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Thread: Vintage Singer sewing machines..What to look for?

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    I'd appreciate knowing what Singer machines are good to look for in yard sales, etc. I have a Featherweight, and also a 99-13. What others are too good to pass up at yard sales? Which machines would you buy again, or not? Thanks.

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    Well, I have my great grandma's 66-16, its a treadle, in original cabinet, and at some point she added a motor...I love it, but it was my Ma's, too...I hear a lot of people love the "red eyes"...I think some of them are model 66's, too...but not sure which model 66, or year...I know there are a lot of knowledgeable vintage lovers on here, and they will be along soon...good luck!

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    I would pass up any Singers that went to plastic housings and more plastic gears etc. Stick to the more collectable, all metal beasts:> They last forever and are in higher demand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I would pass up any Singers that went to plastic housings and more plastic gears etc. Stick to the more collectable, all metal beasts:> They last forever and are in higher demand.
    Amen! :lol:

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    301's. Rocketeers, 201's, 19-51's or 19-50's, 401's...

    Almost any vintage Bernina, Elna...oops you only asked about Singers..

    I've always picked up any accessories at a reasonable price, buttonholers, zig-zagers, rufflers (I must have 15 of 'em and I'd love to get rid of a few at this point, they're in almost every box!)

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    The Singer 301s are very prized. I have a black one and just LOVE it. I am using it much more than my modern Brother machine.

    I also have a Featherweight, and just put a 66 back into a treadle. Plus a couple of others that are not useable right now, but will be eventually.

    It really depends on what you like, but I certainly would NOT waste money on anything built after early 1960s, as they all went to plastic gears, etc. and are not reliable and cost more to fix than they are worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    301's. Rocketeers, 201's, 19-51's or 19-50's, 401's...

    Almost any vintage Bernina, Elna...oops you only asked about Singers..

    I've always picked up any accessories at a reasonable price, buttonholers, zig-zagers, rufflers (I must have 15 of 'em and I'd love to get rid of a few at this point, they're in almost every box!)

    OK, I can see what the Rocketeers and others look like, but what are the 19 - 50 and 19 - 51 machines? Are the treadle machines? For some reason, I can't get them to come up in google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I would pass up any Singers that went to plastic housings and more plastic gears etc. Stick to the more collectable, all metal beasts:> They last forever and are in higher demand.
    Yes, this! :thumbup:

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    been looking for a good old singer for sometime now. just because I learned how to sew on one 40 years ago.also need a good machine for sewing leather.thanks ciecie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    301's. Rocketeers, 201's, 19-51's or 19-50's, 401's...

    Almost any vintage Bernina, Elna...oops you only asked about Singers..

    I've always picked up any accessories at a reasonable price, buttonholers, zig-zagers, rufflers (I must have 15 of 'em and I'd love to get rid of a few at this point, they're in almost every box!)

    OK, I can see what the Rocketeers and others look like, but what are the 19 - 50 and 19 - 51 machines? Are the treadle machines? For some reason, I can't get them to come up in google.
    I think she means 15-91. They are great machines!

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    Thanks for the quick reply. That makes more sense since that one I can find on the net. What did we do before we had the net to look things up on??!! I'm learning a lot about older Singer sewing machines since I bought my FW in May and my 99 this month. Now what's next????.... It'll have to be a very good price, like at a garage sale where the price is too good to be true. I just love the look of the older black machines. And they run so quietly, or at least mine do. They are just so pretty too. And I think it's neat to have machines that are older than I am! Now is that telling my age?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    Thanks for the quick reply. That makes more sense since that one I can find on the net. What did we do before we had the net to look things up on??!! I'm learning a lot about older Singer sewing machines since I bought my FW in May and my 99 this month. Now what's next????.... It'll have to be a very good price, like at a garage sale where the price is too good to be true. I just love the look of the older black machines. And they run so quietly, or at least mine do. They are just so pretty too. And I think it's neat to have machines that are older than I am! Now is that telling my age?
    Well, the 99 is just like the 15--just a little stubbier

    :lol:

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    Singer 15-91 direct drive (no belt) is electric and the 15-88, 15-89, 15-90 have belts and are threadles or can be threadled. Some might have a potted motor. Most are not anything you would take along to sew at class with the exception of the Feather weight and Singer 301. Both of those only do straight stitch. the 401 has build in stitches and cams, little palsitc dishes that enable you to do more decorative stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Singer 15-91 direct drive (no belt) is electric and the 15-88, 15-89, 15-90 have belts and are threadles or can be threadled. Some might have a potted motor.
    Those are beautiful! I badly want a 201 and a 9W to add to my collection. I have a 27-4 (treadle), 15-91, 15-96 (treadle), 66-1 (treadle), and a 66-16, none of them in cabinets as beautiful as yours. I heard that back then people loved the 15-91 so much but wanted it in a treadle so they made the 15-96!

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    You have some yummy machines. Do you have pictures? Keep looking for that 201 it is so smooth. I put one that had a belt but a broken potted motor in my threadle and it treadles wonderfully too.

    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Singer 15-91 direct drive (no belt) is electric and the 15-88, 15-89, 15-90 have belts and are threadles or can be threadled. Some might have a potted motor.
    Those are beautiful! I badly want a 201 and a 9W to add to my collection. I have a 27-4 (treadle), 15-91, 15-96 (treadle), 66-1 (treadle), and a 66-16, none of them in cabinets as beautiful as yours. I heard that back then people loved the 15-91 so much but wanted it in a treadle so they made the 15-96!

