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  • pcrihfield
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    Re: I lost all confidence in my confidence quilting machine.

    I bought a Singer Confidence Quilter back in 2013, I should have taken it back to Joann's right away but was busy with my Dad and Christmas time. The machine sounded like it was running over railroad tracks and was making loops on the bottom side of the fabric. I took it to a repair guy and he didn't fix it, so had my husband work on it and he fixed it. (should have saved the money spent on the repair man) But within 5 minutes I messed it up and threw it out of time by putting on the wrong walking foot. I bought a Janome, actually I bought 2 Janome's that year. Finally took the Singer to another repair guy and he fixed it so it ran good and was somewhat quieter, then I let it sit for a few years. I got it out this week to hem some jeans, it sews fine but sounds like it's running over railroad tracks again. lol. At least it works, that's something. Sorry for the long story. Anyway, I won't ever buy another new Singer, not worth it. But give me any old black Singer, love them.

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  • Babs quilts
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    I haven't had time to get the machine back out.
    I have only used the bobbin that came with the machine. I would hope the manufacturer would at least put the right one in the box.

    I do still want to get it figured out so my Brother machine can be for quilting and the Singer for piecing.

    I do still have my ancient Brother machine........ Still need to have it serviced.

    Life gets crazy sometimes......

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  • Brian
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    Singer still markets a few industrial machines but their domestic line has nothing to offer that isn't made from aluminum and plastic. The good old iron Singers were designed to last for decades these new ones are designed to last a few hundred hours. Sad but true. Get a Juki and be done with it.

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  • Snip Snip
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    I remember having a problem with my singer...a small one I have had a while: Turns out I was using the wrong kind of bobbin. It looked just like the ones that came with the machine, but there was a very slight difference. I almost needed a magnifying glass to see what was different. The wrong bobbins were a lot cheaper than the right ones, by the way.

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  • Heather1967
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    Unfortunately, Singers are temperamental miserable machines. My mom had one it was stupid, I bought one because that's what I learned on, it was stupid. I will never buy another Singer, you couldn't even pay me to take one off your hands.

    I'm sorry you're having trouble with it. I'd give them a call and see what can be done.

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  • Babs quilts
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    The manual says it is threaded incorrectly for just about everything. Never mentions anywhere that the presser foot pressure is adjustable...... I still want to love the machine. I was referred to a shop next town over. They have a great reputation and aren't high pressure sales. Once our cold snap is done I just may have to take a trip up there.

    The singer would be nice for piecing if I can get the bugs worked out of it.

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  • Deegles
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    Quality machines are still being made in Japan. Most machines made in china are throw away machines. Singer has lost its reputation a long time ago. I would clear out any lint in the bobbin area and see if there are any oiling points. It may need oiled. If you are having skipped stitches, ta new needle, or needle size. You are used to your old machine and the regular habits with it. This machine may be finicky with thread or needles. Your singer may need a pressure adjustment for your pressure foot. That would explain why it does not go over your seams. Review your manual for troubleshooting. It may help.

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  • Babs quilts
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    I have been working on the herringbone quilt.
    That big throat space on the Brother machine is very helpful!
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  • Babs quilts
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    So far it is working well!
    I made a star table topper with it.
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    It's about 3' point to point. This was taken before adding batting and backing.

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  • NancyR
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    Am so sorry you've had such issues with your Singer. To be honest, I've heard similar stories here in England and a friend who has a Pfaff has also had issues - just couldn't get the stitch tension right at all. Her machine spent more time in repair than in her sewing area. I think, in the end, the shop was just as sick of the sight of it as my friend and they changed it - to a lower model. But did give her the balance in cost between the two.

    Good luck with your new machine and many happy hours sewing.

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  • KarenC
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    Enjoy your new machine.

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  • Babs quilts
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    I found a wonderful used machine!
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    It's a brother vq3000.
    Much better deal than the stores could do.
    I haven't had much time at the machine but so far I am very happy!

    I will address the singer unit with Singers waranty department.

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  • Babs quilts
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    So... A short update.....

    The shop charges 100 bucks to service machines. My old machine is not worth much at all so wont be going in. I will figure out the oiling and such myself.

    However......
    They sell machines there too.
    They have some fantastic machines!
    I got to play on a long arm and now need to convince hubby that I NEEEEED one.

    Such wonderful performance out of the long arm and other machines they carry!

    They will e-mail me a list of what is in the used section.


    OH and will discount any machine by what I paid for the Singer.

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  • Babs quilts
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    I got the old machine sewing! Happy dance!

    It still needs servicing but not repair.

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    You can see where it got all puckered.

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    Same block different layout.

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    A fun fish fabric spurred this small quilt. No the singer did not function properly on zig zag.

    I really enjoy Jenny's tutorials! The first two are from the herringbone tutorial. My hubs wanted a smaller blanket so I split the blocks into 2 quilts.
    Last edited by Babs quilts; September 24th, 2018, 10:35 AM.

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  • dwil23
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    Sadly, I have heard the same from more than one source. Hope it's not true, especially in your case. Good Luck with getting this one fixed or finding a suitable replacement.

    If your old Brother can't be fixed (if its all metal inside I'm betting it can) you can find really great, strong vintage machines on ebay, craigslist, etc., even Goodwill and thrift shops for less than $50 that are real workhorses and will sew through anything! I picked up a "beast" of a Kenmore at Goodwill recently, in cabinet, for $12.50.

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