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

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/atq/4192475624.html
    Brutal - I wonder if it stole a horse? It is still a hanging offense in Texas isn't it?
    WTH - Why would someone take a picture of a sewing machine in a table laying on its top?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    WTH - Why would someone take a picture of a sewing machine in a table laying on its top?????
    Too heavy for them to lift? Lazy? Didn't know how to get it up? Didn't know it would be much easier to sew with it up?
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/atq/4192475624.html
    Brutal - I wonder if it stole a horse? It is still a hanging offense in Texas isn't it?
    That's gotta be the most interesting way to take pictures of a machine for sale. hahaha
    Sharon in chilly, wet central Texas

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    Last edited by purplefiend; 11-23-2013 at 04:20 AM.

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    Nothing like asking $400 for something purchased for what is that? $38?
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    There's a horse chestnut in the drawer! And why does he think that's a rotary?
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    I've seen horse chestnuts in drawers before - WHY?
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Found these gems. yikes!

    http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/atq/4192114104.html

    That's enough for today. Where do these people find these poor machines??
    This one is interesting because the receipt is dated 1925 but it's a back clamper which they stopped making in 1923. I can't really read the receipt, though. I think it says $45 less an allowance(?) of $7, total $38. That price seems too low for 1925. I have an 1895 brochure and the cheapest machine is the chainstitcher (24) at $50 in the least expensive cabinet. Did the prices go down after that? I think the 66 was the most expensive machine in the 20s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've seen horse chestnuts in drawers before - WHY?
    Seam presser?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've seen horse chestnuts in drawers before - WHY?
    Cos if they were on the floor you'd step on them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    Cos if they were on the floor you'd step on them!!
    Sometimes we overlook the obvious.
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    maybe they were for luck
    maybe they were hiding them for roasting later - but just 1?
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've seen horse chestnuts in drawers before - WHY?
    I don't know if it's true but I've been told that horse chestnuts are used to keep spiders away.

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    I bet that 66 was bought used, and that is why it was cheap. Easy to find out with the model number. It could easily have been 10-15 years old in 1925 that the original owner traded in on a new side clamp with an electric motor on it, or one of those new fangled 101's that had recently come out!
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Horse chestnuts = buckeyes. Here in Ohio they are lucky items.

    Of course, we're all a little nuts.

    And osage oranges (hard green things that look like brains) are the things that keep away spiders.
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    I think this might come in handy...(tongue in cheek)
    http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ546097900
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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlebearquiltingboard View Post
    I don't know if it's true but I've been told that horse chestnuts are used to keep spiders away.
    Fresh ones sure keep me away...
    Some of the creepy crawlies in the basement sure make me think I might be willing to try one though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    I bet that 66 was bought used, and that is why it was cheap. Easy to find out with the model number. It could easily have been 10-15 years old in 1925 that the original owner traded in on a new side clamp with an electric motor on it, or one of those new fangled 101's that had recently come out!
    Did they stop making the 66 back clamp in 1923, or was the last set of serial numbers that would use them allocated in 1923? There are machines too that took years to leave the factory, hence why you see 1948 machines with centennial decals on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    Did they stop making the 66 back clamp in 1923, or was the last set of serial numbers that would use them allocated in 1923? There are machines too that took years to leave the factory, hence why you see 1948 machines with centennial decals on them.
    Wasn't the centennial in 1951?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    maybe they were for luck
    maybe they were hiding them for roasting later - but just 1?
    I thought horse chestnuts were poisonous, so I looked it up. Turns out they can be used to make soap or shampoo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesculus_hippocastanum

    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    I bet that 66 was bought used, and that is why it was cheap. Easy to find out with the model number. It could easily have been 10-15 years old in 1925 that the original owner traded in on a new side clamp with an electric motor on it, or one of those new fangled 101's that had recently come out!
    Yeah, could have been repossessed, too. I'm surprised that Singer didn't change out the presser bar, though. Or maybe that was an option available for an extra charge. Or, maybe they were of the same mind as some modern-day collectors -- Machines should be kept in their original state and should be outfitted only with the attachments available at the time of manufacture ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    Did they stop making the 66 back clamp in 1923, or was the last set of serial numbers that would use them allocated in 1923? There are machines too that took years to leave the factory, hence why you see 1948 machines with centennial decals on them.
    Good point. I don't know the serial number cutoff. Maybe Cathy knows. I think the price points to Cathy's explanation, though. I think prices always went up, in absolute dollars. Adjusted for inflation they did go down. But $45 was a lot of money in 1925. Maybe the $7 allowance was for cash. The brochure I have says "Liberal discounts for cash."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    Wasn't the centennial in 1951?
    Yes. I think she means that some machines manufactured in 1948 would not be sold until 1951, at which time they would get the centennial badge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    Yes. I think she means that some machines manufactured in 1948 would not be sold until 1951, at which time they would get the centennial badge.
    So much for my reading comprehension.
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    This one is in St. Louis,MO. They must have really good stuff to smoke there. The treadle cabinet looks like it may have been out in the rain.

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/atq/4177004734.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    This one is in St. Louis,MO. They must have really good stuff to smoke there. The treadle cabinet looks like it may have been out in the rain.

    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/atq/4177004734.html
    "The black enamel paint is in very good condition with no damage other than some faint wear."

    Really? Doesn't look very faint to me, unless they think the areas where there is still paint are where it is worn.
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    enough faint wear to make me faint... at least at the price.......
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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