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Thread: Should I keep it or sell it, not sure!

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    I have a 99k Singer in cabinet, I bought it last year. Poor thing hadn't been cleaned in years, just begged me to take it home! So I did, my dh cleaned her up and oiled her. He fixed anything that was broken or loose! She shines now, the only thing is I haven't sewn with her. I have a Singer 15 that is a real champ and two Janomes that I use all the time and a 301 on the way! I need a reason or two just to keep her, I don't want to be sorry!

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    reason #1 - you're a collector!

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    I think I would keep her if I had the room, even if I didn't use her.

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    I have room to keep her,she threads really diffrent from the singer 15. The old singers are such tanks. I don't want to be hasty and sorry.

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    Well it is a pitty you don't live in Socal else I would give you a reason to sell it to me. I would keep it. In the long run you will not regret it.

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    The cabinet is worth more than the machine so I would keep it. The 99 is a 3/4 machine as you know already but it is a really popular machine, especially in the portable form. I have one I made into a handcrank and even though I have never used it I will never part with it. If you have room for the machine and cabinet hang onto it and it will do nothing but go up in value.

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    Thanks Bily! The cabinet is nothing special really! The machine is a beauty. I really don't know anything about the 99. She is small so that makes so much sense, that she is 3/4. I don't think her feed dogs drop like the 15. I just know the old machines sew so nice and a person can maintain them without having to haul them in each year like my janome. Took a month to get it back from just a cleaning. I will post a pic shortly!

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    Are the old machines going up in value, because people realize the quality? Is the standard price $25.00 still for an old avg machine? Seems like such little value in such a wonderful machine. Ok, I will keep her! I am sure once I start sewing on her I will be glad I did. My SR is full imagine that. My dh doesn't seem to mind her being in his den :)

    Although, he is starting to call me a "hoarder", but I may need to remind him I am apparently a "collector"! :-D

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    I would probably sell it. I've recently purged my house of things I don't use. The big motivation being that if you have ___ and it's just taking up space, you can give it away/sell it/etc and let someone else enjoy it. For ex, my grandmother's chairs. I have 2, and they were just sitting in my quilting room, not doing anything, not getting used, and taking up space. I felt like I had to hang onto them b/c they were my grandma's, but I wasn't really doing anything for her memory to just ignore them, so they're on the sell list. I like the idea of keeping things in my house that I actively and/or regularly use, rather than keeping stuff just in case, ya know?

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    I have recently seen one of these beauties and I agree with you on keeping it. The value is priceless. I am personally thinking about getting an older singer model as they are very nice for the quilting aspect. Thank you for sharing this priceless work of art.

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    Personally I would sell it if I wasn't using it. I try to only keep things I use. If you haven't used it in a year then there is a good chance you won't use it, and someone else may put her to good use.

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    I have my aunts 99K. I haven't used her, but my DH did to sew some "sails". They are very heavy duty and will sew leather with no problem. Keep her if you have room. They don't make them like that any more.

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    If it were me, Id keep it, but I am a collector, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    Although, he is starting to call me a "hoarder", but I may need to remind him I am apparently a "collector"! :-D
    We "collectors' mustn't allow un-knowledgeable people to be confused between 'hoarding' and 'collecting' :mrgreen:

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    I am not a pack rat and I would agree to sell it IF your purpose in owning it is that it be functional and useable for you on a regular basis (which you say it isn't). BUT, if your reason for owning it is aesthetic and for the simple joy of having something old, rare and beautiful, then I'd keep it. The fact that you're asking tells me you love this machine even though you don't use it. I think you'd be sorry if you parted with such a treasure. :-)

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    I'm thinking the way it sounds.You don't want to sell it,i would keep it.Connie in CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    Thanks Bily! The cabinet is nothing special really! The machine is a beauty. I really don't know anything about the 99. She is small so that makes so much sense, that she is 3/4. I don't think her feed dogs drop like the 15. I just know the old machines sew so nice and a person can maintain them without having to haul them in each year like my janome. Took a month to get it back from just a cleaning. I will post a pic shortly!
    3/4 cabinets are worth their weight in gold trust me!!

    I have a huge collection of machines and yeah I am building a 1600sqft edition to my studio to house most of them but I would never sell it. As far as the "if you dont use it sell it" ideas think about all of those old barbies and baseball cards and cars we had through the years that we wished we still had. Now they are worth a fortune and it would be nice to have them again.

    And the day of finding nice machines for $25 are all but gone. People have started realizing that they have a collectible value and are raising the prices accordingly. They are still out there still but you have to look a lot harder.

    Billy

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    Here is a couple of pics of my 99k, the cabinet is in decent condition, except for the top,I bet I could clean that somehow!

    A little beauty 99K
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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    I'm thinking the way it sounds.You don't want to sell it,i would keep it.Connie in CO
    I think your right! I just have to look at it and I melt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    Thanks Bily! The cabinet is nothing special really! The machine is a beauty. I really don't know anything about the 99. She is small so that makes so much sense, that she is 3/4. I don't think her feed dogs drop like the 15. I just know the old machines sew so nice and a person can maintain them without having to haul them in each year like my janome. Took a month to get it back from just a cleaning. I will post a pic shortly!
    3/4 cabinets are worth their weight in gold trust me!!

    I have a huge collection of machines and yeah I am building a 1600sqft edition to my studio to house most of them but I would never sell it. As far as the "if you dont use it sell it" ideas think about all of those old barbies and baseball cards and cars we had through the years that we wished we still had. Now they are worth a fortune and it would be nice to have them again.

    And the day of finding nice machines for $25 are all but gone. People have started realizing that they have a collectible value and are raising the prices accordingly. They are still out there still but you have to look a lot harder.

    Billy
    I trust you Billy on this! I didn't realize the 3/4 cabinets are that much in demand! I just need to take some time and sew with her. She does purr like a kitten!

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    Very nice machine!!! Keep it!

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    Deedum, I was a little emotional when I first started to read your thread concerning your little lady and I cried and cried. It reminded of stories of 'unwed girls that had to make the choice of placing their new born's for adoption.' Think of what they had to go through, I'm glad that you chose to keep the little lady. She is a beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrybsixty
    Deedum, I was a little emotional when I first started to read your thread concerning your little lady and I cried and cried. It reminded of stories of 'unwed girls that had to make the choice of placing their new born's for adoption.' Think of what they had to go through, I'm glad that you chose to keep the little lady. She is a beauty.
    Yes that is it exactly! It's like I don't need her since I have several machines, but she needs me! I remember when I found her, nobody wanted her, it was apparent, the lady I got her from practically gave her to me or she was going to the dumpster. I just couldn't have that!

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    I am hoping to get a 99-13 very soon. I am really looking forward to adding one to my tiny little collection...so far 1 Elna Supermatic and 1 Singer 301A. I like the eMachines!! :-)

    I think you should keep it, at least for a while so you can use it and "bond" with it. I haven't even sewed my 301a yet, but already I am bonded to her. Give her a name, and you won't ever want to part with her. :-)

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    Deedum, that's right name her and that will definitely be her home. She reminds me of my BFG,(WillieAnna), small but sassy.

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