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    [quote=QuiltnCowgirl][quote=jljack]
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    OK...I'm really not much impressed with the looks!! I'm kinda disappointed. Didn't they go out and ask the vintage lovers for advice? :shock:
    I'm not very impressed either. And aren't the machines made by the "new" Singer company not as good? I'm definitely not chomping at the bit to run out & get one. Especially for $500-$600.
    Just think of all the cool vintage machines you can purchase with that money!!! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    That is very UNattractive and a total loss for quilters since that harp area is so tiny. What were they thinking? No thank you - I would have absolutely no use for one of those!

    Okay I can see now that you all can not see what I am seeing with the machine and I hope that when it is out on the floor for everyone to play with that they will be able to catch the subtle things that make this quite the nice machine. Take some time and really study it and you will know why I want to buy a couple........... And yes this machine will be sought after like the Centennial in a few years.

    Billy
    Since I won't be around in 50 or 60 years to redeem the value because it's an anniversary model, I don't think it's worth the $$....my kids can make their own investments!
    Besides...the Centenial models don't sell for more than what our moms and grandmoms paid for them...~shrug~ Sewing machines are simply NOT a hot item..look at what we get our old machines for...unless it's rare, and trust me, they'll make enough of these for it not to be rare, sewing machines aren't a smart investment.

    Just my two cents.
    I agree that sewing machines are NOT great investments. Fun to sew with, YES!! Only if the market is right will you be able to make some money, but never a fortune.

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    [quote=QuiltnCowgirl][quote=jljack]
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    This reminds me of my daughter's Janome Threadbanger T-30, just that Singer added some different stitches. Nothing special here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    That is very UNattractive and a total loss for quilters since that harp area is so tiny. What were they thinking? No thank you - I would have absolutely no use for one of those!

    Okay I can see now that you all can not see what I am seeing with the machine and I hope that when it is out on the floor for everyone to play with that they will be able to catch the subtle things that make this quite the nice machine. Take some time and really study it and you will know why I want to buy a couple........... And yes this machine will be sought after like the Centennial in a few years.

    Billy
    Since I won't be around in 50 or 60 years to redeem the value because it's an anniversary model, I don't think it's worth the $$....my kids can make their own investments!
    Besides...the Centenial models don't sell for more than what our moms and grandmoms paid for them...~shrug~ Sewing machines are simply NOT a hot item..look at what we get our old machines for...unless it's rare, and trust me, they'll make enough of these for it not to be rare, sewing machines aren't a smart investment.

    Just my two cents.
    Charlee, I have to agree - none of mine are a very sound investment unless I want them for sewing. That old $100 (+ or -) Singer 403 will do so much - it's a whole lot of bang for the buck. I marvel at how well machined those were - I wonder what those new ones look like inside... A jolt of electric isn't going to fry my 403's ability to make decorative stitches or a buttonhole. I can stick a magnet strip to catch pins right on there and nothing bad will happen to my machine... AND my old Singer machines will sew jeans material with out coughing and gagging.

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    [quote=vintagemotif][quote=QuiltnCowgirl]
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    OK...I'm really not much impressed with the looks!! I'm kinda disappointed. Didn't they go out and ask the vintage lovers for advice? :shock:
    I'm not very impressed either. And aren't the machines made by the "new" Singer company not as good? I'm definitely not chomping at the bit to run out & get one. Especially for $500-$600.
    Just think of all the cool vintage machines you can purchase with that money!!! :lol:
    OH MY LET'S DO A PRETEND!!! Look on your local CL and see how many machines you can buy for $500. I wonder who will find the most!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    :lol: Iris, you're a hoot! ;)

    Get back in the water, it's the only way you can learn to swim!!

    Information is abundant. Join Needlebar, and go check out the Yahoo groups for the types of machines you have. ISMACS is an excellent resource too!
    Hi Charlee -- I joined Needlebar a few months ago, and they cancelled my membership because "..no contributions to the community." They don't want any questions about machine repair or maintenance. They want everyone to state how they will contribute to the "museum" information on the site. They are very picky!! Not very friendly. I don't know how long they think they will keep people going there if all they want is input for their "museum".
    I never joined them. And, I refuse to join this coterie.

