I have accumulated 5 Vintage Singers recently and all for very little money.
I got my Featherweight from Freecycle, that means it was FREE! It works and is in great shape, with case, attachments and manual.
I then picked up a 66-16 from Craig's list in a table for $10. The lady upgraded to a more modern machine and had no room for it. It works great and the cabinet is in perfect condition., with original manual and attachments.
CL again had a listing for an old singer in a cabinet. It was $40, and turned out to be a working 201 in an Art Deco Cabinet with stool and tons of attachments, but needs rewiring. It has not been used in 26 years
I again saw an add on CL for $50 for an old singer in a great cabinet and it is just missing the power cord, but in excellent shape and this turned out to be a 15-91 with tons of attachments, the manual and matching stool. Only the top of the cabinet shows wear.
My last was my sought after 301. This is also in a cabinet in pretty good shape, is Mocha in color, and WORKS! It belonged to an Aunt and although they were asking $50 for it, the guy told me to just take it and get it out of his garage.
I found all of these by searching Craig's list daily and using the search word "Sewing". I saw tons of expensive vintage machines in bad shape, but there are those who are just trying to clean out the "junk".
For a total of $100 and about 40 miles of driving, I have 5 great machines. I will work on refurbushing them with the help of the yahoo vintage group, and this is something all of us can do!
Time to get your Vintage machines!
wow, you have lots of awesome vintage machines
I am still looking for a featherweight and would also like to find a 301 the big sister featherweight
WOW!! Out here, they are not only hard to find, but the prices are jacked up too :(
I am so happy that you are so lucky in finding such great deals :D:D:D
Good for you. Great deals and they can be found with patience. Yes some people think because they are old they are worth a fortune. But there were tens of thousand Singer machines so they are not that rare.
Look forward to seeing pictures of your finds and hearing how they are sewing for you.
Wish I could find deals like that but even old treadle machines are lots of money around here when you can find them. Out of my price range but I will keep dreaming.