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#1 of 7 Old 03-24-2012, 05:31 PM - Thread Starter
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I want to learn to sew. I have my mom's 1980s model Singer, but it needs repair due to some sort of timing issue. The needle hits something underneath it. Are 1980s Singers high-quality enough that I should have it repaired, or would it make more sense to purchase a new entry-level machine? I'm thinking $200 or less.



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#2 of 7 Old 03-24-2012, 11:38 PM
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Honestly, my Singer machine from the 90's lasted about 10 years before something went wrong with it.  I didn't know it was an easy fix (simple spring repair I later learned) or I might have gotten it repaired.  I've been through two other machines since then and I am just not liking the newer sewing machines these days.  I might try to get your mom's fixed if it's feasible.  Where I live there aren't any sewing machine repair shops.

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I would scrap it and find a vintage machine

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What is defined as "vintage" for a sewing machine?

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I would probably repair it. I don't know what the quality difference is between 1980s machines and 1970s, but I keep getting my 70s machine repaired or serviced as needed. Timing is a more expensive repair, but I consider my machine to be worth it.

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I was struggling with just this issue last month.  My 20 + year old machine was having major tension issues, but the cost for repair would have been 100+.  I decided to shop for something new and purchased a refurbished Janome for $299 that is SOOO nice and has way more features than I ever dreamed of.  


After a lot of consideration and cost-comparison, I am very happy with my choice.  Good luck!

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I would get an estimate from a local repair shop and go from there.  If it has mostly metal parts vs plastic I would get it fixed vs purchasing new.  They tend to be better work horse machines.

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