Saturday, November 24, 2012

Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q



See note below about the comments at the bottom when you are finished with this post (just a friendly reminder to the commenters on this particular post).

I never do black friday, but I went to get the sewing Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q they had. Regular $449 on sale $194.99. Since my Joanns opened at 6am, the clerk said most people were stuck at stores that opened at 5 and that’s why it wasn’t that busy. I thought it was busy. 3 other people bought the same machine and one was buying the server on sale. They rang us up at the sewing area. In and out in less then 20 minutes. And I’m loving the machine. The drop in bobbin is is so easy, and the clear cover let’s me see how much is left (my first favorite part). Finishing up an easy skirt right now. Played with the decorative stitches yesterday. Can’t wait to try quilting on it.

This is a picture of the box, my sewing area isn't suitable for photographing. :(
although I'm ok with sewing on it...

Here's a picture of some decorative stitches I did on a dollar store placemat (was going to make a tiny bag out of it):

A picture of it worked on a curve. I used stitch #10, which does a straight stitch and zig zag in one. This is the skirt that's two posts after this one, the green skirt with black outline roses (see comments for link).






I added a tag/label for this machine.  If I do something unique with it, I will add that label "Singer 7285Q" and you can find the posts easily that way instead of looking up the entire post Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q.

See comments for more information on this machine and feel free to add your own!

Some pictures I took off the box for future reference.
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Only editing to add additional information from the Singer site before they take it down:

Presser Feet for Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q

Special Purpose (Satin) Foot
Ideal for decorative sewing such as appliqué, satin stitching and cut work. It has a grooved bottom that allows for thread build-up in decorative stitches and is transparent so you can see your work. (Also known as a "Decorative Stitch" foot or "Satin Stitch" foot.) Part # 006172008-P
Invisible Zipper Foot
Provides an invisible closure on skirts, dresses and other projects. Part SP-163-P

Pintuck Foot*
Works in conjunction with a twin needle to create small tucks or pleats in delicate and lightweight fabrics. Part #270 386022017

Open Toe Foot
Makes your work area more visible. Used for satin and other decorative stitches. Part #270 386023050

Features

- Automatic Needle Threader is sewing's biggest timesaver
- Speed control to easily adjust your sewing speed
- 6 Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes
- 100 Built-In Stitches
- Programmable Needle Up/Down for easy quilting & applique
- Automatic Stitch Length & Width
- Extension Table to manage large projects easily
- Canvas Cover with Extension Table Pocket
- 11 Presser Feet including 4 Bonus Quilting Feet
- Top Drop-In Bobbin with Clear Cover
- Start / Stop Button for use without the foot control

Included Accessories: All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overcasting Foot, Gathering Foot, Narrow / Rolled Hem Foot, Pack of Needles, Bobbins (Class 15J), Auxiliary Spool Pin, Spool Pin Felt, Darning Plate, Screwdriver, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Extension Table, Canvas Cover with Exterior Pocket, Foot Pedal, Power Cord, Instruction Manual.

Bonus Accessories: 1/4" Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Darning & Embroidery Foot


PLEASE NOTE:
There are a lot of "Anonymous" comments with problems. These are getting suspicious because there is not way to contact them to help them with the problems.  If you have any and you would like help, please include an e-mail or contact info. I do reply and like to help people. For example, I just replied to a comment who asked for a pattern link AND e-mailed them as well.

If you really want help, someone else may prefer to e-mail you or use the link on your "name" to contact you.  There are others who have had success with this Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q besides me. They may have an answer or have another way to figure it out.

Thank you
Debbi

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bought the same machine but it is still on the box. I have been searching for reviews before opening, however, I can't even find the machine on the Singer website. I had intended to but the Brother Innov-IS40 but this came up. I jsut wnat to be sure before opening. I look forward to other comments on this item.

Joy said...

I bought the machine at Joanns yesterday as well. I cannot get the automatic threader to work...what's the trick? I was going to return it but decided to call Singer on Monday instead. Also, the thread take-up doesn't stick up very far...hard to get the thread through. Is yours like that? I went to the store and we opened another machine and it was the same. Comments appreciated....

Deborah Cee said...

Joy, the needle has to be in an exact position for the automatic threader to work. It doesn't stick up very far--bad design on Singers part-- but hasn't got in my way.

Deborah Cee said...

Two posts ahead I made a skirt using this machine. Worked beautifully.
Direct link :
http://debbia1.blogspot.com/2012/11/green-with-black-outline-roses.html?m=1

Deborah Cee said...

Checking google, Singer Facebook page has a few comments.
https://www.facebook.com/SingerSewingCompany?filter=2

Someone else said it's the "Stylist" but the Q is because this comes with an extension table. Looks the same to me.
http://www.singerco.com/products/2101/7258-stylist

Deborah Cee said...

