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Singer 478
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Bethany K
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Date: 2/17/09 9:01 PM

I am trying to buy a machine for my 9 year old daughter. My sewing has all been done on my mom's top of the line Bernina.

Is the Singer 478 a decent machine? My daughter has made dresses, pillows, and bags. She loves to sew.

I cannot find anything about this but I know it is an older model. The seller is asking $150. Is that reasonable? There is also a Riccar for sale and I cannot find anything on that machine either.

Any advise? Thanks!

Miss Fairchild
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Date: 2/17/09 9:18 PM

It's really difficult to say if the price is reasonable. Many people hate Singers, but Singers were once the standard. If the machine has metal gears, especially in the bottom, and it runs fine, then I'd say the price was okay. However, I'm bound to get some replies that it is not.

The cams might be a problem, but I've had a machine with cams. I sold it because I didn't like having to change them, but there are a lot of stitches with them.

The older model Singers were workhorses, if they were maintained. And the first thing to go wrong with them were the gears (mostly on the bottom). I'd probably own this version of a machine, if I weren't partial to Touch and Sews.

I guess I'm no help this early on. I'd wait to see what others post before I made up my mind. I will say one thing, though. I know my sewing machine repairman would rather work on a Singer than a Riccar, if that helps.

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Date: 2/17/09 11:58 PM

I'd skip the 478. I think it is one of the Stylist models which were not great machines when they were new. For $150.00 you can find a much better machine.

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