Newbie just bought a singer 514 Help!

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Hi there,
I've been thinking of buying a machine for ages, but I am so far from the
Martha Stewart Genre that I am very intimidated with technology... After
researching fancy new machines with warranties but reading up on how often
something goes wrong with them, I've taken my mother in law's advice and
decided to go with an old reliable machine. (Or so I hope!) Arrives
tomorrow, and is supposed to be in great working order...
Here is the ad I bought it from and all that does and does not come with
it.  Can anyone tell me out there what is missing, what I will need to get
started with just a simple jean hemming project? (11 pairs waiting for
hubby and kids!)   Just wanted a basic, strong machine for little jobs and
nothing too fancy...

Singer Sewing Machine Model Stylist 514 Special Zig-Zag With FLEXI STITCH
Nice Singer Stylist 514 Sewing Machine. Weight in case 25 lbs.  Made
1973-75
Strong Motor 0.85amps enclosed inside.  Machine made in Canada.
3 Needle positions
5 stitch width settings.
3 Flexi stitch settings, Ric-Rac, slant overedge stitch, feather stitch, &
straight stretch stitch plus 3 other stitches all on one pattern selector
dial.
Stitch length settings 6 per inch to Zero.
Buttonhole settings automatic on dial.
Presser foot pressure adjustment dial.
Easy drop in bobbin & bobbin winding
Nice working light power on & off switch
Easy to learn threading & simple upper thread tension.
Capable of twin needle stitching
Do free hand decorative stitching, darning, or embroidering with special
feed dog cover plate NOT included available on internet.
Copy of Original Singer 514 Manual included 70 pages.
Attachments Include:
2 extra needles
4 extra bobbins
Uses standard needles, bobbins & feet available at Singer Dealers or on
the internet.
Includes foot controller in very good condition.
Enclosed in Original Singer case a bit marked up but solid.
See picture of sample stitches made comes with machine.
Cleaned, lubricated ready to sew. Easy to use machine.
 



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Re: Newbie just bought a singer 514 Help!
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It's a bit later than I's usually pay for (my limit is about 1964 for
Singer machines).  On the other hand, it's probably a lot better than
some of the cheap new light weight cra...  um... 'stuff!' we see these
days!  ;)

 From the picture and description on Needle Bar (
http://www.needlebar.org/cm/displayimage.php?album=164&pos=0 ), it looks
like a reasonable machine.  Do watch out for any plastic/nylon gears
inside, as these can go brittle and break without much prior warning.
Thre are some parts still available for them, but you need to know where
to look.  It takes the standard sewing machine needle and a PLASTIC Type
66 bobbin  (the metal ones will work, but will evenyually wear the
plastic sections of the bobbin case out, and the plastic ones may well
work better anyway).

2 new needles is nothing!  You need a new one for each new project (at
least!), so buy a few packs of Universal 80's for standard sewing, and
others to suit the fabric and what you are making as you go along.

Keep it cleaned and oiled and enjoy it.  It should give you many years
good service if you loo after it.
--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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far from the
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technology... After
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FLEXI STITCH
Made

I have three of those Stylist  500 series machines

If you had asked before you purchased i would have said ...

The 500 series Stylist machines are  fun
little machines
When it is in tip top shape (new gears and belt) and adjusted
properly they run good.

****BUT****

 they do tend to suffer from the plastic gear and belt rot
problem. :(

The 500 series Stylist machines are not highly regarded.  You
need to go back a decade or more to get a respectable Singer
machine.

FWIW all three of my 500 series machines  1 from the-bay, 1 from
estate sale, 1 from a thrift store and all suffered the plastic
gear failures. One failed while testing it, another failed within
a couple of medium sized light jobs the other  ran longer. I
replaced the gears in one machine and it runs like a champ now
with no problems. The gears are cheap the replacing is tedious,
time and effort consuming.

When in good condition ...
They are capable, reliable, quite, although a bit tempermental on
the stretch stitches (i.e. Flexi Stitch Disks) where  you need to
tweek/fiddle with  the stretch stitch adjustment knob, adjust
the thread tension and then make lots of test stitches  to get
the  stretch stitches correct. I don't much care for the spring
loaded reverse feed knob that you have to push in and hold for
reverse but a sticky table top prevents machine sliding
frustration.

You may be mising some of the flexi-disks i think there are 6
(not  a big deal) ?  you have three ? the manual will confirm.

Having said all that ....
I like my Singer 538 Stylist version  (after i replaced the
gears) though i only use it occasionally.

May your gears not crumble and the machine feed straight.

robb




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I would think you probably should have at least 10 bobbins.
You will want to keep a few wound with white thread and a few with black.  I
have more than 40 bobbins and use about half of them.
Barbara in FL



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Do we want to guess she bought this thing on ebay??

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itsjoannotjoann@webtv.net wrote:
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Does that matter?

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Lizzy Taylor wrote:
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It can...  Notorious for folk over-egging the cake, innit.  And for
things being badly packed for shipping.

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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True, but it was a rather blunt question.

Lizzy


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Yes, it can matter greatly and yes, it was a blunt question.  But I
wish her the BEST of luck with her machine.  She may have really
gotten a nice one and it works like a charm.  I'm keeping my fingers
crossed for her.  But ebay should be a shoppers last choice in
purchasing a machine.  Most sellers have no idea how to pack one for
shipping for starters.

