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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Anyone have this Singer binding machine? Looks pretty cool! http://chico.craigslist.org/atq/3140212594.html
    I would love to go get that one!
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    Miriam, is it actually a useful machine besides looking neat? I guess I'm wondering what it would be able to do that a regular machine with a binding attachment wouldn't be able to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Miriam, is it actually a useful machine besides looking neat? I guess I'm wondering what it would be able to do that a regular machine with a binding attachment wouldn't be able to do?
    I don't know - go faster? BUT how fast can you go on any of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Miriam, is it actually a useful machine besides looking neat? I guess I'm wondering what it would be able to do that a regular machine with a binding attachment wouldn't be able to do?
    I would assume that if you do a lot of binding, that yes, it would be useful. They still make and market industrial binding machines, so there has to be a use for them, and they would have to do the job they're designed for.

    Does that make sense???????
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    Yeah, I imagine factory workers with a specific task would use them. Just can't think of something it would do, that I'm not able to do on one of my other machines. And to have that much space and a machine that only does one, limited function....well, I guess I answered my own question:>

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've been thinking of starting something about Kenmores. I have about 10 or 15 of them. Some are pretty nice machines. I don't really know much about them though. Some of you will have to help me out. I don't have them all cleaned up yet. There are a few more to clean up. At first I thought they were all toast - none of them moved. Maybe some links to manuals and any user friendly links or info would help. Hang on to it for a bit though so we can get it all together. I've been trying to get/keep the accessories for each machine matched up with the machine too. I won't ever know which cabinet was original. sigh.

    Also don't discount the MW machines. I have a couple of them some where. From what I've seen they aren't bad machines.

    Also I would like to start something about the Japanese zzers - I have a few of them. I have one that is going to take some major work - come and get it... It could be done but I just don't have the patience for that one. I just hate rusted needle bars and bobbin areas and rusted, pitted chrome all over the place. I would much rather see 3 in 1 oil residue.
    I would like a thread on Kenmores. I have nothing against the Kenmore, I just have so many machines right now. I have to draw a line somewhere. I'm going to clean it up and donate it to the Mana Center. They'll get something for it and someone will get a pretty good machine.

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    In my purse, I carry a little 'just in case' kit. It has sewing machine needles, thread, a generic bobbin with another color thread (just in case), small scissors, and a scrap of fabric. Then if I do see a machine I'm interested in, I can usually try it out. It has come in handy!! I keep a pair of tweezers in my billfold, and have for years. They come in handy for a lot of things... Have fun Charlee!!
    On another note, I just got a green/white featherweight 221 today. I had to take the bobbin assembly apart some to get the finger ( or what ever it is called ) back in place at the top. At one time I lost the little screw that held the assembly together, and found it after sweeping my floor. It now runs great after oiling it all over. I need help in dating it as everywhere I look, I can't find serial numbers after EX. This one has EY 851310, and yes I looked several times to make sure it wasn't EV or EX. Does anyone know where I can date it? I got just the machine, no case, and no attachments. I paid $100.00 for it, which I thought was a good price for it. Any one have a spare case they want to sell reasonably?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    In my purse, I carry a little 'just in case' kit. It has sewing machine needles, thread, a generic bobbin with another color thread (just in case), small scissors, and a scrap of fabric. Then if I do see a machine I'm interested in, I can usually try it out. It has come in handy!! I keep a pair of tweezers in my billfold, and have for years. They come in handy for a lot of things... Have fun Charlee!!
    On another note, I just got a green/white featherweight 221 today. I had to take the bobbin assembly apart some to get the finger ( or what ever it is called ) back in place at the top. At one time I lost the little screw that held the assembly together, and found it after sweeping my floor. It now runs great after oiling it all over. I need help in dating it as everywhere I look, I can't find serial numbers after EX. This one has EY 851310, and yes I looked several times to make sure it wasn't EV or EX. Does anyone know where I can date it? I got just the machine, no case, and no attachments. I paid $100.00 for it, which I thought was a good price for it. Any one have a spare case they want to sell reasonably?
    Just go on over to the store and buy a little soft sided cooler on wheels and you'll be in shape - some even have little pockets in them to stash stuff.
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    I got rolling yarn totes at Michaels for my other two black ones that fit them nicely, and have extra storage. They work better than the regular machine totes. i'll probably get one for this one too. Now to name her... I'm drawing a blank with this one.
    With a cooler for storage, i would think that it would have the potential for keeping moisture in it. I wouldn't think that would be good for the machines.
    I saw on a British site, sewmuse.co.uk/singerfeatherweight.htm that had a fw with a serial number EY847067 that looks just like mine. They dated it at 1967, but I thought the last ones were made in 1964.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    I got rolling yarn totes at Michaels for my other two black ones that fit them nicely, and have extra storage. They work better than the regular machine totes. i'll probably get one for this one too. Now to name her... I'm drawing a blank with this one.
    With a cooler for storage, i would think that it would have the potential for keeping moisture in it. I wouldn't think that would be good for the machines.
    I saw on a British site, sewmuse.co.uk/singerfeatherweight.htm that had a fw with a serial number EY847067 that looks just like mine. They dated it at 1967, but I thought the last ones were made in 1964.
    What would be the difference between a yarn tote and a cooler - there are plastic cases for sewing machines all over the place.
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    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/3143494990.html I wonder if it is for sale or for exhibit?
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    I used to have a white 221 also with an EY serial #, and never found the date through Singer. Definitely not EV. Think I still have the # recorded somewhere. I foolishly sold cheaply it to a lady who coveted it, only to find she already had several FW's and was giving it to her daughter! Live and learn.

