Can anyone help ?

Old 02-12-2020, 04:23 AM
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Hi guys , ive recently found several old industrial sewing machines in my grandmothers house she sadly passed away last year

i am in the process of clearing the house and am trying to work out what exactly these machines are and if they are worth anything these days

ive tried to find the model numbers of the machines and have also attached some photos if anyone can help identify / value them for me as far as i am aware they are all in working order

the models (i think ) are as follows

Seiko - STH-88L

PFFAF - needle point sewing machine

U.S Blind Stitch N.Y ( can not find model no on this one )

Brother MA4 - B551

thanks in advance if anyone can assist

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Old 02-12-2020, 04:24 AM
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trying to upload pictures but it keeps saying "upload failed invalid security token "
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Old 02-12-2020, 04:47 AM
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Do you have any sewing places close to you whereupon could bring the pictures? Also look for local repair shops. Someone there may be able to give you a good idea. I look forward to reading more about these machines.
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:36 AM
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trying to upload pictures but it keeps saying "upload failed invalid security token "
That's usually because the photo is too large. I reduce mine to 96 dpi and they load. I've also read that less than about 1.5 megs will load. If you leave the photos pretty large, don't put more than about 4 in each post. This may not be exact, but since Houzz changed software, we're still trying to figure out the parameters.
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I'm using the defaults provided by this site to reduce my pictures, download there and bring up here:
https://www.reduceimages.com/
I just reduce my main window and drag from my camera to the drag point.

Kudos to you for taking the time to check out the equipment. Unfortunately, I don't know much about the industrial machines other than someone will want them, but maybe for less than you would like/dream. From the limited looking I've done, looks like grandma had good taste in her machines!

Here are some overall links you probably already have found
http://www.seiko-sewing.co.jp/en/
https://www.manualslib.com/manual/44...-Ma4-B551.html
https://usblindstitch.com/

There may be surprising value in fabrics, don't discard them without having someone go through them.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:08 AM
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if you are on facebook there is at least a vintage industrial page. But be aware, pricing on any used machine is always a challenge. Some days I swear some folks choose prices from chicken entrails.
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thanks for the replies everyone !

i am using iceblossoms guidance on resizing the images as they were too big
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the PFAFF and Brother i think
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Old 02-12-2020, 10:37 AM
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last couple of pictures

i know very very little about old industrial sowing machines and they are currently taking up half a room so i am looking to get them moved on as i suspect they will be of far more use to someone than me

what i dont want to do is put them up for sale or give them away without knowing anything about them
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I don't know anything about the machines. Wish I did, but I just wanted to say, that you have found treasure. I would love to have the Seiko. It looks like the one Donna Jordan sews on, but I think hers is a different brand.
Edited to add: Donna sews on a 20 year old Consew at a rate of 6,000 stitches per minute. I have to laugh, because if I tried to sew that fast, there would be no straight seams. lol Jack & I are already good friends, and we would become better ones.

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