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

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

    I just got this from a friend who was in a financial bind.

    I have NO room for this "new-fangled" contraption! (I collect pre-1885 machines)

    sheesh.

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    My general rule is that if a machine looks good enough to eat, I want it.

    That machine looks as though it would eat me.

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    LOL, My DD just referred to it as a "Star Trek Wannabe" LOL

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    I've had a few of those type machines-those that just aren't me and I repair, clean, oil, refurbish them and pass them on to someone who will use and love it. I've given away several machines this year to college students that were wanting to sew and who could afford machines. I bet if you look for a good home, you'll find one.

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    I may be different but I like that look. And the cabinet is wonderful. Would love to have that.
    Kitsy

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    I agree with Muv ... that machine holds no interest for me.

    Although I have two vintage electric machines (a 15 and a 15 clone), I personally want to focus on treadles. For me the attraction is in the pure mechanics of the machines (without electricity), for my husband the interest is in the treadle irons. We are always on the lookout for *interesting* and unique irons, even if the irons only are for sale - we can build a cabinet around it and drop a machine in it.
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    If it makes you feel better, you own the first "domestic" sewing machine ever sold by SEARS.

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    Hi Dan
    Sears has been selling domestic sewing machines since the 1890's. I think the first Domestic was the New Minnesota A after Davis or the Franklin. Here's an article in Ismacs on the different Sears machines:
    http://www.ismacs.net/sears/sears.html

    Steve--Kind act to take a sewing machine neither you or your friend is interested in and give him a few bucks for.

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    OMG .... That looks exactly like the machine I learned to how to sew.. cabinet and all.

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    For me I'm pretty loose as far as criteria goes. If the machine adds something to our sewing machines or does something others don't do, or it interests me, or makes me curious, I'll go for it. For instance the Featherweights don't do anything other better SS machines do, and they don't interest me at all. But I got one for my wife cos she's wanted one all her life. And she hasn't used it since she got it.

    I have one of those Kenmores. Mine is a 120-812 I believe and is brown crinkle and a portable. It is one of the best sewing machines I have. Runs quiet, smooth, makes good stitches and isn't finicky at all.

    I'd rate it as the equal of many Singers, and better than many others of it's time.

    I thought these were made by White as they use the same bobbin as many White machines do.

    Joe

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