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Date: 4/30/06 6:17 PM

Has anyone had any experience with the school model singer machines? You know the ones they advertise and sell at special showings at JoAnn's. I looked at one today and I liked that it was made of metal and not plastic but not many features. They also had the "teacher model" which was plastic but had more features. I have been using a singer for 40 years and love that it is metal. Other than just getting old, not having built in button holer and that it does not do jean hems too good, it has served me well. Any thoughts????

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Date: 4/30/06 6:55 PM

Avoid this "school model" (scam) like the plague! There really IS no such thing as a "school" model - just models that they may "market" as such, almost always at a "Special" price.

You will be sorely disappointed in it. Especially if you have an old metal Singer. My "school model" plastic Singer - bought in 1999- is in the basement. I spent more on that machine alone than I did on my other 4 machines put together - the machines I actually USE. (Old all- metal machines from the 1960s-1970's. Two singers, A viking and a Kenmore 3/4 size.) The old machines have much better stitch quality and are much easier to use- and more versatile to boot. The plastic singer was a nightmare. Terrible, uselss manual. Dumb threading - I had to study the manual again every time I pulled the thing out and the drawings were wanting. Tangly bobbin that never wound correctly and gave me endless trouble and loopy stitches when it didn't entirely jam the feed dogs. Crazy seams- I couldn't sew a straight line on it if my life depended on it.

I violently dislike that machine. And the store that sold it to me when I brought my $10.00 1964 metal Singer in for a check up. Can you tell?

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Date: 4/30/06 8:19 PM

Amen!

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Date: 5/1/06 1:02 AM

Scam, scam, scam! Run away!

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Date: 5/1/06 2:06 AM

This is a SCAM. Run away as fast as you can...
I know someone that bought one of them and broke down first thing and she's had trouble with it every since. She ended up buying something else from Somewhere else.
I would stay as far away from that machine as possible.

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Date: 5/1/06 7:57 AM

Can I add my voice to the group. Don't do it. I purchased one, and luckily I figured out that it was a piece of junk and returned it for my money. If you want a solid metal machine, keep you eyes out for a vintage machine...I like my singer 503 and kenmores. My only advice if you go vintage, avoid brands that are hard to find parts for...I'm having a devil of time finding parts for a vintage pfaff.

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Date: 5/2/06 3:58 PM

These are horrible.

My local "all knowing" repairman has mentioned (in a passing conversation) how horrible they were, and that something as small as a needle breaking could cause them to land in the shop for service.

I love the very old singers. But beware of any new ones. Their machines were touch and go after the first change in ownership, and completely junk after the second.

I've noticed that the newer ones also "tunnel" really bad on the zig zag stitch (so much for that auto buttonhole - unless you want puckering). The stitches also look horrible when you do zig zag in reverse, and no matter how well tuned it is, it will miss stitches occassionally.

Save your money. If money is an issue, do some research buy a good used machine.

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Date: 5/2/06 5:43 PM

In fairness, there are some pretty good Singers today, but you will not find them at operations like this. These days, it doesn't really matter what brand name we are talking about, there will be some pretty good models and some junk. None of them are willing to pass up any potential sales, so they try to satisfy those who want quality and those who can't tell the difference and buy for price alone. Add to this the "need" for these itinerant sleeze operations to have bait machines to switch people from, and you can understand how little the brand name tells you about the product behind it.

Bill Holman

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Date: 5/4/06 6:35 AM

Thanks for all your info. I am glad I didn't impulse buy which I almost did!

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Date: 5/4/06 8:14 AM

Last summer my local Hancock was offering these "school models" for a special ONE DAY ONLY sale. Singer Truck sitting outside the store, I was really excited to go and check it out thinking I was going to get some HUGE deal. Junk. Plain and Simple.

So glad that my reasoning side of the brain was working and not my "gotta buy something NOW" side. LOL.

-gina

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