Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: 10 Vintage Machines....what am I to do with them ?

  1. #1
    Super Member Wanabee Quiltin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    St. Louis suburbs
    Posts
    5,513

    10 Vintage Machines....what am I to do with them ?

    I just love vintage sewing machines and since I had 4 grandchildren who liked to sew, I would buy Singer vintage sewing machines when I found a good deal. When I say vintage, I mean 1909 to 1952,(not sure about the Pfaff). I ended up buying 8 of the Singers, one Pfaff 51 and one Precision. All of these are metal and mostly weigh a ton. I even have a hand crank Singer. From what I remember, they all sew fine. I have 3-4 cases and 4 cabinets. So now, the grandkids are all teenagers and don't want to sew. I told DH it was time to clean them up, check them out and make sure they are okay to sell. But where should I sell them? I am thinking of going to the World's Longest Yard Sale next year and putting them next to the RV to sell. With our generator, we can guarantee they work. A friend said they are so beautiful, just having them sit in the LR would be great for many people. But I don't have the space for that. If I did, I would pick a treadle. I thought of selling them online either here on the board or on eBay, but postage for these must be astronomical. Any ideas would be appreciated. I hope this is the right forum for what I have posted.

  2. #2
    Super Member quiltinghere's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Longarm Quilter NW Indiana
    Posts
    3,483
    Blog Entries
    1
    maybe someone on the board lives 'near' you and would love to travel a bit in order to buy Just the Right sewing machine. Good luck
    https://napquilting.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/NAPQuilting/

    My GOAL is to ALWAYS ENJOY EVERY STEP of the quilting process....

  3. #3
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Enid, OK
    Posts
    8,922
    Blog Entries
    1
    you might do better on Craigslist than on ebay..but they do sell well on ebay. Shipping is relative really...people who WANT machines understand that shipping is going to be a huge part of the price! I like the longest yard sale idea, but people who do that sale are looking for things really CHEAP so they can resell them on ebay...so might as well start out on ebay!

  4. #4
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Prescott Valley, AZ
    Posts
    1,332
    Don't rush to get rid of them all. When your grandkids are past the terrible teens they may remember that they loved to sew, and since they will need a sanity break from the work world they might decide they need sewing machines! At least that's what I went through. Select the best and hang on to them a little longer. Let me know what if any you are taking to Quartzsite.
    Shirley in Arizona

  5. #5
    Super Member AngieS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Western Kentucky
    Posts
    3,255
    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ View Post
    Don't rush to get rid of them all. When your grandkids are past the terrible teens they may remember that they loved to sew, and since they will need a sanity break from the work world they might decide they need sewing machines! At least that's what I went through. Select the best and hang on to them a little longer. Let me know what if any you are taking to Quartzsite.
    I kind of agree here. They may come back to it then you won't have these awesome machines. I wish my Mamaw would have had the machines that she probably had years back. I didn't get into the love of the machine until this past year and I am 35.
    Angie S.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    western NC
    Posts
    491
    I was thinking the same as Shirley and Angie. Maybe you can hold on to the best ones or your favorites for now. I got my first vintage machine (a 99-13) from my grandmother when I was 16 and wouldn't take anything for it now. My sister keeps trying to get it from me, but no way!

    Pat

  7. #7
    Power Poster miriam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Victorian Sweatshop
    Posts
    15,412
    Blog Entries
    2
    I would agree - wait until they are a little older. I'm doing that too. I have a Singer 15 clone I'm holding on to for my DGD. She just isn't ready for it.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

  8. #8
    Super Member wvdek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    A million dollar view!
    Posts
    8,889
    I agree with Shirley and Angie. It was my first thought. I loved my grandmas treadle as a kid, hated it as a teen, and when i was in my 30's, wished I had it, found out my sis did, asked her for it, she sold it for $30 cuz she needed the money.
    If you really cannot keep them around, sell on e-bay and price accordingly for S & H. Check the prices out on e-bay so you have an idea. Also, prepare one for shipping like you would like it to be packed if you had bought it, take to PO and have weighed/insurance (if you want), and set your price. Add a little for the shipping materials, it is only fair you do so. Don't be too hasty getting rid of them.

  9. #9
    Senior Member traumaRN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Columbus, Ohio
    Posts
    407
    My mother was a beautiful seamstress who also made Barbie doll clothes and sold them. She was very accomplished and I had the best sewing teacher around the entire time I was growing up and didn't care about sewing at all until I had children of my own and realized how fun it was to make matching outfits and such. My point is don't hold it against the teenagers if they have no interest (yet). I would hold on to those machines awhile until the kids are fully grown.
    http://signatures.mylivesignature.co...EFCC47044D.png
    You only go around once in life, but if you do it right, once is enough!

  10. #10
    Super Member jljack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina - But otherwise, NOTW
    Posts
    8,073
    Blog Entries
    9
    If you want to sell them, sell them!! I appreciate everyone's advice here, but it's your house and your machines. There are a bunch of vintage machine collectors on here, so you can try posting them on here for sale. We all understand the shipping costs. Then Craigslist, then eBay. Be reasonable with your prices and people are going to buy them. Good luck!! But, all that being said, I would select a couple to keep to pass on....those kids do grow up into adult women who will come to appreciate them.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Tinabug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Oceanside, CA
    Posts
    849
    Blog Entries
    1
    I thought Quartzsite was just gems and minerals. Do they sell other stuff, and if so what type of items? I've never been but have heard about it. Also, when does it take place? Thanks.



    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ View Post
    Don't rush to get rid of them all. When your grandkids are past the terrible teens they may remember that they loved to sew, and since they will need a sanity break from the work world they might decide they need sewing machines! At least that's what I went through. Select the best and hang on to them a little longer. Let me know what if any you are taking to Quartzsite.
    Frankie,
    Toy Poodle Lacybelle's mom

  12. #12
    Super Member jljack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina - But otherwise, NOTW
    Posts
    8,073
    Blog Entries
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by Tinabug View Post
    I thought Quartzsite was just gems and minerals. Do they sell other stuff, and if so what type of items? I've never been but have heard about it. Also, when does it take place? Thanks.
    They sell everything there!! It's like a giant fleamarket. Several people I know here in California go over for a couple of weeks just to sell stuff....they mostly take crafty stuff, but tell me you can find anything there!!

  13. #13
    Senior Member 1000projects's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Carmel Indiana
    Posts
    458
    When they grow up a little more, they will want sewing machines! 4 grandkids means you need to keep at least 4 machines ... no fighting!

    If you have extras to sell, craigslist is great. Keep in mind there are "money order" scammers on CL. Just delete the emails offering money orders and it will be all good. I think pricing at craigslist will be better than yard sale pricing, even for the worlds longest yard sale.

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    southeast Missouri
    Posts
    4
    If you do decide to sell your hand crank machine, I would love the chance to buy it from you. I have been looking for one forever. I live in southeast Missouri, and you are near St. Louis, I would certainly drive that far to get a hand crank machine that works. I think it is great that you have acquired all of those machines. Maybe your grandkids will change their minds in a few years.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.