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Thread: Should I Buy This?

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    Super Member amyjo's Avatar
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    ONEDAY ---I did save the pics and blow it up and see a KNOB on each drawer--no where do I see any glue or sloppy finishing on this cabinet. I agree I might need new glasses--just got them in DEC, but hey, maybe you have a different pic than I got on my computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneday View Post
    the cabinet did have stamped skroll work on the drawer and center drawer, stains from the glue still show
    Hi oneday,

    I blew the cabinet photo up and can not see the glue stains that you are seeing. Can you insert a picture showing this glue residue? All of my Singer treadle cabinets have these plain drawers which I think were originally plain drawers. If they used to have fancy scrollwork I would like to know how to see the tell-tale signs that they have been altered.

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    I don't see any evidence of scroll work. Some cabinets had no drawers. The more drawers, the more expensive the cabinet. The fancy ones had pieces of pressed wood (wood pressed into a design) glued on. I enlarged it 200% and still can't see anything but a plain original drawer. Where is the evidence of the wood appliques? I can't see anything on the hinges either.

    Is the missing slide plate in the drawer? You'll need that. Most of the chrome looks nice and shiny except the hand wheel. I agree the price is very high, but if you've been looking for a year for this exact machine, and you can afford it, maybe it's your lucky day like Steve said. It sounds like the seller has a sentimental attachment to this piece and maybe that's why it's over priced. The puzzle box seems to be in nice shape and the manual is present for it, which is kind of rare. Is the manual for the machine there? You might be able to find a free download, but still the original would be nice. Sorry I'm useless in helping you make this decision. What are the 7 machines you've bought? It sounds like you have caught the bug!

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    Yes I have caught the BUG in a bad way, I am fully infested.LOL

    Model 15 Mint Green
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    221, love the little machine and I have the card table with it.
    And my big $5.00 purchase, a Riccar that you all helped me ID as a Model 15 Clone, it is Pink and I love it.
    Betsy Ross Toy Machine

    I have been fortunate that I have not paid much over $25 for most of the machines and that they all have been in really nice condition. The only one that required much cleaning was the Riccar and it was just dirty from years of dust accumulation.

    The Betsy Ross I purchased on Ebay, the rest have come from Estate Sales that I went back to the last day and made a ridiculously low offer and it was accepted.

    I just got an email back from her, she will not accept my $150.00 offer, at least for now. I will check back with her in a few weeks.

    I have my eye on a Slant O Matic 500A and the Green Elna this week, both are local purchases. Also have 4 toys that I am watching on Ebay various models.

    Again, thank you for your input, I really enjoy this site and hope to be able to help someone out in the future as I have helped.

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    Steve, thank you for the pics, got it.

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    Way too much money for the sewing machine. With patience you could buy three treadle machines for $300.
    Thanks Steve, I have now added a new word to my vocabulary, Mung. How did you arrive at that word?
    Sweet Caroline

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    300.00 seems a bit to high, guess it depends on how bad you want it!

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    A mint green Singer 15? I have never seen one. Is it a Japanese clone? I bet it's a looker. I love green. I once bought a mint green Riccar at a yard sale for $7. It was a good machine except it was a left needle zig zag, and I could not straight stitch narrow bindings on it. The needle was on the left, which meant the work was on only 1 feed dog, and I had little control of it. I ended up giving it away. Later I found out that I might have been able to get a SS throat plate and foot for it, but still the work would have been on only 1 dog so I don't know if that would have helped.

    I also had a tan riccar straight stitch that someone had abandoned in my husband's apartment before I met him. He said it didn't work, but I bought a bobbin case for it and it sewed like a champ for many years. Then I found a 401 at a thrift shop, and in those days I must have had some marbles in my head because I figured I did not need the SS riccar now that I had the 401. Now I would like to get a 500A. I know it's almost identical to the 401 except for looks, but there is one important difference. The 500a has a calibrated presser foot pressure, and you can turn the pressure to D (for darn), and it releases the pressure and you can darn without changing feet (or even lifting the throat plate, maybe, not that that's so hard). I saw it in the manual online. There may not be enough visibility for embroidery (I've never tried that on any machine), but for darning it would be so convenient.

    Some of the Japanese machines also had presser bars that could be released by pressing on the bar from on top -- it sort of pops up. Maybe the riccar even does that. I didn't know about this when I had them. I saw it in an online video of a 15 clone.

    I inherited a featherweight from my mom. It's the machine I learned to sew on. Lucky you to have the table! Oh, and I have a Betsy Ross toy that I actually use. I posted pictures of it on a thread here about toys. And I just bought a 66 hand crank with lotus decals for $50 locally. I think that's it. But I'm thinking about buying another machine this week. An unusual German machine. It's not working but it's $20. That machine is actually what brought me to this board because there's a thread here about an identical machine but with a different name.
    Keep us posted on the treadle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Thanks Steve, I have now added a new word to my vocabulary, Mung. How did you arrive at that word?
    Yah know, I have been racking my brain and for the life of me I cannot remember where I picked that one up....

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    The drawers with the scroll work typically have a recessed center. I've seen these drawers (and the center drawer) several times and they're not supposed to have the scroll work. I also have 2 treadles -with- scroll work of some sort, and they're not flat faced like these ones. I agree with others who say that these never had the glued on scroll work.
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    I finally got around to getting a pic of it. I need to get it cleaned and serviced then put to use
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