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How old does a sewing machine have to be to be called vintage?

Old 03-03-2015, 04:28 PM
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I am a Juki girl all the way...I have two I purchased new, a MO-654/DE serger and a Juki KZL F-600 domestic that is for quilting. LUV them but I will always have a very nostalgic place in my heart for the oldies and don't even get me started on the vintage cars I learned to drive on...I remember having to pull out chokes to get them started and shifters on the column etc. LOL No I never had one that I had to get out and crank it LOL

My 43 willy's jeep was about the most fun vehicle I ever owned. Wish I had kept it.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
Try being 62 years old and still thinking that things you bought new in 1970 is modern.
I'm not 62 Joe but I also consider 1970 to be modern. Youngest daughter's machine is from 1970. Plastic galore and even though I've replaced the nylon gears and it was made in the awesome Scottish factory, it's obviously an inferior design: The four step buttonholer's third step is reverse ZZ and the plastic button doesn't engage fully because it's worn. No way to fix it makes it modern because I can fix anything on any of my pre-modern machines.

I use the term 'modern' as a negative and not just for sewing machines: Mobile (cell) phone obsessed zombies who walk along streets staring at it and avoid all contact with humans are as modern as employers who never respond when you make the effort to put in a job application.
Well at least I sound 62 now
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
No way to fix it makes it modern because I can fix anything on any of my pre-modern machines.
That's a really sad sentence. I can't disagree with it either.

I feel the same way about cellphone zombies. LOL, I just deleted a big rant about it, don't get me started! It's not just young people though, the phone addiction hits all ages.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:25 AM
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My late 70's Kenmore is still a great machine, even though I bent a few pins with it myself. I guess you could call it "modern" because it has zigzag, but is way better than today's plastic machines.
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by jlm5419 View Post
My late 70's Kenmore is still a great machine, even though I bent a few pins with it myself.
I'm pretty sure that's a right of passage.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by swizzy View Post
[ What does one do with an old sewing machine, in a cabinet, 1952 Domestic? My Kids are not interested in sewing.
At one time I talked to a dealer and he said there was no value, people want modern machines, but he would service it and donate to a women's shelter.
Would you say that it is worthless?
Not worthless but not worth a lot monetarily either. The sad reality is there are literally millions of old sewing machines out there and the demand doesn't match the availability in most cases. People just don't sew as much as they used to given you can buy ready made "anything" cheaper than you can make it yourself these days. People are also convinced things must be new and shiny to be any good and that they need a warrantee. The worth is in how well it sews. Even if it's been sitting for years chances are it doesn't need much more than fresh oil and a good cleaning to start sewing again.

It may not have all the modern amenities like automatic thread cutting and programmed stitches but it was built before planned obsolescence existed and will, with a little care, still be sewing 60 years from now. When it was made engineers weren't counting cycles of use before failure and downgrading parts so they would fail right after the warrantee expired. They just designed things to last.

If you have no use for it you can get a little bit of money on Craig's List for it (don't believe the high priced ads, many of those machines sit for months if not years without selling) or you can give it to someone who does sew or go ahead and donate it to a worthy cause like the women's shelter.

I see you're fairly local. We're having a get together March 14th in Tumwater (Olympia area) if you want to come up.

I stand corrected. "Stepper" not "servo" motor.
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