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

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    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
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    Ahhhhh, well since I'm not a collector ............... does that mean I'm a ... a.... a ...... di .... oh no I can't say those words > ".."<




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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Ahhhhh, well since I'm not a collector ............... Joe
    Right... Of course you are not....

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    Steve,

    I knew what you meant, I was just teasing.

    When I "collect" something it's as a user of the item. To me the experience of using a 1909 vintage Minnesota Model B, or writing with a 1928 Parker Senior Doufold fountain pen, or driving a 1927 Chevy 2 door, is far greater than having it sit in a display case or room looking pristine and sparkling new.

    I've always said: "If I can't use it, I don't want it."

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    If it weighs less than 50 pounds you can send machines by Greyhound bus. I shipped a Pfaff 130 to California from TN for 35.00. It was only the head because those suckers are heavy. Including the plastic tote and the 2 new bed pillows I used to pack it, the total weight was 49.3 pounds. It got to California just fine. The nice thing about going Greyhound is once the package is on the bus it stays on the bus; they switch drivers - not buses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Steve, I knew what you meant, I was just teasing. I've always said: "If I can't use it, I don't want it." Joe
    I figured you were...

    I have the SAME attitude. None of my machines are "under glass". If they don't work, they are still "in the shop" till they do.

    ...and I drove the heck out of my 66 Barracuda and my 67 Dart GT 'vert after they were finished getting fixed up.

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    I collect mainly Singer round bobbin treadle machines from 1910-1960ish and lately have fallen in love with the Pfaff treadles from the 1950s era. I've tried using the long bobbin machines, found that I don't really like them for ease of use. All of my machines are in fairly good condition. I've had a couple that were a bit rusted, but not too bad. I am primarily a quilter, so its important that my machines sew well.
    Sharon
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I collect mainly Singer round bobbin treadle machines from 1910-1960ish and lately have fallen in love with the Pfaff treadles from the 1950s era.
    Hi Sharon
    Do you have a Singer Model 15 in your collection? I'd love to know more about how they sew (I'm looking at a 1939 model) and I'm trying to compare it to an 1895 model 27-2 - but have no idea what the differences are! Like you, using the machine is all important It will be my first Singer treadle purchase so it's hard to know what to look for. Everyone has highly recommended the 201K but I'm also interested in something more decorative.
    Cheers,
    Amelia

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    I'd kill for that cabinet...

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    i buy those kind of machines .....at yard sales etc ...then share them with some of our young folks in hope some will carry on

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    to bad you are not in southern indiana area i have an extra one in the garage

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