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Thread: I think we've gone crazy! Vintage machines left and right!

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    Senior Member pinkcastle's Avatar
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    I think we've gone crazy! Vintage machines left and right!

    Since the acquisition of Maggie, our 1956 Singer 99, DH and I have gone off the deep end. We have purchased seven other machines in three weeks time. We have been bitten hard by the vintage sewing machine bug! So here are some of our new sew beasties. (Three of them we got on ebay and we are waiting for their arrival.)

    Over Labor day weekend our first purchase was this Frister & Rossman hand crank that was most likely made in 1901 or 1902. Her name is Adeline. Her case has some problems like the lid is no longer permanently attached and it's fairly scruffy looking. DH is considering fixing up the case.

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    Next came Colette, the Singer 66 Red Eye born in 1910. This one we found on Craigslist. DH really wanted a treadle the operates by turning the wheel towards you as opposed to our 9W where you push the wheel away from you. Anyway, we were lucky because the couple we bought it from were moving to another state the very next day and were going to take it with them if they hadn't sold it. The cabinet top had some delamination from some water damage, but the rest of it looks good.

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    Then we purchased a 1918 electric Singer 128 with La Vencedora decals which looks pretty nice. Well, that was good for Labor Day weekend.

    A couple of days later DH snapped up a treadle cabinet that looks exactly like the one that came with Colette but in nicer shape. That was off of Craigslist too. DH will be swapping tops.

    Also on Craigslist we found a lovely Singer 115 with Tiffany decals born in 1916. This one came in a treadle cabinet that is pretty much toast. We're considering changing this one to a hand crank. I think she is absolutely beautiful. DH posted a thread asking questions about this one. We named her Josephine.

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    After we loaded Josephine, we went just a few blocks away to an antique mall. We weren't there for very long before we found Maddie. She is a 1949 Singer 99K with a scroll faceplate. She's seemed in good shape and came with a fairly nice bentwood case. She was also 10% off - we'll take every little bit off we can get! Now Maggie has an older sister.
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    Then that night we were perusing ebay and luckily happened to catch a new listing for a 1947 Featherweight 221 that was a buy-it-now. It seemed to be just what we were looking for - nice condition at a reasonable price, so we bought it. This is one sew beastie we were actually looking for.

    And the story doesn't end there. Last night DH was checking out ebay again (yes, again!) and fell in love with a 1922 White Rotary. It was a buy-it-now with a best offer. So, he made an offer and the seller accepted this morning. That was a nice surprise.

    When our ebay purchases arrive I'll post pictures in a follow-up thread. Now, perhaps the hunt for sew beasties will slow down. It should or the bank account will have a conniption fit! Happy hunting!

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    Super Member nygal's Avatar
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    Wow....Wow...Wow!!!! If I lived nearby I'd come over for a visit and help you celebrate your expanding family of machines. They are all gorgeous!!!! I'm now hoping to find a vintage cabinet to set my ONE machine in. If I were to come across another vintage I would buy it I'm sure!!

    I've renamed mine "Grace".
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Wish i had one
    my green eyes are envious.

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    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
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    Ah heck, you guys are just beginners. Last September or October we had maybe 5 machines we'd had for years. Then suddenly it went nuts here are now we have over ........ oh geeze I'm guessing (see Joe wincing ) over 50 now.

    I ah quit counting at 30. I've run out of sewing machine record sheets so I can't buy any more. LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Ah heck, you guys are just beginners. Last September or October we had maybe 5 machines we'd had for years. Then suddenly it went nuts here are now we have over ........ oh geeze I'm guessing (see Joe wincing ) over 50 now.
    Joe, please don't give her any more ideas

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    Apparently these things are like popcorn...one just will NOT do! I have 17 machines, thought I was doing great and now, well now, I feel like a rank amateur! That's okay....one of these days....
    If you feel like you're special...it's 'cause you are!

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    Beautiful machines! Believe Joe---though. I started out with a 319w from a friend's mother's estate sale......and now have over 50 working machines.....and a few I am working on I call them my choir because they are mostly Singers I am really happy for you!

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    I have two in cabinets. debating on getting rid of one...I love them but they take up a lot of space.

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    It is indeed an addiction, but a fun one! They are works of art.

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    Ha Ha, you "think" you will slow down but you will hear your doorbell ring one day soon and open it to find them lined up waiting to get in!! That's the way I explain mine anyway!!

    The Professional Organizer came last week to help me get some things done, especially in my sewing room so I could actually set up many of the machines. We counted and there were 14 in my sewing room...no way I can set them all up. Later, as we moved boxed things to the garage for donations, I "showed" her 4 more machines in cabinets. I think she was "impressed" but not sure if it was in a "good way"! LOL She told me that she had never sewn before and was definitely impressed that I could. Mmmmmm, think maybe she would "barter" for more organization time if I gave her a machine and sewing lessons? She is a very creative person and would probably take to it quickly!

    Think when she comes back to help hang pictures/decorate stuff, I will casually mention it to her!

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