Checking out the stylist, this Q comes with a walking foot and the Styliest does not. On Amazon this costs $13.47. With the extension table, I guess it's the same price as the stylist. I was surprised. The Stylist was only $169 on amazon (regular price $299).

Deborah Cee said...

Joann's now has 4 reviews of this machine, all positive!
http://www.joann.com/singer-patchwork-sewing-quilting-machine/zprd_11974136a/

Anonymous said...

I just bought this machine over the weekend as JoAnn's. I Noticed that the Singer website no longer contains any information on this model. Is this just a limited release? The websites above pointing to information on the 7285Q are no longer active, however, the JoAnn website still has machine information and has it listed as a 'New' release. Very mysterious....

Deborah Cee said...

I noticed it wasn't at JoAnn's website last week. That's odd it's off Singers. I'm thinking it was a limited release model. it looks like Singer's website only has current models on there. Since I couldn't find it online before the sale and it was hard to find after, it must have been a limited release for black friday (and any left over after that day).

Deborah Cee said...

Sorry, it is still on JoAnn's website. Must not have been able to access it the day I looked...

Anonymous said...

Now it's no longer on JoAnn's website. Glad I bought it on Saturday! I posted that it was no longer on the Singer site and now it's no longer at JoAnn's. Hummmm...

Deborah Cee said...

Here's a PDF I found about this machine.

http://products.singerco.com/uploads/download/a00f49080c7e2651d1e2a78cba6e2bad3fbedd34.pdf

I'd suggest you save this document.

Deborah Cee said...

Instruction Manual if you need it:

http://search.singerdealers.com/uploads/download/40b7aa0a0ba125cffc54757a7b63d59fa0d42877.pdf

Yep, just adding comments... ;)
this way the post stays clean.

ruben cruz said...

i still have mine in the box too. does this machine have the free motion ability?? can the feed dogs be lowered to allow free motion quilting.

Deborah Cee said...

There"s a Darning & Embroidery foot for free motion embroidery. You cover the feed dogs with the darning plate. Both included. I haven't tried it, but want to.

Deborah Cee said...

UPDATE:

NO longer on the Singer Website

I guess enough were asking on their FaceBook page and calling in and so on, they added it.

http://new.singerco.com/products/2278/7285q-patchwork

Features & Accessories: http://new.singerco.com/products/2278/7285q-patchwork/features

My suggestion would be to download the instruction manual. I'm going to send it to my Kindle Fire so I have it there. It's a free PDF on the singer website.

Anonymous said...

I just bought mine today and can't wait to get started using mine. I love that it comes with the cover and all of the pluses, and the DVD.
Thanks for all of the links also.

Deborah Cee said...

I found this through Pinterest and will adf it here:

Ten creative ways to use the decorative stitches on your sewing machine |
Linda Matthews: Textile Art & Design

http://www.linda-matthews.com/ten-ways-to-use-the-decorative-stitches-on-your-sewing-machine/

Dorothy said...

Just opened mine today, cant get the bobbin winder to wind? it starts then stops and I get a message "E 2", nowhere in manual is list of what codes mean or how to troubleshoot, any and all help would the grateful.

Deborah Cee said...

Sorry, I didn't get notified of this comment and wasn't checchecking.

Make sure its pushed to the right and 2 Cs show up in the display (one C is backwards). Then make sure its threaded correctly (probably is, but check again. I use my foot pedal on medium speed set on the machine.

Barbara Barfield said...

Has anyone tried to freemotion quilt with this machine? Do you have any tips for a beginning machine quilter? I tried last night for the first time with a practice piece and it was not pretty at all. Any advice is appreciated.

Deborah Cee said...

I did some. See my December 20, 2012 post. I added a youtube video link in the comments on that post for some help with this because mine isn't good either. I've read, practice, practice, practice.
Also check our my January 10, 2013 post. My January 12, 2013 post. My January 23, 2013 post.

Deborah Cee said...

SORRY.December 30th post.

Connie Moran said...

This is the best machine i have purchased in a long time, it works like a charm and i have a Janome which i paid 3 times as much for and its giving me a lot of grief with the bobbin jumping out of place even while doing straight stitching. i have owned Singer all my sewing life and i quilt with Patch too but i havent learned how to free motion yet so i cant say how that is but all the other features are super and the needle threader too. when i see this machine again on sale i will buy a second for backup. i bought it at Joann's before Christmas.

Deborah Cee said...

Connie, from what I've read this was a special, one time deal (something like the shopping channels have special machines you can only buy from them). If you want a backup the Singer Stylist 7258 is so close it's the same. I'm loving mine too.

Marty Long said...

I love it when I Google something and get a real life discussion about it. Thanks for such a clear cut blog post and for following up on your comments as well.

I've been saving my pennies and my 25% off everything Joann coupon and wondered if it was worth getting this machine. This Singer I have is fine, I guess - it has started shaking at higher speeds. But it's really basic, and I'm itching to get something I can start learning to quilt with.