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    Janis, good score on the white fw. Miriam, I like the idea of the collapsable rolling cooler. My experience with them, is not as air-tight as you would think, but what keeps moisture in, should keep moisture out as well. Louisiana is famous for the humidity, so I am going to try it next time I need a case. My husband got a cooler in dirty Santa a couple of years back, that needs to find a use, because we have regular hardside coolers out the wazz. On my list of ideas.

    That binding machine looks neat. Very industrial. I wonder what it put bindings on in its original purpose. If it was tents or something heavy, I would think you could just sew with it as well, like upholstery type fabrics, and make it easy. Cool table it is in as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Janis, good score on the white fw. Miriam, I like the idea of the collapsable rolling cooler. My experience with them, is not as air-tight as you would think, but what keeps moisture in, should keep moisture out as well. Louisiana is famous for the humidity, so I am going to try it next time I need a case. My husband got a cooler in dirty Santa a couple of years back, that needs to find a use, because we have regular hardside coolers out the wazz. On my list of ideas.

    That binding machine looks neat. Very industrial. I wonder what it put bindings on in its original purpose. If it was tents or something heavy, I would think you could just sew with it as well, like upholstery type fabrics, and make it easy. Cool table it is in as well.
    It might do the job joining the front of the tent and the walls. I kind of doubt if it has the moxy to pull the canvas through - and I'm not sure about the thickness of the canvas on one of those machines. Besides it isn't that hard to roll it by hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer View Post
    I would like a thread on Kenmores. I have nothing against the Kenmore, I just have so many machines right now. I have to draw a line somewhere. I'm going to clean it up and donate it to the Mana Center. They'll get something for it and someone will get a pretty good machine.
    Almost all the Kenmore manuals are available on the sears site. Some parts are still available, as well. I think all the Kenmores were decent enough, some excellent, except for the one made in the Chyrsler factory, that has a chain drive.. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Almost all the Kenmore manuals are available on the sears site. Some parts are still available, as well. I think all the Kenmores were decent enough, some excellent, except for the one made in the Chyrsler factory, that has a chain drive.. Laura
    chain drive?
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    I'm at the Oregon coast (Newport), and just took possession of "Katherine", the 301! She stitches beautifully!! Fairly clean machine too. The inside of the manual has a handwritten note:
    July 30, 1953 $227.50, $4.55 ST, $232.05

    So, according to the inflation calculator, in today's dollar, this machine would cost $1869.72!! No wonder the lady that sold it to me said her grandmother was very excited to have a "fancy machine" when she bought it new!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm at the Oregon coast (Newport), and just took possession of "Katherine", the 301! She stitches beautifully!! Fairly clean machine too. The inside of the manual has a handwritten note:
    July 30, 1953 $227.50, $4.55 ST, $232.05

    So, according to the inflation calculator, in today's dollar, this machine would cost $1869.72!! No wonder the lady that sold it to me said her grandmother was very excited to have a "fancy machine" when she bought it new!
    Wow, I had no idea they cost so much new.

