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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    I am still on my quest to find either a 15 "clone" or one of the "newer" Japanese made machines that drop the feed dog so I can get set up for FMQ on a vintage machine. Lost a bid on a really nice two-tone 15 clone on ebay this weekend

    Here a one of the "newer" ones listed on CL. Would like opinions please. Not familiar at all with Brother machines. Would this be good to use for FMQ?
    http://fresno.craigslist.org/ele/2716134652.html

    TIA for any thoughts, comments, suggestions!
    Sheryl there are a couple of nice Japanese 15 clones on shopgoodwill.com right now. I saw them today. A blue one and a couple of black ones.

    Hope you find one. I have a 15 and a clone that both need cleaning and fixing, as well as the 15 that came in the straight leg treadle base. I haven't gotten to sew with any of them yet....too much sewing to get done before Christmas!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Sharon, Congrats on your tan FW!
    Monica, Thank you! I think I've had Freddie for about 2 years now. That machine taught me lots of things, like how to clean off the rust on tension disks and how to put the blankety-blank thing back together again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohio Star Quilter View Post
    Nancy,
    There is that same cabinet except it is lighter on Ebay item #290635921098 and it is a Pfaff. However don't know if a Singer machine will fit as I don't have a Pfaff.

    Judy
    Oh my, I WANT that cabinet! It is even more desirable to me now that I know it is for a Pfaff! It would be perfect for my Mother's Pfaff 130! Now, I need to get to Elk Grove to buy it! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/fuo/2736262586.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    Nancy, what kind of drawer "pulls" are on your cabinet? My twigs pulls are shot, and I'm not talented enough to recarve them like Glenn could do.

    Texas Jan
    Texas Jan, my cabinet just has indented pulls. Here is a picture!

    Nancy

    Sorry for some reason I can't get the Two Spools to upload! I will try later!
    Last edited by BoJangles; 12-05-2011 at 02:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Sheryl there are a couple of nice Japanese 15 clones on shopgoodwill.com right now. I saw them today. A blue one and a couple of black ones.

    Hope you find one. I have a 15 and a clone that both need cleaning and fixing, as well as the 15 that came in the straight leg treadle base. I haven't gotten to sew with any of them yet....too much sewing to get done before Christmas!!
    Ok tell me if I'm being too picky lol but I really want one of the neat colored ones. A two tone would be awesome! So I cruise right on by the black ones. Silly girl...but hey...not like I have to find one today right?

    So are you thinking this machine on CL is not one to look at? I'll go check out shopgoodwill. Been watching CL & Ebay. Will see what's "new" at SGW.

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    If I posted a pic of a cabinet could someone here tell me what should go in it? The hole measures 7" x 14" with about a 1" x 3" piece cut out on the left of the machine by the bobbin plate. I love the cabinet but none of the Singers fit in it. Wish I could find a machine to fit it. Or a name or something on it. One large deep drawer on it on the right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    Ok tell me if I'm being too picky lol but I really want one of the neat colored ones. A two tone would be awesome! So I cruise right on by the black ones. Silly girl...but hey...not like I have to find one today right?

    So are you thinking this machine on CL is not one to look at? I'll go check out shopgoodwill. Been watching CL & Ebay. Will see what's "new" at SGW.
    I don't understand...the one you linked to has really neat colors. It's adorable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I don't understand...the one you linked to has really neat colors. It's adorable.
    I guess I took Janice's "no comment" about the one I posted and then pointing out the ones on SGW as an indicator that this is not one I would want to go look at? Tried to read between the lines. Never was very good at that lol.

    I guess I'll go ahead & go see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    I guess I took Janice's "no comment" about the one I posted and then pointing out the ones on SGW as an indicator that this is not one I would want to go look at? Tried to read between the lines. Never was very good at that lol.

    I guess I'll go ahead & go see it.
    Go and take a look and make a lower offer. The machine itself is very similar to my pink atlas, and it is my best FMQer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Go and take a look and make a lower offer. The machine itself is very similar to my pink atlas, and it is my best FMQer.
    Thank you! That is good to know since I want it to be my "go-to" machine for FMQ. Just talked to my brother & we are going to go look at it tomorrow (he is my body guard whenever I go to look at something on CL )

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    The handy little FW and I have been traveling this weekend, so I need to catch back up around here!

    I did have another Red Eye (G0454177, Nov. 13, 1923) follow me home on Friday from an estate sale. I think it was cold and lonely sitting on a garage floor. Either that or it didn't want to be made into a lamp like the man watching the door and taking money suggested because it firmly attached itself to my hand and stayed there for the half-block walk to my car. Why do people always look shocked when you say you're going to use one of these sewing machines for sewing??? It doesn't move well and needs a good cleaning, but no rust, and the only decal wear I see is on the bed where it was used. I think I'm going to switch out the presser bar (side-clamp) and put it on the one I have already treadled (back-clamp).
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Crud!! I so wish I was closer to this one...I *could* have my MIL pick it up for me, except that she only has a little car!! A little more spendy than I usually go for, but this is an EARLY 15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not sure of the sub-model, but I do know finding one of these is almost like finding hen's teeth!!