Thanks for the review and all the great links.

Anonymous said...

I bought this machine for my mom. it was working fine but now its showing an E-7 error code. I can't find what it means on the manual. can u help!!!!! My email is kingmarroquin35@yahoo.com

Deborah Cee said...

Anon, I'll e-mail you, but I'm not sure. Searching I found a few possiblities: bobbin winder in the correct position? Does the hand wheel turn at all? What about the bobbin area, thread in there?
Thread broke or tangled where you thread it through?

Anonymous said...

I've been searching for a new machine since February and may be buying this one tomorrow. Can anyone tell me how much it weighs? Thanks much.

denafern said...

I bought this machine today, and it sounds like a 90 yr old motor, clunking etc, is anyone else having this issue???

Deborah Cee said...

denafern, did you buy it used? maybe the person who originally bought it, didn't know how to use it. Mine sews great.

Maybe check your thread, make sure it's in correctly.
Is the bobbin in correctly?
Maybe change the needle? Are you using the correct needle for the correct fabric?

What are you trying to sew? Maybe try another piece of scrap fabric.
What stich are you using? Is it the correct stitch for the fabric?

Are you using good quality thread (not necessarily expensive, but good)? I use Coats & Clark and it works fine. I found cheap thread doesn't work, in my last machine it didn't work well.

Deborah Cee said...

Features

- Automatic Needle Threader is sewing's biggest timesaver
- Speed control to easily adjust your sewing speed
- 6 Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes
- 100 Built-In Stitches
- Programmable Needle Up/Down for easy quilting & applique
- Automatic Stitch Length & Width
- Extension Table to manage large projects easily
- Canvas Cover with Extension Table Pocket
- 11 Presser Feet including 4 Bonus Quilting Feet
- Top Drop-In Bobbin with Clear Cover
- Start / Stop Button for use without the foot control

Included Accessories: All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overcasting Foot, Gathering Foot, Narrow / Rolled Hem Foot, Pack of Needles, Bobbins (Class 15J), Auxiliary Spool Pin, Spool Pin Felt, Darning Plate, Screwdriver, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Extension Table, Canvas Cover with Exterior Pocket, Foot Pedal, Power Cord, Instruction Manual.

Bonus Accessories: 1/4" Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Darning & Embroidery Foot

Anonymous said...

Whew!! I am so glad I found this!! I bought the Singer 7285Q last November and used it for the first time today. Amazing machine!!! Problem! I was sewing and all of a sudden I got the E4 error code. I tried everything to get it to start. I took the bobbin out to refill it, I checked to make sure there wasn't thread caught in the bobbin case area. Nothing... No matter what I do it still gives me the E4 error. What am I doing wrong? is there a reset button somewhere? Thanks for any help you can give!

Deborah Cee said...

Anon. I never get notified of these comments. I'm not sure what E4 code is. I've been using this since (as you can see from this blog) and haven't ever had it. What were you doing when you were sewing? Or where you sewing? Did you figure it out?

Deborah Cee said...

NEW REVIEWS over at Joann's in August if you're interested. http://sewingcenterlubbock.singerdealers.com/products/2278/7285q-patchwork/reviews

deb young said...

Has anyone tried to use the walking foot included? the paper with the foot states you are to use the INCLUDED WALKING FOOT needle screw and not the machine one. However, neither the one I bought or my sisters OR any of the machines in Joann Tallahassee and another Joann Douglasville GA have this screw. I have tried to contact Singer to no avail.

Deb said...

Got this machine for Christmas and right off the bat beeped and error E4 not able to use it at all. Have an old Singer (30yrs old) thought it was time for a new one but not able to get it working. Called Singer sat on phone for an hour then my turn they hung up on me! Sent email no response. Anyone with this problem figure out how to get it working? Joann's told me to bring it back.

Deborah Cee said...

Deb,
I think the first batch had a problem with the bobbin and a few other things. But since then, the newer ones don't have the problem. Not sure what's causing the E4 problem. I'm sure the bobbins fully wound correctly so it's tight enough, putin correctly (I love the little picture on the machine it helps me remember which was to put it in), etc., so I think it was just a manufacturer error for the first machines out.

I have not had that problem. The only bobbin problem was when I missed the little screw for threading while winding the bobbin and it wasn't wound tight enough.

I did google E4 and it was a bobbin error on other machines, so it must be on this one, from the comments too. If you did everything correctly, then it's the machine.

Anonymous said...

Help please. Bought the Patchwork at Christmas and pulled it out of the box today. Followed the pictures to wind the bobbin and it stopped with an E4 message. There is no E4 code in the book (and the instruction DVD is so general " Check your manual..." Help I gave this to my Mom as a gift.

Deborah Cee said...

