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    Another question:

    Ran across a Pfaff 297 today with no price tag. Seller has no idea how much to ask except that $$$$$ talks with her and she was asking me if I could give her a reasonable price. It does have some attachments with it and comes in a carrycase cabinet in which you can also store spools of thread. It did have plastic bobbins with it but the garments showed were from the 60s (guessing there) and it is a reasonable weight. It was manufactured in Western Germany so she says it must be valuable and/or historical. That means money in her eyes.
    Same seller also has a lovely???? Touch n Throw (SEW) 626 which she is selling for a reasonable price of $100. Uh huh and you can have almost any of my machines for that price and I'd be happy too. She wasn't happy when I wasn't interested and told her that many serious sewers do not like that series of machines and $30 was a more reasonable price. Did have the manual and the zipper foot but no other attachments and came in a cabinet.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Seems like one of the guys here has a blue MW machine with cams.




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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post




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    Oooh pretty!!!!!!
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    [QUOTE=Janis;5600036]
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    I played around a bit with a machine I picked up ages ago and never had time to figure out. I like it - very quiet. Wires were played out.

    Is this the one I just saw on craigslist?

    Here's a listing in Bloomington that I thought was interesting.

    http://bloomington.craigslist.org/atq/3350378718.html

    It says 'Antique Singer Treadle,... and goes on to say 'no interior parts'. That means no machine in the cabinet!!
    yeah it is on CL - I have to clear out some stuff. It is seriously over crowded in there.
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    bummer - see if a new window will accept the picture...
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    And the other end of the beautiful orange MW sewing machine
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    snicker. It IS mostly metal... It sews... The attachments were in original wrappers.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Update to Pfaff post from earlier.
    Just checked flea bay and there's only a couple of machines for sale and didn't think to check completed sales which I will do shortly. None of them were for any model # close to 297 although bobbins could be had on there.

    How does one search closed sales/listings on EBay? My approach was obviously incorrect because EBay said so.
    Last edited by chris_quilts; 10-20-2012 at 05:21 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Update to Pfaff post from earlier.
    Just checked flea bay and there's only a couple of machines for sale and didn't think to check completed sales which I will do shortly. None of them were for any model # close to 297 although bobbins could be had on there.

    How does one search closed sales/listings on EBay? My approach was obviously incorrect because EBay said so.
    I want to know too.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Update to Pfaff post from earlier.
    Just checked flea bay and there's only a couple of machines for sale and didn't think to check completed sales which I will do shortly. None of them were for any model # close to 297 although bobbins could be had on there.

    How does one search closed sales/listings on EBay? My approach was obviously incorrect because EBay said so.
    There's an Advanced button next to the Search button. On of the options it gives you is to filter by completed listings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    There's an Advanced button next to the Search button. On of the options it gives you is to filter by completed listings.
    Thanks. Didn't see that probably cuz I didn't sign in. Will try again later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    There's an Advanced button next to the Search button. On of the options it gives you is to filter by completed listings.
    sorta like here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    sorta like here?
    Yep. I've never used the forum's advanced search but a quick look confirms it.

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    Hi Everyone! I've been reminded that I'm a slacker and should get here and post!

    I'm better...the meds are helping and I have more energy, still drag a bit, but really am much better!

    I confess to spending a lot of time on this upcoming election, reading....reading...and reading some more! Have to make the right decisions! (Altho I've pretty much made up my mind )

    No new machines lately, and I haven't even been on Craig's list or to my favorite haunts lately! Starting to feel the deprivation and have been itching to go out and do some serious junkin'!!

    Gotta go back and read what everyone has been up to!! ~hugs all around~
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    Thank you to everyone who is sending prayers for Molly, will update this next week to let ya'll know how she's doing.
    She has come a long way since she came to live with us, she was very ill when my DD found her. She was a mere 50#(is 78# now),stage 3 heartworm positive,yeast infections of the skin and ears; was very short winded due to the heartworms. Now she can chase toys and runs with the other 3 dogs, she is much healthier now.
    We've had her since July 2010.
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    Finally, I figured out the advanced search but found nothing close to the machine, PFaff 297, that has been sold or closed although there were only about 15 listings.
    Sew, I don't know what to tell the woman except maybe do her own research except that I'd like to know more about this machine and its value. Any ideas, anyone?
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Hi Everyone! I've been reminded that I'm a slacker and should get here and post!

    I'm better...the meds are helping and I have more energy, still drag a bit, but really am much better!

    I confess to spending a lot of time on this upcoming election, reading....reading...and reading some more! Have to make the right decisions! (Altho I've pretty much made up my mind )

    No new machines lately, and I haven't even been on Craig's list or to my favorite haunts lately! Starting to feel the deprivation and have been itching to go out and do some serious junkin'!!

    Gotta go back and read what everyone has been up to!! ~hugs all around~
    Hi Charlee so glad you are getting better. Good to hear from you again.
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    I love the pictures of all the pretty new machines that everyone showed pictures of. Charlee, I'm glad that you're feeling better.
    Sharon

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    Gahhh! Happy Sweetest Day to anyone in the eastern portion of the midwest...seems not everyone celebrates this holiday! The Husband has got me pegged pretty well...lookee what I got for my growing collection!

    YAY!!! Check out that MONSTER buttonholer too! Lol* I don't think I'll be using it...I'd be afraid to tear up the machine with that puppy! I can't imagine women putting that beast on their machines...it's in the box with the receipt too - the owner paid $10 for the attachment in 1945.
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    Pumpkin Patch Quilter,
    I don't think I've ever seen a buttonholer like yours. It is indeed massive! I have a Singer red eye too, love my machine.
    Sharon

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    Pumpkin Patch Quilter,
    What a beast of a button holer. Don't hit anybody with that thing ~ it probably qualifies as a deadly weapon. Can't imagine using one like that either seems to be too big for the machine. Congrats on the gift - very nice Red Eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter View Post
    Gahhh! Happy Sweetest Day to anyone in the eastern portion of the midwest...seems not everyone celebrates this holiday! The Husband has got me pegged pretty well...lookee what I got for my growing collection!

    YAY!!! Check out that MONSTER buttonholer too! Lol* I don't think I'll be using it...I'd be afraid to tear up the machine with that puppy! I can't imagine women putting that beast on their machines...it's in the box with the receipt too - the owner paid $10 for the attachment in 1945.
    I have a big one like that - looks like a bulldozer and an old Singer which is smaller. I'm thinking the bigger one went on an industrial machine and maybe stayed connected - then just use that machine for button holes only. I think it would be putting it on and off the machine rather than using it would tear up the machine. I'm betting you need the plate to cover the feed dogs too. Is it a regular shank?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Finally, I figured out the advanced search but found nothing close to the machine, PFaff 297, that has been sold or closed although there were only about 15 listings.
    Sew, I don't know what to tell the woman except maybe do her own research except that I'd like to know more about this machine and its value. Any ideas, anyone?

    Here are a few completed listings:

    http://www.ebay.com/csc/i.html?_saca...mplete=1&rt=nc

    Jon

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    The monster button holler is just a camera angle thing. I have two of the Singer versions and they are about the same size. Both bolt up and work just fine on any low shank machine.

    Joe

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