    You can't take the machines with you when you die. So, you might as well start educating the next group of stewards by being inclusive. That means making it easier to find information on these vintage machines on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    That is very UNattractive and a total loss for quilters since that harp area is so tiny. What were they thinking? No thank you - I would have absolutely no use for one of those!

    Okay I can see now that you all can not see what I am seeing with the machine and I hope that when it is out on the floor for everyone to play with that they will be able to catch the subtle things that make this quite the nice machine. Take some time and really study it and you will know why I want to buy a couple........... And yes this machine will be sought after like the Centennial in a few years.

    Billy
    Since I won't be around in 50 or 60 years to redeem the value because it's an anniversary model, I don't think it's worth the $$....my kids can make their own investments!
    Besides...the Centenial models don't sell for more than what our moms and grandmoms paid for them...~shrug~ Sewing machines are simply NOT a hot item..look at what we get our old machines for...unless it's rare, and trust me, they'll make enough of these for it not to be rare, sewing machines aren't a smart investment.

    Just my two cents.
    I agree that sewing machines are NOT great investments. Fun to sew with, YES!! Only if the market is right will you be able to make some money, but never a fortune.
    My FW has been around since 1936. Do you think the new one will be around in 75 years? And still working beautifully? I would like to play with one, though!

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    [quote=miriam][quote=vintagemotif]
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    OK...I'm really not much impressed with the looks!! I'm kinda disappointed. Didn't they go out and ask the vintage lovers for advice? :shock:
    I'm not very impressed either. And aren't the machines made by the "new" Singer company not as good? I'm definitely not chomping at the bit to run out & get one. Especially for $500-$600.
    Just think of all the cool vintage machines you can purchase with that money!!! :lol:
    OH MY LET'S DO A PRETEND!!! Look on your local CL and see how many machines you can buy for $500. I wonder who will find the most!
    LOL I do that often...that's how I found my free machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Bennett I envy you that cabinet...we are still looking for one out here in CA....not easy to find at all!!!
    Every day I look on Craigslist within a 300 mile radius - no luck so far Janice. :(
    I think I've seen 2 so far this year looking around. Both in pretty sad shape, but I'm really excited to get this one. This will be a good winter project. It's a little smaller in person than I thought it would be. I can't wait to get it home and start working on it.

    I wonder if they were more popular in the East? Interesting how certain machines and styles seem to be more prevalent in different areas. Lots of Singers here, not as many other brands.

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    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/fuo/2642255347.html $40
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2641826390.html $50
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/fuo/2641181687.html $30
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    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/hsh/2591290081.html $30
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2614165422.html $35
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2612919291.html $100
    It wasn't hard to come up with a ton of machines for $500 - $600 and these already exist and just need a home. Why waste resources on new machines. These old ones will work just fine maybe some need TLC but not very hard to come up with a lot of bang for the buck. AND these probably would mostly be around in $75 years. What is out there where you live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    :lol: Iris, you're a hoot! ;)

    Get back in the water, it's the only way you can learn to swim!!

    Information is abundant. Join Needlebar, and go check out the Yahoo groups for the types of machines you have. ISMACS is an excellent resource too!
    Hi Charlee -- I joined Needlebar a few months ago, and they cancelled my membership because "..no contributions to the community." They don't want any questions about machine repair or maintenance. They want everyone to state how they will contribute to the "museum" information on the site. They are very picky!! Not very friendly. I don't know how long they think they will keep people going there if all they want is input for their "museum".
    I never joined them. And, I refuse to join this coterie.

    You can't take the machines with you when you die. So, you might as well start educating the next group of stewards by being inclusive. That means making it easier to find information on these vintage machines on the internet.
    Yeah the Needlebar is a forbidden word in this shop an not to be spoken of!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    That is very UNattractive and a total loss for quilters since that harp area is so tiny. What were they thinking? No thank you - I would have absolutely no use for one of those!

    Okay I can see now that you all can not see what I am seeing with the machine and I hope that when it is out on the floor for everyone to play with that they will be able to catch the subtle things that make this quite the nice machine. Take some time and really study it and you will know why I want to buy a couple........... And yes this machine will be sought after like the Centennial in a few years.

