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Thread: Sad Singer 185K at Goodwill today =/

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    Unhappy Sad Singer 185K at Goodwill today =/

    Bless its heart, it was in a cabinet that wasn't it great shape. It only had one front drawer that folded down, and it was empty. So, no accessories with the machine at all. the machine was avocado green, and the light was definitely broken away from the machine. the cords looked ok, but the handwheel didn't move the needle at all. The bobbin was there, and the slide plate.

    It was only ten dollars for the machine and the cabinet. I know that I could not have helped it, and I treated myself to that red eye yesterday! ( He let me have it for $25!!)

    It was just so sad. Someone had to have loved it and used it, and now no one does. =(

    I hope a Joe or a Miriam or a Caroline come along for it.

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    They will either have to reduce it further, ie, free or send it to the dump. Keep talking with the manager and you may get lucky. What make and model was it. If it was Singer 500 or more, let it be.
    If it is a good, old Singer then it may be worth it. Don't know of any army green machines, except, non-Singer. If an Elna of Pfaff, then it may be worth a whirl, but parts are harder to find. Probably need cleaning and oil to make it go. Look at Joe's posts to find out what to do to old, stuck, machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lara122 View Post
    Bless its heart, it was in a cabinet that wasn't it great shape. It only had one front drawer that folded down, and it was empty. So, no accessories with the machine at all. the machine was avocado green, and the light was definitely broken away from the machine. the cords looked ok, but the handwheel didn't move the needle at all. The bobbin was there, and the slide plate.

    It was only ten dollars for the machine and the cabinet. I know that I could not have helped it, and I treated myself to that red eye yesterday! ( He let me have it for $25!!)

    It was just so sad. Someone had to have loved it and used it, and now no one does. =(

    I hope a Joe or a Miriam or a Caroline come along for it.
    Lara,

    Where is it?

    Joe

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    Joe, it is at a goodwill in NC. Not too far from Charlotte. *technically* Ballantyne. at 521 and Old Lancaster Hwy, if that helps.

    It made me so sad . . . =/. Tells ya how broke I am that I just didn't get it just because. Ten bucks. =(

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    Lara,

    Lots of space between Charlotte, NC and Springfield, IL. I don't have a 185 and would have dug into my change bag to get it. No need to send it to the dump. But I'm not there.

    Joe

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    Yes, I feel terrible about it still. I wish I had gotten it any way. Surely someone good will come along. Would they really send it to the dump if no one takes it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lara122 View Post
    Yes, I feel terrible about it still. I wish I had gotten it any way. Surely someone good will come along. Would they really send it to the dump if no one takes it?
    Yep they would.
    There is a thread here from some months ago where machines were dumped by a GW store right in front of customer who would have paid for them.

    (I've looked for the dumpster at our local GW. They don't have one, they have a monster sized compactor for their throw aways. It's the size of a short tractor trailer. )

    Joe

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    For $10 I would have rescued that sewing machine and cabinet. Too bad it is so far away. But maybe that is good for me. I already have tooo many project sewing machines.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Caroline, our tens are different. Ten might as well be a hundred for me this week. =/. Especially after I spent twenty five on the red eye. I have already shorted my grocery budget, and my kid has a cross country meet tomorrow. That means extra gas spent in my car. And, it isn't a local to me Goodwill. So, I would have to spend gas I don't have to go back. And, hungry teenagers are *awful*!

    I think I will call tomorrow and see if it is still there, and make sure they won't chunk it!

    isn't it just depressing, in general?
    =/

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    Our Goodwill doesn't have much of anything worthwhile, Salvation Army either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaMiller View Post
    They will either have to reduce it further, ie, free or send it to the dump. Keep talking with the manager and you may get lucky. What make and model was it. If it was Singer 500 or more, let it be.
    If it is a good, old Singer then it may be worth it. Don't know of any army green machines, except, non-Singer. If an Elna of Pfaff, then it may be worth a whirl, but parts are harder to find. Probably need cleaning and oil to make it go. Look at Joe's posts to find out what to do to old, stuck, machines.
    I bought a 1958 Singer 185K last month and she is my green godess..cleaned her up and she works like a charm:0
    Love that Green machine

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    My husband bought my little 185J at a thrift store for $5. It was on a day that one of my very good friends passed away. He would never try to add to my sewing machine addiction but I think he knew how sad I was that day and he thought it might cheer me up. I had mentioned the machine to him the day before and that I was thinking about buying it because I knew I could get it working. It would not run because the finger of the bobbin was not inserted correctly. We downloaded the manual, cleaned it, oiled and greased and she sews like a dream. Her name is Maggie after my friends dog that we kept while she was in the hospital. My sister saw it and the next thing I knew she had it at her house so her granddaughter could sew with her. I doubt I will ever get it back but Miss Maggie is a jewel of a machine. The feet from the FW fit her. I don't think you will regret buying it.

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    well, my mom came to help at my house because of my hand, and we talked about it. She got her purse, and gave me seven dollars towards it! So, on the way home from work tonight, Scott stopped. Here's the thing. It isn't ten anymore. it is $15.99. AND someone stole the face plate. He said he is certain it was covered before (I am too) and now, you can see the inside guts of the needleworks.

    Isn't that ridiculous?! I am certain it was $9.99 that day. And how could someone have taken the faceplate? I wonder if that was done on purpose. An employee maybe?

    I cannot imagine one of you guys doing that!! Who else would know so much, and care so much about an old sad machine? Isn't that terrible?

    Of course, he didn't get it. Makes me wish we had gotten it that first day, but I didn't have the money that day. Which just makes me sad all over again!

    Who is going to want it now? Someone has to have a plan. Right? Right?

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    I learned a similar lesson with a little green 185j...we stopped in at a local thrift store on our way to visit a friend and found a gorgeous machine in a case, all intact. Well, trying to be responsible because I already have one in a cabinet we left it behind - that machine bugged us all day until we stopped in again on our way home and guess what - she was still there but the needleplate etc was missing :-( :-(
    ...still bugs me when I think about it!

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    Jmcda, I am not sure if that makes me feel better . . . or worse! ;0) This makes me wonder about the slide plate for the Singer 248 I got a while ago. Wonder if someone 'salvaged' it too. Hmm.

    Poor machines!

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    I have a green 185 that my daughter picked up at a thrift shop for $10. It came with a junky table. It needs a tension adjustment, but we haven't gotten around to it. She bought it because she liked the color. So now we have six machines and the spare room is full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen C View Post
    I have a green 185 that my daughter picked up at a thrift shop for $10. It came with a junky table. It needs a tension adjustment, but we haven't gotten around to it. She bought it because she liked the color. So now we have six machines and the spare room is full.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...s-t170748.html Maybe this will help you figure out the tension
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    Thanks. I will watch those before I try to fix it.

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