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Thread: Can these machines be saved?

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    Can these machines be saved?

    I have been charged with finding new homes for a collection of vintage machines and some tables that the mission group from our church has (they have upgraded to portables). I don't know anything about makes and models, but there were a couple of the older black singers in the collection. The rest look vintage '50's or 60's. We have tried the machines out and they all have varying problems, anything from worn belts, to ??? Should I just look to haul them and their tables to the dump? Or is there a market and I should put them on Craigs list?

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    Can you show them here? We'd love to see them and you could get lots of good info about each machine!!
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    belts are easy to replace, don't give up yet!! And forget about the dump!! If you can't sell them there is always Freecycle. Someone will want them I bet.

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    Will try to get photos later today. That would really be helpful as I have no idea what they are worth. I know tables are usually hard to come by and was thinking of just putting $25 on each table (machine included) to try to get some money for the missions group.

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    Oh no not the DUMP!! PLEASE. Take some photos and list them here on the For Sale section of the Quilting Board. Next best would be to list them on Craigs List. There are a lot of us Vintage Machine collectors that would likely buy them.
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    Shipping the machines could be cost-prohibitive and very difficult for someone not used to packing them for secure shipping.

    Listing them on craigslist and freecycle will be your best bet. Some of them may be worth very little, but in a collection of vintage Singers, you may have some that are worth quite a bit more than $25.

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    please no dump for them.they are easy to work on.Some of them may be valuable-but even if they are not some one would love to have a vintage machine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Oh no not the DUMP!! PLEASE. Take some photos and list them here on the For Sale section of the Quilting Board. Next best would be to list them on Craigs List. There are a lot of us Vintage Machine collectors that would likely buy them.
    If you could post pictures we might be able to help you identify them. I'm sure you could find good homes for them, even if you have to donate them to a local charity. I find most of my machines at the local Hospice Resale or Habitat Restore.

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    Please no dump!

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    call the local women's shelter...they are often happy to receive tools/craft items for the residents to use.

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    There is a site on this form for old machines. Go there and tell them about the machines. They can be shipped, so don't send them to the dump...... Do any of the old back ones have the bobbin case going up and down not the lay in kind?
    I live in the St Louis, Mo area.

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    No to dump, again .... If nobody grabs them up either Freecycle (if possible) or Goodwill.....

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    OMG, ***not*** the dump! There are many vintage machine collectors who love to fix up these old machines, and parts are still available for almost all of them. Many models of non-working black Singers are worth at least $30; a few collectible models are worth a lot more. Sometimes the tables are worth something as well. At the very least, post them on Craigslist or Freecycle (if you want to just give them away). On Freecycle you can specify that non-profit organizations will get first dibs.

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    Where are you located? There may be many people here who would like to buy a machine. Or two. Or three.

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    I would suggest asking Billy. He keeps us in line about all our vintage machines. You can find him on the Vintage machine thread:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...thusiasts-f22/

    or PM him: Lostn51.

    Also post the pictures in the Vintage machine thread. I bet someone over there will recognize what you have. Good luck!
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    I just wanted to add that even non-fixable vintage machines have value, as people dis-assemble them and sell the parts! Some Goodwills sell "parts only" machines for $5 and they are snatched up by sewing machine dealers and others who work on old machines (or who sell on eBay).

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    I took a machine I picked up free at a yard sale to a sewing machine place - I didn't want it, but I offered it to him for parts - and he seemed quite happy to get it.

    He offered to trade a tune-up/adjustment on my serger for the machine. So it must have had some value to him.

    Perhaps a sewing machine repair place would take them - for parts for other old machines?

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    In what state do you live?

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    Can these machines be saved?

    Here is what I ended up with.Keep in mind all machines need some sort of repair although they all run.

    1. White: model 3955 no table
    2. Green Brother Model no table
    3. Kenmore Electronic 35345 m-01-12 no table
    4. Hamilton Super Deluxe no table
    The rest of them have tables
    5 Necchi
    6. Sears Kenmore Model 158.504 Serial 0045727
    7. Sears Kenmore model 158.17550 Serial 0029478
    8. Singer Serial number AL 151977
    9. Singer serial number AM 222852

    Machines are located at a church in Superior WI. PM me.
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    Wish I lived nearby. Love, love the Singers! Especially the last one. I'll bet you sell them all.

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    You have some great machines here and yes, they absolutely have value.

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    I paid $75 ea for 2 Singers that are in coffin cases IMOH cabinets are worth more. It seams to be the going rate for these machines here in Midland. I like all but #3 &#4. I wish you lived closer!
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    That green Brother is a cutie!!!!! Looks very "Jetsons"!! Wish I were closer!!

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    WOW! You have some pretty nice machines. Most all are fixable. Here is a connect to a website that fixes and sends sewing machines to missions. http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ My suggestion would be so sell some of them to pay for shipping for the ones that can be sent to missions. The info is how to donate and everything you need to know to make the repairs. There are plenty of on line sources for parts for those machines. The 3rd and 4th ones aren't as nice as all of the rest. Quite a few of them could be treadled.
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    The white table with the crackled finish was made in 1955 as a promotion item. There were several different bright colors to choose from. I worked for the factory who made them in K.C.,Mo. If I lived closer I would buy the machines only to get the cabinets. The cabinet with the Necchi sitting in it was made by the same company as well as the cabinet partially viewed in the rear. This makes me feel happy but sad. My family owned the company and 1955 was the year the factory was moved to Ar. So many years have passed, factory closed and everyone passed except a younger brother and myself. Tried for years to find an early Parsons cabinet and these are the first I have seen.

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