Friday, August 27, 2021

Singer Golden Touch & Sew - Don't Even Bother, and Here's Why

 It is seductive, I know.  These machines look nice, and have solid "vintage" appeal.  They have tons of features, like this model (the 750) which has a built-in buttonhole stitch, and takes Flexi-stitch pattern cams to make all kind of exciting stitches.

But don't say I didn't warn you - this machine will disappoint BIGLY

Yes, I know, there are people who say they've had this machine for 50+ years and it still sews perfectly.  Lucky them!  But just be aware of what lurks "beneath the hood," and will come back to bite you sooner rather than later.

Feed gears - look great!

Horizontal gear/hook gear - look great!

So, those gears look perfect, you're thinking, they're not chewed up or worn down at all.  What's wrong with that?  Well, I'll show you what's wrong with that:

THIS is what's wrong with that!  Ran the machine a couple of times and the brittle nylon gear simply shattered.

The machine didn't cost me anything, even I know better than to PAY for one, but when I obtained it for nothing, I kind of figured I'd at least get to use it for a while before the gears failed.  I hoped to at least be able to stitch out some of the Flexi-stitch patterns but alas that wasn't to be.  This machine goes to recycling.  

(PS...YES, I know the gears can be replaced, but NO, I have no desire to do this and the machine isn't worth paying someone else to do it. What a shame.)