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    Machine Pricing Adjusted for Inflation?

    Today, I hemmed some frayed pant cuffs with my 201. As I was sewing and enjoying the click-click of the perfect SS machine I wondered if my family could have afforded a machine such as the 201 when they were new. More than likely this question has been answered but I would be interested if any posters have ideas on what a new 201, or other machines sold for when new and adjusting for inflation what would the price be in today's money. Inquiring minds need to know.
    Ron in NW MO

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    In 1950, they were sold for $100 or so, which would be close to $1000 today.

    The price probably varied depending on what cabinet you got.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    In 1950, they were sold for $100 or so, which would be close to $1000 today.

    The price probably varied depending on what cabinet you got.
    Wow! No we couldn't afford a new machine back then. They are bargains on the used market today.
    Ron in NW MO

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    Here is a fun little site that supposedly does inflation adjustments for you.

    http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

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    Singer was top-of-the-line back in the day. Heck, their repairmen even made house calls.
    Mark

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    This is a fun site to explain a little of the history of 201's. Unfortunately, he is in England so the receipt and his discussion is in pounds/shillings but he says that for one woman it was the equivalent of half-a-year's wages!
    http://www.sewalot.com/singer_201k_sewalot.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    Here is a fun little site that supposedly does inflation adjustments for you.

    http://www.westegg.com/inflation/
    Mark was right on!
    Ron in NW MO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy T. View Post
    This is a fun site to explain a little of the history of 201's. Unfortunately, he is in England so the receipt and his discussion is in pounds/shillings but he says that for one woman it was the equivalent of half-a-year's wages!
    http://www.sewalot.com/singer_201k_sewalot.htm
    Kathy, thanks for that link. I'm not alone in my admiration of the 201.
    Ron in NW MO

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    The other thing to remember about Singer machines is they were basically the "first" (This is what I read, but maybe one of the first?) company's to do retail financing. You didn't buy a $100 machine outright (usually), you made payments on it. A friend of mine has a receipt for a machine her grandma owned with the "down payment" and monthly payments set out on it.

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    Singer was the first company, from what I read, to have machines that one bought 'by hire'. Now we would call it, 'buy here, pay here.' They also would take machines in as a trade in for a Singer sewing machine. The 'trade ins' would be destroyed so they couldn't be resold, and a person wanting a sewing machine would have to buy a new one instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    The 'trade ins' would be destroyed so they couldn't be resold, and a person wanting a sewing machine would have to buy a new one instead.
    A guy that works in my local place said that too. He recalled the procedure for destroying them, too. Urgh! Described some of them as "like new". The stuff of nightmares for us, and I can't un-hear it
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    A guy that works in my local place said that too. He recalled the procedure for destroying them, too. Urgh! Described some of them as "like new". The stuff of nightmares for us, and I can't un-hear it
    Now I can't "unhear" that! I can only imagine the machines being destroyed. Some that I'm not even aware of. It makes for a great Horror Movie Theme.
    Ron in NW MO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vridar View Post
    Now I can't "unhear" that! I can only imagine the machines being destroyed. Some that I'm not even aware of. It makes for a great Horror Movie Theme.
    I didn't describe the procedure! Don't ask and you still have a chance to avoid the nightmares.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Great Gobs.

    Acid and fire?

    Now I am curious.

    Or maybe beige spraypaint.

    :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    Great Gobs.

    Acid and fire?

    Now I am curious.

    Or maybe beige spraypaint.

    :-)
    Mocha or beige spray paint is worse than my imagination of monsters with sledge hammers ;-)
    Ron in NW MO

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    Mocha
    Cappuccino
    Ecru
    Champagne
    Portobello
    Sand


    All just polite words for beige.

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    OK, since you insisted. Three men had to be there: One did the machine in with a sledgehammer, and the other two had to watch. All three of them signed the order as destroyer and witnesses (as mentioned the destruction was so the machines could never be re-sold).
    He said that while he worked for Singer he saw thousands of serviceable sewing machines get whacked.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Suddenly my warm and fuzzy feelings for Singer are fading, fading... to a sort of sickly beige.

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    So they literally destroyed the competition.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    Mocha
    Cappuccino
    Ecru
    Champagne
    Portobello
    Sand


    All just polite words for beige.
    Beige spray paint sounds even worse. They tried to soften the Black to beige transition by calling it Mocha. Beige by any other name...;-)

    Isn't it amazing where these threads take us?
    Ron in NW MO

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    There's an OSMG about 100 miles from me. He often gives people machines to put in the cars they're sending to the crusher. Emptied out a really large shed that way. He wants to sell me a rusted old heap for $60, but he gives them away to someone who just wants them for weight at the metal place. A monster I tell you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    So they literally destroyed the competition.
    Yes but isn't it just weird that they were their own competition? The executed machines were nearly all Singers too! I'd have expected they'd have more respect for their own masterpieces.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    There's an OSMG about 100 miles from me. He often gives people machines to put in the cars they're sending to the crusher. Emptied out a really large shed that way. He wants to sell me a rusted old heap for $60, but he gives them away to someone who just wants them for weight at the metal place. A monster I tell you.
    It actually sounds like they're unsalvageable anyway, if the one he thinks will sell is a rusted heap. Do you have a picture? Who's the monster? Him or the machines (not trying to be smart)?
    I'm about to graduate to senior, and celebrating with "new" 1940s pinking shears
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    LOL, mlmack, good one!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    So they literally destroyed the competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    It actually sounds like they're unsalvageable anyway, if the one he thinks will sell is a rusted heap. Do you have a picture? Who's the monster? Him or the machines (not trying to be smart)?
    I'm about to graduate to senior, and celebrating with "new" 1940s pinking shears
    No, I have no pictures. He's got sheds full of the stuff. They could be salvaged with enough time and energy, but he's not discriminant about what he tries to sell or have crushed. It could be a better looking machine he sends in a car, because it came out of the shed first.

    The monster comment (re the OSMG) was a veiled reference to the nightmares? missed I guess.

    Woohoo! Happy senior shearing Oh...that sounds bad.

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