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.
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.
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.
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.
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!