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Date: 7/3/13 2:27 PM

Hello All,

And Sundry,

It's so egoistical to start with "I" but I's the only person I can speak for, really. I just divorced this singer stylist my loving husband bought me about a year ago after watching me take forever to hand sew clothes. Before I had the machine I thought my hand stitches were just fine but after, not so much. Now I'm spoiled for a sewing machine but they can be such pains!

We wrote to singer who were no help at all... telling us to take it to a service station, the nearest of which is about 700 miles away or something like that. Not so great during gas price fake out times like these. So.... I'm in the middle of the second ruining of a shirt (after ruining one... that I finished by hand... I've never seen a machine sew a seam with bobbin thread in it that completely fell out after removing) for my husband and after the tension on it refused to cooperate no matter WHERE I set the dial, and after chewing up and no way spitting out a wad of thread equivalent to what seemed like half a spool, and after having to cut cut cut for half an hour to get half of the shirt, let alone the thread, disengaged from the venus cloth trap of a machine, and after crying for about two hours hysterically, apologetically, and just generally really hide-chapped over it all, we decided maybe we should get another machine. Maybe we should try one of those really cool vikings I've heard so much about.

The Singer wasn't my first machine. I have had two Brothers that never gave me any trouble. I am a faithful oiler. I hate it, but I do it and I think that makes all the difference. But, those two machines... were the cheapest Wal*Mart sewing machines available in the world, or at least my area. I just went, saw the lowest price, and walked out of the store. Those two were both given to my daughter on two different occasions when I moved out of state and didn't want to haul it with. I like to travel light. Besides, I just bought another the very same way with the same results. She doesn't oil, btw so when the first one I gave her conked out ... I moved again.

I went to the Viking site on line. Went through the whole Tribute page. Watched all the videos. Loved the model and her dress... sigh...

And falling in love with the Tribute machines (which is foolish, I know--no machine is perfect and neither am I), I started searching for on line reviews. This lead me to pattern review dot com. Voila! I read soooo much about various machines, including that Singer and someone else and Viking merged or that Singer bought Viking or something I became very freaked out. I can't afford a 'decent' beautiful machine and after the Singer I'm deathly afraid of any computerized machine, even though I KNOW people who have them and they actually work (shoulda paid more attention to which ones they were, but at prices so far above even my dreams, I pretty much repressed all info pertaining to them)-I don't trust them. Maybe some day. Sticking to my hand embroidery for now. And am fearful of Singers in general. Or any company responsible for them. Or at least the one I got.

Well, I realized that no matter where I looked, heh heh the prices are all subject to a phone call... (so the owners can hear people have heart attacks? lol)... well, almost all. I saw a Tribute 140M machine that actually had a price; a price that if I could spend half of a month's income, I could get! So I kept looking, kept putting it in the 'cart' just to look at it some more. From different angles, etc.

We called the company, we ordered the machine, my debit card was declined even though I should have had money left over. Turns out they charged tax after sending me a receipt for no tax or shipping. So we called again. Without the tax I was spending nearly all the money I have for several months in the future, let alone this one, so we decided not to get the machine. Sad, but ok. I figured that it wasn't meant to be and set out trying to love the Brother xr9500prw again, that I thought I loved before seeing the Tribute, that was less money, even though it was computerized. (I could lick my wounds trying out machine embroidery, again--all my previous efforts have resulted in apoplexy.) and if it didn't work out, I could always take it back to Wal*Mart. Easy. Simple.

Very difficult. I felt like I was going from a penthouse to a trailer park. My head, my imagination, my rules, lol. Anyway... I still wanted the Tribute, which is probably the Emerald 118 except it has a thread cutter. See? Doing my homework here. What I really wanted and the only other machine that had it (that I can afford, or almost afford), is the presser foot adjustment. I've only once tried to sew what I call t-shirt material and that's why. Once freaked I avoid completely. I shouldn't, I know but that's just a bit of my slight ocd-ness. I'm working on it. In fact... I have no choice now, because............ drum roll

After searching through more and more reviews of machines for several hours (I shop for WEEKS at least before buying anything), I went to check my email nonchalantly and had been sent an INVOICE and SHIPPING notice for the Tribute! We canceled that order... TWICE! Clearly, this place is nuts and not to be trusted, right? We were on the phone several times but the bottom line is, they decided not to charge the tax... the owner would absorb that (ok nice but still nuts? probably!)... I even wrote to bbb...yet in my gut, and in my dh's too... we both still wanted the Tribute and both really think it's going to be just fine.

