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Thread: Yall are never going to believe how much i paid!

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    Senior Member wytetygeress's Avatar
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    So my DH and i have been looking at "vintage" sewing machines for a little while. Mostly looking for a machine that has a simple straight stitch for the quilt frame that my DH is going to build me...well we came across these at a road side yard sale. When i asked the man how much they where i did a double take, and asked again.... My DH picked both of them up, they both work..only minor things need to be replaced, both came with the feet and the Free Westinghouse also came with the instruction book. My mother in law is getting the Singer ( i haven't seen her this happy in a long time) and i am keeping the Free Westinghouse. We are both in shock that we only paid $20 bucks for BOTH of them.
    My DH then proceed to go to a sewing machine repair guy and is getting a Singer commercial machine with an 11 inch throat space completely retrofitting it to be used as my quilting machine on the frame. I swear that my DH surprised the heck out of me. I am so very lucky to have him :D

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    Great find!!!

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    No kidding, a lucky find! And a great hubby too!:):)

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    Wow!!! There are still deals out there!! In California everyone thinks they have solid gold "antique" machines, even if they are common and built in the 70's.

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    great find!

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    That's a great find and deal!!! Don't you just love yard sales. I know I do.

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    Whaaaaaaat? What a great deal!

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    Congratulations on an awesome deal!! If you haven't already, you may want to check the Singer serial number here: http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_2letter.html I'm fairly new at identifing the vintage Singers, but that might be a Singer 15 rather than a 66. I just got one from a friend & will be using it for my FMQ machine, partly because you can lower the feed dogs on the 15. (Don't know about that on the 66)

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    Congrats!! on your happy finds

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    Woo Hoo I think you are the winner, best find of the week. :thumbup:

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    Great deal!!!! Enjoy!!!

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    The Singer is a real beauty.... Several years ago I found one made in 1946
    at local yard sale, in cabinet, with all attachments, and in perfect condition.
    $45....

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    Great find and have fun with them.

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    How lucky can you get, nice find

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Congratulations on an awesome deal!! If you haven't already, you may want to check the Singer serial number here: http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_2letter.html I'm fairly new at identifing the vintage Singers, but that might be a Singer 15 rather than a 66. I just got one from a friend & will be using it for my FMQ machine, partly because you can lower the feed dogs on the 15. (Don't know about that on the 66)
    I went to the site, at first i thought it was a 176 but when i found the book yea, no...I am almost positive that it is a 66 if i am looking at the numbers correctly. Now i have to find out what Free Westinghouse i have. Funny thing is that the repair guy told me to scap the Free Westinghouse, because it is a pain machine..I think it is beautiful. I think it was made around the 20's, which means even if i never sew on it, it is almost a 100 years old and is a great addition to my sewing (soon to be) room.
    Edit- i stand corrected, it looks identical to the 15-91 thank you for pointing it out to me =)

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    Congrats on a great find!

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    Ask about them here. Answers abound.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1.htm

    Very nice machines.

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    Good deal. Did not know that westinghouse made sewing machines.. Thanks for sharing.

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    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by wytetygeress
    it looks identical to the 15-91 thank you for pointing it out to me =)
    I've finally learned that when the tension & thread uptake are on the "side" where the face plate is...it's probably a 15. Only know this from lots of help from others here :) :) :) Did you find the serial number? That link should take you to the list that shows the range of serial numbers, date issued, and model that range was assigned to.

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    It's a 15. Those are the only Singer models to have the tension on the faceplate. If it's got a treadle, it's a 15-89, if it has a belt, it's a 15-90, and if it is gear driven (no belt) it is a 15-91. I have a 15-91 and they will sew through ANYTHING. It's a great machine if you are going to make bags, or anything with thick seams.

    Congrats on both.

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    I learned to sew on my mother's Free Westinghouse. It was a great machine. When I married, my mother gave me a machine that looked exactly like it, but it was labeled 'New Home'. Or maybe I have it backwards - anyway, both machines sewed well. Congratulations on your bargains.

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    Great deal for eveyone. Good for you.

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    What a good day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I learned to sew on my mother's Free Westinghouse. It was a great machine. When I married, my mother gave me a machine that looked exactly like it, but it was labeled 'New Home'. Or maybe I have it backwards - anyway, both machines sewed well. Congratulations on your bargains.
    My DH and i figured that it is going to be a great machine. I think the sewing repair guy is a lil bias in his option. I am chomping at that bit to play with her...but i have a really important interview tomorrow so i have to sleep tonight =( Thank you everyone for your comments. ( and help)

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