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From: mzorn
Date: 07-23-2006, 11:54 AM (1 of 5)
Does anyone have any comments or thoughts about the Singer 7422 Advance at Wal-Mart?

Would anyone here purchase this machine for their own use?

It has some cute decorative stitich options like star, vine, greek lines, etc.

I am worried about buying an electronic machine due to the the fear of something going wrong that can't be fixed easily. I guess I think of the mechanical ones as awsome workhorses that last for several generations.

What is the difference between the electronic and the computerized machines?

Thank for your insight and thoughts.

User: mzorn
Member since: 04-14-2002
Total posts: 22
From: DorothyL
Date: 07-23-2006, 12:10 PM (2 of 5)
I've considered getting an inexpensive machine just for the decorative stitches. I have a workhorse for regular use but it doesn't do a lot of fancy stuff.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Tom Land
Date: 07-23-2006, 01:50 PM (3 of 5)
As a rule, electronic machines are more dependable than mechanical ones.
That particular model is very rough running and not likely to hold up very long.
Do yourself a favor and look at machines elsewhere before buying.
Make sure you sew on the machine before buying.
Make sure you can get local training and service on the machine.
An Electronic machine is one that has printed circuit boards in place of moving parts. Among other advantages this greatly reduces the number of moving parts. Therefore there is less wear, fewer things to get out of adjustment, and a smoother running machine. Most of these machines capabilities are limited to what is on the PCB.
When speaking of a "Computerized" machine people are ussually speaking of the machines that will allow us to get very creative with them. Many of these machines can even be linked to a home computer to make it even more versatile.
As far as a true distinction by definition goes I don't think there is one.
I think we sometimes start using words because they sound good.
In the "60s they started using the term "Solid State" on some foot controls.
By definition in order to be "solid "state" tubes have to be replaced by electronic components. I have never seen a foot control with tubes, but "Solid State" was catchy and impressed people. Just as "Computerized" does today.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: MariLynntex
Date: 07-23-2006, 03:24 PM (4 of 5)
I have a Pfaff 1475CD. I have had it since the first year it came out and it works beautifully still. I like to do freemotion machiine embroidery with all of my own designs and simply don't care about automatic embroidery, although I have a Deco 600 (Bernina) that I never use. The 1475 is just a great machine that does everything! And has spent very little time in the shop except for a yearly check-up. I wrote a book about techniques of freemotion embroidery and I am still selliing it on the internet to people who have discovered the fun of doing their own designs and threadpainting. It cost me what was a lot of money at the time I bought it but I have never regretted it and it does all my ordinary sewing as beautifully as the specialty stuff. I did custom sewing, mostly costumes and bridal, until I retired. Now I just sew for fun! And occasionally add some new designs to my book! I'm going to make a few new Christmas ornaments for all my grandchildren. MariLynntex
User: MariLynntex
Member since: 01-05-2006
Total posts: 107
From: Chrysantha
Date: 07-23-2006, 09:17 PM (5 of 5)
I would never buy a sewing/embroidery/quilt machine outside of a dealer.
A- you don't know what you're getting.
B- there is NO support for repairs or learning.
C- they're usually cheaper than cheap and aren't worth the trouble to open the box.
Do yourself a favor and go to a dealer to see what THEY have, it might surprise you to see GOOD, SOLID, RELIABLE, USED machines for sale.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
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