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Thread: how do you focus your "I'm a collector" magnetism to certain machines?

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    Steve,

    Just for my curiosity, what does it cost to ship an entire treadle machine?

    Let me know if no body comes for it, I'd love to have that box of attachments.

    Actually it's a case of too small of a house. This is more like a doll house than a real house.

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    I wouldn't be surprised to see your friend ask to buy it back in the future. Or maybe you could make a gift of it to your friend later. That machine is a beauty! And to have all the attachments is wonderful. But do check on that wiring; it doesn't look so good to me.

    As far as storage, think vertically. Do the legs come off the cabinet?

    I have several machines and one cabinet I would buy if I found a good machine and had the money. Other than those, I restrict myself to machines I actually use. I don't have more space, so I don't buy many machines these days. People give me machines and I repair them and pass them on.
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    Joe,

    Send me a PM. I will gladly make up an attachment set for you. I just need o know exactly which machine you have and what attachments you need.

    Cathy




    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Steve,

    IF:

    A; I didn't have so many I can't walk through the house already
    B; I'm 2,000 miles away
    C; My spouse would clonk me in the noggin
    D; I didn't already have one ( what's that got to do with anything ... right )

    I'd take it off your hands. If only for the box of attachments. My machine don't have any.

    Joe
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    Cathy,

    Will do. Probably a bit later today.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Just for my curiosity, what does it cost to ship an entire treadle machine?Joe
    Joe,

    I find that it is about $30-$50 per box. depending on the packaging level and machine type.
    ($30 is Willcox & Gibbs head, $50 is 20's era New Home Head, as an approximation)

    1 for cabinet
    1 for machine
    1 for irons
    1 for Coffin top (if so equipped)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    OMG .... That looks exactly like the machine I learned to how to sew.. cabinet and all.
    It looks exactly like my Mom's machine that I learned to sew on too! Yes, even the cabinet. I wish I still had it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised to see your friend ask to buy it back in the future. But do check on that wiring; it doesn't look so good to me.
    He will not be asking for it back, He got a walking foot machine about 6 months before getting laid off. And he lives in a second floor apartment, so VERY little room

    Oh, for sure on the wiring.

    I could find room for it if it was a 1885 or earlier. just no interest in the electrically powered machines. (NO I will NOT set this up as a treadle.... hehe)

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    Funny; I DO collect the friction drive machines, like that one. My very first one sat in the dining room under the extra chair and put out The Call, and now I have seven (I think) of them! I think they're cool mechanically, and fun to dink around with, although for daily sewing I like my Singer 403 and the FW best. Kenmore in particual had a run of friction drives. I have several, but none of them blue. Nice machine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Joe,

    I find that it is about $30-$50 per box. depending on the packaging level and machine type.
    ($30 is Willcox & Gibbs head, $50 is 20's era New Home Head, as an approximation)

    1 for cabinet
    1 for machine
    1 for irons
    1 for Coffin top (if so equipped)
    That would be from $120 to $200 dollars per machine. YIKES!!!!!!!! Still cheaper than gas to drive to CA, but also still more than my budget can afford.
    Thanks for the info.

    Joe

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    Joe, I agree for most machines, but when you are collecting really early machines, you kinda have to take them where they are found/offered. Or wait YEARS for one to show up on my side at a sensible price...

    I just shipped the Jones Treadle to Texas and I am starting to break down the W&G treadle I have now for shipment.

    I would rather sell it to a collector for $150 + Shipping than sell it locally to some dipsnort for $300-$400.

    Just my attitude towards it.
    Last edited by SteveH; 03-21-2013 at 10:39 AM.

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