Anonymous,
Double check how you wound the bobbin. If, for example, you don't put it around that little screw (3rd step before it goes into the bobbin), then it won't wind properly.

Also, make sure you hold the end thread until it's wound at least half way, then you can snip most of it off.

Are you using good thread? Not the most expensive, but good? I would NOT recommend the 99 cent thread ($1 USA).

Are you using the correct size bobbin 15J ?

Are you using the foot pedal to wind the bobbin?

If you need further assistance, please post with an e-mail so I can contact you and maybe give you more help, sooner. I only check comments once in a while.

Thanks
Debbi

Anonymous said...

I have had this machine for a little over a year. A couple of weeks ago, the needle positioner wouldn't go to the center position, so I just moved it using the buttons. I was just trying to sew sashing to a small quilt I had been working on for a couple of weeks pretty steadily. When I started sewing the top piece of sashing on, I sewed a few stitches, pushed the reverse button and nothing happened. It wouldn't go backwards, forward or anything. I unplugged all the cords, turned it off and then plugged everything back in and I keep getting an E7 code. The foot pedal won't go at all. What is up with this machine???

Deborah Cee said...

If anyone posting as "Anonymous"wavy a real answer, don't post as "Anonymous".

Deborah Cee said...

For the E4 error, check your needle and foot. For example, you can't wind a bobbin with the embroidery foot attached. You'll get the E4 message. So make sure everything is in line there with the regular foot.

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Shannon said...

This is not the usual machine I sew with. My husband purchased it as a gift last year. I am just using the walking foot on it and noticed it did not come with a seam guide to insert into the foot. Is there one available?

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Emily said...

Did anyone ever figure out the E4 error code?? I've had the machine a few years and it just started doing that code. I can't find any info on it. Have cleaned all dust out (not that there was a significant amount), it is not threaded or anything, just beeps and does the code when I lift the needle up. If you have an answer please send it to happy_runner33@yahoo.com

Emily said...

Did anyone ever figure out the E4 error code?? I've had the machine a few years and it just started doing that code. I can't find any info on it. Have cleaned all dust out (not that there was a significant amount), it is not threaded or anything, just beeps and does the code when I lift the needle up. If you have an answer please send it to happy_runner33@yahoo.com

Deborah Cee said...

Thread it. Put the needle in. Check the bobbin position. Use the original foot. Raise the needle. Turn on and see what happens.

Auntie Kate said...

My mom's machine that she's had over a year now is doing the E4 error...ugh. I'm going to dive in with all of my efforts and let everyone know if anything works. I'm pretty mechanically inclined, and good with sewing machines (i own 6 myself) so I will give it My all!

Auntie Kate said...
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Auntie Kate said...

It worked for like a day and then the e4 came back. Mom is calling Singer....eeek!

Littleviews said...

I just purchased the Singer 7285Q. In my opinion, it is the same as the 7258, but it has the table and a few extra feet. If you can buy this machine for $200, it is a good deal. I ended up paying an extra $23 for shipping. I tried to buy it on Amazon this April for $200 Prime, but just as I was going to place the order, the price went up to $300. Jo Ann fabrics had an online sale which would have lowered the cost $20/30, but it was sold out.

Now then, at $200, the extra cost over 7258 is worth it for the removable table. On Amazon, the $7258 is $165 and a custom made glass table would be $85, so the $200 price increase is worth it. Not worth it at $300, however,

I love it. I bought my grandkids the model just below 7258. The reason is that when I was about to buy it on Amazon, the price on the 7258 went up $100! Bottom line is that you need to be mighty watchful and if you see a price jump, surf the web to find it elsewhere. I ended up buying the 7285Q on eBay, new in the original carton.

As I had been sewing on a machine in this series, I am used to its behavior and have nothing but praise. I especially like that you can control the speed of the footpedal, the stop up/down needle feature, and the three heights of the pressure foot. Computerized stitch settings are great, too. Now then, I am not sure if the 7258 has 3 presser foot heights, but it does appear to be identical with everything the 7285Q machine has to offer except the table.

The C4 error relates to thread tangled in the bobbin. My only mistake when first trying this machine is not making sure that the bobbin thread is caught in 2 places which caused the thread to have no tension. Instructions said to clean the area, then turn the machine off and on again.

Whether I will experience a serious problem in the future, I don't know. Right now, I love it. But at a price of $200, if it stopped working, I'd be inclined to buy a new machine and not make a big deal of it. I have two friends whose sewing machines cost $2000. Yes, that is right! For that price, one could afford to buy low-priced Singers every few years. (Their machines are very nice, however.)

I do think that the ultimate value is that 7258 currently at $165/Amazon.

The only "beware" I can think of is fluctuating pricing. Do some research before pulling out your credit card.

Deborah Cee said...

Thank you for that comment.

Deborah Cee said...

Thank you for that comment.