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Subject: would it be a good backup machine? Date: 6/13/14 7:52 PM

I'm in the process of buying a new machine... I am pretty positive I'm going to go with the juki F600.... I sold my pfaff and was going to buy an industrial straight stitch and cheap home sew but I've decided I don't like the juki straight stitch the dealer has... it doesn't run smooth, it cuts thread on the foot petal way too easy.
Anyways I saw this on craigslist for $100 almost new with box and I'llt try to figure out how to post pictures... but wanted to know if it was a good machine and worth it for a backup? I can't find much on it online or on this group. Thanks!!!!
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Date: 6/13/14 11:34 PM

I searched all the reviews and couldn't find a single one.
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Date: 6/14/14 11:38 AM

Anyone have this machine?

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Date: 6/14/14 1:47 PM

This was posted on PR back in 2009. Hope someone responds with updated info for you.

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Date: 6/14/14 2:04 PM

Thanks!!!

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Date: 6/14/14 2:13 PM

I have one pretty close. It's nice, it happens to be a brown Viking 6440 instead. You would probably like it or the 5530 to sew on, if it worked, much better than that Singer Stylist.

But forget the like new thing, as that cannot be, as it's cam stack is 30 years old.

But, they are not for the faint of heart either and probably not for someone whom wants to pay less than $100 for one and just sew on it forever.

Mine works fine, because it's always been kept lubricated and never locked and frozen up, I don't think all of them are that way at all. If just frozen up, it could take hours and hours to unfreeze, and that is even if it's 30 year old plastic internal cam stack is still intact and not cracked yet. And they are all going to crack eventual, I think maybe half of them already have even. But it's not a big deal at all, if you want to replace that. But, if you do, I think you will have to pay someone at least another $200 to do that. Unless you do it yourself, and then it will still cost you maybe half that. The original cam stack on mine is still intact,like some of them still are. But know that it's going to go, at some point.

My little low gear plastic piece actually cracked and broke back in the 1990's but got that replaced back then.

So rather than pay $100 for one, maybe pay more like $300 or $400 for one, that has already happened to and it's been replaced instead, and now really might last and sew for a long time instead. But, all the machines in that series are real nice and fun to sew on.

So go get one if you want one, but if it does not sew, it could be because it's just frozen up, or could be because of the cracked cams stack or even both sometimes. I think that is no reason not to have one actually, just since they are so nice, but sounds like maybe that is something that might make you not want one possibly.

If you don't want to ever have to deal with something like that, maybe you would be better off with a older 1970's green Kenmore or something like that?

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Date: 6/14/14 4:51 PM

You can do better.

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Date: 6/14/14 4:59 PM

The 5530 is the same as a 6030, except with no provision to change camstacks. It was frequently used in schools.

There are better choices than this model.

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Date: 6/14/14 6:26 PM

Thanks guys I decided against it. :O)

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