Fix 1980s Singer, or buy new entry-level machine? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-24-2012, 06:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
artemis80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: PNW
Posts: 885
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

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.

 

Thanks!

artemis80 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-25-2012, 12:38 AM
 
andisunshine's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: in the rain, southeast Alaska
Posts: 647
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

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.


Andi, wife of Seraphim
Mom to Elijah (6/05) and Moses (6/08) and baby Joshua, UBAC February 18, 2011!

andisunshine is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 06:01 AM
 
sabrinat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,747
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I would scrap it and find a vintage machine


Sabrina , mom to 4 fab kids!

sabrinat is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 07:21 AM
 
ASusan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 4,839
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

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


DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.

ASusan is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 11:18 AM
 
jocelyndale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 3,546
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

Chasing DS since April 2007 and pumping for DD March 2013.

jocelyndale is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 11:33 AM
 
JPiper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near Woods and Waters
Posts: 115
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

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!

JPiper is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 09:11 PM
 
siennaflower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Hogsmeade
Posts: 2,160
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

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.

siennaflower is online now  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off