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Old 06-19-2012, 07:15 PM
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Sewing Machine?

If it hadn't been raining this afternoon, I would have thrown mine straight in the trash.

I have a Singer 6038 that I bought about 9 or 10 years ago. We got off to a rough start (wrong bobbin size printed in the manual); it worked ok for about 2 years, and ever since... we just fight. We fight about tension, stitch length (it doesn't "do" 3 anymore); it eats fabric if you start too close to the edge; it will NOT sew a straight line (I feel like I'm constantly wresting fabric into place)... I spend more time fixing and adjusting it than I do sewing. Sewing is supposed to be relaxing and fun.

I've brought it into a repair shop, thinking it just needed a tune-up. The guy told me to buy a new machine - that I'd be wasting my money trying to fix it.

So... tell me: what's your machine? What should I be looking for? Ideally, I want to quilt and sew clothes. I'm looking at this one: Brother CS6000i but that one has bad reviews about tension issues, too. I'm open to suggestions and actually quite desperate.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:26 PM
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I have this one http://www.amazon.com/Brother-XL-375..._rd_i=13380691 which looks like it might be the less-fancy model to yours. I like it, but I am a completely novice sewer. That said, it's very easy to use and I haven't had any problems with it, which is good because I wouldn't know how to fix them. lol.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:32 PM
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I have Berninas, both sewing and embroidery. Love them!
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:37 PM
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I have a Pfaff, but I have apparently forgotten how to use it. I tried zig-zagging a raw hem and it's a snarled mess. I'm thinking it needs to go in for a tune-up, because I haven't used it in...years.

I also have my mother's 50-year-old Pfaff that's built like a tank and makes the nicest straight stitch you ever saw. And I wish I had never traded in my old Kenmore Cam-O-Matic from the 70's. The older machines were solid!
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:22 PM
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I have had two basic Singer models. I had one for 20-something years, and it started having issues that you describe with yours. I took it to the repair place, and they wanted me to pay them $85 to tell me what was wrong with it. I just bought a new one for $89.

I do quite a bit of sewing, and a basic machine does everything I need it to do.

I am a fan of Singer. I also have an antique pedal machine that still works, and my mom has one that's 40+ years old and still works perfectly.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:27 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions! I learned on an old Singer my mom was given as a wedding gift - that thing was a TANK until the motor finally died.

I think I'm going with this one - Singer 4411 Heavy Duty. I really, really just want a machine that will sew a straight line without wrestling and can handling free-motion quilting and jean alterations.

ETA: Even better, my walking foot, 1/4 inch foot, and darning foot fit this machine - score!
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:35 AM
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I bought a Sears Kenmore machine 26 years ago and I still like it. I grew up with a Kenmore so I was used to it. It's a very basic machine (automatic buttonholer but not much else). I used to sew a lot but rarely use it now so I can't justify an update to the electronic models.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:20 AM
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I have a Bernina activa that I just love!!! I also bought a Bernette serger which I never got working (but also never put in much effort). My mom has had her Bernina sewing machine and serger for over 20 years and they still run great!!
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:31 AM
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I have this one and I love it!

I also have this one, which worked well until I started using heavier material and then the repair shop didn't fix it properly. Tension is all off and the needles keep breaking.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:55 PM
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Holy crap. I bought the Singer 4411. Delivered today. I'm zipping through a quilt that has been sitting neglected since August. No bouncing, no wrestling, tension is perfect. If I keep this up, it'll be finished tomorrow!
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