going to pick up 2 machines. 1 looks like a recent posting here for a featherweight. the belt is dry rotted and i don't like the looks of the electrical wire. can i replace the wire without affecting the value of the machine? I offered her $25. I figure if I have to put $100 into repair and cleaning, it's still worth it. It is in cabinet, which i think I would like to have refinished. Will that be OK for value?
Second machine- an industrial Singer in this metal table. lady was a seamstress in a factory. she used it to sew on all the time. i don't really need another machine, but i bought my juki to go on a frame, which i have yet to do. i can put the juki on the frame and use this to piece on. Sound good? she wants $100.
so don't tell anyone- especially her daughter- she has no clue and just wants to get rid of them. new SIL is sworn to secrecy, he's going to go help pick them up and i'll take them to my office until i can get them to the shop.
she also has an old Necchi, but I don't know anything about them. it's in a cabinet too. maybe i can get her to throw it in for free.
also getting 2 nice chairs for me to recover for my office. and- hand loomed rag rugs- holy cow- they are like 8 foot long, for your hall. i'm getting 2 brand new ones, $25 each.
i'll post pics tomorrow.
ps i will have 7 machines after i get these. when is enough, enough?
no- I still need a treadle, i really really want one of those.
We don't have things like that here
Sounds like you have run into great Bargains!!
Oh what fun. Lucky you. Enjoy yourself.
I promise I will not tell... BUT you have to take pics and show us... I love old machines. Used to have a treadle that I got at an estate sale.. no machine in it, but it was in great shape.. Then by chance we had gone down to the State fair and across the street was this shop with antiques. They had a bargin basement room, literally in the basement and there sat this machine for $5... it was missing it's treadle... so I bring it home and it fit!!!
Now my X has it.. like he sews or even knows how to thread a needle :roll: :roll:
A Juki industrial machine is a factory workhorse. At $100 for the machine, motor, and stand ... it is a good buy.
I paid $500 a number of year for my singer version ... just as a comparison
changing the wire on the little sewing machine may change the value, but can't see that it would hurt the machine. The price you quote is a steal, considering the cabinet it is in.
Haven't figured out when enough machines is enough ... but, I figure if I can save one machine from the garbage dump ... the world is a better place <g>.
I have never heard of a Featherweight in a cabinet. Are you sure it isn't a model 99?
My first sewing machine was a Necchi, and I loved it. That was a FEW years ago! But you sound like a collector, so if you can afford it, go for it!