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Thread: What do You Look For in Vintage Machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer View Post
    Piece of advice: don't take someone's word that the machine works.
    I once came across a machine covered in dirt, missing its bobbin case, and all the wiring had been chewed by varmints, and the seller tried to force the wheel to move and tell me it worked! It hadn't worked in years, and I took it home for about five bucks, in the cabinet. The right price for a project.
    Yeah - I would agree with that one. Sit yourself down and take some time to decide if it is a good one or not. I love it when someone does that. Then I know they are going to be happy. What scares me is people who come, hand me the money and leave. Yikes what are they doing?
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    I make sure that all moving parts work. Make sure the handwheel will turn and the needle goes up and down. I actually prefer the treadles if the cabinet is in decent shape. I think about whether I have that model and what is it that makes it unique. Sometimes I just see one that screams at me and off we go--home! I just think I know when I see one if I love it and it wants to come home with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    I make sure that all moving parts work. Make sure the handwheel will turn and the needle goes up and down. I actually prefer the treadles if the cabinet is in decent shape. I think about whether I have that model and what is it that makes it unique. Sometimes I just see one that screams at me and off we go--home! I just think I know when I see one if I love it and it wants to come home with me.
    I can have two identical machines side by side and one I like and one I don't - go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    I'd like to add hand crank versions of the 66, 99, 201 and 221 (probably aftermarket for the featherweight). No wiring to worry about, fully self-contained, treadleable if the base is available. Yeah!
    The 221 isn't a good candidate to be hand cranked. The others are great as they can be fitted with a hand crank and a spoked handwheel. I have the 201k and 99k-13 hand cranks and they are lovely for that. I have taught kids to sew with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    The 221 isn't a good candidate to be hand cranked. The others are great as they can be fitted with a hand crank and a spoked handwheel. I have the 201k and 99k-13 hand cranks and they are lovely for that. I have taught kids to sew with them.
    I've seen hand crank kits for the 221 on eBay a couple of times. Apparently some guy with a sewing machine repair shop makes them from scratch. Just took a look and he has one up now:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/FEATHERWEIGH...item2574d9564e

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    Cathy busted the guy with the FW HCs - try a window opener and a drilled out stop motion knob
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    What does that mean- "busted" the guy?

    Do the hand cranks not function as advertised, or what? Thanks!

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    Posting in another thread, I realized that there's something I now look for in a vintage machine- the paint job!

    You can clean, fix and refurbish just about anything on an old machine, but if the paint is chipped or flaking, you've probably got trouble.

    For a rare or collectible machine, maybe you won't mind. Or maybe you find a great old 15 in a beautiful cabinet - stripping and repainting it would be fun for you.

    It's hard to see in auctions and the first time I bought a machine on eBay, the seller nailed me on paint condition. She hid the damage to the paint by careful photography and strategic placement of the items she was sewing and the items that came with the machine. The areas to look at carefully are the edges of the bed and the handwheel.

    Most sellers are up front about this damage because it's so common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Cathy busted the guy with the FW HCs - try a window opener and a drilled out stop motion knob
    I took a look at the picture. what does he think he's trying to pull? geez louise, it that is what we wanted we could do it ourselves with less money!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    What does that mean- "busted" the guy?

    Do the hand cranks not function as advertised, or what? Thanks!
    She busted him - he is just using window cranks.
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    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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