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Thread: Never thought I would hate a sewing machine

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    Yesterday I decided to donate this machine to St. Vincents Thrift store as it is located on my way to the bank. As much as I disliked the sewing machine, I figured that it is still a usable sewing machine and perhaps she will have another life with someone who is not so picky about quality. Mission accomplished.

    BUT, of course I had to check out what they had upstairs. Lo and behold, there were 5, yes 5, old sewing machines. Did my heart go pitter pat, well of course. Hmmmm time to dicker, which I did. I bought them all for $95. It did not take long to break the New Year's resolution of NO MORE SEWING MACHINES!!!!
    Here is the list:

    1. Portable Singer 15-91, bentwood case top, made in Canada with converted motor, excellent condition
    2. Embossed White Rotary, mounted on it's cabinet mounting, I have a cabinet for it, whooo hoooo!
    3. Singer Model 27 fiddle base in a case, electrified, original manual with it, poor to fair condition
    4. Very old Domestic treadle head,
    5 Singer Model 15, stripped of some parts, but took it any way, hated to see it go for scrap

    And for an extra $10 I purchased 7 old The Modern Priscilla magazines dating from 1903 to 1914. What interesting reading, fashions and advertising.

    Later today when there is good light I will take and post pictures.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Yesterday I decided to donate this machine to St. Vincents Thrift store as it is located on my way to the bank. As much as I disliked the sewing machine, I figured that it is still a usable sewing machine and perhaps she will have another life with someone who is not so picky about quality. Mission accomplished.

    BUT, of course I had to check out what they had upstairs. Lo and behold, there were 5, yes 5, old sewing machines. Did my heart go pitter pat, well of course. Hmmmm time to dicker, which I did. I bought them all for $95. It did not take long to break the New Year's resolution of NO MORE SEWING MACHINES!!!!
    Here is the list:

    1. Portable Singer 15-91, bentwood case top, made in Canada with converted motor, excellent condition
    2. Embossed White Rotary, mounted on it's cabinet mounting, I have a cabinet for it, whooo hoooo!
    3. Singer Model 27 fiddle base in a case, electrified, original manual with it, poor to fair condition
    4. Very old Domestic treadle head,
    5 Singer Model 15, stripped of some parts, but took it any way, hated to see it go for scrap

    And for an extra $10 I purchased 7 old The Modern Priscilla magazines dating from 1903 to 1914. What interesting reading, fashions and advertising.

    Later today when there is good light I will take and post pictures.
    lucky dog...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.
    It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    lucky dog...
    Well my DD did not think so. When I told her I heard a very long "MOM".
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post

    Well my DD did not think so. When I told her I heard a very long "MOM".
    LOL my DIL thinks we need an intervention - I'm not going to argue but I still drag home machines. I dragged home a Pfaff - PITB It only does a half a zig - won't go the rest of the way over - I've wasted a ton of time on that one.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.
    It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    I agree with DanofNJ, don't give this lemon to another sewist and cause problems for him/her. Off to the landfill.
    Go buy yourself a Janome, Brother or Babylock. They run forever...not sure about the Brothers from Walmart though. I have been told they are different than the Brothers sold at sewing stores. Plastic parts again...ewwww. Sorry you had this experience, but I had a similar one with an $8000.00 Pfaff, yes, eight thousand dollar Pfaff. Just because you pay big bucks doesn't mean you get a good machine...sorry to say.
    Michelle Guadarrama

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    LOL my DIL thinks we need an intervention - I'm not going to argue but I still drag home machines. I dragged home a Pfaff - PITB It only does a half a zig - won't go the rest of the way over - I've wasted a ton of time on that one.
    Pfaffs are very challenging to work on. They remind me of that little poem about the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead:>

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    This Pfaff is no more complicated than anything else - it has a simple camstack on top - dial turns for 6 or so stitches. I think it is the needle bar that is glued up - it goes back in place in slow motion. so it only zigs
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.
    It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    I told my wife I had have a temptation to load up my Pathfinder with machines and give them back to Good Will. Let them sell them again on the auction.

    I got one of those "looks".


    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I told my wife I had have a temptation to load up my Pathfinder with machines and give them back to Good Will. Let them sell them again on the auction.

    I got one of those "looks".


    Joe
    I am famous in my family for "THE LOOK". Worked extremely well on children and now works on grandchildren. Sending one your way Joe.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Those are some great machines, however I would go back, buy back the Necchi, and sacrifice it to the Gods. Keep the other's though, they're great.

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