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Thread: 1957 99k How much should I pay?

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    1957 99k How much should I pay?

    So I stumbled across a 1957 99k in a thrift shop today on my way to work. It seems very clean, has the paperclip decal on its' base and comes with its manual and attachments. The head is very plain but doesn't look too scratched...just tired. The wooden base looks okay but the weird faux woven type thingy case top is pretty grimey and ick to look at. The motor has a "safe to use" inspection sticker on it and the wheel and needle arm seem to move quite freely but I have no idea if it actually still works. The chrome stuff is all nice and shiney and it looks like someone has just found it in their Mum's back room and decided to piff it. Now the thrift shop wants $145.00 AUS for it: no bargaining considered...what da ya reckon? I'd like to rescue it...am sure Gertie the treadle would look favourably on the little guy but I don't want to be a nong about it. All advice gratefully ruminated over.
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    Since my cousin gave me my 1953 99k for free, I think that is WAY too much to pay. It all depends on your market, but 99k's are pretty common in the US. I will be interested to hear what others say.

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    I paid $60 for mine in a cabinet and perfect condition.

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    99K's are super common here in the U.S. I have no idea how common or uncommon they are in Australia and would not comment on price because of that.

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    I paid $50.00 US for mine - I think $145.00 is way too much. JMHO
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    I paid about 50.00 for mine and it is really in good condition.

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    I have no idea about Australia ... but here in the states I have noticed on E-bay that the prices on good 99's are going up and up. Seems like every time I see one I like it sells for well over $150. I *personally* am not willing to pay that much so I'm biding my time and waiting for a good one at a good price.

    The most important question though is what is it worth to YOU?? There are machines that I've paid more than other people would be willing to pay, but I wanted them ... a lot
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    I paid $30 for mine but it wasn't a treadle. What it is worth to you and how much do you have to spend? It doesn't matter to anyone else but you. If it strains your budget, don't buy it. Happy decisions!

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    I got mine at a thrift store for 20$. It is in good shape, but the base is iky looking too. but it sews really good.

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    I paid $45 Canadian for my 1957 99K and it sounds like the one you saw was in similar condition. I do love mine though. It is so darn cute and sews beautifully. I say if you want it go get it.

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    I paid 12.50 to goodwill for mine

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    True they maybe more comon here in the US, but maybe not in Australia, could you check on ebay in Australia and see what the average price is? If the machine has been sitting there for awhile you might try and ask if they will take less for it.

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    Paid $25.00 US for mine at a garage sale.
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    Ruby, That is far too much.

    In fairness, you can't expect QB members, who are mainly in the USA, to comment on prices for second hand sewing machines in Australia. The market for sewing machines depends on where you are, but anyone putting a three figure price in any currency on a 99K is trying it on. The market for sewing machines varies depends on where you are.

    I suggest you read all the advice on this site http://www.helenhowes-sewingmachines.co.uk and if you want to try sending a message to the young chap who has this blog, he is in Australia and will give you a much better idea of what you can get and for how much there http://scheong.wordpress.com/categor...wing-machines/ I've been in touch with him before now - he's very easy to get on with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Ruby, That is far too much.

    In fairness, you can't expect QB members, who are mainly in the USA, to comment on prices for second hand sewing machines in Australia. The market for sewing machines depends on where you are, but anyone putting a three figure price in any currency on a 99K is trying it on. The market for sewing machines varies depends on where you are.

    I suggest you read all the advice on this site http://www.helenhowes-sewingmachines.co.uk and if you want to try sending a message to the young chap who has this blog, he is in Australia and will give you a much better idea of what you can get and for how much there http://scheong.wordpress.com/categor...wing-machines/ I've been in touch with him before now - he's very easy to get on with.
    applause! right on, Muv.
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    Thankyou everyone and Muv thanks very much for the contact. I didn't mean to get anyone frustrated with me...am well aware that prices are gonna vary from country to country but was hoping there might be some Australian members on this forum that could advise me as I really have no idea. Please don't be cross with me...I'm just feeling my way!

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    I paid 5, 20, and 35.00 for mine. the 2 5.00 ones were heads only, 20 is in a bentwood base (no lid) and the 35.00 is in a cabinet. That is way high in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruby2shoes View Post
    Thankyou everyone and Muv thanks very much for the contact. I didn't mean to get anyone frustrated with me...am well aware that prices are gonna vary from country to country but was hoping there might be some Australian members on this forum that could advise me as I really have no idea. Please don't be cross with me...I'm just feeling my way!

    Not at all crossed with you, I knew when I read your post that you we asking for price in Australia. I posted because I realized some of the members (which I myself have done too at times) had missed it was in another country then in the US.

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    I paid $10 USD at a yard sale and my dealer put in a new bulb, new cord, timed it, and cleaned it gor $25. Like the others, they are really common in US. $145 seems like way too much.

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    I agree with all...$10.00-40.00 and it should be nice with carrying case and probably accessories. 125 is a museum piece if it is that good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    I agree with all...$10.00-40.00 and it should be nice with carrying case and probably accessories. 125 is a museum piece if it is that good.
    Where do you get one for less than $50?
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    I got mine (1956) on Craigslist for $20....in a cabinet. It was listed for a couple weeks at $30 & didn't sell so, she dropped the price to $20. When it was $30, I kept telling myself "I don't need another machine, I DON'T need another machine, I REALLY DON'T need another machine". But when the price dropped to $20, all reason flew out the window!

    I still have to refinish the cabinet....waiting for warmer weather so I can strip it outside. I just love the machine...It sews beautifully & it's just so darn cute!

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    There are lots of machines for sale in Indianapolis but nothing seems to go for cheap.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    I paid $50 for mine, in wonderful condition.So I think it is too much.

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    I sell them in wonderful condition for $50 - finding them cheaper in wonderful condition is rare - usually something wrong with them...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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