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Well, I went to an estate sale today. Picked up 2 machines there - haven't run the serial #s yet - one I believe is a 99 with a motorectomy and no knee bar and case in very bad shape. The other has the Sphinx decals and no shuttle or anything. That one needs some majotr TLC. The suspected 99 may become a donor parts machine.
Anyhoo, while I am picking up these 2, a lady asks me if I like old Singers. Of course, I said yes and she told me she had several and did I want to follow her home. Long story shortened, I followed her home and she has a 401A in a blond wood cabinet and it is a complete machine to include a manual and 4 cams. She wants $50 for it and it is now my machine. She says she has 2 more to show me so we go into her house. She shows me the 2 cabinets and one is a trapezoid cabinet with a 15-91 and I told her that honestly the cabinet was worth more than the machine cuz it was a very desirable cabinet in good shape with just a few small spots with finish issues on the top. That cabinet has the blond wood and is really in good shape. The other cabinet has a vintage Kenmore (117 something) but again cabinet more valuable than machine. It's one of those blond wood cabinets that the chair pushes in tight and it looks like all one cabinet and the chair is in good shape with a good seat and everything. This machine has a buttonholer with all 4 patterns still plus the manual and the attachments and quite a few bobbins and such. We spent quite a bit of time talking and I left her with my number for when she wants to rehome those 2 machines. I especially want the Singer but would also happily take the Kenmore but more for the cabinets than the machines. She is a nice lady and gave me her number so I can call closer to Christmas for the Singer if I want it. I did not ask her price because of the 3 machines already purchased today but I will go back and visit if nothing more. She also had old canning jars with wooden spools in them, old working rotary phones and a working turntable/8 track player faux mantle/fireplace. She really wants to sell that piece. All in all, a good day for me for vintage machines. ~ Chris
Last edited by chris_quilts; 11-18-2011 at 06:39 PM.
Through Christ who strengthens me, I can do all things. - Paul
I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I committed unto Him against that Day. - Paul
Chris, servant to three demanding cats
Hope this pic of the mini I did on Elaine (201) comes through. It measures 10" x 12" finished and was really fun to make. Anybody that would like instructions can PM me with email address and I'll provide.