    Billy
    Since I won't be around in 50 or 60 years to redeem the value because it's an anniversary model, I don't think it's worth the $$....my kids can make their own investments!
    Besides...the Centenial models don't sell for more than what our moms and grandmoms paid for them...~shrug~ Sewing machines are simply NOT a hot item..look at what we get our old machines for...unless it's rare, and trust me, they'll make enough of these for it not to be rare, sewing machines aren't a smart investment.

    Just my two cents.
    I agree that sewing machines are NOT great investments. Fun to sew with, YES!! Only if the market is right will you be able to make some money, but never a fortune.
    My FW has been around since 1936. Do you think the new one will be around in 75 years? And still working beautifully? I would like to play with one, though!
    Ms. Lovely, I doubt the new machine will last 10 years if used daily, while your FW will keep on going.

    My Singer VS2, which is 125 years old, still makes a pretty stitch. I got that one for free off of CLs. I just needed to reassemble the cabinet that was missing the screws, handles and nuts. I had all of those parts from another cabinet (free) that had seen better days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    :lol: Iris, you're a hoot! ;)

    Get back in the water, it's the only way you can learn to swim!!

    Information is abundant. Join Needlebar, and go check out the Yahoo groups for the types of machines you have. ISMACS is an excellent resource too!
    Hi Charlee -- I joined Needlebar a few months ago, and they cancelled my membership because "..no contributions to the community." They don't want any questions about machine repair or maintenance. They want everyone to state how they will contribute to the "museum" information on the site. They are very picky!! Not very friendly. I don't know how long they think they will keep people going there if all they want is input for their "museum".
    I never joined them. And, I refuse to join this coterie.

    You can't take the machines with you when you die. So, you might as well start educating the next group of stewards by being inclusive. That means making it easier to find information on these vintage machines on the internet.
    Yeah the Needlebar is a forbidden word in this shop an not to be spoken of!!!

    Billy
    OKAY!!!! I will not say that word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    :lol: Iris, you're a hoot! ;)

    Get back in the water, it's the only way you can learn to swim!!

    Information is abundant. Join Needlebar, and go check out the Yahoo groups for the types of machines you have. ISMACS is an excellent resource too!
    Hi Charlee -- I joined Needlebar a few months ago, and they cancelled my membership because "..no contributions to the community." They don't want any questions about machine repair or maintenance. They want everyone to state how they will contribute to the "museum" information on the site. They are very picky!! Not very friendly. I don't know how long they think they will keep people going there if all they want is input for their "museum".
    I never joined them. And, I refuse to join this coterie.

    You can't take the machines with you when you die. So, you might as well start educating the next group of stewards by being inclusive. That means making it easier to find information on these vintage machines on the internet.
    Yeah the Needlebar is a forbidden word in this shop an not to be spoken of!!!

    Billy
    OKAY!!!! I will not say that word.
    They wouldn't let me join...

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/fuo/2642255347.html $40
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2641826390.html $50
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/fuo/2641181687.html $30
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2613145751.html $60
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/art/2640249055.html $85
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2640139535.html $45
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/hsh/2591290081.html $30
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2614165422.html $35
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2612919291.html $100
    It wasn't hard to come up with a ton of machines for $500 - $600 and these already exist and just need a home. Why waste resources on new machines. These old ones will work just fine maybe some need TLC but not very hard to come up with a lot of bang for the buck. AND these probably would mostly be around in $75 years. What is out there where you live?
    That was fast shopping!
    There are some very NICE machines there. The first one is a pretty greenish gray, second is a fun one, third has the stool with it, and fourth has the beautiful cabinet too.

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    Yeah enough about the new stuff now lets see the oldies but goodies!!

    Oh Miriam you know how to wet my whistle and make me want to make a run up there you know!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/fuo/2642255347.html $40
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2641826390.html $50
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/fuo/2641181687.html $30
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2613145751.html $60
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/art/2640249055.html $85
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2640139535.html $45
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/hsh/2591290081.html $30
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2614165422.html $35
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2612919291.html $100
    It wasn't hard to come up with a ton of machines for $500 - $600 and these already exist and just need a home. Why waste resources on new machines. These old ones will work just fine maybe some need TLC but not very hard to come up with a lot of bang for the buck. AND these probably would mostly be around in $75 years. What is out there where you live?
    Certainly not that much here to stay in that budget. I like the first Singer listed. I've got to quit sneaking peaks over here and get some work done. :)

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    Monica,
    Are those little ghosts on your coffin top? How cute and clever!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    :lol: Iris, you're a hoot! ;)

    Get back in the water, it's the only way you can learn to swim!!

