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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    Anamaria, Candace and I have been discussing that machine. I called and made an offer. We will see if he sells it? It has none of the attachments so it is not complete. You wouldn't be able to use it for buttonholes, but I am sure that attachment could be found. The guy said it is "very old" that he is 42 and the machine was purchased when he was born! Candace and I figured that machine was made in the 70's. I would like to have it because it is red - but, he has it overpriced unless someone just has to have it because of the color. I really want a totally red Japanese 15, those are really pretty! I am not that interested in this two-tone one just because of the color. He is advertising it as an antique' and it is barely a vintage! Anyway, if I found one like it at a flea market, yard sale, for a reasonable price I would buy it - but, not for $100!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    Nancy - Wow! Thanks, 1956, huh?

    Havplenty - Must be a good time for finding LBOW, mine is one, too. The serial number is stamped under the bed on the left side near the hinge for the extension. You don't have to remove the oil drip cover, it's outside of it.

    I think I'm going to really like this machine. It really is like a big sister of the Featherweight. I just got her cleaned up and spent a few minutes test stitching but I'm impressed so far.
    Jan, I have a 1953 301a, and I just LOVE her to pieces!! She is my piecing machine....her straight stitches are just perfectly straight, and make the most accurate seams I have ever gotten for quilting. I love the little tick, tick, tick sound she makes while sewing, and although it "feels" lightweight, it sews very strong. I never have a problem going over thicker seams. I even sew through some seams that my modern low-end Brother machine will not sew through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    Annamaria, that's a really cool machine!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yes, she knows about it. We like to wait until the deal is done on machines that we're interested in because they get pounced on by other folks that are lurkers here...
    I actually proved that point last year with a machine, that I had bid on at shopgoodwill.com and decided against it. When I could not retract my bid, I mentioned it here, and viola! I was outbid. I learned that after I mentioned one I really wanted, and got shot down. Lesson learned and used. But that red is a cute machine though. I would have to think about it hard if I was near it, but agree that it is overpriced.
    Melinda

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Jan, I have a 1953 301a, and I just LOVE her to pieces!! She is my piecing machine....her straight stitches are just perfectly straight, and make the most accurate seams I have ever gotten for quilting. I love the little tick, tick, tick sound she makes while sewing, and although it "feels" lightweight, it sews very strong. I never have a problem going over thicker seams. I even sew through some seams that my modern low-end Brother machine will not sew through.
    My daughter says shes never sewing with any other machines again. She made a purse on my 301a and loves it. That will stand until she sews on the 503 and then she changes her mind. I love both of them as well as my FW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    I actually proved that point last year with a machine, that I had bid on at shopgoodwill.com and decided against it. When I could not retract my bid, I mentioned it here, and viola! I was outbid. I learned that after I mentioned one I really wanted, and got shot down. Lesson learned and used. But that red is a cute machine though. I would have to think about it hard if I was near it, but agree that it is overpriced.
    Yes, I think it's really important to use the PM feature or e-mail if you see a machine that you know one of our friends here is interested in....there are too many people watching this list or lurking, that are not friends and aren't looking out for our core group's interests. Sad, but true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yes, I think it's really important to use the PM feature or e-mail if you see a machine that you know one of our friends here is interested in....there are too many people watching this list or lurking, that are not friends and aren't looking out for our core group's interests. Sad, but true!

    But on the flip side of that, not all hits are bad ones. I am sure that if say someone here wanted a yellow sewing machine, and googled it, the post here would come up in the search, because that is how I found this group; I googled Pink Atlas Sewing Machine. I should try that with the Louisiana Lottery. LOL I would up with a set of the Pink Atlases or however you would make that plural.
    Melinda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Becky, from the Vintage Treadle Sewing Machine yahoo list posted her You Tube videos of her drawing room cabinets...they're kind of neat to watch... I have the "oak style" with my 115 in it. I want the other one now too!!

    Part 1- http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=oPmANs6QJic

    Part 2- http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=hrw9oDfNMLI
    Oh no! Something else to add to the wish list! That 3/4 cabinet is interesting how it all works together with the smaller machine.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    That's a cool looking machine!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Yes, she knows about it. We like to wait until the deal is done on machines that we're interested in because they get pounced on by other folks that are lurkers here...
    Geez, Did this become the Treadle On site or one of those yahoo groups that demand no postings of CLings for the heads up.

    This thread has always had those of us posting deals, this isn't new. I have posted some awesome machines that were located across the US, and I have watch nobody snatch up those machines.

    Look, there will always be lurkers, always someone advertising a machine for too high a price (as that red one), those that jack the price up in bids, and those that look daily for the deals.

    Candace, even the sweet friend from X site, like TreadleOn, could steal the item from you or even out bid you without anyone here giving a heads up. It's a matter of who gets there first, wanting it badly enough, and be willing to pay the dollars.

    Just one reason why I refuse to be on the TreadleOn site is because of such rule of no posting a heads up...and why I like this thread and site is because I CAN post a heads up.

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    Pretty Dressmaker, but I wouldn't pay this price for it.
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/art/3044457349.html

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    Last edited by vintagemotif; 05-29-2012 at 12:00 PM.

