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Thread: Estate sale find

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    Estate sale find

    Dh and I stopped at an estate sale yesterday and there was this old Singer machine in a cabinet there. I had just been reading on here that 201's are workhorses and I told dh I wonder if it's a 201? I opened a door an found the book-201! I fell in love with the machine, dh fell in love with the cabinet. They were asking $40, but they were taking offers. Since it's 2 weeks till payday for us, I didn't have much to work with, so offered $15. The lady said she'd take $20. Dh went out to back the car up to the door. In the meantime, I wanted to plug it in and see if it worked. The motor works, and hums along with the flywheel disengaged, but won't turn a thing with it engaged. I told her I think I'll pass, because I didn't want to have to pay to have it fixed. Dh came back in right about then and looked like we would like to throttle me, when the lady said would you give me $10 for it? Dh whipped out his wallet so fast and paid her. lol We are going to work on her this winter together. Good first retirement project dontcha think?
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    I'll bet some oil and grease will have that machine purring right along. Cabinet is gorgeous, your hubby was right.

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    Wow! Congrats on your great find!
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    How exciting!!! You sure got a good deal.
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    That is great! It might be that they took the silver knob off and put the washer back in the wrong place, making it so it won't engage. I think it was rain that did a video on how to take it apart and reassemble. It's quite easy! I would start there, and with a good cleaning and lubing of course.

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    What a find!

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    WOW you stole that one, CONGRATS
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    So happy for you! I hope to find one too some day (a 201, a 15, and 301 are on my wish list).

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    Great find and GREAT HUBBY!! He's a keeper for sure!

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    What a wonderful find! You did good. There is a you tube video on how to fix that problem. It shouldn't be too hard to find.

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    Lucky you! That is a great machine in a beautiful cabinet.

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    Awesome sewing machine, awesome cabinet, awesome hubby, awesome price.
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    Very nice find!! Love the cabinet it is in!!

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    Wow.. She is pretty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Awesome sewing machine, awesome cabinet, awesome hubby, awesome price.
    That says it all...I can't believe how fortunate you were...right place, right time, right buyer. Enjoy the challenge and the beautiful machine and cabinet.

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    You are just too lucky. I love that cabinet. You will have a great time getting her fixed up and zipping along!

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    What a beautiful deal! You will love the 201 - fantastic machine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mo-rie View Post
    So happy for you! I hope to find one too some day (a 201, a 15, and 301 are on my wish list).
    I have 2 each of these models and I can tell you they are my favorite sewing machines. No bells and whistles but just good solid performers. Good luck and continue your hunt, you won't be disappointed if you locate one of the them

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    What a find! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it when it is up and running.

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    it's a beauty. It is in a great cabinet.
    enjoy your life...it's the only one you have!!!
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    What a deal. I love the cab. I have a 201 and no cab.

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    the cabinet looks to be worth 40$ great find
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    Good find and buy! The cabnit is worth it!
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    It has a potted motor so if it is not moving don't run the motor. Will probably require taking the motor off, then oiling and regreasing the bearings. This motor is not oiled. There are some good tutorials on YouKnowTube.

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