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Singer Quantum L-500 owners please give updated comments
Looking at the L-500,Serenade,C1100 models
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Date: 8/7/11 3:34 AM

Hi,
I did search the message board and see activity from a while back. There's one thread about 1 person having problems with the machine recently in April was the last comments. I only see 6 reviews.

Are there any new updates from L-500 owners... do you like the machine do you hate it. Does the bobbin indicator or cutter still have you upset. How is the tensioner now.

I like to either buy new or used L-500 and want to make sure it's a favorite like the Juki F600...but I like IDT. Appreciate any information. Thanks
-- Edited on 8/7/11 3:35 AM --

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Date: 8/7/11 6:36 AM

I don't have one and never sewed on one. But I thought they were a very limited one time deal on HSN cable TV shopping channel only, quite a while ago. I think they may have now been incorporated and newly morphed into this Pfaff Smarter C1100 pro machine instead though. If you can't find anything else on it anymore, you could look and check out this one instead- I think it's probably about the same thing, only maybe the Singer HSN model was more of a marketing test first possibly?

http://www.smarterbypfaff.com/global/

The colors on the Pfaff one look at bit different, but all else seems much the same to me.

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Date: 8/7/11 6:48 AM

If I wanted one, and just missed it on HSN Cale TV channel the first time around, I think I would be more apt to get the Pfaff one now though, (not get a used one of the Singer) not because of particular the Pfaff name on it, as that would not actually matter to me so much at all, ( a name is just a name) but instead just because I think when a newer model of machine comes out, places just end to update and maybe fix somethings that maybe had some issues the first time around. Just sort of like when you update to a new version of some computer program, then often there really are some patches and fixes in it, that might correct some stuff in the older version.

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Date: 8/7/11 10:06 AM

HSN is still selling it for $1195.

Sounds like a good deal.

My dealer is selling the Smarter for $1599 with the quilters tool box accesssories and is selling the Serenade for $1899. I believe they have more stitches than the Singer so it may be worth comparing the stitches to see what you need.

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Date: 8/7/11 10:56 AM


If I recall correctly from when that machine was first offered on HSN.. there were a lot of complaints..

And it seems like its within the same price point of the Juki.. so why not just get the Juki...

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Date: 8/7/11 12:22 PM

They are still selling the Quantum L500 on HSN -- as recent as 6 weeks ago -- but the price fluctuates wildly. It was originally $800 with free shipping but has sold since then for $1100 with $50 shipping; $900 free shipping; and everything in between. It was hawked as "similar" to the Janome 6600P but with more stitch patterns and lacking adjustable foot pressure. As far as I can see, it's not being sold in the retail market but Singer has since introduced a Quantum Stylist that is.

This is what bothers me about Singer...their pricing and product line make no rational sense. I'm told that they're trying to improve their quality but apparently they don't exert much oversight at their offshore factories. Some L500 purchasers are thrilled and others cite major issues from the get-go.

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Date: 8/7/11 3:37 PM

If it was the just the same price as the Juki, and I had to take a risk and order from afar without getting to sew on one first, I probably would get the Juki. Singer's past discontinued Quantum named top of line machines that were really good and actually quite expensive, actually were made by Juki, so the Juki one would have lots of things in common to a top of the line Singer XL1000, XL5000, or XL6000 older one. But no hoop embroidery. Because I know they are good, and you can buy those and actually test drive them in real brick and motor stores first. But that does not make the Pfaff one bad at all. Just a unknown to me.

Sewing machines do have a feel to them when you drive them, just sort of like cars. Some just feel better or more comfortable to some people than others and you sort of have to, and or it's nice to be able to test drive to see if you personally like the feel of something each time or not.

But you can probably test drive for real, the Pfaff version of the L-500 one too in a real store. The advantages of that I think, would be getting to test drive it first to see if it was a "good fit", also after you paid for it, while still there, you could even just open and take it out of the sealed up box right there, and sew on yours for real, and if anything wrong with it, you could hand it back to them, and they could just hand you a new one, in a new box. Also if later you had any kind of problem, and machine had to go back to manufacturer, you could just bring it back and hand them the machine, and they could do all the packing, shipping and tracking of it for you. I don't think anyone would want to do that for you in a store ever, on a machine purchased somewhere else, or over the internet instead. since they would never get paid for that by anyone and would be losing a bunch of money.

Plus sometimes things that people think are wrong with their new machines really are not at all often, sometimes it's just operator use in not knowing the best way to do something with them instead. If you get to sew in person even for just a little bit with someone that is used to a machine, and that happens, then they can just quickly show you a better way to thread it up or use it most times.

So probably advantages to both ways of getting something, but if from afar like that, HSN or Martha Stuart or whomever, can't really come into your house and actually sit and sew on your machine to even see if it's working like it should or not. So you do end up being a bit more on your own.

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Date: 8/8/11 6:04 AM

Thank you for the replies, but the responses have been off target. I was asking for Singer L-500 owners to give me their feedbacks. I know how to buy them and where to buy them. It's just online. I know of the Pfaff and the Serenade as I did mention about them in my original post.

I already have a Pfaff 2046. The reason why I didn't get a juki F600 because I wanted the IDT feet. The patent on IDT is over for a while now, so many companies are copying it.

So if any L-500 owners please comment how you like your machines. I wish there was an active L-500 thread like some of the other machines. The only thing I've seen so far is the cutter issue, bobbin door and the low bobbin indicator. I wish there was more active threads about this sewing machine, or the Serenade and C1100.

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Date: 8/8/11 10:47 AM

I think these nice folks were just trying to be helpful.

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Date: 8/8/11 4:04 PM

And I did thank them and frankly just asking for information from L-500 owners. I guess there aren't many L-500 owners around.

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