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Thread: Vintage Giggles aka What are they smoking????

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    The seller states "you have to see it to appreciate it". Would have been nice if he/she had supplied a picture. . .
    Totally agree with your statement.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    The seller states "you have to see it to appreciate it". Would have been nice if he/she had supplied a picture. . .
    at that price it better be so pretty it hurts your eyes
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/ele/4006620744.html

    How's this for information overload?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/ele/4006620744.html
    How's this for information overload?
    I'm, uuhhmmm, underwhelmed by their disclosures!
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/ele/4006620744.html

    how's this for information overload?
    * y * u * p *
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    One of those "rare" red eyes . . . http://lansing.craigslist.org/atq/3995134869.html
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    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Last edited by chris_quilts; 08-16-2013 at 08:07 PM.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    I'd say 99 also. I love finding them with the cabinets made to fit. First time I've seen that particular cabinet with a 99 inside. Stool does not match though . . .
    I think 99, too. It has a drop in bobbin and is not a 201 and looks too small to be a 66. I love the case with "Singer" inlaid in the handle. I dig that cabinet too. Too bad the stool is missing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    "After talking to Singer I was advised this machine without the foot pedal is worth $150.00, asking $100 obo."
    Yeah, right. And I love it when they say "see the picture" and there is no picture.
    Last edited by Sheluma; 08-16-2013 at 09:59 PM. Reason: omitted end quote
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I read on treadleon that the White vibrating shuttle uses an unusual bobbin with a bored-out core (like a spool), and the shuttle has a pin in it to fit inside the core.
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    Yes they do have a pin in the shuttle to carry the bobbin with a hole thru it. I have a Peerless White HC and it took me awhile to find the bobbins for it. Ebay has them or did.
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    There's one a hour from me- same price. Very nice style irons.

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    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/clo/4008176331.html

    "machine runs great but the needle mechanism won't go up & down"

    I picked up a Kenmore 1803, with all of the attachments, manuals and a cabinet, for $10, that suffered from the same condition. Turns out the bobbin winder clutch had been loosened.
    Last edited by mlmack; 08-17-2013 at 12:48 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mindless View Post
    The 1st Seattle ad http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/atq/3993559531.html is for a 301 in a cabinet for $125. I would consider that and even clear out some of my acquired NTMOS (new to me old stock) if I could get it.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    "After talking to Singer I was advised this machine without the foot pedal is worth $150.00, asking $100 obo."
    Yeah, right. And I love it when they say "see the picture" and there is no picture.
    I read that too. How do I contact Singer for appraisals? That would be awesome!!! I wouldn't have to even show them the machine either! Airfare to China these days is expensive. So is shipping. Do I call the same # to have my Chevy, my jewelry, and paintings appraised too??? I need to know!!!
    Sorry to say that a less informed person might believe this BS! I hate it when I see people blatantly LYING in ads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I read that too. How do I contact Singer for appraisals? That would be awesome!!! I wouldn't have to even show them the machine either! Airfare to China these days is expensive. So is shipping. Do I call the same # to have my Chevy, my jewelry, and paintings appraised too??? I need to know!!!
    Sorry to say that a less informed person might believe this BS! I hate it when I see people blatantly LYING in ads.
    ~G~
    I'd go with Sears, like that one guy did. They appraise Singer at a higher value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I read that too. How do I contact Singer for appraisals? That would be awesome!!! I wouldn't have to even show them the machine either! Airfare to China these days is expensive. So is shipping. Do I call the same # to have my Chevy, my jewelry, and paintings appraised too??? I need to know!!!
    Sorry to say that a less informed person might believe this BS! I hate it when I see people blatantly LYING in ads.
    ~G~
    I have a sneaking suspicion that the people saying that are talking to a Singer dealer in their area. The dealer would likely say something to the effect of "a fully serviced machine is worth about xx" and they hear "It's worth xx(X2)"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    I have a sneaking suspicion that the people saying that are talking to a Singer dealer in their area. The dealer would likely say something to the effect of "a fully serviced machine is worth about xx" and they hear "It's worth xx(X2)"
    There is an old dealer in our area that think$ hi$ $tuff is gold plated. Maybe they went in there and looked around and $aw one like the one out in their $hed and figured their$ might be worth that much, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    There is an old dealer in our area that think$ hi$ $tuff is gold plated. Maybe they went in there and looked around and $aw one like the one out in their $hed and figured their$ might be worth that much, too.
    There's at least one of those here too. I went into one of the shops yesterday looking for something, and looked at the used machines while I was there. $299 for an Elna SU, $175 for a 15-90, etc. Maybe they didn't ask anyone, just compared what they saw to what they had.

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    Around here he wants $500 for an Elna SU... It may be where people get their ideas...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    There is an old dealer in our area that think$ hi$ $tuff is gold plated. Maybe they went in there and looked around and $aw one like the one out in their $hed and figured their$ might be worth that much, too.
    We have one of those too! He's an older dude that we refer to as the "Troll" He looks and acts the part. Friendly enough unless you want to buy something from him. The he gets all crafty looking and refuses to give a price. And if you make an offer, he's smirk and say "you'll have to do much better than that".

    His shop is filled with neat old machines and just about every old Singer attachment out there (all covered with a layer of dust too). He's been in business for about 40 years, and bought it from someone else so he's got a lot of "new, never used" items. We got to talking to him and he wanted us to consider buying his shop - but I expect he'd want someone to pay for that imagined pot of Gold in the back room too.

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    Just some thoughts...

    Just some thoughts on the 'really expensive machines' in shops. Granted, the $500 mentioned for an SU is way out of line, and certainly someone like Miriam knows what she's looking at at and what things are and are not worth. Also, caveat, I am the first in line to want a good deal, and generally one to scorn Fad-Mania pricing, honestly!

    However, the one thing I do want to say is that there can be a big difference between a $40 Craigslist machine and the "same" machine from your OSMG with triple the price tag. While one's instinct is to balk at the expensive Shop Tag, in an ideal world, the one in a shop has been tended to and brought up to snuff by Real Person Labour, and also comes with some sort of trust, standing behind it, etc. There is something very valid to be said for keeping local people in a job. It's good for everyone. (As I said, ideal world... I know there are sheisters out there, having recently paid too much for something myself from a local shop and in the end having been royally hosed. And it really stinks when there are trolls out there masquerading as nice shop owners. Grumble.)

    Here, we tend to be tinkerers. So we are happy to get a $25 machine and tinker away for HOURS to get it up to snuff, because it is our hobby. However, if you took that same machine to someone to have cleaned, de-linted, baptized in Tri Flo and annointed with SM oil, polished, etc etc etc, you can bet that the labour there would cost a pretty penny. A good example of this is my $20 Pfeffer 130 knock-off. I spent -hours- cleaning, re-wiring, etc etc... And it easy to balk at the "same machine" with a $200 price tag, but if that same machine has been given the Royal Treatment, that may be a different story.

    Anyhow, it's all very interesting to me, this whole concept of "worth" as applied to these wonderful old machines. I see a lot of confusion and mania over the intrinsic value of machines, the "List Price", the "going-for-on-eBay" price... I think sometimes we tend to be guilty in both directions, under-valuing one thing, over-valuing another. I'd love to know what others here think as well!

    (And I will also be the first to admit that I will be vulnerable to non-sensible thinking when I finally land my eyes on a RLPSM*. I also broke my fifty-cents-per-pound rule when I bought my Featherweight.)

    -Cecilia

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