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Date: 5/13/13 6:05 AM

I"m thinking of getting a Singer 20U53 does anyone have this machine? I'm as happy as I can be with it without being able to see it in person. I have to order it from NSW I'm in QLD a loooong way away from it.

My question comes from talking with the sewing machine guy and he said that the presser foot height may be the only downside for what I'd use it for.

6-13mm by hand lift it's 1/4" clearance. doing my head in I've never really taken notice of that measurement before.

I do not have an option of seeing one in person and my other machines are heading into quilting so they have a higher than norm lift.

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Date: 5/13/13 6:06 AM

um only 1 post I've posted before today, how odd.

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Date: 5/13/13 11:37 AM

What are you planning to sew on this machine? It has always been my understanding that the 20U series are dressmaking machines, for light/medium fabrics. While certainly beefier than a home machine, they aren't heavy duty stitchers by any means. I'm not familiar with the 53 sub class - I think mine is 33.


Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 5/14/13 8:21 AM

I make clothing, mostly cottons. I also make diapers mcn's. which is heavier due to more layers. but still not in the sewing canvas league or anything.

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Date: 5/15/13 7:11 PM

Quote: Jennifer Hill
What are you planning to sew on this machine? It has always been my understanding that the 20U series are dressmaking machines, for light/medium fabrics. While certainly beefier than a home machine, they aren't heavy duty stitchers by any means. I'm not familiar with the 53 sub class - I think mine is 33.





Jennifer in Calgary


The 20U53 is a slightly later version than the 33. It's got a revised thread guide (that actually made it to the 33), and a mechanism to adjust the reverse stitch length independently of the forward stitch. If I remeber right, it's also the class that got ride of the machin mounted spool holders (no loss, in my book!). I think it's other wise the same machine. It might, or might not, have a slightly different needle bar.

I've got a 20u33. I replaced it as a my primary machine with a straight stitch machine, mostly because I wanted thread trimming and a foot lift. that, the non-standard feed dogs and needle plates, and a non-standard (bigger) distance between the bed mounting screws and the needle are the only real short comings of the machine, as far as I saw. It's slow, by industrial standards (2500 spm, straight stitching, less if zig zaging, but they vibrate a lot that fast), but that's not a problem outside a factory.

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Date: 5/15/13 9:27 PM

I by no mean wish to discourage you but my experience with any of the Singer 20U family of machines has been less than positive. Almost every shop Ive worked in that has had one. And they have sat being unused. The speed is an issue but more than that is the lack of any sort of stitch consistency. These machines love to be set up on a factory floor and use the same thread and sew the same thing all day. They don't seem to like changing threads and the zig zag portion has always been troublesome to me. If it is a great price I say go for it. But please know that you cant carry it into the shop like you would your regular home machine. A machine repairman will have to come to you. Not an issue since most mobile repairman charge about the same as your local shop would. It will need to adjusted alot. Not to freak you out but those machines seem to always have adjustments and then they are left to sit until the repairman comes again. I've passed by a few of them offered locally have never been temped to buy one. Look for a Juki or Brother if you can. They would be much more reliable. Best of Luck.

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Date: 5/16/13 11:26 PM

Thank you ladiesI'm still not totally decided and have spotted a juki that is only a fraction more expensive but reviews both here and elsewhere are streets ahead on the juki. I'll have a look at the brothers also hadn't thought of those. thank you again.

Jen

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