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

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    Nancy,

    A lot of those come out of India too. { http://www.singerindia.net/Straight_Stich.aspx?id=1 }

    I'm looking for one that's a treadle machine.
    And yes I would have told her. She didn't get taken too much as those do retail for more than she paid.

    Joe

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    Miriam,

    I didn't have to put in an alternator today and I didn't get anything done either. Well, I worked on the HOTHER and the 15-91 and cut out a few J Miller Whacky Bag squares. But I didn't get anything "finished".

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Attachment 370100Ok this is just sad. My girl friend called me so excited. She'd found a Singer sphinx at an auction. It had been auctioned off before she had a chance to view the machine. She talked an "antique" dealer who had just paid $50 for the machine to sell it to her for $90. She thought it was so pretty that she was willing to give him the $40 extra. Well, she sent me a photo! Geeze, I didn't know if I should just keep my mouth shut about what she had, or tell her the truth? Anyway, I decided to tell her that she didn't have a vintage HC at all, but a modern reproduction of the original Singer model 15 with a Sphinx decal - probably made in either Taiwan or China. What do you guys think? Do you think I should not have burst her bubble?

    Nancy
    Nancy, You need to tell her that the machine is a reproduction, but you can also spin it in a way that doesn't look like she got a bad deal. There are folks that prefer these 15s over the older machines for FMQ since they state the Japanese made machines sew better. Plus the box and lid look to be in very nice condition, worth some of that extra $40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Nancy, You need to tell her that the machine is a reproduction, but you can also spin it in a way that doesn't look like she got a bad deal. There are folks that prefer these 15s over the older machines for FMQ since they state the Japanese made machines sew better. Plus the box and lid look to be in very nice condition, worth some of that extra $40.
    Yeah and at least it isn't a plastic wonder sewing machine.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Yeah and at least it isn't a plastic wonder sewing machine.
    For real!

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    Nancy,

    That machine is a Singer and technically that is not a reproduction. It is a modern machine made to look like the old ones. It's "nostalgic".

    I do however think you are between the rock and the hard place. This is not a win situation. She will not be happy when she finds out, whether or not she finds out from you or anyone else.

    I probably would tell her, as gently as I could. Do remind her that it is a Singer.

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    [QUOTE=BoJangles;55883 this is just sad. My girl friend called me so excited. She'd found a Singer sphinx at an auction. It had been auctioned off before she had a chance to view the machine. She talked an "antique" dealer who had just paid $50 for the machine to sell it to her for $90. She thought it was so pretty that she was willing to give him the $40 extra. Well, she sent me a photo! Geeze, I didn't know if I should just keep my mouth shut about what she had, or tell her the truth? Anyway, I decided to tell her that she didn't have a vintage HC at all, but a modern reproduction of the original Singer model 15 with a Sphinx decal - probably made in either Taiwan or China. What do you guys think? Do you think I should not have burst her bubble?

    Nancy[/QUOTE]
    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Yeah and at least it isn't a plastic wonder sewing machine.
    Oh, And the bobbin winders on these machines usually work better too.

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    You had to tell her. You're the expert and she respects your opinion. If you didn't say anything you wouldn't be much of a friend. Besides, auctions are places where you have to make split second decisions. My DH and I love going to auctions and have gotten some fantastic bargains but we've made a mistake or two as well. It happends. I'm sure she will be a little disappointed but lesson learned and for sure, she won't make that mistake again.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Attachment 370100Ok this is just sad. My girl friend called me so excited. She'd found a Singer sphinx at an auction. It had been auctioned off before she had a chance to view the machine. She talked an "antique" dealer who had just paid $50 for the machine to sell it to her for $90. She thought it was so pretty that she was willing to give him the $40 extra. Well, she sent me a photo! Geeze, I didn't know if I should just keep my mouth shut about what she had, or tell her the truth? Anyway, I decided to tell her that she didn't have a vintage HC at all, but a modern reproduction of the original Singer model 15 with a Sphinx decal - probably made in either Taiwan or China. What do you guys think? Do you think I should not have burst her bubble?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    I have a fiddle base Household. It takes the Boye#2 needle, which is no longer available. It stitches beautifully.
    I don't have anymore information on them. I may have a copy of a manual. I can look when I get home. I'm at the doctors office right now.

    Cathy
    Thank you Kathy! I'm curious most as to what dates they were made and what part of the country. The one I'm looking at is not a fiddlebase model and from what I could find on Needlebar it looks to be a later machine. "Later" is relative though to what years the machines were produced! Lol* Does later mean 1890's or does later mean 1930's? Lol* ISMACS shows that they were produced by Provinence Tool Company but I don't know much more than that. Any help is appreciated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Hi Everyone! I've been away from here for a while, due to access issues with my work computer, but appears I can get back on. Hope everyone is good. I lurk sometimes from home, and I see Charlee has had some health issues. I sent her a PM last night.

    Well, I got another old Davis VF1...it's probably 1893. I got it locally, which was amazing!! Not in great shape, but she sews well. The cabinet is damaged, so DH has some work to do. He has it clamped together right now so it won't shake apart when I treadle her. The coffin top is with it (amazingly!), but it's damaged, too, so another repair job. Overall I'm very happy with her...she came with some of her attachments and some needles and some bobbins. She was in the same family for about 85 years, and stored in a hot garage for the last 35 years. I'm glad I got to rescue her...the guy's mother was going to take her to the dump!! Here's a pic.
    The Davis was a great save...it IS amazing what people will scrap.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Ok this is just sad. My girl friend called me so excited. She'd found a Singer sphinx at an auction. It had been auctioned off before she had a chance to view the machine. She talked an "antique" dealer who had just paid $50 for the machine to sell it to her for $90. She thought it was so pretty that she was willing to give him the $40 extra. Well, she sent me a photo! Geeze, I didn't know if I should just keep my mouth shut about what she had, or tell her the truth? Anyway, I decided to tell her that she didn't have a vintage HC at all, but a modern reproduction of the original Singer model 15 with a Sphinx decal - probably made in either Taiwan or China. What do you guys think? Do you think I should not have burst her bubble?

    Nancy
    I agree with those above who said tell her, gently. I didn't even know such a thing could happen...good to know!
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