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Too good to be true? Wondering how long they last.
Elcs2
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Date: 10/12/13 1:32 AM

I just received my Singer 9960 from amazon for a good price and so far, it sews like a dream. All the features and accessories are great, but I'm wondering how long the dream will last?

I see there are so many good reviews, but not many talk about reliability, although I saw one post that it only lasted a month.

I'm returning a Husqvarna Topaz 20, which I thought was not that great (and for the price, it didn't come with an automatic thread cutter, which began to irk me). My DH says you get what you pay for, but I think he is also partial to Husqvarna because he has their lawn tractor.

I'm worried he might be right and I'm thinking of getting a better quality machine, similar to Husqvarnas instead.

Has anyone had thie 9960 for a couple of years or so? I keep hearing the quality of Singer is not like it used to be.

Thanks!

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Date: 10/12/13 7:05 AM

Welcome to PR!

There are a few postings about this sm here under Sewing Machines as well as in the Message Board under Beginners. From what I read it is a very good , sturdy & has loads of stitches. It sounded like a winner.
Look especially for posts by Sewingsilly & Kcurtis ... very helpful info.
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Date: 10/12/13 10:57 AM

"Singer isn't what it used to be." And neither is anything else. This particular brand has improved since the sale and resale of the brand way back in the 1970s.

Husbands have their favorites. Thank goodness BobCat does not make sewing machines (at least I don't think they do)!

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Date: 10/12/13 11:11 AM

I have heard good things about this model. If you are happy about it why question. I have seen 80 dollar brothers hold up for years so can'
t see why this one wouldn't unless you are using it like an industrial machine. I think most people that go through these machines and complain about them expect them to be a machine for heavy use like an industrial and they are just not made that way

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Date: 10/12/13 11:31 AM

Hi Elcs2! I'm going on 2 years with this machine. It's never disappointed me, however I don't try to put many layers of denim through it and jam it up. My main machine is a Singer L-500 that has lots of power. The 9960 has been relatively trouble free for many people. There is the occasional issue with it, but most owners don't "know" what happened. This is NOT a heavy duty machine. Someone here did a comparison between the new 9970 and the 9960 and said the 9970 has more power. I think it all depends on your sewing needs. I don't think there's any one machine that will fit all of our sewing needs. All in all, the 9960 is a great value for the $$. If you have a bigger budget, the 9970 may be a wiser investment.

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Date: 10/12/13 8:36 PM

Thanks for all the replies, everyone!

@sewingsilly, so good to hear that yours has lasted 2yrs already!

Yes, I'm really liking the 9960 a lot and I think it will hold up to my type of sewing. Right now I do casual quilting throughout the year and decorative/fun sewing around the fall (for Christmas gifts, etc.). I actually have an old Singer as a backup, but it just does basic stitches.

Thanks again, everyone! Happy sewing!
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