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Date: 4/16/09 8:32 PM

After reading the Singer's Reputation thread and finding many Singer owners there, some of which haven't listed their machines under their profile (probably because they have too many like I do...), I thought it would be a good idea if we started a board of our own to share tips and any problems we've had with our machines.

This would sort of be like an expansion of the reviews, but specific to Singer and specific to items we personally have found. The reviews would help, to a degree, but this way, it would help us by not having to sort through all those reviews and someone might need some info on a machine that he/she owns.

So what do you think? Do I have any takers?

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Date: 4/16/09 9:11 PM

Hi Beth - I have a Singer Genie as my backup machine. I may be trading it with DD for her Kenmore soon, but I sure love the Genie:-)

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Date: 4/16/09 9:13 PM

Sorta like a group within a group..I thought this was a good idea..at least to pin the thread..on the l9606 since so many of us have that machine.. but Beth there is such a difference in the vintage Singers and the later models..so were you interested in all Singers OR?

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Date: 4/16/09 10:49 PM

I have a tan/beige 301, a wonderful 15-91 and my all time fave Rocketeer (500). I use the 15 for free-motion work. It seems to give me the best results of any machine I've used. I particularly love the tiny, delicate precision of the decorative stitches on the 500 and the 301 is the one I use the least but it sews beautifully too. I have newer machines and use them often but relish my time on the oldies!
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Date: 4/16/09 10:59 PM

I have a 734 that I keep as a back-up machine. It's an awesome workhorse of a machine; it's my back-up because I really enjoy using all the decorative stitches on my new machine.

After 20+ years of non-use (it was my grandmother's, she had massive strokes a year after she bought it and couldn't sew any more...it sat unused until I started sewing recently) all I had to do was oil it and it ran like new.

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Date: 4/16/09 11:18 PM

I'm in I think it would be fun. My Singers are my back up machines now but aren't loved any less.
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Date: 4/16/09 11:27 PM

Hi, I have a Singer 401, 101 & feather weight. I use the 401 for most of my regular sewing. I have been using the 101 for quilt piecing as it has a lovely stitch like all old Singers but ONLY has a forward straight stitch. This way I can leave my neutral cotton thread on the machine. The feather weight is great if I need to take a machine some place.
I got the 101 from my grandmother, the 401 from my mother & the feather weight from my aunt. Since I'm the one who sews in the family, I was given the sewing machines.
My local sewing repair man, who comes to the home, seems to have all kinds of parts for Singers. Interestingly I can use the feet for the featherweight on the 101, just needed to adjust the presser foot height a tad as I bought a 1/4" foot for quilt piecing that I can use on both of them.
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Date: 4/16/09 11:44 PM

OMG...I have the black 30l, the most gorgeous machine ever made I think..the 500 Rockateer, and also the 40l, tan/beige, had the 403 but my DD borrowed it..grandmas featherweight put away for now, but have my eye on a white one..But did not know about the stitching on the l5-9l..really..for free motion huh..must try that machine.. And yes everybody, I bought the Rockateer on looks alone but do love the stitches on the older machines..so of course plan to add some older Elnas in the future.

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Date: 4/17/09 0:30 AM

I'm enjoying hearing about everyone's favorite machines.

I have three Touch n Sews from the mid 60s - two 604s and a 626, all with metal gears. One of the 604s is for parts, and the other is my baby, my TNT machine my dad bought used for me in 1971.

I also have two workhorse machines from the early 80s - a 5528 and a Merritt 4022. Their parts are interchangeable, and do great zig-zag and stretch stitches. The 5528 I found at the curb with its manual and a "Free" sign. I use them to mend horse blankets.

My DD has a 401a, but I don't think she fully appreciates it!

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Date: 4/17/09 1:45 AM

i have a : singer 500 in a cabinet,503 for parts ,black longbed 301, portable #99, #66 treadle, #15 treadle, and about 10 more vintage black singers in cases. My only complaint is all the different bobbin types

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