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Old 04-30-2012, 12:10 PM
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A man priced a 1952 black, portable Singer sewing machine in a wood case for $ 100. His mom bought it new and he has the original receipt. In your opinion, is this a good price?
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:12 PM
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Have you seen the machine ? Does it work ? What shape is the cabinet in ? So many things go into the value of the machine & case ..... Do you have the serial # or Model ?
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:18 PM
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value is often in the (eye of the beholder)
some people would jump on it at that price- some of us would keep looking & find it for 1/2 that- it's up to you if that is a good deal.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:22 PM
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Is it a Featherweight 221??? If so, and it works, buy it!!!! I have 5 vintage machines dating from 1937 to 1953 - they all run beautifully and I wouldn't trade a one. I paid $20.00 to $196.00 depending on the condition and the luck that some people didn't know what they had. I also have my 1937 grandmother's machine - a blessing.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:51 PM
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If it's in a wooden case it's probably not a featherweight, or a 301, both of which are very lightweight and desirable for quilters. Some of the "portable" machines back then were very, very heavy, so if you're interested in the portability aspect you need to see how much the machine weighs. I don't think $100 is out of line for a (non-221, non-301)machine in good condition, but they are often available for much less. If by some chance it is a 221 (featherweight) or 301, I would jump at it.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:55 PM
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I found out that it is not a featherweight, so I'll wait to see if the price goes down. It's not in perfect condition either tension. The feedback was very helpful! Again, thank you.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:59 PM
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Saw an ad on Craigslist today for a FW for $700. Like my Dad would always say "Whatever the traffic will bear!"
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