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    I didn't either Candace...that was a pretty spendy machine in the day!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm at the Oregon coast (Newport), and just took possession of "Katherine", the 301! She stitches beautifully!! Fairly clean machine too. The inside of the manual has a handwritten note:
    July 30, 1953 $227.50, $4.55 ST, $232.05

    So, according to the inflation calculator, in today's dollar, this machine would cost $1869.72!! No wonder the lady that sold it to me said her grandmother was very excited to have a "fancy machine" when she bought it new!
    Glad you got your hands on your new baby!! Fancy indeed!! My machine must have been bought by newlyweds, because the owner wrote in at least 5 places, Mrs. Manly M. Man(I am protecting her privacy), like she was practicing her new name. It's a shame you already named her Katherine, because she could have been Fancy. Although Fancy may have not been what a lady wanted to be called in 1953. But a fancy sewing machine would be something else.

    Enjoy the family reunion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm at the Oregon coast (Newport), and just took possession of "Katherine", the 301! She stitches beautifully!! Fairly clean machine too. The inside of the manual has a handwritten note:
    July 30, 1953 $227.50, $4.55 ST, $232.05

    So, according to the inflation calculator, in today's dollar, this machine would cost $1869.72!! No wonder the lady that sold it to me said her grandmother was very excited to have a "fancy machine" when she bought it new!
    That is why I think the old machines are undervalued. They are undervalued in more than one way. They don't value how well they work and what they are capable of doing. They don't value the craftsmanship that went into those machines when they were built. People don't realize that probably 95% of the time people just straight stitch. They don't realize how much they cost new compared to today just like Charlee said. I hate it when they are trashed or when I find one that is in such horrid shape that it has to be parted out or trashed. Then again all old machines are not created equal.... We seem to be in a throwaway mentality or they put ssssooooooo much value on it cash wise for some junker machine... crazy mixed up world. BTW where did you find an inflation calculator?
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    True Miriam, but I will still maintain that there are too many old machines "out there" for them to have a high value! In 1953, like today, "new" was too high priced, and I would have no more owned this "fancy" machine then, than I do an 1800.00 machine today!!

    "Google is my friend..." I found the inflation calculator here: http://www.westegg.com/inflation/
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/3143494990.html I wonder if it is for sale or for exhibit?
    I'm wondering what this is worth. I bought one just like it several years ago at an auction and it's folded up waiting for this remodel to get finished. I have the perfect place to put it in my sewing corner. I don't have a glass top to protect the decal and it's missing some of the decal in about the same place. I think I paid $35 for it way back when but am curious if it's worth more now. And, I think that glass top would be a good idea.

    Charlee, I know you are excited to get your 301..... did you post a picture already? I can't remember. Inquiring minds want to see it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    True Miriam, but I will still maintain that there are too many old machines "out there" for them to have a high value! In 1953, like today, "new" was too high priced, and I would have no more owned this "fancy" machine then, than I do an 1800.00 machine today!!

    "Google is my friend..." I found the inflation calculator here: http://www.westegg.com/inflation/
    Charlee, in 1976 we paid $1800 for my Pfaff 1222e in a cabinet! It was way more than we could afford, but I was a very young bride and wanted a 'good' sewing machine! We made payments! I still have that Pfaff and I still love it and use it all the time - it is the one I put all the sashings on those Quilt as You Go quilts because of the IDT - walking foot! That was the best investment I ever made!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Glad you got your hands on your new baby!! Fancy indeed!! My machine must have been bought by newlyweds, because the owner wrote in at least 5 places, Mrs. Manly M. Man(I am protecting her privacy), like she was practicing her new name. It's a shame you already named her Katherine, because she could have been Fancy. Although Fancy may have not been what a lady wanted to be called in 1953. But a fancy sewing machine would be something else.

    Enjoy the family reunion.
    Isn't there a very popular country western song with the girl named "fancy?"

    Nancy

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