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Thread: Buffalo NY found old machines

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    Buffalo NY found old machines

    Greetings!
    I am not yet a full-blown vintage enthusiast, but have been watching your posts, and wanted you all to know about a find. I don't know if these are preferred by any seekers, and I tried to write down as much as I could about them.
    If you live in the area, these machines are located at:
    The Serendipity Shoppe
    in the Lafayette Presbyterian Church
    on the corner of Elmwood and Lafayette Avenues in Buffalo, NY

    1) A New Home machine, gold in color, Type F. This has a box of attachments with it. I could not find a model number on this, but it has decals with a greyhound and says "light running" on the front of the machine.
    2) A Free-Westinghouse TYPE E and
    Manufactured by Free Sewing Co,Rockford ILL. I could not find a Model # on this one, either (probably looking in the wrong place, and my ride was in a hurry) This was in a cabinet, by the way.
    3) A Kenmore model 117-959 in a cabinet (and boy, was this one HEAVY---cast iron, I think)

    There were a couple of others, but these looked like the oldest ones.
    None were over $30, and all goods are currently 20 percent off.
    The store is completely volunteer-run, donation supplied and all funds go to AIDS services for patients here in the Buffalo Area. The are open Wed-Thurs from noon-5:00 PM. Phone: 716-479-2598
    Happy Hunting, Y'all!!

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    Looks like you found some neat machines. Are you going to rescue any of them?
    Quilt Mom

    Going through life one stitch at a time

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    I really Liked that New Home model...it was so darn pretty, and I could picture it all cleaned up......oh, that's just what I need.....another obsession LOL!!!!!

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    OOPS....Correction on the hours for the shop...they are open Wednesday thru Saturday, from noon until 5pm. (senior moment, there).

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    any chance they had any cabinets or cutting table type items??

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    Actually, I bought a cabinet and shelves from them today...There's a nice 1920's Hoosier there, but it needs lots of work. It is beautiful, but I live in an apartment and don't have the place to rehab it. I don't recall anything that would make a good cutting table, but if you're in the neighborhood, stop in...they have fairly fast turnover, as they are near Buff State.
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    Quote Originally Posted by annasgirl View Post
    I really Liked that New Home model...it was so darn pretty, and I could picture it all cleaned up......oh, that's just what I need.....another obsession LOL!!!!!
    Vintage machines are like chocolates, it is nearly impossible to have just one.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Vintage machines are like chocolates, it is nearly impossible to have just one.
    Boy, ain't that the truth. I started with a 1923 La Vencedora machine 6 weeks ago. I now have a 1914 Sphinx, 1923 Celtic Swirl, a New Williams from late 1800's & just received a 1947 FeatherWeight !! All this in 6 weeks. The 1914 sphinx is in decent shape but the treadle cabinet needs lots of work. The Celtic Swirl was given to me & is missing the "S" medallion from the front of the machine, the New Williams is in good shape & the cabinet is solid oak & in very good condition & the La Vencedora is in GREAT shape & love the wooden domed case. Talk about addiction. DH says "no more" mmmmmm we'll see. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by annasgirl View Post
    Actually, I bought a cabinet and shelves from them today...There's a nice 1920's Hoosier there, but it needs lots of work. It is beautiful, but I live in an apartment and don't have the place to rehab it. I don't recall anything that would make a good cutting table, but if you're in the neighborhood, stop in...they have fairly fast turnover, as they are near Buff State.
    i'll have to check it out!! thanks for the tip

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    Yes Callen. Oh, do I know the addiction. I would rather have sewing machines than chocolates. I started collecting when I cleaned out my mother's storage unit last summer and found two vintage machines. One was a 1939 Kenmore 117-551 and the other was a 1950s Universal Japanese clone. I am now up to 30 vintage machines of all makes and models. Just a hint though, I do find that the portable or table models are easy to conceal in the closets. DH regards my collecting with a jaundiced eye. But I REMIND him that I have spent a WHOLE lot less money on my machines than he has spend on his BOAT and FISHING. Right now I am using my Japanese Coronado to piece on while my Elna is in for servicing.
    Sweet Caroline

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