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Thread: Newcomer, have a German 1955 Phoenix 429 Machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by cecilia s. View Post
    $20, get the machine.

    It weighs 44 pounds. That is less than fifty cents a pound. ;-) fits my criteria!

    Bring an old lady cart. You live in a city, you have an old lady cart. ;-) you can do it. People on the subway always chip in and help if you need.

    He is pulling your leg about having it serviced. He appears to know nothing. But for $20, we'll get it working.

    The needles are round shank.

    The timing belt is seen as you look under the machine; it is the main drive belt, and it is cloth with metal ladder-like ridges. It is just that it can be destroyed if it gets oil on it.

    Really, get it. You will -not- regret it. If it is not working, it is probably a simple thread jam or re-wiring. Even if you need a whole new motor, that is easy, and this will be a great machine. If you go to see it and the handwheel does not turn, get it anyhow - though you could use that to bargain him down further if you wish... You can un-jam it and everything. I will help you, as well there are so many clever folk here.

    Get it get it get it, now, y'hear? ;-) go girl.

    -c

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    50 cents a pound. you're hilarious. I do need an old lady cart as I am getting to that age. I think my rolling suitcase might be easier with this, though. I have to confess another reservation is that my husband might kill me. He's going out of town Thursday. I could sneak it in then.

    Cecilia, It was the ebay seller of the $500 machine that said he serviced it. (I PM'd her about that). Can I post a link to a completed ebay auction here so people can see the "$500 Bell"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    50 cents a pound. you're hilarious. I do need an old lady cart as I am getting to that age. I think my rolling suitcase might be easier with this, though. I have to confess another reservation is that my husband might kill me. He's going out of town Thursday. I could sneak it in then.

    Cecilia, It was the ebay seller of the $500 machine that said he serviced it. (I PM'd her about that). Can I post a link to a completed ebay auction here so people can see the "$500 Bell"?
    YES please do!
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    50 cents a pound - what a bargain!!! The Tri-Flow oil costs more than that! Try $5 for 2 ounces for the oil.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    " I have to confess another reservation is that my husband might kill me. He's going out of town Thursday. I could sneak it in then."

    Oh Sheila, so sorry. It was nice knowing you! Do be sure to will your new stitcher to Miriam here. She sold her Phoenix and has missed it sorely. She will be a great home for your Bell after your hubby homicides you in.

    ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    " I have to confess another reservation is that my husband might kill me. He's going out of town Thursday. I could sneak it in then."

    Oh Sheila, so sorry. It was nice knowing you! Do be sure to will your new stitcher to Miriam here. She sold her Phoenix and has missed it sorely. She will be a great home for your Bell after your hubby homicides you in.

    ;-)

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    keep me in your will!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    50 cents a pound. you're hilarious.
    Yes, I might borrow this one: Made me laugh
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    Okay, I fessed up to hubby and he's okay with it!
    He did say, "But I don't know how you're going to get it here"
    Me: "The big rolling suitcase"
    Hubby: "That suitcase is full of clothes" (Storage)
    Me: "That's okay, I can take the clothes out, but I'll have trouble carrying the suitcase up the stairs"
    Hubby: "Take a taxi!"

    I would marry him again and again.

    Sorry, Miriam, you won't be inheriting my sewing machine after all! Cecilia -- you really crack me up!

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    The $500 Bell sewing machine on ebay. Ended May 29, 2013:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-BELL...vip=true&rt=nc
    Last edited by Sheluma; 07-17-2013 at 07:04 PM. Reason: clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    Okay, I fessed up to hubby and he's okay with it!
    He did say, "But I don't know how you're going to get it here"
    Me: "The big rolling suitcase"
    Hubby: "That suitcase is full of clothes" (Storage)
    Me: "That's okay, I can take the clothes out, but I'll have trouble carrying the suitcase up the stairs"
    Hubby: "Take a taxi!"

    I would marry him again and again.

    Sorry, Miriam, you won't be inheriting my sewing machine after all! Cecilia -- you really crack me up!
    Its ok - someone might have to inherit mine... I have two more derelicts coming today... I told DH I bought them for parts and parts are cheaper if they come from my shop than the internet....
    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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