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    Default I hate my machine, what do you have?

    18 months ago I bought a Singer Quantum 9960 Stylist. I haven't liked it much since, mainly cause of the threading issue. Now, again, the needle threader is not working, and I really need that little helper and the needle is suddenly to far to the left that it barely skims the left side of the hole of the pressure foot instead of going in the middle like it should and used to do. I haven't hit any pins or had any malfunctions...just is that way now. I have changed needles and tried everything I can think of. I am so sick of this machine. I can't quilt until I get this fixed...talk about hell on earth!

    But I would like to get everyone's comments on their favorite machine for around $500. I really need the needle threader, I like alot of stitches nad a long table extension. Any suggestions?

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    I'm so sorry all this has happened to your machine. Singer seems to run about 50/50 -- 50% of owners love them and 50% of owners have repair issues. I'm sorry you were in the wrong half.

    I love my Brother SE400. It's a very lightweight sewing/embroidery machine, and it's an absolute workhorse. The needle threader works every time, too. But it doesn't have an extention table. (I have an adjustable, after-market extention table from www.sewingmates.com which works well.) I believe my machine was about $350 from Amazon. If my SE400 is any indication, then Brother is making fine machines. If you head into the $500 range for a strict sewing machine (no embroidery), I think you'd be happy.
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    Default Re: I hate my machine, what do you have?

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGramma View Post
    I'm so sorry all this has happened to your machine. Singer seems to run about 50/50 -- 50% of owners love them and 50% of owners have repair issues. I'm sorry you were in the wrong half.

    I love my Brother SE400. It's a very lightweight sewing/embroidery machine, and it's an absolute workhorse. The needle threader works every time, too. But it doesn't have an extention table. (I have an adjustable, after-market extention table from www.sewingmates.com which works well.) I believe my machine was about $350 from Amazon. If my SE400 is any indication, then Brother is making fine machines. If you head into the $500 range for a strict sewing machine (no embroidery), I think you'd be happy.
    GuitarGramma, how did your SE400 hold up? At about the 3 year mark mine stopped sewing although I can still use it for embroidery. I think I got mine just maybe a little before you got yours. It was the mechanism inside the machine that raised and lowered the feed dogs. I did read that several other people had done that too and it couldn't be repaired (or cost so much it just wasn't worth it.) How did yours fair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlie Wolf View Post
    GuitarGramma, how did your SE400 hold up? At about the 3 year mark mine stopped sewing although I can still use it for embroidery. I think I got mine just maybe a little before you got yours. It was the mechanism inside the machine that raised and lowered the feed dogs. I did read that several other people had done that too and it couldn't be repaired (or cost so much it just wasn't worth it.) How did yours fair?
    I'm afraid that I quickly fell in love with embroidery and upgraded to a mid-level Brother embroidery only machine, the Innovis 1400 or 1450-ish. It's still going strong. I gave my SE400 to my daughter who has literally never used it. I'm sorry to hear that yours quit working at such a young age.
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    Wow, am i the only one here who thinks and old black classic Singer straight stitch mounted in its flat top cabinet is wonderful for quilting? New enough for reverse & old enough to be straight stitch, thats my sweet spot. I have a top of line Husqvarna from 25 yrs ago. I made all my kids and my clothes on it but now i just use it to make my quilt labels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThornCherish View Post
    Wow, am i the only one here who thinks and old black classic Singer straight stitch mounted in its flat top cabinet is wonderful for quilting? New enough for reverse & old enough to be straight stitch, thats my sweet spot. I have a top of line Husqvarna from 25 yrs ago. I made all my kids and my clothes on it but now i just use it to make my quilt labels.
    Your not alone, there is nothing better than a vintage machine, they almost never break, and if they do, it's so easy to fix them. I do my own repairs, I have a straight model 15, where the tension is on the back side, and is almost as small as a featherweight, and the "Taylors" 201 centennial model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThornCherish View Post
    Wow, am i the only one here who thinks and old black classic Singer straight stitch mounted in its flat top cabinet is wonderful for quilting? New enough for reverse & old enough to be straight stitch, thats my sweet spot. I have a top of line Husqvarna from 25 yrs ago. I made all my kids and my clothes on it but now i just use it to make my quilt labels.
    I have several vintage machines, I also love them.
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    Take a look a what Janome has in that price range...my 3165QC was a little higher but I know that they have lower end machines that still have all the bells and whistles you are looking for....hope this helps a little, sorry to hear you are having so much trouble with your machine.

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    Do you have a needle position setting? My cheapie Singer One has this. Maybe you moved the needle over by mistake. As far as the needle threader, I've had more than one that was misalligned. I just took a tweezers and grabbed the little hook and bent it to the right or left so it would go through the needle eye. Also, I know you have to have the needle in the uppermost position to get the threader to work. You might try that until you decide which machine to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Sewing Machine View Post
    Do you have a needle position setting? My cheapie Singer One has this. Maybe you moved the needle over by mistake. As far as the needle threader, I've had more than one that was misalligned. I just took a tweezers and grabbed the little hook and bent it to the right or left so it would go through the needle eye. Also, I know you have to have the needle in the uppermost position to get the threader to work. You might try that until you decide which machine to get.
    Jean.. I have done all this but thanks for sharing.. at least I know I have done all I can to fix it. I keep "adjusting" that little hook, and it will grab the thread...but NOT through the eye of the needle..it is to one side and draws it to the back. So I have to get that hook to go into the eye...kind of like finding a needle in a hay stack worth of options! And I am afraid of breaking it...which makes me think, maybe I can buy that paritcular part and replace it. I will look into that! This is just the weirdest thing on the needle position to far to the left.... I just don't know how it could have happened.. I NEVER sew over pins so there has been nothing to jab it over.

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