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Singer Sewing Machine and Serger
$399.99 + $5 Standard Shipping
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Hey look, some reviews
A previous model sold here. and, if i remember correctly, on other sales people really kept saying to wait for the one with the serger.
I bought my wife the serger from home.woot for $150 back in aught-12, and she has used it non-stop. It’s a great little machine for doing everything from quick work to complex costumes. She complained about never being able to use other sewing machines because they are too complicated, but she has been able to break this one down, thread, unthread, and rethread without a problem.
Singer’s quality is not what it once was. We bought an expensive Singer quilter a couple years ago, and it works very well, but it needed an $80 repair (re-soldered circuit board) after only a couple months of use. The repair place we took it told us that they stopped carrying the brand because they have had so much trouble with poor manufacturing quality recently.
For the Serger, this is the product page I found in the December woot mentioned above:
with 4 stars/8 reviews
and I think the manual for the 7470:
and 1 more edit: 4+ stars/12 reviews
A few years ago, I was taken off the work roster and put in a training class for the night. Before the class started, the instructor was talking with some of the guys and I overheard him say that he had a sewing machine and actually liked to sew. Of course, I gave him a hard time about it. Guys don’t sew. I was carrying the current issue of Popular Mechanics (a real guys magazine) to read during breaks in the class. On the cover it said: 100 skills every guy should have. Common stuff like how to grill a steak, how to tune a car engine, how to splint a compound fracture. And there it was: #87 How to sew. Well I’ll be damned.
I have to admit, I’m sort of an odd size and it’s hard to find clothes that fit. If the reviews are good, I might consider this. But then, I would have to take a sewing class.
Two things to take note of: drop in bobbin and auto “knot.”
Drop in bobbins just don’t seem to agree with me (if you think about it, the thread has to make a right angle turn, not a great idea.) Auto knot/tie off features are scary for delicate projects, IMHO. I am unfamiliar with this exact model, but other Singers move back and forth of their own magic to lock a stitch when you start from a stop - something you don’t always want to do when sewing… especially basting or decorative work.
great reviews (4.9 out of 5.0) on the sewing machine courtesy of overstock.com
I don’t need the sewing machine… I would love to have the serger though.
And that means you’d have to wear a mask.
What the hell is a “serger”?
Craigslist the sewing machine.
Is woot allowed to sell torture devices now? Sure, they’re disguised as handy dandy sewing helpers, but have you ever tried to thread one of these buggers? One word: bobbin.
<<<…runs away screaming>>
Sewing isn’t complicated - buy a pattern to make an apron and some material- follow the directions and you can teach yourself to sew! When you get stuck, google for an answer- enjoy!
I bought the previous(?) version of this Singer sewing machine and serger in August 2011. I grew up using a sewing machine to sew clothes from scratch; this is the third machine that I’ve owned. It is so complicated that even basic repairs or simple projects become a chore. There are a zillion different options, many of them automated, but it’s a pain to use the manual to look up the right stitch number for a particular fabric, fuss with the LCD screen and electronic controls, etc. When I want to make curtains, it’s easier to use a Hello Kitty machine that I got at Target on clearance for $10 and manually adjust the tension.
I suspect these are fantastic machines. I suspect if I had the time and flexibility to spend a few weekends really getting to know them, I would think they’re amazing. I do not have the time to re-learn how to use a sewing machine and I was surprised to find the machine unusable by someone familiar with non-electronic sewing machines.
I am not recommending against these machines. I am saying: (1) this is a lot of machine (2) if you know how to use a non-electronic machine, be prepared that there’s a learning curve that you may or may not find worthwhile in comparison to buying a less automated/simpler machine.
The new machines thread instantly with a threading device- when I showed my friend she was so amazed at how modern technology had solved a Giant Sewing Problem, that she went out and bought a new machine!!!
Sergers are complicated, and unless you plan on using it, just getting a regular machine is best! I’ve been sewing for 50some years and have no desire to own a serger- a regular machine will zigzag- that’s all the serging I will ever need.
Via the missus:
This is a very good machine, but probably not such a great first sewing machine.
Can do a whole lot, most of it very well.
Can handle lots of fabrics well, up to and including making jeans that fit perfectly.
Fairly intuitive controls overall, once you learn them.
Singer has had a few problems lately. Wifey hasn’t personally had any issues with hers, but you may find some complaints on sewing forums.
RTFM. Seriously. There’s enough to this machine that it really is worth your time to read the manual cover-to-cover, and to spend some time just fiddling.
TL;DR: Good machine if you know what you’re doing and read the manual.