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

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    Mega gross............with just a touch of a sob escaping my soul for the poor machine that once was!

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    Oh how sad. The seller says "Don't no (sic) if it works." No kidding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    Oh how sad. The seller says "Don't no (sic) if it works." No kidding.
    He was being economical with words, including the word "no". I'd give him $50 just to watch him plug it in!
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    A word to defend the people who convert old treadle tables into desks etc; while it is sad to think of it no longer being a sewing machine, I think that if a treadle stand/cabinet or machine table is otherwise destroyed, it is great that they are re-used, re-purposed, and given new life.

    I don't think that all iron bases/cabinets-turned-home-decor should necessarily be milk-painted with the same brushes of disdain. ;-) I have seen a few (natural wood, oak, nicely refinished) that are tastefully done (read: not festooned with pumpkin and roses applique...), and I certainly think that this is a better thing than letting it rust as lawn decor, or go to scrap.

    Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    be sure to email Rain and let him know your thoughts - he is also a QB member
    Someone else usually has mentioned the same things in the comments on his posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    A word to defend the people who convert old treadle tables into desks etc; while it is sad to think of it no longer being a sewing machine, I think that if a treadle stand/cabinet or machine table is otherwise destroyed, it is great that they are re-used, re-purposed, and given new life.

    I don't think that all iron bases/cabinets-turned-home-decor should necessarily be milk-painted with the same brushes of disdain. ;-) I have seen a few (natural wood, oak, nicely refinished) that are tastefully done (read: not festooned with pumpkin and roses applique...), and I certainly think that this is a better thing than letting it rust as lawn decor, or go to scrap.

    Just a thought.
    I agree. I know of one treadle that the wood is so destroyed it looks like a paperback book that was dropped in the tub then dried out. The owner took the machine out, put it on display and the irons are waiting to be sandblasted (They're more orange brown than black for the same reason the wood looks like it does) and used for something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    He was being economical with words, including the word "no". I'd give him $50 just to watch him plug it in!
    Me too....can I come and watch...can I, can I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    I am officially in sewing machine lust!!!!!!!!!!
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    I am officially in sewing machine lust!!!!!!!!!!
    Me, too. I can't bear to look again..........
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/fuo/4082975128.html

    Doesn't one just wonder why a seller can't understand what they're selling. This is obviously a Necchi BU. Any vintage sewing machine to them is a "Singer" I think.
    Ron in NW MO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vridar View Post
    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/fuo/4082975128.html

    Doesn't one just wonder why a seller can't understand what they're selling. This is obviously a Necchi BU. Any vintage sewing machine to them is a "Singer" I think.
    He's been mistaken for about a month now.

    I hate lazy sellers.

    I take pictures from all angles and usually use the maximum number I can. And I make sure the pics are oriented properly.
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    It takes time! My cousin and I went fabric shopping this week and I kept pointing to machines going "15-90", or "127 Pheasant decal", and she just shakes her head. Can't figure out how I do it.

    Here are two that will help you get going:
    http://www.sandman-collectibles.com/...r-machines.htm
    http://vssmb.blogspot.ca/2011/07/vis...g-singers.html - This is a great visual, but I find that he misses some weird things. Like a 15 is immediately identifiable by the tensioner on the face plate. (It can only be a 15 or a 115 at that point)

    Bookmarked! Thank you!
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amcatanzaro View Post
    Bookmarked! Thank you!
    My pleasure!!!

    Got a live one here....
    http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-...AdIdZ526336035
    Carson thinks his 99 is worth something...

    And this one's a "Singer Replica"
    http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-...AdIdZ526179730

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    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/4084614813.html
    they need a class 'how to sell a sewing machine 101'...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/4084614813.html
    they need a class 'how to sell a sewing machine 101'...

    I wonder what's in the grocery bag.
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    Anastasia, I don't know which makes me giggle more; your trampoline-jumping elephant, or your signature tag line. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/4084614813.html
    they need a class 'how to sell a sewing machine 101'...
    I shudder to think what that blue blob in the first picture could possibly be.

    I can't understand what the pictures are showing, as it looks like the machine is attached to the bottom of the case, but is down inside the top of the case.
    Mark

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    Because of the angle, the pictures are somewhat distored (cell phones do this). The case is laying on it's side in all the pictures. Most of these cases don't want to stay open when they are set on the base with the machine in there. It's not a great design, I've pinched my fingers several times as the case wants to close as soon as you put the machine in.

    I guess it was too heavy for them to lift out.

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    I personally love the bait and switch $2. I mean $225
    http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/atq/4085605426.html

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    http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/atq/4085423376.html
    "It would be great for a collector, a display, or could be serviced to make it a working machine."

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    http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/atq/4077849024.html

    Ok, this one has me baffled. What model and what's with the openings on top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggenovez View Post
    http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/atq/4077849024.html

    Ok, this one has me baffled. What model and what's with the openings on top?
    That is a 201-2 that is missing the silver plate where the spool pin goes. Looks like they employed a used lollypop stick for the spool pin.
    Mark

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    Clearly there isn't vintage sewing machine shortage in Texas, so these outrageous prices are truly baffling.

    Again, if people are indeed paying those prices for those machines, I am going to start a business of buying machines here, and driving them to Texas.
    Mark

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