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Thread: The Free Sewing Machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Pretty, but, I was thinking that you got a machine for FREE!
    That's what I thought too!

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    I agree with what has been posted.. IMHO... too high..

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    I agree with everyone. I though the price was kind of high also. I just need an opinon from you all. I'll offer her a $100 after I do my research and see what I come up with. Thanks everybody. I'll let you know what I find.

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    I found one on craglist for $100.00 but when I called the lady to look at it I talk her down to $70.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine
    A lady I know has an old sewing machine she wants to sell for $300. What do you think?
    Cabinet is pretty, I'm NO expert, but seems a little high to me. At least for the area I leave in. Also, how hard are parts to find for it?

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    Way too high!

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    I couldn't see pay that much for the machine. Just seems way too high to me.

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    I hate to bust your happy bubble but the machine and cabinet is not a $300 seller. I bought a beautiful 1913 cabinet with a White sewing machine and a set of 8 silverplate for $25 several years ago in West Memphis. Later I decided to have the cabinet refinished. I use it to display a silver tea set. As far as the name on the machine it is a decal used by the sew machine dealer who sold it. I personally am looking for a machine with the decal name of PARSONS sold in the 50's. As far as the price on this little jewel, simply make her an offer. It is only worth what you will pay.

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    Nice cabinet, but not worth that much to my way of thinking.

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    Some bits of information:
    Free.
    In 1895 the Illinois Sewing Machine Co was founded using assets from the former Royal Sewing Machine Co of Rockford, Illinois. Will C. Free became the president by 1910, and organized a parent company - the Free Sewing Machine Co. Production continued in Rockford until 1958, when it relocated to Los Angeles, California. Manufacture finally ceased about 1969.
    The one at the site below is offered for the same money - or is it the same machine?

    http://tri-stateantiques.com/temp/sewing.html

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    Hate to say it but I just got a "Free" sewing machine in the same cabinet and only paid $50 and had to pick it up. Have you tried to see if she would take a little less???

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    I paid $75.00 for my Singer treadle with a working cabinate and all the extra accessories. I agree I think 300 is too much.

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    Nice, I know nothing about pricing one of those.

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    Very pretty machine, but $300 is a pretty high price, I think. Have you checked Craigslist to compare? Or even Ebay?

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    I have one but it isn't in as good of shape. I have to refinish the cabinet and clean the machine. I got mine for free but $300 is way way to much. You can get them alot cheaper. I got a treadle singer with a good cabinet for $50.00 and have seen them for $10.00. All though this machine and cabinet may be a little rare it is way over priced!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deplaylady
    Pretty, but, I was thinking that you got a machine for FREE!
    Glad I'm not the only one haha

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    That is much higher than I would pay. I purchased a Singer Red Eye model 66 treadle for $100. It was in very good condition. Just thought I would give MHO


    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    Beautiful cabinet but I think $300 is on the high side. I wouldn't pay that much for it. JMO

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    Ditto all of the above. Go to thrift stores and garage sales. You can find nice machines for very little.

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    $300.00 is too much for that machine.

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    It looks well used or abused. The cabinet is really nice, but I would be very hesitant to pay $300.00 for it.

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    I agree. 300 is too much. Maybe if everything was in perfect condition. Like no silvering of the decals. But in that condition I would say 100 TOPS and only if you totally love it. Prices vary in different locations.

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    I agree with the other posts....much too high for an off brand machine. Also agree that the seller should have taken some time to clean it up if they expect that high a price.

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    It's not a "badged" machine, "Free" was an actual manufacturer...contrary to popular belief, there were MANY companies that actually manufactured their own brand name machines.

    That being said. It's not worth $300 in my opinion. She may find someone with more dollars than sense to pay that for it, but those people are few and far between these days.
    I might go $100 on it, but I'd resist it.

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    Looks in rough shape. If she did alot of cleaning on it she might get that price but I do not believe it will sell for that much as it sits right now. I have seen alot nicer looking ones go for alot less.

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