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Date: 11/5/09 11:41 AM

Can someone please help me compare a Singer 600/600e and a Singer 626? What are the differences between the two? My mom had a 600 that she dearly loved and I always wanted one like hers, but I have the opportunity to get a 626 in mint condition. What should I do?

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Date: 11/5/09 12:40 PM

The very early Touch and Sews are all metal machines. Sometime in the middle of the production of the 600 series, Singer switched to plastic gears, and they became the notorious "Touch and Throws" we've all heard tell about. If you can get an all-metal T&S, do it. If you've got a plastic one, I'm not sure replacement gears are available.

I THINK both models have the same stitches (maybe the 626 has less?), but I don't think the 626 can accept cams.

Check with the Yahoo Vintage Singer group for more info.


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Date: 11/5/09 3:13 PM

I would second Soolips suggestion for joining the Yahoo group Vintage Singer. Although it is a quieter group, Singermachines is specifically 600/700 Class Touch & Sews, Futura, Athena Class and 400/500 Stylist line machines so it may prove useful, too.
I have a feeling that the 626 was the model that transitioned from metal to nylon gears (some had one, some the other). If you search either of the groups for 626, I'm sure that will be answered. Someone will be able to help you identify which type of gears the machine you are interested in has.
If you need parts or repair help, Terry at t and t repair is the expert on the Touch and Sew machines.

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Date: 11/5/09 4:48 PM

I grew up sewing on a 600e (I think after looking at the Touch and Sew site)...it survived children learning to sew...so that's something.

We never had any problems. I just had the machine oiled and serviced about two years ago. I think years ago an "old singer guy" in Miami Beach told me that I had one of the last all metal machines from Singer.

I'll have to pull out of the closet and sew a bit. I would not get one of the later Touch and Sews.

Do you all think I need to get it oiled again if I haven't used it since it was oiled two years ago? Fresh oil sounds nice but is it necessary? It may need to be cleaned again just to get the old oil out?

I loved this machine. It paid for itself in the tens of thousands when I count all the "work" clothes I made out of college. Interview clothes that got the jobs to begin with, etc....

I'd still be using it day-to-day but my husband surprised me with a 1530 years ago...of course, I love the "modern" conveniences of that as well.

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Date: 11/5/09 4:50 PM

All-metal machines need frequent oiling. The manual shows you how to do it. I oil my own machine every two weeks or so.

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Date: 11/5/09 7:15 PM

I recently bought a nearly mint 600E as a baby shower gift for a good friend of mine. It was her dream machine... partly because it matches her Shabby Chic decor. LOL. But when she opened the package, she was totally ecstatic. The machine looked brand new, as if she is the actual first owner. I think, I glowed just as much as she did.

I gave her a few lessons on it at a sewing retreat she and I had, so I'm a little familiar with it. I also did some extensive research prior to my purchase.

The 600E takes cams. The 626 does not. If you're not into a lot of decorative stitches, the 626 is a good choice... and it's pink. Besides, fiddling with cams is a pain, IMO.

The 600E is baby blue or grayish blue, but be careful, the thread spool cap will turn an ugly off-color if you leave it exposed to light for long periods of time. As a beginner, my friend found the cams very troublesome to install and remove. She also realized after looking through all her cams (there were several), she really liked only one: the simple, straight-stitch scallop.

The one thing that I will warn you about with the 600E/626 machines is the bobbin winding mechanism. They are tempermental, I think. There seems to be no other way to wind a bobbin but inside the bobbin case. Some find this to be a neat feature, but to me, I find it a hit-and-miss.

I guess, being that winding a bobbin can be a hit-and-miss, it's a good thing that the original T-n-S bobbins can be taken apart or unscrewed apart. The bobbin thread can be easily disposed of if the thread didn't wind properly.

HTH.

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Since October 2014, I've sewn 14 yards! It's nice to see my stash decreasing at this steady pace.

Her needlework both plain and ornamental was excellent, and she might have put a sewing machine to shame. ~James Edward Austen-Leigh, about Jane Austen

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Date: 11/5/09 7:54 PM

I do remember that this is a bobbin that doesn't like to be fully "loaded". Other than that, I don't think I ever had bobbin problems.

I understand it is difficult to find new plastic bobbins but there is probably a source somewhere out there in cyberspace.

If the bobbins get rough on the outside there may be catching problems.

I never used the cams growing up...that may be one reason my machine faired well over the years. I still have the box complete with all the cams. I never was a fan of decorative stitches. Too much "loving hands at home" for me. Others love them...I certainly wouldn't buy this retro machine for the decorative stitches.

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Date: 11/5/09 8:07 PM

How good would a 645 be?

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Date: 11/6/09 0:43 AM

Only you would be able to determine that, I think.

If you find one, give it a good test run. It's not a 600/600E/626. But if it's in good working order and if it's reasonably priced enough for you, then why not? Sew on it for as long as it will last!

Or for however long your patience will last for it...

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Since October 2014, I've sewn 14 yards! It's nice to see my stash decreasing at this steady pace.

Her needlework both plain and ornamental was excellent, and she might have put a sewing machine to shame. ~James Edward Austen-Leigh, about Jane Austen

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Date: 11/6/09 1:25 AM

I had a Singer 620 which was of my first machines I collected while getting acquainted with vintage machines after I got my 201-2. Its bobbin winder was tempermental, and I didn't have patience to fight with it. Later I found a 600e and bought it at a thrift shop since I knew it was all metal. I keep it just because it will chain stitch. I haven't used the chain stitch feature yet, but when I get better with my sewing and make some muslins before cutting the real material, I will use it to chainstitch them. And it has a kick butt satin stitch, as nice as a purple iris Kenmore.

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