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

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    I stopped selling on ebay a few years ago because of all the nonsense!
    a seller can't leave negative feedback to a buyer unless they have not paid.
    if they do you can report them and have the feedback removed
    very easy to do.
    But as a seller you can't have it removed
    My sister still sells there and has had some problems with negative feedback- an ex bought items and immediately left 4 negative feedbacks- never even paid for the items and ebay would not remove them- this caused her to pay higher percentages to ebay as a seller and they can limit the number of items that you sell
    basically it is ebay making money
    I won't buy or sell there again!

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    Good news! As of right now seller agrees his remarks were uncalled for and he apologized - sort of. We agreed to not leave any feedback on each other and the matter will be behind us when I ship machine next week, he receives, returns all monies to me. Thanks for all your advice. Glad neither of us lost our cool over this and it didn't get ugly. We shall see what occurs next week and in the meantime, I will begin looking for another 1955 and stick with a FW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackkip
    Has anyone come across conflicting singer serial numbers? Was looking at this FW on Ebay:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Singer-Featherwe...efaultDomain_0

    When I went the singer serial number, it doesn't match the type of machine? It shows it should be a 328K. But the machine is a 221K. So what gives? Am I looking at the chart wrong?
    I just looked it up on the Singer site for featherweights, and EV602139 - EV999999 are dated to 1964 ( This one was EV931611)

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    The Ebay seller could not leave negative feedback for a buyer anyway. They can only withhold feedback. So the only real damage would be done to the seller, not to the buyer. I think that is sad, that sellers have no recourse anymore. big sellers get lots of bad feedback, but because they are big sellers with lots of items the bad gets lost quickly and does not seem to affect them too much because of the volume they sell. It is not Ebay protecting them.

    I am wondering, I seem to have missed whether he got insurance or not. If he did, you may need to take the package down to your post office and have the damage documented. They will determine if it was their fault or his for the way he packed the machine.

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    Any idea on this one? A Friend gave this to me and I have no paperwork for it. Needs some servicing, but not in bad shape. Any info would be gladly appreciated. Also I have another one about this old, and it is missing the throat plate. Any idea where I could find one? thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    Don't you just love some of these listings!
    there is one on CL for pittsburgh that has been there for weeks
    it is in BAD shape cabinet with drawers missing and broken and machine is rusty! the guy wanted $375 to start now is down to I think $50
    saw one at the flea market last week that I would have purchased if reasonable or if it was all original
    was a 27 but had been motorized with an off brand motor and decals were OK but not great in a treadle cabinet for a New Home not a singer and all the treadle hardware was missing!
    and the cabinet had been painted black!
    the guy tried to tell me it was worth $500- he had researched it!! but he would sell for $100
    I offered him $40 no deal!
    well a few hours later he was loading it back on his truck!
    I have been watching that machine on craiglist. I think its sad that machine is in such bad shape and the cabinet might not even be fixable.
    I would take it off his hands but there is no way I would pay for it.
    I have thought about messaging him to let him know what he really has but he might just think I am trying to get it for nothing but I dont want that one so I dont know. I guess when it doesn't sell that is sort of letting him know that it is not worth what he thinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    Good news! As of right now seller agrees his remarks were uncalled for and he apologized - sort of. We agreed to not leave any feedback on each other and the matter will be behind us when I ship machine next week, he receives, returns all monies to me. Thanks for all your advice. Glad neither of us lost our cool over this and it didn't get ugly. We shall see what occurs next week and in the meantime, I will begin looking for another 1955 and stick with a FW.
    Hi, There are quite a few 2 of them 1955 on ebay. Check them out!!

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    Good afternoon Everyone! The guy was late, but I finally got my new "to me" featherweight. I contemplated offering him even less than I paid, but since he delivered it I decided to go ahead and pay what I originally offered. I'm gonna post pics so you can see how pretty she is, but first let me tell you what I got. It's not a 1949 like he told me, it's a 1951 Centennial serial # AJ224809. Billy, can you confirm this for me and provide any more details I may want. He got it from a friend and it belonged to her mother who bought it many years ago to mend her husband's work uniforms. She never used it. Maybe because it's missing a ton of stuff. It didn't come with the manual, no accessories except 2 feet. Oh yeah, the decals are perfect and the machine itself is beautiful with just a few pin scratches on the bed. It sews good, but keeps breaking the thread. I will have to mess with it some more to get it to work, if I can. It didn't come with any bobbins and I'm not sure the bobbin case is the right one. The foot pedal is in really bad shape. It's missing the "button" that makes it go. The cord is frayed badly on both ends. The lid on the case is cracked all the way across. The accessory tray is missing and there is no key. With all that said, she's a very beautiful machine and appears to work pretty well. I wasn't able to get a good photo of the serial number. They kept coming out blurry.

    So, let me know what you think. I hope I made a good deal.

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    Oh yeah, the bobbin winder works perfectly!
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    Not sure this is the right bobbin case and the "finger" spins around. Is it supposed to do that?
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    Wow, Your machine looks good. Other than the few things that you mentioned. But the decals and the bed of the machine looks like it hasnt been used very much.

    I think you did good on it. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    Good afternoon Everyone! The guy was late, but I finally got my new "to me" featherweight. I contemplated offering him even less than I paid, but since he delivered it I decided to go ahead and pay what I originally offered. I'm gonna post pics so you can see how pretty she is, but first let me tell you what I got. It's not a 1949 like he told me, it's a 1951 Centennial serial # AJ224809. Billy, can you confirm this for me and provide any more details I may want. He got it from a friend and it belonged to her mother who bought it many years ago to mend her husband's work uniforms. She never used it. Maybe because it's missing a ton of stuff. It didn't come with the manual, no accessories except 2 feet. Oh yeah, the decals are perfect and the machine itself is beautiful with just a few pin scratches on the bed. It sews good, but keeps breaking the thread. I will have to mess with it some more to get it to work, if I can. It didn't come with any bobbins and I'm not sure the bobbin case is the right one. The foot pedal is in really bad shape. It's missing the "button" that makes it go. The cord is frayed badly on both ends. The lid on the case is cracked all the way across. The accessory tray is missing and there is no key. With all that said, she's a very beautiful machine and appears to work pretty well. I wasn't able to get a good photo of the serial number. They kept coming out blurry.

    So, let me know what you think. I hope I made a good deal.
    Looking at the photo, I think it's breaking thread because the bobbin case looks like it's not placed properly. The little metal "tab" or whatever it's called, (little metal arm that sticks up on the bobbin case) is not between the guides on the throat plate. Pretty sure that's your problem.

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