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