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On Fri, 14 Nov 2008 22:14:06 -0800 (PST), itsjoannotjoann@webtv.net
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...and they put way too much in how the machine looks and 'runs.' They
might state "it works fine!" when all they've done is turn it on and
hit the foot pedal - and never stitched with it.

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Or "last seen in full working order"!

Sal

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It was a bit!

Sal

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I find the goods take ages to arrive!



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Sigh...I actually bought it on Kijiji...same difference I suppose...  The
man sounded so knowledgeable, and so helpful...told me that it should give
me years of service for what I need it for.  I was really hoping for
beginners luck!  It arrvied only an hour ago, and it looks good...but wait
til my unknowledgeable thumbs get at it...  Maybe I shouldn't even do
anything with it and try to sell it and get an even older model myself?  I
really don't want do get into gears and stuff, I don't have a clue how to
even turn it on yet!!!!!!!!!! lol!


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Well, you might be lucky at that...  I was given a 'not working' Singer
367 a while back.  I got that working again (see here for full story:
http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Resources/machinegallery/367%20restoration/fixing_the_singer_367.htm ).
If it works, use it until it doesn't any more, then get it assessed.  If
it's worth fixing, fix.  If not, replace.

The kids will be using the 367 again in December.  Along with three Elna
Lotus machines, a Featherweight, a Bernina 1005, a Viscount 2000, a big
old New Home that sews like a dream, and a couple more if we have room
for them.  Might take in a hand crank or two, or the 66...  Old machines
are GREAT - if you get the right one!

But I also love my newer electronic whizzy ones!
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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
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Oh wow... I am barely able to put a roll of toilet paper on!  Really went
impulse here, because I had a free way of shipping it to me from 5 hours
away, and now I am shaking in my boots...  I just want to hem some pants,
thats really not much more than I am capable of I don't think...  Just a
few straight run throughs, possibly the most basic of crafts.  Well, its
here now... so I'm opening the 70 ish page manual tonight in bed, to give
it a look over, and then I guess I'll have to get my mother in law to come
take a look at it for me, and to tell me what she thinks of it, though she
hasn't sewn with a machine herself in over a decade or so.  I was planning
on taking a sewing class as well, figure if anyone needs some it's me!
Still I did pay 60.00 all totalled for it, so at least thats only have the
price of my 11 jean tailoring bill. lol.  If I can get that much done,
then I guess I'm still in the black right?  If it breaks down, I will take
it in somewhere to see if it is even worth fixing, maybe I can sell it for
parts or something.  
Hey, who knows?  It might just be fine, but in the meantime...anyone have
any real good suggestions on a much more suitable one for someone as far
out of the realm of experienced as a "sewer" can be considered?
Thank you for all your imput to everyone!! It is so very much appreciated!
 Though I do miss that little glow I had when I thought I might have a
real gem on the way...




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Re: Newbie just bought a singer 514 Help!
On 15 Nov 2008 00:02:29 GMT, lauriah2_at_hotmail_dot_com@foo.com
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Yes, a Singer 401. The best machine they ever made.

-Irene

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Assuming that you didn't pay too much for it, the worst case scenario is
that it will be a learning experience.  It may serve you well, or you
may learn a lot more about sewing machines than you ever intended.

Stick around here for a while, and you'll probably go out hunting
through thrifts and second-hand stores (and machine dealers) for a
Singer 401.  LOL!  It's an all-metal, gear-driven sewing machine with
utility stitches and is likely to outlast any of us.  With a bit of
luck, you'll find one for somewhere between $25 and $100, and be quite
content with it.

But give your "new" machine a trial.  It may work quite well.  It's hard
to tell if the seller was an honest person or not.  The advantage of
eBay is that most people who might list a machine have a track record,
and you can carefully read their feedback and find out just how honest
they are.  There are always two issues:  An accurate and complete
description of the machine, and how well the seller packs for shipping.
  Sadly, many an excellent machine has gone to the landfill only because
the seller didn't pack it right and it sustained terminal damage in
shipment.

Meanwhile, best of luck with your machine.  Read the manual carefully
before turning it on, then have thread and scrap fabric to practice with
before tackling a *real* job with it.
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Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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yes, do try it.
The best machine to try is the one sitting in front of you. If it
doesn't work there are lots of people here that can advise.

A knowledgeable/helpful seller is, at least, a hopeful sign that
it was taken care of, fixed or readied for service.

do try it... share your experience.

robb




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Thanks I really am glad I came across this site!  You are a wonderful and
thoughtful group and I do so appreciate your support.  I will read this
danged manual, and then follow robb's advice and then go out and get some
scraps and thread and bobbins, and needles, and whatever else this task
requires... and then play around with the machine a little bit until I can
get into one or two very small and out of the way sewing classes offered
on our Island.  Nearest one I believe is 30 minutes away?   I've even been
peeking on youtube and those self help sites, but even that is way beyond
me right now.   I have a coworker as well that I am thinking of asking for
a hand, she has done beautiful work with making a heritage quilt. She
seems to really know her stuff and we get along very well.  Maybe I will
suggest some type of trade off...Christmas baking for her for a few
lessons for me...?  Can't hurt to try!
Wish me luck, and believe me I will be in touch!





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