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Lalaland
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Date: 12/5/11 9:26 AM

Is there a monogrammer that will fit the Futura 920 ll or maybe a set of cams ?

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Date: 12/21/11 11:33 PM

unfortunately, i can't help you with the cams, but i'm thinking of buying one of these machines off craigslist but cannot find ANYTHING about this model (except your post). can you tell me what you think about this machine? also, is the tension fairly easy? i sew a lot of different fabrics and don't really want to have to meddle with it constantly. lastly, any trouble with knits?

thanks!
arianna

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Date: 4/2/12 6:52 PM

I bought one of these way back in 1973. It was a wonderful machine, and I had it for almost 30 problem-free years. The only issue I had with it, was that when we moved from Florida to NJ, the movers snapped off the cover. I don't know how they did that, because it was in it's hard case, but they managed. Unfortunately, my son's cat did somethink unspeakable in this machine which made it unusable! I'm busy looking for another one now. Do not get the Futura 900, which suffered many, many problems when it came out. The Futura 920 has the free arm; the other one doesn't.

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Date: 4/3/12 3:01 PM

I have the Futura 900 and also am getting a Futura II 920 from my mother in law next month. I am going to agree/disagree on the opinion to stay away from the 900. It definitely had its share of problems when it debuted, but I really do think it's a stroke of luck if you end up with one of these. From my experience in reviewing, it seems people either loved it problem-free or hated it with tons of problems.

I consider myself a lucky one as I bought one of eBay for only $35 and it was in mint, and I mean mint, condition. The plastic lid and handwheel were the same color, not yellowed in any way, as the metal parts of the machine and it had very little use. The manual was crisp and the buttonholer and walking foot were still in the plastic. I think I got it so cheap because of it's reputation, but for $35, why not? I've been using it for 3 years problem free. I just brought it to my sewing machine guy and he totally serviced it, changed a few things and adjusted the tension, belt, etc. The only problem that needed fixing were some $2 plastic motor mounts that were disintegrating and that can affect the belt operation. He said the machine was maintained very well and could see it going for a long time. He did say that it was a one of those models that was a mystery to him since the ones that had problems, continued to have them and there were ones like mine that seemed to run fine for years and years. So in a way, I'll agree with the fact that you should probably seek out a 920, but if you see a mint condition 900 and pay very little, you may be in luck. I bought mine because it fits into my Singer desk and I use it as my flatbed machine.

The 920, I can say is pretty much trouble free and that's what you're going to see when it comes to people's opinion on the web. My mother-in-law is giving me hers so I have a free arm and she bought hers new in 1974. She never had a problem with it at all and serviced it annually. She's just not sewing much anymore and decided to give it up. She loved, and I mean loved, that Futura.

A nice 920 just went on eBay for $150 and in my opinion, is a pretty good deal. Here is a link to the accessory package that came with the 900/920 and also the Creative Touch 1030.

Futura Accessories

Singer renamed the Futura to Creative Touch in the late 70's for whatever reason. So if you happen to find the accessory package for the Creative Touch 1030 (the 1036 model didn't have cams), then that would work just fine for the 920.

Hope this helps!

Jim

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Lalaland
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Date: 4/3/12 4:32 PM

I now own 2 of the 920 II's . One works great and the other I did something to when I replaced one of the gears. The timing is off. One was purchased on Craig's list for $25. and the other for $150. on ebay. I'd keep my eye on CL so you could test it out. I understand that some have problems with the bobbin that can't be repaired.

I first bought one when they came out in the 70's , traded it in and always regretted it.

I think I have some extra cams if anyone needs them.

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Date: 4/3/12 4:44 PM

Just out of mere curiosity....did you just purchase that one on eBay in the last month? Not sure if that was you, but there was an awfully nice one recently that went for $150 and I was wondering how it was stitching.

Funny you mention the bobbin because that was one of the questions I asked my sewing machine guy since I thought I heard the same thing. He said that on the first series 600 Touch/Sew machines (with the separate button to engage the wind system on the front of the machine below the stitch length adjuster instead of inside by the bobbin), there is some type of nut or bolt that is almost impossible to find, so if something were to ever happen to the that particular part, it's almost impossible to repair unless you had a donor machine. He said he wasn't aware of any irreparable bobbin issues on the Futuras....although, I guess that doesn't mean there aren't any.

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Date: 4/4/12 8:19 PM

I purchased mine about a year ago.

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Date: 6/14/12 5:21 PM

Yes, there is a monogrammer and a deluxe monogrammer, the Singer Slantomatic Monogrammer and Deluxe Monogrammer will work with the Futura II 920. I have a 920 and both monogrammer sets and can confirm this. These monogrammers were originally sold as touch and sew accessories but will work with any slant-shank singer.
They screw on the shank, you also use a feed dog cover I believe, and they work well. Also, while the futura has built in buttonholing, the Singer Professional Buttonholer does a better job and also fits the 920.
Here is a link to a picture of the monogrammer: Singer Monogrammer and the deluxe monogrammer: Deluxe Monogrammer

Do not pay inflated prices for these accessories they can both be had relatively inexpensively on ebay. My wife and I found them both for about $5 each at a thrift store and flea market.

I hope this helps!
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Subject: Singer Futura 900... Date: 7/1/12 3:39 AM

I really enjoy using my Singer Futura 900 that i bought at a local estate sale a few years ago. When i got it home i gave it a good cleaning, oiling {even though this model claimed to never need oiling. That won't apply now due to the machines age.} It ran like out of the box. And i can honestly say I've not had one bit of trouble with it. I've always been attracted to this model for two reasons. 1. The design is really modern for 1973 and in many ways ahead of it's time. 2. For me at least this is one of the simplest Singers to thread and sew with. It does a beautiful straight stitch and has just the right number of stitches including the important stretch stitches. I've not had a bit of trouble with the bobbin winder or timing etc. Now, would i compare this model to my 401? No way. The quality of materials and/or craftsmanship is not the best. This is when Singer's reputation started to suffer. But i also don't think it's fair how these models get such disparaging reviews. For the beginner or occasional sewer. The Futura 900 nicely fits the bill. Here are two interesting notes on this model. This was Singers last flat bed model. And at the time the 900 came out. It had the most moving parts of any sewing machine made up to that point. An old Singer repairman told me that. So if you see a nice, clean, complete Futura 900 under $150.00 pick it up. Happy Sewing!!

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Date: 7/8/12 1:48 PM

Couldn't have said it better myself, Singersewingguy! I love the Futura 900 for the same reasons you do, especially the design of the machine. Funny you mention the threading because I never even thought of how much easier it is to thread then a Touch and Sew.

But like I said, I think it can be crapshoot with these models like my sewing guy said. Some he's serviced for years without a problem in the world except normal, minor things that all our machines have issues with at one time or another. Then he's serviced some that are constantly in the shop and just can't seem to stay "fixed." Weird how that can happen...

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