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Old 01-19-2016, 10:20 PM
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Saw this Singer 223 Fashion Mate for free on Craigslist today, I picked it up around noon. The ad said that it hasn't worked for a while and it has been exposed to the weather.

I got it home and it was totally frozen and quite wet from sitting in the rain. The rust wasn't too bad but it was visible in some areas. Took a little work getting it to move again. Also, getting the whole bobbin assembly (not sure what all that stuff is called) cleaned up and moving again was a challenge, but it's sewing again. Apparently this model was made in Japan, it's all metal construction and I think I'll enjoy sewing with it. It actually came with another Singer, but the other one has a lot of plastic in it and I'm not sure what I'll do with that one.

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Old 01-20-2016, 04:27 AM
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Nice save!
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:34 AM
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I have one of those. It is very a very nice machine. I'm betting it would be a real nice one on a treadle. I can not remember if the hand wheel and the motor boss line up or are off center for hand crank. Mine had a horrible mess in the gears under the bobbin area. It doesn't stop me from loving the machine though. Anyway, you have a very nice find.
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Oh, it's a pretty machine!
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:43 AM
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That is a beautiful machine. I have a couple of singer fashion mates and I really like them. You did a great job.
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Congratulations! It feels great getting a basically good machine up and running!
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:40 AM
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This was the first machine I repaired, cleaned and sold. It went to a grandfather for his preteen grand daughters birthday. He purchased it because his mother had one and he knew it was a good one. His grand daughter was in tears after her third cheap childs sewing machine had failed like the others before it.

She has plans ( at 9 years old) to be a clothing designer. How cute is that?! He said she was getting very discouraged. I gifted him a table to go with it for her.

I have to say that little machine had the most perfect straight stitches I have ever seen. I am always on the look out for another one. I would keep it in my small collection and use it just for the beautiful stitches that it is known for.

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Old 01-20-2016, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by DKuehn View Post
Saw this Singer 223 Fashion Mate for free on Craigslist today, I picked it up around noon. The ad said that it hasn't worked for a while and it has been exposed to the weather.

I got it home and it was totally frozen and quite wet from sitting in the rain. The rust wasn't too bad but it was visible in some areas. Took a little work getting it to move again. Also, getting the whole bobbin assembly (not sure what all that stuff is called) cleaned up and moving again was a challenge, but it's sewing again. Apparently this model was made in Japan, it's all metal construction and I think I'll enjoy sewing with it. It actually came with another Singer, but the other one has a lot of plastic in it and I'm not sure what I'll do with that one.

The collection continues to grow...

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I saw the C/L ad for these. You must live close! The Fashion Mate looked worth saving, the other not so much!
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Mrs. SewNSew View Post
I saw the C/L ad for these. You must live close! The Fashion Mate looked worth saving, the other not so much!
Looks like we're neighbors. I'm guessing the other one will eventually end up in a landfill.
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Old 01-20-2016, 05:42 PM
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Very nice machine, great save, enjoy
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