Need Advice on a Machine

Old 11-03-2011, 01:22 PM
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This sewing machine is posted for $55.00. Can the base be repaired? It looks in good condition otherwise. My gut says buy it but my head is saying otherwise. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks.

VERY RARE HARRIS "S" HAND CRANK SEWING MACHINE FROM ABOUT 1930 WITH ART DECO STYLIZED ROSES. Made probably by Haid & Neu for Harris which was a large London distributor. This machine dates to around 1930, the stylized roses are typical of the Art Deco style. Note the ruler inlaid in the base and the recessed hand crank, with the bobbin winder being directly driven from the gear wheel. Includes a lovely locking case with key. The base is cracked, so this may not be usable as is, but it is lovely and makes a wonderful display piece
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:25 PM
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If the base is only cracked, I would think it could be repaired...If the machine is in good condition and the decals are nice, then I'd jump on it!
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:34 PM
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I would make sure that the seller description means that the base is the wooden case that is cracked and can be repaired or replaced. That would be okay.

However, I have seen one recently posted on my local CL that the actual metal bed of the machine is cracked. I would not want to try and deal with that. Whatever cracked the metal probably also did some damage to other parts of the machine unless it was a flaw in the casting.

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Old 11-03-2011, 05:47 PM
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The machine may work as a decorator piece at a Friday's restaurant, but I'd pass on it as a machine. But I'm in TN, and you wouldn't believe the auctions here!
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