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Message Board > Sewing Machines > which 1 is better kenmore 1803 or singer touch and sew 603 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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which 1 is better kenmore 1803 or singer touch and sew 603
which 1 is better?
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Date: 10/8/12 3:02 PM

I've got a Kenmore model 1803 right now, but it needs some work done. I don't have any cams or extra feet for it. I do like what I've tried so far.

there is a singer sewing machine model touch and sew 603 at a local shop. I haven't tested it, but it does turn on. it comes with pretty much every accessory needed. LOTS of feet including a ruffler foot, needles, bobbins, lots of different cams. I'm surely will probably need work too though. it comes in a nice pul out sewing desk, which my other 1 has as well. they want 20 dollars for it.

should I just get my Kenmore fixed or should I invest in this Singer?

thanks for your input!
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Date: 10/8/12 3:31 PM

sitting at the thrift store. Anyone have any feedback at all?

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Date: 10/8/12 3:47 PM

Curious where you are in tx? DFW craig's list had a listing for a whole bunch of kenmore cams and accessories last week or so. I am betting they are still available. On the Singer...if you think it will need work, that's about $90 additional cost and more if any parts are required. If you don't "need" another desk...seems more practical to out-fit the one you have and already know you like. That said, I personally would not pass up a $20 machine that held interest to me. You could probably sell off the desk and come out ahead.

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Date: 10/8/12 3:54 PM

Well, the Singer bobbins for this machine don't hold as much thread as the easily available bobbins for your Kenmore. And the bobbins usually cost more as far as I know. Plus, the machine may or may not have the plastic parts (plastic as in a very high quality material that may last many years) whereas your Kenmore is probably all metal inside. I wouldn't get the Singer, I would use the $20 for something for my Kenmore. I know there are old Singers of this era who are well loved, but any I have tried have had tension issues. Just sayin'. You asked for opinions. I tend to avoid dragging old heavy machines home with the idea of later selling them or parting them out or something because I know I am going to have to drag them to the Salvation Army store or Recycle shop sooner or later.

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Date: 10/8/12 4:44 PM

I see the kenmore complete set of attachments is still available if you are able to search CL dallas..items are in Garland...seller is asking $30. There are fans of the 600 and 603 bc they reportedly have metal vs plastic gears. That machine in working condition in wood cabinet with all accessories would bring $100-$150 and possibly more if mint. I have sold many machines via CL and often do sell on the cabinets and twice sold off the machines and kept the cabinet. I know that's not for everyone but I enjoy CL and buy/sell there often. Have also declined sales and also adventures too when it doesn't "feel right".

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Date: 10/8/12 4:59 PM

I actually just emailed the person in Garland about the attachments! :-) I hope they get back to me!

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Date: 10/8/12 5:00 PM

so are we saying they Kenmore is the better machine to have?

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Date: 10/8/12 5:04 PM

That is a subjective thing. There are many Touch and Sew lovers and many who are not - it is always a matter of who you are and what you like and how you feel sewing on which machine! So there are no easy answers. Buying a used machine this way is also always a roll of the dice.Have you read the reviews here? Possibly reading the reviews in each brand in the era from which you are looking at machines would give you some general guidelines. I guess I would get to know the machine I had rather than buying another machine that would need some work more than likely.

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Date: 10/8/12 6:02 PM

The Kenmore, hands down. Reliable, all-metal workhorses. Spend the money and get it fixed. You won't be sorry.

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Date: 10/8/12 6:15 PM

Being a Singer Touch and Sew lover, I regretfully say this: Keep the Kenmore. You don't know what you're getting into by getting the Singer; it might be in great shape, but it might not be. The bobbins are very different from your Kenmore because the bobbin winder is inside the machine. Those of us who have these machines know what to look for when we want one; you might not and it wouldn't be worth the trouble.

Your location shows DJIBOUTI; does this mean you are in Turkey? If so, the Kenmore would be the better machine to keep there, as it is like most of the other machines on the market; the Singer is specialized.

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