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    I stuttered and even tho I *always* read my messages after posting this one slipped by me thanks for corrections re15-91 and 90 :oops:

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    OK, another quick question, what is a 9W?
    And I agree not to get the newer Singers. I made a mistake a few years ago and got my daughter a cheap Singer, remembering how good the old ones were. It is NOISY!!!!!!! And temparmental! And I hate using it when I am up at her home. She doesn't use it, but piles up what needs mending for me to do. I wish I'd gotten her a better machine. The 'yard sale' Brother machine I got for $5-10.00 years ago is better than the one I got her. I'm thinking of taking up 'yard sale Brother' and getting rid of her Singer. I learned my lesson!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    OK, another quick question, what is a 9W?
    And I agree not to get the newer Singers. I made a mistake a few years ago and got my daughter a cheap Singer, remembering how good the old ones were. It is NOISY!!!!!!! And temparmental! And I hate using it when I am up at her home. She doesn't use it, but piles up what needs mending for me to do. I wish I'd gotten her a better machine. The 'yard sale' Brother machine I got for $5-10.00 years ago is better than the one I got her. I'm thinking of taking up 'yard sale Brother' and getting rid of her Singer. I learned my lesson!!!
    Wheeler and Wilson made a #9 then Singer took over and recreated the #9W. It's a treadle. I want one because it has a large harp space. Wanted to try to do FMQ on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    And I agree not to get the newer Singers. I made a mistake a few years ago and got my daughter a cheap Singer, remembering how good the old ones were. It is NOISY!!!!!!! And temparmental! And I hate using it when I am up at her home. She doesn't use it, but piles up what needs mending for me to do. I wish I'd gotten her a better machine. The 'yard sale' Brother machine I got for $5-10.00 years ago is better than the one I got her. I'm thinking of taking up 'yard sale Brother' and getting rid of her Singer. I learned my lesson!!!
    I have to say that not all new Singer's are bad. I think some people may have gotten some lemons. I have 3 new Singers, 2 not so new Singers, 5 vintage Singers and 2 Brothers (one of which I gave to my sister). I have never had a problem with any one of them. I read on the Board how people bash Singers but everyone of them that have the fancy dancy Bernina's, Pfaff's, Vikings, Janome's, etc. have to periodically take them to the shop for tuneups. I have never had to take one of my Singer's in for a tuneup or to be fixed and I don't baby my machines either. I do everything everyone says not to like sewing over pins... :roll: My L500 does everything they do and has a 9" harp space :) I bet anything comparable would cost a lot more. So I say, let them keep bashing Singers and I can keep getting my machines for a decent price! :lol: :lol: :lol: I do like Brother machines except they are a little light for my taste and I don't particularly like the position of the lever that lifts the presser feet but that's a personal preference. They do sew great though.

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    The problem with the Singer I bought for my daughter is that it was a CHEAP one!!! Really, it was my mistake. I bought one of those ones that Walmart had on their 'day after Thanksgiving' sales, and it was too cheap to be that good. It is noisy and temperamental. I gave it to her for Christmas one year just so that when I go up there I have a machine to use if I need to fix anything for her. If I'd tried it before I took it up, I probably would have taken it back and gotten a different machine instead. It has come in handy to use, and probably if I used it more, I'd get more used to it.
    On the other hand, my 1939 featherweight I got in May, and the 99 I got this month are quiet!! And they would have been a lot more expensive machines when they were new. It all goes to say you get what you pay for.
    One of the women on this board got one of the new featherweight computerized machines, and I'm wondering how she likes it. I hope it is just what she wanted, as it is a cute machine too. I don't bash all new Singers, just the cheap one I bought.

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    It's just amazing to me that I've been able to get 3 great old Singers for a combined price of less than one cheap machine - a 99K13 ($40), a 401($25)and a 201 ($40)!

    Annaquilts - I love your machines and their cabinets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    Quote Originally Posted by greenini
    301's. Rocketeers, 201's, 19-51's or 19-50's, 401's...

    Almost any vintage Bernina, Elna...oops you only asked about Singers..

    I've always picked up any accessories at a reasonable price, buttonholers, zig-zagers, rufflers (I must have 15 of 'em and I'd love to get rid of a few at this point, they're in almost every box!)

    OK, I can see what the Rocketeers and others look like, but what are the 19 - 50 and 19 - 51 machines? Are the treadle machines? For some reason, I can't get them to come up in google.
    you might be googling the wrong #. 15-91 and 15=90.
    15-91 good for heavier sewing, FMQ,not industrial.
    201 is a gem for piecing, general sewing, my favorite.
    401 is first machine for good zig zag, etc.
    301 great for carrying to classes, no zig zag, cheaper than 221. I'd stop before the 600 series.

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    Hi AnnaQuilts,
    I just joined this board because of you! A couple days ago I brought home my first 201 in a lovely cabinet and your 201 picture in cabinet is just like mine, in fact the first one I have spotted on the web. What can you tell me about this style cabinet, if anything? Do you know what the number of it is? I live in CA. Didn't think I liked the desk-cabinet at first, brought it home and now realize how beautiful and well made it is. Needs cleanup and some scratch touchup, but otherwise sturdy. If this lands in a diff. place, I am referring to your August post where you have pix of your machines incl. that 201 I refer to. I have included photos of my machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazoogirl
    Hi AnnaQuilts,
    I just joined this board because of you!
    Hello!

    Welcome to the board. I am also in CA. I think the cabinet is original to it. I know my 201 is younger then some of my other machines. I'll ask DH about the cabinet. I really like it as it is very big and has lots of storage. We left that machine in the cabinet and I have it standing butted up next to my sewing table. When not in use I fold the machine down and I have extra work surface.

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    ANY old, black Singer that is in working order...but you don't really want to limit to Singer machines. There are some cool Whites out there, along with Davis, National, Eldridge, and others....

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