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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Singer HD110 Professional--any good ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Singer HD110 Professional--any good
for leather bags and upholstery
EmmaDilemma
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Date: 2/11/05 10:53 PM

I know these questions get asked all the time and I'm sorry to be asking but I have searched and can't find this machine mentioned anywhere else.

I'm just a starting sewer and now have a god awful old simplicity thing that I think in the day was about 100 bucks at Ames (way back when). I'm sick and tired of it. It used to be somewhat ok but the last time I used it was either the needle or the thread kept breaking. I'm sure it's some tension problem but I just can't deal with this machine anymore.

I really want to get into sewing leather bags and further my adventures in upholstery. I'm looking for a machine that can handle heavy duty fabrics but I'd like to also use it for more general sewing as well, curtains, skirts, cloth bags, etc.

While looking at the Sam's Club website I noticed this machine, the Singer HD110 Professional. Here are the specs from the sam's club website.

Features
# Strong 160W, 120V motor
# 1,100 spm (maximum)
# Stainless steel bed plate to provide a smooth and durable surface
# 10 stitch patterns (up to 5mm long and 6mm wide)
# 4-step buttonhole
# Extended work table provides a larger, smooth surface to assist in handling large volumns of fabric
# Circular sewing feature
# Additional features: built-in needle threader, top drop-in bobbin, suction feet to aid in stabilizing the machine, easy stitch selection and adjustment, left-center-right needle position for exact stitch placement, feed cover, reverse feed, easy bobbin winding, and a built-in light
# Included: instruction manual, needles and a twin needle, bobbins, feed cover, extended work table, feed cover, spool pin and cap
# Pressure feet included: standard, buttonhole, zipper, invisable zipper, 1/4", special purpose, blind stitch

I know it doesn't have any fancy stitches or bells or whistles but I basically want a machine that can just do a straight or zigzag without much hassle. I can't see myself using fancy stitches anyways. I loke the look of the drop in bobbin and built in needle threader since those are two things I hate to do. I'm looking to spend about 200-300 dollars.

Would this be an appropriate machine for someone starting out? Has anyone heard anyting about it. I've searched all over for a review but can't find one. I doubt I could try it out in the store but Sam's Club has really liberal return policies. I have to admit I like the look of it too. It looks powerful and hassle free.

Sorry to ramble but I want to make sure I get a machine that will work with me.

CAROLE WITH AN E
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Date: 2/26/05 1:25 PM

Hi,
My husband picked up the Singer HD110 yesterday for me at Sam's Club. I wanted a straightforward sewing machine, with little or no fancy stitches. I am highly delighted with the machine. It is very sturdy, sews like a breeze, keeps straight, is easy to thread and has the promise of being a "work horse". Hope this helps.
Carole

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Date: 2/26/05 2:21 PM

I don't want to discourage you, and have never used a singer, so you can take my opinion for what it's worth. I've heard that Singer's just aren't what they used to be. I'm sure they're fine for beginners, but I, for one, would not want to spend $$ on a machine only to have it break down or not be what I expected a year later.

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Date: 2/26/05 2:31 PM

I can't comment on this specific machine but do want to comment on Singer's reputation.

For the past 10 years I've been sewing on a cheap Singer bought at a chain store in a hurry with no thought to what I was choosing. My old machine had broken in a move and I needed a machine right away, so picked what was on sale figuring it would buy me some time to research and choose something better.

I take poor care of it and treat it in ways I shouldn't, but it keeps on ticking. The only plastic part that has failed was a zipper foot, and a new all metal one was readily available.

One of my few complaints on this machine is inability to vary foot pressure. This is even more important with the heavy materials you're going to work with, so check that it has this capability.

Good luck with the machine and your projects.

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Diamond9902
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Date: 1/9/14 10:44 PM

I teach sewing and this week had the dubious privilege of working with this particular machine for the first time. To answer many comments of yours as well as speak to others that also posted here. You are all correct in understanding that Singer is NOT the company it used to be. It actually is the down-line for Husqvarna Viking sewing machines-rather like comparing a moped to a Porsche. The machine is plastic, and although seemingly works well, it has some issues that I can see. First, it uses a Class 66 bobbin which does not hold much thread where the typical Class 15 or 15J bobbins will hold upwards of approximately 30 yards. This machine may well handle bulky things, but what I see Singer do is repackage the same basic machine in various shells & rename them to try and keep their market share. That being said, it says very little for the machine. If it breaks down, it will typically cost $100 or more to have it serviced-or if you rather, just throw it away because that would be the more logical option.

If you want a good machine that has a reliable record, my money is on Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116 for around $300 or the Emerald 118 for about $429. The warranty is better, the coverage is better, and it holds trade in value where the Singers do not, no matter what the price. Any of these can handle leather and denim easily.

And for those who wonder, I have personally owned a Viking Diamond (which I love) and in addition to that have a Viking Sapphire 875 and a Huskylock S25 (top of the line serger). Feel free to call me a sewing machine snob, but I push my machines very hard and to their limits on a regular basis. The Vikings can take a beating and go away unscathed.

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Diamond9902
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Date: 1/9/14 10:52 PM

I teach sewing and this week had the dubious privilege of working with this particular machine for the first time. To answer many comments of yours as well as speak to others that also posted here. You are all correct in understanding that Singer is NOT the company it used to be. It actually is the down-line for Husqvarna Viking sewing machines-rather like comparing a moped to a Porsche. The machine is plastic, and although seemingly works well, it has some issues that I can see. First, it uses a Class 66 bobbin which does not hold much thread where the typical Class 15 or 15J bobbins will hold upwards of approximately 30 yards. This machine may well handle bulky things, but what I see Singer do is repackage the same basic machine in various shells & rename them to try and keep their market share. That being said, it says very little for the machine. If it breaks down, it will typically cost $100 or more to have it serviced-or if you rather, just throw it away because that would be the more logical option.

If you want a good machine that has a reliable record, my money is on Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116 for around $300 or the Emerald 118 for about $429. The warranty is better, the coverage is better, and it holds trade in value where the Singers do not, no matter what the price. Any of these can handle leather and denim easily.

And for those who wonder, I have personally owned a Viking Diamond (which I love) and in addition to that have a Viking Sapphire 875 and a Huskylock S25 (top of the line serger). Feel free to call me a sewing machine snob, but I push my machines very hard and to their limits on a regular basis. The Vikings can take a beating and go away unscathed.

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Donna K.
www.LasVegasSewingInstruction.com
LasVegasSewingInstruction@gmail.com
Visit my website for more information about me!

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Date: 1/10/14 0:37 AM

This thread is 9 years old. Hopefully EmmaDilemma is happily sewing on something better!

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