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Vivianyang
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Date: 12/14/12 4:39 AM

I am still looking for a good vintage sewing machine as a backup to my current sewing machine which has frequent problems and already cost me more than its original cost for service. I found a white 527 , made in Japan, with some accessories for $30. Does anyone here know if it is nice to use? Any information appreciated.
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Date: 12/14/12 11:06 AM

I haven't tried a White sewing machine but there is a free manual on the singer singer website

At least that lets you read about it and see what they recommend.

Do you have a picture or link of what you were looking at? That may help someone else give you more information.
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Date: 12/14/12 1:14 PM

It is in a thrift store in my area. Today I called they said it is still there. I found a picture on a manual for sale online, just like the picture in your link. But thank you for the free manual which help me know more information about the machine!
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Date: 12/14/12 6:20 PM

The Japanese made Whites of this era are solid reliable stitchers. I have a similar one badged for Eaton's Dept Stores, which was the machine on which I learned to sew.

This one is an "end loader", which means the bobbin case is inserted from the side, and the needle threads L to R. When you zz, the entire bobbin housing/hook assy moves side to side with the needle. It seems kind of an awkward system, but it was cheap and reliable in its day. But you cannot use twin needles in it. Can't say definitely about the 527, but my machine straight stitches only in the left most position - you cannot adjust it. This was also a $saving feature, which allows you to sew 4-step buttonholes without needing adjustable needle position. So you can't use most generic ss feet on one of these, although zz feet are fine.

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Date: 12/15/12 5:17 AM

For $99 you can get the Babylock BL 9. It does zig-zag, twin needle, right and left needle, generic feet and good warranty. Just a thought if you want more features.

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Date: 12/15/12 3:04 PM

Thank you for all your input. I really appreciate the info you all gave here. I just came back from the thrift store. I went to see the machine again to ask what kind of feet it has. It only has one feet with it. I figure it would be costing me more than the $30 to get extra feet. I give it up. I do want a machine which is capable of twin needles. I will also check the Babylock BL 9 SandiMacD suggested.
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