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Singer Touch & Sew 720

So Chic

Singer Touch & Sew 720
« on: October 21, 2020, 13:08:21 PM »
I inherited my MIL's machine and it's been in our loft for about ten years if not more.  I've had a look at it and it's in very poor condition, it works but sounds awful.  What I'm wondering is should I have it serviced and try to sell it, donate it to a local charity which repairs equipment and then sends it to third world countries, or just chuck it out.  I would be grateful for any advice on this.
So Chic
Bernina Artista 630, Bernina 800DL, Janome Cover Pro 1000CP and an elderly Singer Touch & Sew 720G as a back up

LeilaMay

Re: Singer Touch & Sew 720
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2020, 13:21:54 PM »
I've come across these a couple of times, but both times some of the internal plastic cams and parts were cracked or disintegrating, and the machine could not be saved. Folks talk about having cogs 3-D printed and so forth, but I'm not sure it's really worth it (personal opinion there).

Sadly, if it was me, I probably wouldn't waste time on it, but consign it to the metal skip.

Maybe other folks can give some more positive views?

Best wishes
Leila

Efemera

Re: Singer Touch & Sew 720
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2020, 15:09:49 PM »
That was the first brand new sewing machine I ever bought... I loved it, it made lovely buttonholes.
I’d see how much it would cost to service /repair.

So Chic

Re: Singer Touch & Sew 720
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2020, 15:39:34 PM »
I decided to maybe have it serviced so I took it to Barchan, Whitstable as they will look at it for free to see whether it is worth saving.  While we were there my OH said let’s have lunch as we missed out on celebrating our wedding anniversary because he was ill.  It was great to sit in a restaurant (socially distanced) and feel almost normal and the meal was excellent.
So Chic
Bernina Artista 630, Bernina 800DL, Janome Cover Pro 1000CP and an elderly Singer Touch & Sew 720G as a back up

LeilaMay

Re: Singer Touch & Sew 720
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2020, 17:29:39 PM »
Fingers crossed they can sort it out for you.   :thumbsup:

So Chic

Re: Singer Touch & Sew 720
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2020, 14:59:38 PM »
I've heard from the sewing machine hospital that to put the machine into full working order will cost £110.  I don't know whether to have it done and then try to sell it or to donate it in its present condition to Tools for Africa as they will do any repairs/servicing necessary.
So Chic
Bernina Artista 630, Bernina 800DL, Janome Cover Pro 1000CP and an elderly Singer Touch & Sew 720G as a back up

LeilaMay

Re: Singer Touch & Sew 720
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2020, 16:25:28 PM »
Sorry to hear that, but not really surprised.   :[
« Last Edit: November 18, 2020, 17:03:27 PM by LeilaMay »

HooliganHeart

Re: Singer Touch & Sew 720
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2020, 16:05:47 PM »
Personally, i'd donate the machine  :thumbsup:
1922 Singer 99K-2 / 1932 Singer 128-13 / 1946 Singer 221 / 1948 Singer 15-91 / 1960 Singer 401A / Singer 14CG754

So Chic

Re: Singer Touch & Sew 720
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2020, 13:39:47 PM »
I decided not to have it serviced and collected it this morning.  I chatted with the shop owner and he said that they have none of the cheaper machines in stock and have been told that they will probably not have a delivery until January 2021 at the earliest.
So Chic
Bernina Artista 630, Bernina 800DL, Janome Cover Pro 1000CP and an elderly Singer Touch & Sew 720G as a back up