    Information is abundant. Join Needlebar, and go check out the Yahoo groups for the types of machines you have. ISMACS is an excellent resource too!
    Hi Charlee -- I joined Needlebar a few months ago, and they cancelled my membership because "..no contributions to the community." They don't want any questions about machine repair or maintenance. They want everyone to state how they will contribute to the "museum" information on the site. They are very picky!! Not very friendly. I don't know how long they think they will keep people going there if all they want is input for their "museum".
    I never joined them. And, I refuse to join this coterie.

    You can't take the machines with you when you die. So, you might as well start educating the next group of stewards by being inclusive. That means making it easier to find information on these vintage machines on the internet.
    Yeah the Needlebar is a forbidden word in this shop an not to be spoken of!!!

    Billy
    You learned a lot on that site Billy...saw you there before I ever saw you here...why is it forbidden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Lou Who
    Monica,
    Are those little ghosts on your coffin top? How cute and clever!!
    Cindy
    Yes! I have been waiting for October just to be able to do this display. Thank you!!!!

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    I will say this for Needlebar. Yes, it's exclusive. They want people that will contribute in some way. Questions, providing photos, copies of manuals, etc. To help other members learn...membership is free. Your membership is discontinued if you don't log in or post on occasion.

    Alan (the owner)often seems as if he's got a stick up his...well...you know the rest of that saying....but he's done well to keep the board to business and spam free.

    I've learned a lot there from the more seasoned members, and I often find answers for folks here on Needlebar...guess if that makes me a bad person for supporting them, then so be it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    I will say this for Needlebar. Yes, it's exclusive. They want people that will contribute in some way. Questions, providing photos, copies of manuals, etc. To help other members learn...membership is free. Your membership is discontinued if you don't log in or post on occasion.

    Alan (the owner)often seems as if he's got a stick up his...well...you know the rest of that saying....but he's done well to keep the board to business and spam free.

    I've learned a lot there from the more seasoned members, and I often find answers for folks here on Needlebar...guess if that makes me a bad person for supporting them, then so be it...
    Well we dont do exclusive here, everyone is invited no matter what and I expect everyone to feel like family and have a blast. Alan and I got into it because I was tired of his crap so I offered to buy it when he was going through his biannual "It is my site and I will close it down if I want to" bit. Personally I have more information on this laptop then they do there and you dont hear me griping about people asking questions and I am the first to jump in and help someone if they need it without making everyone feel like crap.

    But it has been agreed with the Admin, Moderators and I not to mention that site on this board for several reasons and that is really the only rule I have other than we all have fun and make this a place we all want to come to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Lou Who
    Monica,
    Are those little ghosts on your coffin top? How cute and clever!!
    Cindy
    Yes! I have been waiting for October just to be able to do this display. Thank you!!!!
    I really like the display and it is fitting!! Dont you just love the fall?!?!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/fuo/2642255347.html $40
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2641826390.html $50
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/fuo/2641181687.html $30
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2613145751.html $60
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/art/2640249055.html $85
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2640139535.html $45
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/hsh/2591290081.html $30
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2614165422.html $35
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2612919291.html $100
    It wasn't hard to come up with a ton of machines for $500 - $600 and these already exist and just need a home. Why waste resources on new machines. These old ones will work just fine maybe some need TLC but not very hard to come up with a lot of bang for the buck. AND these probably would mostly be around in $75 years. What is out there where you live?
    Certainly not that much here to stay in that budget. I like the first Singer listed. I've got to quit sneaking peaks over here and get some work done. :)
    Yeah? That's the cheap stuff.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    It looks like I am the only one that likes the look of the new machine. Kathie
    Actually Kathie, I like it too! I would want one just 'because!' I like having the weird and unusual - besides Billy is right that will be a sought after machine one of these days!

    Nancy

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