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    For sale a Dressmaker s3000 heavy cast iron frame steel in side and can sew 10 layers of canvas or light sewing and has stretch stitch. this is a Heavy duty machine built in japan in the 70s and has had a complete service and is ready to sew, and if oiled and cleaned will last. this add will be gone when sold, cash only <snip>
    10 layers of canvas ... wow. He probably sprung something in it doing that and now he wants to get rid of it.

    Joe

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    I've been trying to create some order in my sewing room and have come across 2 manuals: a 401 and a 503. They would like a new home.

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    Here is an interesting machine...a handcrank Minnesota. Decent price, but it looks rough.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Vintage-...item416631d062

    Here's a special attachment for the Necchi BU..Wonder Wheel?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Accessories-...item2ebe986648
    Last edited by jljack; 05-29-2012 at 12:50 PM.

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    Oh and while I'm being my feisty self, my first Two Spools that I picked up for $30 out of Turlock that was sitting on CLs post for over a month, nobody even knew it was sitting there. The guy had it posted for $80 and I got it for $30.

    Also found a very nice FW in box with attachments, manual, Singer sewing course, and oil can on San Jose CLs for $110. That machine had sat for over two weeks because seller posted it as a Singer 15-91, but photo showed a FW.
    I drove 30 minutes just to check if machine was a FW or Singer 15.

    A Davis NVF sat for weeks at $30, even after I posted a heads up here. I picked up that machine, which was my 2nd Davis NVF.

    Then I saw another Davis NVF out in Modesto area in cabinet, that I posted here and on TreadleOn. That TreadleOn posting caused trouble, seems many wanted that machine and were just watching and waiting for price to drop. If I hadn't already owned a Davis NVF (by then I owned two), that machine would have been mine since I would have paid full price.

    And then there were all my free machines: Singer VS2, Standard Rotary with spider attachment, Singer 9W, and a free cabinet. Some of these I picked up quickly and others sat for days on CLs.

    As I have stated before, somehow the machine has a way of finding its new steward.

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    Free Kenmore in cabinet with chair:http://maine.craigslist.org/zip/3043542531.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Free Kenmore in cabinet with chair:http://maine.craigslist.org/zip/3043542531.html
    I've got a few Kenmore machines right now. While they are heavy they are sturdy, reliable and will last a lot longer than those plastic machines. That one no doubt has stuck knobs and needs the cord. If you claim it post it on here and we'll help you get her moving.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've got a few Kenmore machines right now. While they are heavy they are sturdy, reliable and will last a lot longer than those plastic machines. That one no doubt has stuck knobs and needs the cord. If you claim it post it on here and we'll help you get her moving.

    Miriam, I would have gone after it just for the free chair.

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    Believe it or not that machine is totally black. In the right light the nose looks like chrome - but it really is black - everything is black. It has a potted motor - Rain says it has a wire cover leak somewhere inside and then down the front of the machine - look by the badge. Tar like stuff. This machine made it to the bench for a while today. It would not turn. No movement. I dug out a bunch of lint and oiled it up with Triflow. After I got it fairly clean it still would not budge. I started putting things back together and when I went to put on the feed dog cover I noticed it rocked a bit. So I re-oiled the stuff that moves and rocked it a bit. Nothing moving. So I put the rest of the stuff on it and then gave it a good turn and guess what - it moves. Some of the black goo wiped up - all but a couple specks is off the badge. Feels good to win one once in a while. That one is by no means ready to sew but it looks do-able. I will need to learn a few things about wiring from Rain's blog to get this machine in good shape. Now I'm wondering if the tar like stuff was somewhere in the gears or moving parts gunking it up. I wonder if I need to very quickly pull that motor off...
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Oh BTW does anybody see a screw/knob missing?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Miriam, I would have gone after it just for the free chair.
    I was thinking the same thing.... specially if it has storage under it...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Hummmm Monica, I have to agree with Candace and Melinda on this one. Remember my beautiful Pfaff treadle Candace found for me in Oakland? Well, she posted it here and there were several people from this site trying to get it before I could get it! I am sure most of them were lurkers, but everyone knew how much I wanted it and some here were trying to get it before I could get down there! Yeah, I agree with Candace if I find a machine that I know one of the regular contributors on here really wants, I will send that person a heads up first! I didn't realize this went on until I went to get the Pfaff. The store owner told us all about the people who were trying to get him to hold the machine, ship the machine, let them pay with a credit card on the phone so they'd be sure and get it before I could - people from this site - mostly lurkers - people who don't contribute, but take advantage of the deals we find! I was pretty naive until then - I hadn't realized there are lots and lots of people who lurk here, but never contribute, yet will jump on something we post for one of the regulars!

    Nancy

    Melinda, that ended up being an advantage for you though! I will remember that lesson if I ever bid on something and change my mind - try to get out of it!
    Last edited by BoJangles; 05-29-2012 at 01:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I keep my eyes open for a vintage red for ya Nancy...haven't found one yet, but I keep looking!

    There is a Red machine that shows up on the San Diego Craig's list at an outrageous price. I think I had posted the info before but I couldn't find it today but it seems like it has been showing up for at least 5 months. I will post it when it pops up again.

    Lisa

    Okay it just showed up again, price is down to $130!
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/art/3045180210.html
    Last edited by quilt addict; 05-29-2012 at 01:39 PM.
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