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Thread: ALPS sewing machine

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    ALPS sewing machine

    Has anyone ever heard of an ALPS sewing machine. My husband saw one at a Good Will. It appears quite old, but the decals are in excellent condition , very bright and unfaded, almost like it was never used and the cabinet is also in very good shape. It is oak, which seems unusual. Never saw one like that . Anyone know anything about these machines and what they might be worth. I think he said they were asking $80, but he is 1000 miles away. He would need to find a way to get it home.
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    If it's in good shape, sews, etc., it's worth $80....as for getting it home, take the machine out of the cabinet, and most cabinets will come apart!
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    Can you tell me anything about that kind of machine at all? Have you ever heard of an ALPS?
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    A picture would be very helpful. It's likely a clone or a badged, Japanese made machine. They come in a variety of colors and are badged with MANY different names.

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    There are a lot of machine "brands" that I've never heard of, or don't recall hearing of...there are so many badged machines out there...
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    I would love to post a picture, but don't see how to do it anymore.
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    mrsmail, if you go to the bottom of the area where you're posting, click on "go advanced". Below the text box where you type is a button for "Manage Attachments". Click on that and it brings up a box. Browse to the photo that you want to upload, and click on the "Upload" button. Once it's done uploading, close that window and submit reply...it should load your photo.

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    Alps in cabinet

    Thanks. Let's see if picture posted this time.
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    You have a post-WWII era Japanese clone (or "copy") of a Singer 15. Interesting that it's set up in a treadle...and the slide plate is missing, but that's an easy replacement.

    If you want it, I'd offer less...probably $40 and see what they say...
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    This is the back.
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    Alps Machine

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    why would you offer less at goodwill , they are helping people learn how to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bignan 1935 View Post
    why would you offer less at goodwill , they are helping people learn how to work.
    1. I didn't read completely, and didn't see the "Goodwill". They usually won't entertain offers anyway.

    2. Just because it's at Goodwill, doesn't mean they know what something is worth. I've actually insisted that they take more for a Griswold cast iron skillet that they had priced at $5. It had to go as a donation, but that skillet priced at over $100 in my "Blue book". On the other hand, I've seen them price a treadle sewing machine, no slide plates, frozen, rusted, wood in terrible shape with the irons broken for $100....it was a parts machine at best, if there were enough parts left on it to salvage.
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    I decided I didn't want it after all, so we didn't make an offer. I find that GOODWILL is willing to reduce the price of things when they really do not know the value of an object. I have offered less for some machines and offered more for others. I bought one 2 weeks ago and they were asking $40. The bobbin case was missing, the slide on the top was missing and the thread guide on top was hanging. I asked if they would take $20, because it was a brand I had never heard of and I had no idea if I could ever find parts. The manager said, "I can do better than that, how about $19.99." I said, "I'll take it." It is now sitting in my spare garage with 8 others, waiting to be worked on. Who knows if I can bring it back to life?
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    Yes, I would offer $40.00 and go up to $80.00 from there. I saw a great treddle at an antique shop today for $40.00 but it was a Singer about the same age. You can have them ship it UPS or FedX.

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    I love your story, mrsmail, and I have given my heart to Jesus. Thanks for your witness!

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    Can anyone help me decide on the correct hand and machine needle type for sewing satin fabric?

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