a lot, so I though to upgrade my quality Kenmore with the Singer CG-590. I also have a Viking embroidery machine that I find harder to use and thought to keep that just for fancy stuff and embroideries.
If not the Singer, any other suggestions?
TIA!! :D



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Date: 12/26/06 7:12 AM

I haven't used that particular machine, however, the newer Singers that I have tried didn't impress me. Perhaps some of the Singer TOL machines maybe better than what I have experienced.

If you are looking for a household machine that can take some more consistent usage, you might what to consider a vintage machine that has all metal gears and internal parts, not just a few metal pieces on the outside. Many of the old cast iron machines were built to basically last a lifetime or two. Will you use the zig-zag or just the straight stitch?

Your local sewing machine shop may have some used and serviced machines that would work quite well.

Just the other night I helped a neighbor/friend make a roll-up divided pouch for storing Wustof knives. It was part of a gift for his GF. Anyhow, we used some heavy upholstery fabric for the outer portions and the inner lining pouch was made from leather. The old (but totally re-done) cast iron Kenmore I used (a clone of the singer 15 model) sewed through it like a was sewing two layers of quilting cotton, even at the seams (as much as 6 layers of upholstery fabrics and 2 layers of leather).

The Singer CG-590 is a household machine that is marketed as "comercial grade". Many domestic sewing machines can sew through heavy material with the correct needle and such, but what specifically makes this "commercial grade"? I do believe that it will sew fast, (about 1000 stitches per minute), but are the internal parts really all made of high quality metal? Does it have a special or better warranty on it that reflects the "commercial grade" label? I feel that I would need more information about this machine before I could really offer up an opinion on it.

JennyG

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Here isthe waranty forthe Singer CG-590. The lenght and details are pretty much exactly the same as just about any other sewing machine on the market, but it does state that the warranty will cover the machine if used for household, school or commercial use. Trust me though, this is not the same type of machine used in a factory.
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Date: 12/31/06 10:24 PM

thanks Jenny!
I think you're right, it's not the way to go.

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Date: 1/1/07 8:45 AM

I have a Singer HD-110, which is similar to the CG-590. The machine itself isn't radically different from other machines, but the motor is. I can go through fabrics like two layers of 3mm neoprene which my Janome would skip stitches on. The machine isn't that pleasant to sew on, otherwise, and tends to want to go eyeballs-out fast all the time. I keep it for things that I wouldn't want to risk my good everyday machine on.
Have you looked at the Janome 6600 with Accufeed? Someone recently wrote a favorable review of it and I believe she was using it in a professional capacity. It's more expensive than the Singer would be, but might be closer to what you need for professional use. There are also reviews of the Bernina 950, which is described as a "cottage industry" machine.



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Date: 1/1/07 12:09 PM

Amy, I think that you misunderstood me. I didn't want to say that it wasn't the way to go. I do feel that I would need more details and information about the mechanicals, components and quality of the machine before I could make a determination about it. ("I feel that I would need more information about this machine before I could really offer up an opinion on it.") So, maybe you just need to do a little more research before making a decision??

As far as the ability to sew heavy material without skipping stitches, there are several factors at play apart from the motor. In fact, an oversized (in realtionship to the resistance of the machine mechanicals) sewing machine motor won't operate at enough load to obtain full power and torque.

I have had machines skip stitches on heavy material, and all that was needed was a different needle (on neoprene, I would try a stretch or "sp" point needle) or an adjustment to the presser foot pressure or a minor timing adjustment, etc.. to get it to do the job.

With that said, due to differences in machine design, quality of the components, and the tuning adjustments, some machines do, in fact, handle heavy materials better than others.

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Date: 1/2/07 3:36 AM

Hello rhoda bicycle

The image of sewing "eyeballs-out fast" gave me such a chuckle! I sure needed one today, too!

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Date: 2/15/10 4:14 PM

I have a C-590 and I'm having a hard time with it. It's less than one year old and I have only had problems with it. Did anyone receive a "real instruction manual" when they purchased their machine? If not, do you know where I can get one? This guide that the manufacturer provided does not introduce the user to the specific parts of the machine or provide any troubleshooting details.

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Date: 2/15/10 11:45 PM

What sort of problems are you having?

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Date: 9/20/10 12:37 PM

Hi,
I have the original manual for the CG-590. Are you still looking for one?
-Maria

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Date: 9/29/10 2:02 AM

http://www.singerco.com/download//361_CG590_Brochure.pdf

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