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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Old friends ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 1/4/13 7:37 AM

old sewing machine friends that is. I got out my old Singer CXL last night as I'm taking a quilt class and need a machine for it. Not dragging my Janome back and forth. Although honestly the CXL isn't a whole lot lighter. But I do have a rolling trolley case. Anyway it was a joy t sew on it again. I haven't sewn much on it since I got the Janome. But it's still a wonderful machine. I cleaned and oil it and put it through it's paces. Oh ok except tension on the Zig zag is a little tight even after adjustment. But everything else is ok. I remember when I thought this machine was the absolute machine. And for it's time it was. I got it as it was being discontinued but when it was new I used to go to So Fro fabrics (they sold Singer machines) and drool over it. My daughter liked it cos is had a whale stitch on it. It does the wider stitches that everyone is talking about these days. I think I"m going to make a point to try and use it more. I found I missed it last night.

If anyone is wondering this is the machine
Singer quantum CXL

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Date: 1/4/13 8:34 AM

Are you selling it? Just wondering since the link is to an eBay listing. Recently I also found the joy of returning to an old machine. After stitching for a while on my new Pfaff, I went back to piecing on my tried and true Bernina - a used machine that I bought for $225. I don't really know why but I love Nina. She's very quiet, sturdy and delivers a perfect 1/4" seam. So does the Pfaff but there is just 'something' about my old Nina - I love her. It's nice to go back after using something more modern. The old machines were so well made.

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Date: 1/4/13 9:24 AM

No I'd never sell mine just post that link that so everyone knew what machine I was referring to. If I had the money I'd buy that one on ebay if not just for parts.

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Date: 1/4/13 5:23 PM

I know what you mean. I haven't my old Kenmore out for awhile. I have some projects coming up that she would be perfect for but I just love the Janome so much. I have thought about buying another Kenmore too just for parts but they seem to be pretty plentiful. It would make me really really sad if something happened to that old Kenmore. She was the first big purchase I made for myself so there is alot sentimenal value attached to her.

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Date: 1/4/13 8:11 PM

Yes I really like those ones too. I don't think there is anything old fashioned about it at all actually. Has all those numerous nice fancy stitches, the feed dogs even move sideways to sew out fancy stitches wider than the 7mm feed dog stitch width on some of them, and it has a thread cutter too! So not much not to like about it, at all!

The one thing I don't like about them all that much, is just that tray underneath them, that slides out from there, that all the stuff goes into, just because if machine is tipped around a whole bunch, things can get stuck under there. If I had one, I think I would just put all my accessories in some other container instead maybe.

It's actually an even more advanced Juki made for Singer kind of machine, in just one way, than even the much newer Juki made for themselves Juki ones now, so far. As none of those yet, even has any feed dogs that will jog over sideways, and the needle bar disconnect to allow you to to make wider in width stitches in that one same way at all.

I don't have one like yours, and don't really need one for anything, as I still also have a slightly newer old Juki made Singer XL1000 machine that actually does all yours does and even way more stitches on the feed dogs jogging over sideways like that, and some other stuff, but if I did not, and saw yours someplace, and it worked nice, I really would pick it up and take it home with me!
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Date: 1/4/13 9:57 PM

When I got it the Singer XL150 had just come out one of their first embroidery machines the dealer tried to talk me into it but it was just too much money at the time. Then the 1000 came out. It makes me mad they gave the Quantum name to the pieces of junk they have out now for embroidery machines. I have an Bernina 1630 I brought a few years ago that also has the wide stitches and even though I lusted after it when it was new I just didn't bond with it.

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Date: 1/5/13 1:28 AM

Same thing happened with me and the Pfaff 75xx machines. Oh, how I wanted one! When I found out the price of the 7570, with embroidery, I just thought, "impossible". It never occurred to me that the 7550, 7530, or 7510 might be within reach. I have a couple of the old ads from quilting mags, that I pinned to my project board back then.

So I got a 7510 a couple years ago. Like you, I just never bonded, which in my case I attribute to not having classes. The manual isn't great, IMO. Now I'm pretty attached to using a knee lift and the Bernina heel tap. I do use the deco stitches and it pieces like a dream, the feed is superb.

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Date: 1/5/13 8:48 AM

The 1630 is a wonderful machine but it's not an easy machine to use on how it's menus are set up. Every time I've used it I'm back and forth between the manual so it's not smooth sewing. And I've never had a mahcine like that. Most are pretty user intuitive . And not a big fan of the track ball. That's the one thing about the new Janomes i didn't like the wheel.

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Date: 1/5/13 2:53 PM

I understand this is a classic and one of the best modern machine Singer made. NICE machine! My sewing tech had one for sale recently. I took a good look, as I always do when I am there - good thing I know I cannot buy up all the machines there...<:(

I have a light Janome for classes, but hope I never have to haul a machine to a class. But, you know we need a machine for that because you never know!Quiltingwolf, happy sewing!

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Date: 1/6/13 8:17 AM

I just hope this class I'm taking doesn't contain the people who want to say my machine is this this and this. It's at a Bernina dealership so we'll see. Last class I took there they supplied the machines. I also have to bring a cutting mat which will be cumbersome.

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