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Unread 01-10-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Question Sewing machine Help

Hi... I'm currently on the look out for a new sewing machine and don't know what to get...
I currently use a Singer Merritt 4525... I didn't realize how old my sewing machine was until I started looking up common problems encountered XD
The phrase vintage often appears coupled with my machine.

I've been looking at youtube and realizing how inept my machine is XD I did't know sewing machines could be so effortless lol.

Also I had seen some neat foot attachments that I wanted and was wondering if anyone knew if the bernina ruffler foot be used on other machines?


(I'm looking for machines under $300)
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Unread 01-10-2013, 07:30 PM   #2
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From my search it looks like a 70's or 80's model? As long as it was manufactured before 1983, you should just get it serviced. '83 was when they switched to stupid nylon, then later plastic, gearing.

Dear lord, something that was new when I was in high school being called 'vintage', ugh, my mom's machine is vintage, it's a 1940's Singer. Still runs like a champ too.

Bernina are brand specific, their feet don't fit anything but Berninas. BUT Singer was the standard for so long there are tons of feet from other manufactures that will fit your Singer and vice versa. I have 2 Jamones and use some 'universal' and some old Singer feet on both.
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Oh hey, I have that exact same machine. The manual for mine says built in 1987, and I'm not 100% sure what it's gearing is made from, but it's quite heavy, and it runs like a freaking TANK- my guess is this model is still mostly metal. I've had it serviced twice in its entire life and will take it in for a third time once I'm done my cosplays for the next upcoming con (it did break a gear, the second time I took it in, but still ran despite it, it just made unpleasant clunking noises) and it's still running fantastically. I would just take it in to a professional machine servicer or a Singer dealership and see if they can help you figure out if anything needs to be fixed up or otherwise serviced, if you're having problems.
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Unread 01-11-2013, 05:17 PM   #4
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What's your opinion on the Brother CS6000i 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table...?
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Unread 01-12-2013, 09:24 AM   #5
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The lower end brother machines aren't all that great, 'beginner' types. their higher end machines (over $600 starting retail price) are made to a different standard and are pretty good.
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