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Thread: Information wanted

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    Senior Member sewnbug's Avatar
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    Information wanted

    Can anyone tell me about this style of Singer? What is the style? What would be a good selling price?
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    Senior Member TinkerQuilts's Avatar
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    Well I've never seen that type of cabinet, but I believe it's a Singer fiddle base Model 12. You can find a lot more info at www.ismacs.net, and even get a manual. I've seen them sell for $100 to $400 depending on their condition. There are other board members that would have a better idea of value, or some would say "it's worth what someone is willing to pay". ;0)
    It looks very nice to me in the photo - does it work?

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    Super Member irishrose's Avatar
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    Is this the machine on Craigslist in the Rockford area? If not, there are two of you close together.

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    It's a Model 12 definitely. Transverse "boat" shuttle. Really nice, enjoy it. Be sure to lube and learning how to thread the bobbin is a bit fussy. Looks like you have the one with perl inlay, only 10% of them were made this way which makes it all the more desirable. The metal is extremely fragile so don't overtighten hand wheel guard. Let us know if you get it going. Stitches are surprisingly good.

    I am questioning whether that is the original treadle stand, my guess is that it has been put in it but the originals were much smaller and had one small drawer.
    Last edited by DanofNJ; 01-06-2013 at 08:47 PM.

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    I've seen several of these on e-bay recently. You might want to look at closed auctions to see what they sold for and the condition.

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    Super Member Glenn's Avatar
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    Yes it is a singer 12 and that is a Singer cabinet I have one just like it. ismacs as good info on this. Dan is right it took me studying the manual to figure the threading of the boat shuttle. It does make a nice stitich and easy to use when you get the tension adjusted just right. I really like mine. It has the MOP inlay to and I have found they sell from 200 to 500 The cabinet I have found is more in demand than the machine go figure but it is a nice cabinet.
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    It's a Singer Model 12 Fiddle base. It looks to be in good condition from the picture. It is a true antique, whereas most of the machines we discuss here are vintage (less than 100 years old). It was one of the earliest Singers, and I wouldn't be surprised if it were manufactured around 1880-1910 or so. It is fragile, so be careful. It is probably cast iron; shipping is not advised. Also store it in an optimal climate-controlled room. I'm not sure what needles it uses; old needles are hard to come by.

    How much you can get for it depends on where you sell it, to whom, and the economy. If you went to a TOGA (a meeting of people powered machines, google Treadleon sewing group on the internet) you would probably get more for it. The economy has knocked down prices on sewing machines considerably, and you would be doing good to get $400 now, as opposed to maybe $800 before 2008. Of course, scratches, decal wear, and other wear or parts issues factor in and could reduce - or increase - that estimate. I'd say you would be giving it away at $100.

    If I were near to you, I'd probably make you an offer, but since I'm not, here is the information.
    Last edited by cricket_iscute; 01-07-2013 at 07:48 PM.

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    That looks like the machine I picked up in June.....literally off the side of the road waiting for the trash pick up to come by. It was just the head. It was in really bad shape, but you can tell it still wants to sew. Not sure, I think maybe it was used for yard art.

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    Super Member purplefiend's Avatar
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    That cabinet is the coolest thing. The sections all fold up to make a cover for the sewing machine. My friend has one just like it.

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    Super Member nygal's Avatar
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    It looks beautiful and I'd sure keep it!!
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