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Thread: Good Price for a Singer 15-91?

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    Super Member Havplenty's Avatar
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    I have a question, what is an average price for a singer model 15-91 with a gaggle of feet attachments in a nice vintage sewing box? the wires need to be replaced (has some cracks) and there is some wear on the scrolling in the front from use.

    the machine is coming up for estate auction real soon. it is not in a cabinet, it works, there are several feet attachments and they family said the mother took very good care of the machine and she used it often. there are no rust spots except for the obvious wear the machine looks fine.

    i would like a good idea of how high to bid on this machine.

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    Hard to tell you how how to bid. I got mine in cabinet several months ago for $25, and as typical for this 'work horse of a machine' it needs rewiring too.

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    Here are pix in my posting
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-105311-1.htm

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    yeppers yours is a beauty and a great deal.

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    I paid $12.50 for mine at a garage sale. I don't recall a gaggle of feet (giggle) but it didn't need re-wiring, and it was in a nice Queen Anne cabinet. This is its picture - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-22150-1.htm

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    If the attachments are in a "puzzle" type wooden box, the box would add a little value.

    Since it needs re-wiring and is not in perfect cosmetic condition, I would say something on the order of $30 would be a reasonable price. If the box is a wooden puzzle box in decent condition, then max price would be $50.

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    i bought a cabinet like that at an estate sale for $8.00; it has a deeper wood finish. i sanded and restained it for use as a decorative table. if i get the machine, i will just need to figure out how to attach it to the cabinet.

    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I paid $12.50 for mine at a garage sale. I don't recall a gaggle of feet (giggle) but it didn't need re-wiring, and it was in a nice Queen Anne cabinet. This is its picture - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-22150-1.htm

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    I pd cpl hundred or so but mine was in excellent condition!!

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    $50 or less... I paid $20 for mine...

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    Funny - I wouldn't take any amount for mine. So unable to give any idea of a value.

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    i personally wouldn't pay more then $15 if its in perfect visual condition since the machine needs to be rewired.

    i have this machine in excellent condition with a cabinet and tons of attachments and i paid $22.

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    I paid $80 for mine on eBay, but it's in pristine condition and had totally been revamped, rewired, and cleaned up. Perhaps I paid too much, but my great-grandmother had a 15-91, and although I inherited her machine, it's missing a lot of parts and needs to be rewired. While waiting on DH to fix it for me (no telling when he'll get to it), I bought one just like it to use in the meantime. It's awesome, sleek, solid as a rock, and I feel it was worth every penny. :mrgreen:

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    15-91's are becoming more popular among quilters, that doesn't mean they can command a premium price. There is a lot of work in replacing the wiring the correct way - either by you or a repairman and 90% of 15-91's WILL need the wiring replaced.

    I have 3, the most I have paid for one is 10.00. It was in a cabinet and they wanted 20.00. I didn't want the cabinet but my friend did, so we split it. 15-91's are plentiful here, it all depends on where you live and what the Singer store pushed. I think in the cities the 201's and Featherweights were the hot sellers. In the Rural areas the 15-91's were pushed because they can handle just about anything thrown at them; from sewing a dainty baby garment and the farmers overalls to mending tarps and horse blankets.

    If the machine is in excellent condition, except the wiring, and you don't think another will come along, buy it at a price you are comfortable with after figuring in the cost of rewiring it.

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    I paid $60 for mine, in a cabinet and will a zigzagger and buttonholer and many other attachments. And thought I got a good deal.

    It's a great machine. I can't imagine not having it in a cabinet, though, since I can barely lift it. It's a workhorse.

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