Not many reviews, as is noted somewhere here for the tribute, but for the emerald 118 there are some.

I could only get here to Pattern Review Dot Com buy typing in review questions. Finally I decided after hearing I can have some sewing lesson free, which I can't figure out HOW... please forgive and figuring that most people here know a lot about sewing and it might be fun to join up.

However, I cannot find out how to download the free lesson. Nor can I figure out how to edit the profile part 'about me', since I'm no longer looking for a sewing machine... I sort of have had this one thrust upon me by some force stronger than myself oh... and no refunds or exchanges at this place! We are ALL mad, here! Nuts!

But, excited. As well as ocd I'm an incurable optimist. It's horrible. Knowing everything is going to go wrong, work out badly at LEAST I WON'T HAVE TO OIL IT!!! Wow. I can't understand how they do that and until I do, I will be so fascinated at the thing... just that it's a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine!! I may not even care if it works great. I wanted a metal housing too, like the old days. Something that isn't going to start dancing across the table like the baby alien in some movie I saw once.

I feel like someone who has only eaten cabbage all her life and finally got a little taste of a bit of lobster... even if it's not the best lobster, you know?

I sure hope it works out and I sure hope I didn't bore you all but if I did, you can always shun me, lol. I say in my prof that I'm advanced... well, not compaired to many here, I am finding out. To me I'm advanced, in actions but not lingo. I call things what I see them as, sort of like Pirates. I will begin to use the proper names for things as I see them written more and more.

The machine is due to arrive on our anniversary. Cool!

Can't help being excited but can use help figuring this place out.So, that's the long story of how I got to this site and how I was lured into joining by all the goodies promised. After all I'm greedy as the next one.

So, to all
and sundry:
Grettings!

-jg

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Date: 7/3/13 2:46 PM

p.s. guess who's getting the singer... lol yep... again.

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Date: 7/3/13 3:10 PM

The only things I can possibly help you with: on the left bar, near the top you will see "Edit Profile". Click on that. You may need to put in your password and verify it, then make the changes you want. Don't forget to click Save (at the bottom of page).

The free lesson is a pdf, currently from Kenneth King. There may be other ways to get there, but go to the Home page. At the top is a box for Classes. At the bottom of that box is All Classes. Click on that, then click on Free Lesson, and a pdf will open.

Hope this helps.

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That's Gl = for Gloria, not G. I.

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Date: 7/4/13 9:37 AM

Thanks so much, GIButterfly. Great name. And you are so sweet, I can tell already. I love sweet people. I do appreciate the help, thanks!

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Date: 7/4/13 4:33 PM

Just enjoy the ride! The TributeM should be a nice machine.

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Building my stable one machine at a time: Viking circa 1975, Viking Sapphire 870, Bernina 1130, Huskylock 905, Babylock: Sophia2, Evolve, Embellisher & Sashiko
Most prized possession: Grandmother's Singer treadle machine with the drawers filled with her things, just like she left them.

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Subject: lost + Need Help Date: 7/9/13 1:39 PM

Thanks, Mollyfran. Well, She arrived last evening and today I did a straight stitch, practice. Then began the button hole problem. In the manual the buttonhole instructions say, "Make sure there is no gap between the slider and front stop. If there is a gap, the length of the right and left rows of the buttonhole will differ."

1. There is no gap. I even called dh to verify. No gap.

yet..

2. When it begins to sew the right side back toward me, it keeps going and going instead of stopping. There is definitely a difference in the length of the right and left rows... the right side has a stitch length much longer.

I have the machine set at the places recommended, should I change the stitch length dial to 2 instead of 3 or something, where they have theirs set in the example?

Now, after a few more attempts, the automatic buttonhole first begins sewing backward without even stopping to do the second tack. The button is 1/2 inch but the machine just keeps going back. I hit the reset every time I begin a new attempt.

I hope it's me. So if it is me, please anyone who owns one of these or has had the same problem, if you know how to correct whatever I am doing wrong. Because if it is not me... some company is getting the biggest baddest worst reviews in the world. I want to save the world from people like this.

Hope it's me. Really. I love this thing and want it to work. Properly.

jg

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Date: 7/9/13 1:40 PM

oops, spelled molly wrong, sorry, molliefran! :-)

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