Singer 7470 Confidence 225-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
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- Electronic sewing machine with LCD screen and simple push-button control panel
- 173 built-in stitches can be edited for expanded variation; one-step buttonholes
- Drop & Sew bobbin system; built-in needle threader; twin-needle mode; 13 needle positions
- Free arm with storage space; array of accessories, including five snap-on presser feet
- Measures approximately 17-1/5 by 8 by 12-1/2 inches; 25-year limited warranty. 110 volt machine designed for United States and Canadian use only.
- This sewing machine is warranted for use in the US and Canada at 110 volts only.
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- Free arm with storage space.
- Measures approximately 17-1/5 by 8 by 12-1/2 inches; 25-year limited warranty.
- 110 volt .
- Accessories: Presser Feet and Bobbins.
SINGER Confidence Electronic Sewing Machine
The SINGER CONFIDENCE sewing machine boasts an automatic needle threader, DROP & SEW bobbin system and 173 built-in stitches including alphanumeric stitches and 3 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes.
This machine also includes an LCD screen with push button stitch selection, a lock stitch for securing decorative stitching and programmable needle up/down for quilting projects.
LCD Screen with Stitch Selection Dial.
Automatic Presser Foot Pressure Control
Sew from lightweight fabrics to the heaviest denim!
Personalize projects by adding a monogram, name or phrase!
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It comes with a decent warranty, so I contacted Singer. Boy, has their customer service gone down the toilet. I was on hold for 30 minutes, gave up, and decided to email them. It took them 3 days to respond just to tell me to contact a service center.
When I called the service center, I dealt with a rude and uncaring employee who incidentally was also very difficult to understand. He told me to "just send it in." To be sure, I included two different proofs of purchase, all the accessories, and a letter detailing the issue. I was really hoping they would just send me a new machine. It seems like at the very least they would want to give me a reference number, but there was no mention of any sort of tracking.
I've sent in the machine, and now I just wait. They've received my package, but can't give me any specific time estimate.
So, at the moment I am very dissatisfied with Singer. While it was working, I thought the machine was a dream (the auto-tension worked great). But the way it broke down so quickly makes me believe that Singer has resorted to cheap materials and construction. What has been the worst experience thus far, however, was the customer service--I've received no helpful information nor any apology.
I'll be sure to update this once my machine is returned to me. I'm HOPING this is a one-time incident.
UPDATE: Haven't had any issues since getting my machine back. It did take them six weeks to fix and send back my machine. It was such a horror dealing with their customer service representatives that I think next time I will take it to a local shop even if that means voiding the warranty.
That said, the machine is a bit clunky. I have had trouble maneuvering it on tight turns etc. It seems to stitch too quickly and the pedal is just way too sensitive. It's good for basic sewing, but not for apparent details. The decorative stitches are nice, though.
Still, it seems to be fairly reliable despite the initial hiccup. Having learned to sew on a very basic machine, I find the autotension to be a really nice feature.
I have raised my review from 2 to 3 stars after getting to know my machine. However, because of my experiences with Singer's warranty services, I cannot say I would buy this sewing machine again.
I am very pleased with the Singer Confidence, especially the price for the functions you get.
2 things I totally enjoy: 1)the automatic needle threader is wonderful! The trick is to make sure you start out with the needle in the highest position, and just follow the pictures in the manual. 2) the auto thread tension works! The machine does adjust itself to the fabric. Although it's still very important that the correct needle size is used. For just these 2 things, I find it worth the money.
PS- The embroidery is small (alphabet, a dog, heart, etc) and I understand that this is an entry level machine for embroidering. You only get a taste of it. This is not a serious embroidering machine.
May 2011 update after 2 1/2 years of use:
So far I have taken the machine in for one tune up. It continues to work well, and I had been productive with my various sewing projects, however I have gained a more seasoned perspective on this machine. I have to say that I am now somewhat disappointed for the following reasons:
The lighting on this machine is really really poor. I end up using extra lamps but, I found this problem to be a major deficiency because my old/cheaper machine did not have this problem. How can a $300+ machine has such an elementary problem?? So if you are 40+ yrs old, and contemplating this machine, I think you need to think about this lighting issue. It bugs me enough that I thought I should write about it.
The other issue I want to do an update on is the automatic needle threader. This feature was very important to me and it turns out to be a somewhat delicate/fragile mechanism. You need to handle it with care. It has a tiny tiny little hook that has to go through the eye needle and if you are heavy handed (like my kids) you can easily bang it against the sewing needle. Also, whenever you change the sewing needle (which you should, depending on the type of fabric you are working on)you have to make sure the sewing needle is in the right height & position, in order for the automatic threader tiny hook to go through. I end up having to do some finagling every time I change needle to get it to go back in sync with the automatic needle treader. So, the automatic needle threader feature works, but don't expect it to be of "industrial" strength, expect to occasionally spend time fudging with it when you change needle and watch your frustration mounting... In all fairness, according to the owner of the shop I took the machine in, this feature is delicate in the other brand too. But, he thinks that the other brand might be a bit sturdier.
I hope this update is helpful in your decision to purchase this model. I have taken my rating down to 3 stars instead of my original 5 stars rating.
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I wish it would have the variable sewing speed option, but the pedal is not super sensitive so it is relatively easy to control the speed, the stitches are hard to find when needed and usually have to refer to the book, not alot of presser feet options, very noisy when sewing, the backstitch option is a pain as you always have to keep your finger on it in order for it to work, as well it is the "tie off" button to lock a stitch which I still cant seem to get it to work, while it makes fabulous button holes the presser foot for making them is much more complex to use than the others I have used in the past
I can't wait to get started. Having said all this, now after using the nachine for a few months, I now have something more to add to my last reveiw.
I still like the machine yes, but find the bobbin winder is annoying to use, I have wasted a lot of thread as it does now always wind properly.
The bobbins hold too little thread ,and you have to be constantly changing them. Other than that good machine fir the price.