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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Senior Member kwendt's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by alissa
    Here is a 1951 Singer 301 that I purchased at an estate sale for $35, it has the manuels and attachments plus a student fabric kit. It runs great just had to oil it and away it went. The wiring was in great shape. The lady said that her grandmother could not get around very good any more so they where selling it.
    Alissa... nice looking 301 and a STEAL at that price! Wow!

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    Yes it was a steal, it had $70 on it and she said everything is half off okay even better.
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by alissa
    Here is a 1951 Singer 301 that I purchased at an estate sale for $35, it has the manuels and attachments plus a student fabric kit. It runs great just had to oil it and away it went. The wiring was in great shape. The lady said that her grandmother could not get around very good any more so they where selling it.
    Alissa... nice looking 301 and a STEAL at that price! Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Chris we went to an antique flea market over the weekend and a man there had a fw. He had the machine, case and the fw table he was asking $585.00 and came down to 485 and wouldn't come down any more. He kept saying they are hard to come by. We didn't tell him we had several of them. Another lady said she has sold them from time to time for about 200 or 220.00 depending on the condition. We got her phone number to call her later.
    If the S/N of the table matches that of the FW, then yes, that's very rare. There is one at the sew store where I go, she bought it years ago, together (cardtable and FW) for over $1,000. Simply because the numbers matched. Apparently they were matched sets at first. I have a 403/301 card table, and I haven't found a S/N on it yet. So I'm still scratching my head over her story. But for what it's worth....
    Thanks for the tip. I would have not even thought about the table having a serial number. Don't know if DH knew about one or not have to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alissa
    Here is a 1951 Singer 301 that I purchased at an estate sale for $35, it has the manuels and attachments plus a student fabric kit. It runs great just had to oil it and away it went. The wiring was in great shape. The lady said that her grandmother could not get around very good any more so they where selling it.
    Really nice machine did the cabinet come with it? You got a great deal. DH and I are going to an estate auction this weekend hope we can come away with a deal like that.

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    alissa, great buy. I do not have FW fever, but when I see a good looking black 301, I want it. My tan one sews very well, but the black is so pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    I recently saw a FW in a sewing machine store. I just couldn't believe the price for a reproduction.
    Chris you think that price was crazy we went to an antique flea market over the weekend and a man there had a fw. He had the machine, case and the fw table he was asking $585.00 and came down to 485 and wouldn't come down any more. Another lady said she has sold them from time to time for about 200 or 220.00 depending on the condition.
    What got me was that it was a reproduction, not an original, and that was the asking price. Not worth it for my money; however, they'll probably sell it to someone who only hears FW!

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    Billy are you out there? Don't think I've seen a post from you today. Working on roof or are the floods getting to you?

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    Agreed--nice cabinet. Might need a new cord; might need nothing. But it and find out--you won't lose anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Just read a long line of threads ref the Singer 201. I'm considering one in a fine looking cabinet. Granny thinks it doesn't work. She's 80, and the sole owner. For the $30 they're asking, I think it'll be worth the price, if for nothing more than the cabinet. Looking for words of wisdom when I look at the machine. They, (grandson quoting GM) called it a treadle, when it clearly has a motor, so they obviously are close to clueless. There is nothing ornate in the photos he sent, and no obvious rust. Not sure about a hole in the cabinet - if it is a place to run electric wires or a belt. This jog anyones memory of something similar?

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    Jump on the parlor cabinet, even though it has been modified to fit a non-Singer.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    Question.. are these good deals?

    http://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/atq/2306809455.html

    http://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/atq/2313157118.html <- looks like it'd require a ton of work

    http://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/atq/2318477734.html <- I like the look of this one, but not sure

    http://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/app/2358337885.html <- sounds too good to be true (I've never used Craigslist before)

    http://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/art/2330144696.html <- I emailed on this one

    Any help is appreciated, I'd like to get a few new ones for relatively cheap.

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    TROUBLE SHOOTING A SEWING MACHINE:
    I Google searched and very quickly came up with lots of stuff - here are some to look at - maybe book mark for future reference:
    http://sewandserge.com/tshoot.asp
    http://www.buzzle.com/articles/troub...-machines.html
    http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_c/c-202.html

    I know there are more out there. For about $10 each, I was able to invest in a SERVICE manual for each of my good machines. Some of the older machines have so much info you only need an operators manual so give your manual a good look see.

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