    http://boise.craigslist.org/atq/2733003286.html
    You could get that in a very small car. Just take the machine out and put it on the front seat floor. Remove the legs... Then put the top on the back seat. Then take the legs apart and put them on the front seat... Am I an enabler or what??? You would be amazed at what I haul home in my little Honda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200 View Post
    Maybe we should use him as a boat anchor. His wife must be thrilled!
    Now that's a great thought...what a sicko this person must be......Creeps me out...
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    someone please help! I bought that treadle machine today and I want to show it off but can't figure out how to post a picture. Or is there a help page I can go to?
    Last edited by crewsemj; 12-05-2011 at 05:21 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl View Post
    Thank you! That is good to know since I want it to be my "go-to" machine for FMQ. Just talked to my brother & we are going to go look at it tomorrow (he is my body guard whenever I go to look at something on CL )
    Cool. But, likely it won't be able to drop the feed dogs. Not that this is a deal breaker. My Morse and 185 don't drop their feed dogs and I can still FMQ with them. Yes, having the feed dogs drop is better, but the harp space is very important too.

    My opinion about the Goodwill site....I've never seen a machine go for what you can get it locally! The machines go for way more than they're worth, usually. The shipping is a huge amount of the costs..and you can't return if there's a problem and they're typically not tested except to say it powers on. Big deal, that doesn't mean it sews. At least with ebay there's recourse if the machine doesn't work. I know Goodwill is a great cause, but I would only buy there if there were NO ebay and NO Craigslist(locally). If I had a friend picking up the machine who could check it out for me, that would be something I may consider. But, any machine I've ever even looked twice at the Goodwill site goes way over what it should really sell for.
    Last edited by Candace; 12-05-2011 at 05:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful View Post
    If I posted a pic of a cabinet could someone here tell me what should go in it? The hole measures 7" x 14" with about a 1" x 3" piece cut out on the left of the machine by the bobbin plate. I love the cabinet but none of the Singers fit in it. Wish I could find a machine to fit it. Or a name or something on it. One large deep drawer on it on the right.
    It sounds like a White Rotary cabinet. Not sure which model fits in it though. My 1903 fits a 14 x 7-1/2" opening.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Oh my, I WANT that cabinet! It is even more desirable to me now that I know it is for a Pfaff! It would be perfect for my Mother's Pfaff 130! Now, I need to get to Elk Grove to buy it! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/fuo/2736262586.html

    Nancy
    Your Pfaff would look very elegant with this cabinet.
    I once saw a Necchi BU in a cabinet similar to these at a second hand store, but the cabinet had been damaged and the machine was missing some parts.
    So, if a Necchi fits and a Pfaff fits then does a Singer fit this cabinet too? Necchi Bu fits a Singer cabinet.
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    As a side note, the machine I bought from Goodwill was clean, bright and shiny and works perfectly. Probably the strongest motor in the house (Matsushti). It shipped for a whopping $17+ and was well packed though the box was flimsier than I would have chosen. I paid $6.99, plus the $2 fee. It's a Japanese machine branded Admiral, apparently made by Brother, but it looks like a Necchi. The feed dogs do drop and it has the vertical bobbin I want for FMQ. So why do I want to sell it? Because I have too many machines and still want another 301 and a Redeye.

    I can understand the desire for a colored machine, though I would like my next 301 in black.

    Candace, I do want to congratulate you on finding another 301. My previous post didn't sound like that.

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    Does anyone know where I can find the original price for vintage Singer sewing machines? I had the information at one time, but don't know where I found it. I need help!
    Thanks, Janis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Does anyone know where I can find the original price for vintage Singer sewing machines? I had the information at one time, but don't know where I found it. I need help!
    Thanks, Janis
    I'd like to know too.
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    I've picked up 3 machines from the local Goodwill auction site. All three were nice machines and fantastic prices. It seems they always need some kind of work though.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Does anyone know where I can find the original price for vintage Singer sewing machines? I had the information at one time, but don't know where I found it. I need help!
    Thanks, Janis
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...al_number.html

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    AVERAGE COST (cash paid) FOR MACHINE
    Year Cost
    1906 - 1912 $36.80 to 41.60
    1913 - 1917 $39.60 to 44.40
    1918 - 1920 $44.40 to 55.60
    1921 - 1928 $60.80 to 67.20
    1928 - 1935 $72.25 to 85.00
    1935 - 1946 $84.00 to 115.00

    When you figure folks weren't making more than a couple dollars a week those days - those machines were GOLD!!!
    Then when you look at how well they were made and hold up they ARE gold - GOLDEN YEARS OF AMERICA at that!
    Then today, when you look at a new sewing machine costing less than one day's or one week's work - no wonder they are disposable and if you look at how they are made it is no wonder they have so little value.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    It sounds like a White Rotary cabinet. Not sure which model fits in it though. My 1903 fits a 14 x 7-1/2" opening.

    Texas Jan
    Oh....I have an old White around here....I'm gonna check it out after work!! Thank you!! The reason I love this cabinet is that it opens both ways...lid over to the left and a small flap to the right. I love that extra length of table to the right!!
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