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Thread: how do you focus your "I'm a collector" magnetism to certain machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    OMG .... That looks exactly like the machine I learned to how to sew.. cabinet and all.
    It looks exactly like my Mom's machine that I learned to sew on too! Yes, even the cabinet. I wish I still had it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised to see your friend ask to buy it back in the future. But do check on that wiring; it doesn't look so good to me.
    He will not be asking for it back, He got a walking foot machine about 6 months before getting laid off. And he lives in a second floor apartment, so VERY little room

    Oh, for sure on the wiring.

    I could find room for it if it was a 1885 or earlier. just no interest in the electrically powered machines. (NO I will NOT set this up as a treadle.... hehe)

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    Funny; I DO collect the friction drive machines, like that one. My very first one sat in the dining room under the extra chair and put out The Call, and now I have seven (I think) of them! I think they're cool mechanically, and fun to dink around with, although for daily sewing I like my Singer 403 and the FW best. Kenmore in particual had a run of friction drives. I have several, but none of them blue. Nice machine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Joe,

    I find that it is about $30-$50 per box. depending on the packaging level and machine type.
    ($30 is Willcox & Gibbs head, $50 is 20's era New Home Head, as an approximation)

    1 for cabinet
    1 for machine
    1 for irons
    1 for Coffin top (if so equipped)
    That would be from $120 to $200 dollars per machine. YIKES!!!!!!!! Still cheaper than gas to drive to CA, but also still more than my budget can afford.
    Thanks for the info.

    Joe

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    Joe, I agree for most machines, but when you are collecting really early machines, you kinda have to take them where they are found/offered. Or wait YEARS for one to show up on my side at a sensible price...

    I just shipped the Jones Treadle to Texas and I am starting to break down the W&G treadle I have now for shipment.

    I would rather sell it to a collector for $150 + Shipping than sell it locally to some dipsnort for $300-$400.

    Just my attitude towards it.
    Last edited by SteveH; 03-21-2013 at 10:39 AM.

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    Ahhhhh, well since I'm not a collector ............... does that mean I'm a ... a.... a ...... di .... oh no I can't say those words > ".."<




    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Ahhhhh, well since I'm not a collector ............... Joe
    Right... Of course you are not....

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    Steve,

    I knew what you meant, I was just teasing.

    When I "collect" something it's as a user of the item. To me the experience of using a 1909 vintage Minnesota Model B, or writing with a 1928 Parker Senior Doufold fountain pen, or driving a 1927 Chevy 2 door, is far greater than having it sit in a display case or room looking pristine and sparkling new.

    I've always said: "If I can't use it, I don't want it."

    Joe

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    If it weighs less than 50 pounds you can send machines by Greyhound bus. I shipped a Pfaff 130 to California from TN for 35.00. It was only the head because those suckers are heavy. Including the plastic tote and the 2 new bed pillows I used to pack it, the total weight was 49.3 pounds. It got to California just fine. The nice thing about going Greyhound is once the package is on the bus it stays on the bus; they switch drivers - not buses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Steve, I knew what you meant, I was just teasing. I've always said: "If I can't use it, I don't want it." Joe
    I figured you were...

    I have the SAME attitude. None of my machines are "under glass". If they don't work, they are still "in the shop" till they do.

    ...and I drove the heck out of my 66 Barracuda and my 67 Dart GT 'vert after they were finished getting fixed up.

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    I collect mainly Singer round bobbin treadle machines from 1910-1960ish and lately have fallen in love with the Pfaff treadles from the 1950s era. I've tried using the long bobbin machines, found that I don't really like them for ease of use. All of my machines are in fairly good condition. I've had a couple that were a bit rusted, but not too bad. I am primarily a quilter, so its important that my machines sew well.
    Sharon
    Last edited by purplefiend; 03-21-2013 at 03:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I collect mainly Singer round bobbin treadle machines from 1910-1960ish and lately have fallen in love with the Pfaff treadles from the 1950s era.
    Hi Sharon
    Do you have a Singer Model 15 in your collection? I'd love to know more about how they sew (I'm looking at a 1939 model) and I'm trying to compare it to an 1895 model 27-2 - but have no idea what the differences are! Like you, using the machine is all important It will be my first Singer treadle purchase so it's hard to know what to look for. Everyone has highly recommended the 201K but I'm also interested in something more decorative.
    Cheers,
    Amelia

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    I'd kill for that cabinet...

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    i buy those kind of machines .....at yard sales etc ...then share them with some of our young folks in hope some will carry on

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    to bad you are not in southern indiana area i have an extra one in the garage

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