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    I have 2 Singer 2 Janome and a Necchi, all bought at thrift shore except the Necchi that my mom bought for me 40 years ago, I look for all the basic, levers, bobbin case, etc. you can get manuals on line for free and lots of accessories here and there, good luck!

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    Make sure you have all the accessories/feet that come with the machine. I purchased a Janome 4900....met the lady at Joann's, plugged in the machine, it worked OK. When I got home, found that several of the key feet were missing.
    I did get her phone number, address and I also wrote down her license plate just in case,,,When I contacted her, she apologized and brought the three feet to me. Just try out the machine. Ask when the last service was done. I went to the dealer to check on her service record on this machine...it was perfect. Make sure that the foot fits that machine and that the plug is there in the event you cannot plug it in. Good luck on your quest. D in TX

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    I would only buy name brand machines. You know you are buying quality. Little chance you will find a quality machine at a rummage sale. People hang on to them, or pass them to family members. I would only buy a used machine from a dealer. They have to sell good quality working machines.
    As for the cheap $200 Wal-mart machines, they probably don't work anymore, they are dispoable machines.

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    I just bought an old Singer from a seller on Craig's list ! Might check there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric View Post
    I know of the sale you speak of... the Visiting Nurses Rummage sale...
    I can add some first hand experience for you on this one.
    My parents have volunteered there for years and my mother is in the electronics department. All of their machines are tested before they are sold. They have a woman that fixes anything that is wrong with them. When you buy a machine from them, you know it's working when you purchase it

    As a fyi they sell a lot of irons. She says the Rowentas are always junk when they come in. They rarely work. Go figure. I usually get a lot of behind the scenes info about what is being donated so if you ever are looking for something in particular, you can drop me a line.
    Oh and the bread machines in that department? My mother takes home every single one of them, cleans them and makes a loaf of bread in it - which she usually brings in for everyone to eat while they work
    You rock. I'll be PMing you soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgirly View Post
    I was wondering for those of you who have bought second-hand machines without any sort of dealer involved what I should be on the look out for before buying. Also, if there are brands that seem to hold up better or brands to stay away from. Anything is helpful. Thanks!
    I bought my Viking #1 from ebay. I checked his sales history to see what kind of rep he had and then his return policy. I got a 2 yrs warranty from him. He was great, the ad said it came with everything that was orginal for the machine so when I got it I checked and there was a few things missing; I emailed him and that same week I got the stuff in the mail. I had problems with the thread breaking and couldn't get it to stop and I paid 25 to have USP to box it up so that it would be insured and the seller paid to have the machine shipped to him and fixed. During this time I did go ahead an buy a new machine but because the seller was so good I can now sell my Viking #w/embroidery machine and not have to worry about anything going wrong. If you go to a yardsale or something like that test it out bring some thread a fabric just in case the seller has none. Make sure it has all necessary things like foot pedal, bobbin/case ect. I love Vikings; I just bought a new one because they are made to last. The Viking #1, was said to be the best Viking ever made and alot of people keep them as a second machin or backup. I think Kenmores are good and the older Singers. My daughter has my 26yr old Singer and it still works great. Good luck on your search and try to check out in your area what used machines go for so you have an idea or even what a new machine is so that you don't pay too much. Somepeople don't realize how much some things go down in value.
    Judy

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    I have a White Blue jeans machine. I wanted a solid metal machine. I had one that had cams in it.(70s-80s0 I really didn't care for and honey buns bought me a basic heavy machine and it runs well and I know I can have it tuned up easily.

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    I have an Elna that I bought new 51 years ago with a lifetime warranty. Still runs like a top. However, the dealer that I purchased it from has since gone out of business and his warranty is now null and void.
    Quiltlady

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    good advice
    I also have bought used machines without a problem. I have bought new and used. I have an old Monarch that swes like a dream and gave $20.00 or so took thread and bobin with along with sewing machine needle in my purtse ad it hummed right along, it has a nice big throat.
    Rose Mary Phelps

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgirly View Post
    You rock. I'll be PMing you soon!
    I can probably also get you in a day early for the friends and family sale days. There's a 25% upcharge but you get to cherry pick whatever you want and not have to wait in all the lines during the sale

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    I hope SSgirly comes back to post with news of what she found. I hope she found a treasure.
    I've found a couple of great machines at garage sales because they "don't work"{ but the only problem was that the needle was in backwards.
    Maire

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    I bought a Janome new last year. and my Kenmore about 20 years ago new...wish I had never traded her off as well as several used garage sale goodies and some from estate sales, I always have thread and needle and thread and scissors along so i can try out the other machines. I wish I had Grandmother's treadle machine too
    Rose Mary Phelps

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    don't forget to gheck the pawn shops too.
    Rose Mary Phelps

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