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Thread: Should I buy this Singer 66? No experience

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    I came across this machine today at a resale shop and didn't know if it was interesting or not. They are asking $125. It is in it's original box. It appears the piece that covers the bobbin is missing. The foot pedal was there. I hand turned the nob and the needle did go up and down. I just don't have a clue about what I'm doing but would hate to miss out. The decals seemed to be in pretty good shape with wear in places that would be normal with use. Advice???
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    looks like a red eye, it is beautiful!
    there are a couple of experts here on the board. get in contact with them.

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    I would not, especially if you don't have prior experience. It looks like a Red Eye, which is a nice decal to have, but it's in a portable (ha-ha-ha) case (they weigh a ton!). I'd want a 66 in a cabinet. Plus, where I am anyway, $125 is overpriced for a machine in this condition with the bobbin cover plate missing. If I found this in a local thrift shop, price would be around $35 to $50.

    Also, I *always* plug a machine in at the thrift shop and make sure the foot pedal makes it run. If I've thought ahead, I also bring thread and fabric so I can make sure the machine actually makes a stitch when it runs. (If it doesn't make a stitch, it could be out of time, and that requires some knowledge to fix at home.) I also don't like to buy machines unless the cords are in good condition, although my understanding is that replacing the cords is not a huge deal.

    $125 would be a good price if the Red Eye were in a treadle cabinet.

    Oh, one more thing. With this kind of case, the machine is hinged at the back so you can tilt the machine back and store small items in the base. There are usually a couple of little hinge locks on the right side that you can move with your finger to allow this tilting. The bobbin cover plate might be in the bottom of the case. (You can see one of the hinges in the last picture.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I would not, especially if you don't have prior experience. It looks like a Red Eye, which is a nice decal to have, but it's in a portable (ha-ha-ha) case (they weigh a ton!). I'd want a 66 in a cabinet. Plus, where I am anyway, $125 is overpriced for a machine in this condition with the bobbin cover plate missing. If I found this in a local thrift shop, price would be around $35 to $50.

    Also, I *always* plug a machine in at the thrift shop and make sure the foot pedal makes it run. If I've thought ahead, I also bring thread and fabric so I can make sure the machine actually makes a stitch when it runs. (If it doesn't make a stitch, it could be out of time, and that requires some knowledge to fix at home.) I also don't like to buy machines unless the cords are in good condition, although my understanding is that replacing the cords is not a huge deal.

    $125 would be a good price if the Red Eye were in a treadle cabinet.
    Good sound advice! I agree :thumbup:

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    In my area, that is a bit high...but if you think it's worth it...go ahead.

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    The decals on the bed are in bad shape. Tell them you will offer them $20.

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    I agree with Kas who said offer them $20. See what they say.

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    $20 sounds right and if you don't want to spend more for parts, etc. don't bother...

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    I wouldn't go above $20 either.

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    Its pretty, but I think too expensive too!

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    I agree with the others - although in my area, I might go a little higher - $25 or 30. The decals are in pretty poor condition and it doesn't look like they're just hiding under grime - it looks like they've been worn away.

    It's also a back-clamping attachment and it can be expensive to buy the feet and attachments that make it a more versatile machine. Perhaps as Prism mentioned, the feet are hiding in the storage compartment. If the machine does have a full kit of attachments, I would probably pay $50 for it, even knowing that I would almost certainly have to replace all the electrical components.

    People don't usually have any idea of what to charge for these old sewing machines and sometimes they seem to be under the impression that the pretty colors or just their age make them worth their weight in gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    $20 sounds right and if you don't want to spend more for parts, etc. don't bother...
    I agree, it's not in good shape and will be needing work/parts which are pricey.

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    Is there a lid for the case?
    If not, that's another reason to lowball your offer (but if the machine runs when plugged in, $20 may be too much of a lowball)

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    And what is under the pedal? It is sure cleaner than mine was, but mine was free!

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    That is a bit high for one in that condition. I paid $100.00 for a Red Eye in a Parlour Cabinet and I pd $50.00 for a Red eye in a beautiful 7 drawer treadle cabinet in wonderful shape. The cabinets alone go for more than that, when they are in good shape.

    Keep looking on Craigslist. I see Red Eyes on my local CL all the time and most of them come in nice cabinets. This is also the perfect time to look on CL because everyone is starting to do their spring cleaning and you can get some really good deals on vintage machines.

    ETA: Here is one in a parlor cabinet that is listed today, in Haverhill, MA, for $100.00:
    http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/atq/2145988706.html
    This cabinet looks really nice, although I can't see the pedal in the picture.

    Here is a cute video, by Treadle Lady.com, showing how these cabinets work:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TreadleL.../5/Fi8a_OHUv1M

    She has some other videos that are helpful to those who are new to treadle machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Here is a cute video, by Treadle Lady.com, showing how these cabinets work:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TreadleL.../5/Fi8a_OHUv1M

    She has some other videos that are helpful to those who are new to treadle machines.
    OMG-- thank you so much for the link to that video!! I just bought a Singer 66 in this cabinet and brought it home today. This video saved me so much frustration! God's timing just amazes me...

    Below is a picture of mine:

    Singer 66 w/ lotus decals in parlor cabinet DR04
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Here is a cute video, by Treadle Lady.com, showing how these cabinets work:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TreadleL.../5/Fi8a_OHUv1M

    She has some other videos that are helpful to those who are new to treadle machines.
    OMG-- thank you so much for the link to that video!! I just bought a Singer 66 in this cabinet and brought it home today. This video saved me so much frustration! God's timing just amazes me...
    God's timing is always amazing :-D . Your cabinet looks a lot like mine. I almost gave it to a friend of mine and I was looking for a website to help show my friend how the "elevator" works and I came across TreadleLady's video. Long story short I decided to keep my parlor cabinet and learn how to use it. Does yours have a belt? That's what was holding me up--I didn't have a belt but I have since bought some but still need to put it on.

    My parlor cabinet--it looks just like yours
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    This is my first red-eye machine that came in the parlor cabinet
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    Where did you find your beauty? I haven't found anything that nice here in Mississippi.

    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Here is a cute video, by Treadle Lady.com, showing how these cabinets work:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TreadleL.../5/Fi8a_OHUv1M

    She has some other videos that are helpful to those who are new to treadle machines.
    OMG-- thank you so much for the link to that video!! I just bought a Singer 66 in this cabinet and brought it home today. This video saved me so much frustration! God's timing just amazes me...

    Below is a picture of mine:

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    I'm not sure where "sewbizgirl" found hers but mine was on Craigslist. I've seen several of them on there in the past year. You just have to keep checking....you'd be surprised the deals you can get if you know what to look for. Most people are just trying to clean out their attics. Good luck in your search.

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    [quote=QuiltDraggon]Where did you find your beauty? I haven't found anything that nice here in Mississippi.

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    I found it at a local flea market, but believe me, there aren't any more. I've been there several times looking and all the other machines in there are in pretty rough shape. Never have seen this cabinet before, but I've since learned that Singer made one even fancier than this-- it's the same cabinet but with additional pieces of oak scrollwork glued on, like the old fireplace mantlepieces have. That cabinet is the DR05...

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