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Beware of which supplier you order this from
on October 5, 2012
I recently ordered one of these for my mother after seeing the same item on the Singer website for twice the price. We were a bit skeptical because the one on Amazon says it's by "Goldstar", but we decided to try it first and send it back if she wasn't happy. She loves it. It even came in packaging that said "Singer" and no mention of "goldstar". She was so happy with it that she wanted me to order her sister one (only a day or two after she recieved her first one). Easy enough on Amazon with a few clicks and it was done. When she recieved the second one it was in different packaging and the unit itself wasn't the same quality as the first one. Much of the metal was thinner, the foot plate was more narrow and it had more plastic parts...even though it actually had "singer" on the plastic housing (the first one we recieved didn't have any thing on the housing). SO, I began checking my order history and found that the first unit (the better one) shipped from "World Weidner" and the second one (the lesser one) shipped from "Metropalitans Warehouse". I also found that when placing the item in my shopping cart, I could have selected either vendor, I just simply didn't pay it any attention and went with the default vendor at the time. In all fairness, both units fit and work fine. But they are obviously different and one looks like it will last longer and hold up to heavier use. The part numbers on both units are exactly the same, so it could just be that the two vendors have units from different production runs. Just something to consider.
BTW this unit also fits a Singer model 5511, that isn't listed in the models on the amazon site.