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Thread: Gonna try again; Alden machine on Goodwill

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    Gonna try again; Alden machine on Goodwill

    We were outbid on the last two machines we went for and had just about decided to call it quits for a while.
    Until ...... we saw this one: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9612816

    Over 30 built in stitches, three position zig-zag needle, and a case with a drawer. That fascinates me no end. One of my plans for the future is to design and build my own machine cases. So I want this machine / case combo for the decorative stitches and the case.

    ~DIBS~

    Hopefully there won't be too many others who want it, cos we're going deep pockets on this one.

    Joe

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    Good luck!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

    http://charleeturner.blogspot.com

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    Charlee,

    Thanks. We'll need it.

    Joe


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    It's very cute. Reminds me a little of one of the type 15 clones I have.

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    Joe, cute machine...all those knobs and dials look like a antique car dashboard! And the color too!

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    nanamoms,

    Thanks, I will.

    Joe

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    Good looking machine - you'll feel like an pilot sitting in front of that one. When you take the faceplate off for cleaning, let me know how you put it back on straight. I still can't get the Universal's on correctly.

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    irishrose,

    If by face plate you mean the cover on the left side I never take them off this type of machine. They are hinged and just pivot out of the way to clean and lube all the moving bits in there.

    Joe

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    Pretty neat looking machine. Good luck. It would have a great home with you guys. Like the idea of a drawer too, but I couldn't see it. Did I miss it?
    GEMRM

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    GEMRM,

    The drawer is at the very bottom of the box in the large picture. There's two small blackish knobs on it.

    I'm not sure how sewing with that machine will feel considering how much taller it sits than one in a normal case. But I do like the idea of the drawer. Most portables do not have enough storage space for all the widgets and gadgets you always seem to have for them.

    Joe

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    Coool machine! Went on site and checked it out! Maybe I'll bid! Just kidding! I have gotten some great deals on there! Just do your homework to make sure your getting a deal. Got addicting so had to quit the site! Cpl nice fw on there!!

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    That is one neat machine. And I bet it is going to be HEAVY. Good luck on this one.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Joe, the Universal's face plate isn't hinged. It has a screw 1 1/4" from the top. It came off okay, not easily, but it won't go back on straight. Even McGyver Jr (my son) couldn't get it. I will leave it until he comes again. The power was out when he was here and his wife and daughter were freezing so he didn't have much time. It just aggravates me because it's such a pretty machine. I didn't notice the tray under yours - what a neat idea. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Joe, the Universal's face plate isn't hinged. It has a screw 1 1/4" from the top. It came off okay, not easily, but it won't go back on straight. Even McGyver Jr (my son) couldn't get it. I will leave it until he comes again. The power was out when he was here and his wife and daughter were freezing so he didn't have much time. It just aggravates me because it's such a pretty machine. I didn't notice the tray under yours - what a neat idea. Good luck.
    irishrose,

    Have you posted pictures of this machine and it's uncooperative face plate? Perhaps with pictures I or another member could help.

    Joe

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    Good luck with your bidding, hope you get it. Looks like a very unique machine.
    Dance like no one is watching

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    GRRRRRRRRRRRRR ARRRRGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

    Somebody that goes by "c**********1" on Goodwill auctions took the pretty White machine I was bidding on the last time. Now the &%(^*&)(*_ is trying to take this one too.

    Who ever you are ..... I had dibs on this one. on you.


    Joe

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    Joe, one bit of advice. Don't post links to machines you want here on the forum. Wait until it's a done deal. I've seen others get interested and try to buy machines out from under other members(not auctions but private sales). It has happened on the Vintage Machine area as well. We aren't all friends here, even though it would be nice if we were!

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    It doesn't have to be anyone here... last I heard, shopgoodwill.com was a public site, and not everyone that buys from it comes here...

    That being said, Candace is right. Sorry Joe....but it's only at about $14...bid again!
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    Joe, it's too early to get in a bidding war. All you'll do is drive the price up and peak someone's interest. I hope you get the machine.

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    Good luck Joe!~Nice looking machine and pretty color too. Hope you get it.

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    Candace, Charlee, irishrose,

    I'm just being silly. I'm no newby at these auctions. I've won a lot and lost some, no big deal.
    When I'm dead serious about an auction I'll have a BIG bid on it. I expect to be bid against. To get something with only one bid rarely happens.
    As for not posting it here, it don't matter. As you said GoodWill is public and the C****1 person may not even know this forum exists.



    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Candace, Charlee, irishrose,

    I'm just being silly. I'm no newby at these auctions. I've won a lot and lost some, no big deal.
    When I'm dead serious about an auction I'll have a BIG bid on it. I expect to be bid against. To get something with only one bid rarely happens.
    As for not posting it here, it don't matter. As you said GoodWill is public and the C****1 person may not even know this forum exists.



    Joe
    Sent you a PM. Also I am sure that with our collective QB mental powers we can help you win your Alden. Perhaps we can all be on the auction site at the same time as a cheerleading group cheering you on to the goal post.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    We were outbid on the last two machines we went for and had just about decided to call it quits for a while.
    Until ...... we saw this one: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9612816

    Over 30 built in stitches, three position zig-zag needle, and a case with a drawer. That fascinates me no end. One of my plans for the future is to design and build my own machine cases. So I want this machine / case combo for the decorative stitches and the case.

    ~DIBS~

    Hopefully there won't be too many others who want it, cos we're going deep pockets on this one.

    Joe
    You did notice its "pick up only" in Indianapolis? Just checking.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    You did notice its "pick up only" in Indianapolis? Just checking.....
    Oh of course. We're due for a road trip anyway.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    You did notice its "pick up only" in Indianapolis? Just checking.....
    I am sure that Joe is planning a few other stops along the way to look for more sewing machines. Right Joe?
    Sweet Caroline

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