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Thread: Vintage Singer vs. Vintage Brother Sewing Machine - Help Please!!

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    Hi everyone! I am a newbie and want very badly to learn how to quilt. I am currently looking for a sewing machine and have decided that I really want to get a vintage machine, mainly since money is tight with a 3 month old little girl and I've heard that the older machines are sturdier and last longer. I am trying to decide between 2 different ones that I found on eBay, and could really use some advice. Please help me decide which would be better for quilting!

    The first is a Singer Stylist Model 513 - I'm leaning towards this one because it comes with a few extra feet and has been serviced:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    The second is a Brother Boutique 761. I am interested in this one because I currently have a Brother Festival 461 that is almost identical, but has cracked gears and is unrepairable. I thought if I got this machine, at least I'd have the 461 around for spare parts in case anything happens to it, but I'm not sure how good of a machine it is for quilting. Here's the link:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    Please help!!! Any and all advice is welcomed - this is my mother's day present and we have a little extra money right now, so I'm looking to buy something soon, but just can't decide between these two.

    Thanks so much for all of your help!!! :D :D :D

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    Do you live near a WalMart ? Did you notice the shipping charges on both these machines ? One was $35.00 the other just under , then when you add in the actual cost of the machine , not sure I would get either one , truthfully. The reason I ask about WalMart is they have a new mechinical Brother for like $75.00 and another one for like $59.00 or you can order them off line

    http://www.walmart.com/search/search....y=0&Find=Find

    Plus you don't know how well the machines from Ebay actually are
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    Do you have any thrift shops, GoodWill, Salvation Army type stores near you? I think you would have less risk buying from one of these. Also check local ads in your community paper, if you receive one, the garage sale portion of your newspaper, etc. If you like garage saling, that is a good option too. I bought one vintage machine for $15 and another for $25 at garage sales I just happened to stop at. (Of course, you have to be disciplined not to buy other stuff! If you garage sale just looking for a sewing machine, you can be quick-in and quick-out.)

    When I have time I check the thrift stores periodically and pick up older sewing machines for $25 to $35 to clean up for a non-profit near me. I always plug in the machine in the store to make sure it runs, and also check to make sure it has the bobbin case. If I were more concerned, I would also bring thread, scissors, needles, and fabric scraps to actually sew in the shop before buying the machine. (Alternatively, make sure the shop takes returns and save your receipt.)

    I just glanced at the machines on eBay. One problem with buying a machine that way is that many people do not pack the machines properly so they can arrive damaged in transit. I am not an expert in vintage machines, but I'm not sure either of those machines qualifies as vintage. The older vintage machines have all metal parts; this is why they can be repaired forever, especially since so many were manufactured making replacement parts easy to come by. Newer machines were made with plastic bushings, etc.; those parts wear out and become non-replaceable.

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    I agree with Sharon and Prism both...

    However, the first machine was checked out by a tech, but I am concerned where she said the machine is oily? the outside of it...is it leaking? or did they oil it up while cleaning the outside?
    The second one states a tension problem, fixable or not? but not checked out by a tech...

    The first one sounds better about taking the machine back if damaged, and also looks like they sell a lot of machines, with pretty good feed back.

    I would be leery of both of these, personally...

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    Thanks all for your helpful suggestions....I'll go check out what they have online at Wal-Mart & Target...

    I would love to spend an afternoon trolling thrift stores & garage sales for a machine, but we only have one car which my husband needs for work 6 days a week, so shopping trips are pretty rare around here :( That's mainly why I'm looking online, but I really appreciate all your input!

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    check craigslist.com in your area. you might find a bargain.
    rachel just ordered at machine on ebay and had it shipped- a all metal machine- when she got it, the case was busted and parts of the machine were broken.

    i believe the subject was i am just in tears?
    rachelcb80 is her moniker and it is" i am absolutely in tears right now"

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    I got a Brother from Wal mart to start with. It was really cheap and it still sews great.

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    Both auctions have ended...but I would have given the same advice!

    I picked up a vintage Kenmore for $15 locally, a 1951 Singer for $15 as well...Goodwill is open on Sundays and sometimes if you call them and tell them what you're looking for, they will call you when a machine comes in.

    I have the Brother that was listed here, btw...the machine is about 20 years old, my sis in law gave it to me because she had problems with the tension, but I sewed with it and it was fine...(she was brand new to sewing, and didn't know how to adjust it)

    I wish I could just send you one of mine!

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    I have a quilting friend who just bought a Brother CS-6000i and loves it. Most Walmarts have it now. For under 200.00.
    If you can look around, I have Janomes and a Bernina. My small Janome is wonderful. I take it everywhere and neve had a service problem.

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    I don't know what your budget will stand, but while I have a Bernina as my main machine, my hubby saw how impatient I got when I was wanting to sew and my Bernina was embroidering, so he got on Overstock.com and got me a little Brother CS4000, refurbished for under about $80 shipping and everything. It is really a decent little machine with a few very nice 7mm fancy stitches. It did not come with a walking foot, but found that the generic feet at a Brother dealer/LQS are very reasonable. Check Overstock out. They also had a little larger refurbished machines for around $100 and their customer service is great!

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    My first quilting sewing machine was a $80 Brother that I bought at WalMart for my daughter, and after about 4 years of hard use by her (moving to college, etc.), I used it for quilting for about a year. I made my first queen sized quilt on it. A machine doesn't have to be expensive to work well...just a good brand.

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    I would be hitting the CL and picking up a vintage machine for $35 to $50 and use it like you stole it!!

    You will get a nice machine that can be wrked on by yourself and it will not fall apart around its self.

    Billy

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    Thanks so much for all your input everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that my awesome husband took me out to a sewing shop this afternoon and bought me a Janome Sewist 500 for mother's day (a little early) :D He had contacted the store last week looking for an affordable machine, it looks great and I can't wait to try it!

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    [quote=mickey]check craigslist.com in your area. you might find a bargain.

    YES! I have purchased 8 vintage machines off of craigslist. A few of them have been a two or three hour drive from our home but most of them have been from the town we live in. And, I have to say, I have met the nicest people. Also, I have not had any problems. And another note: several prices have been $50, $75, $100 and $125. With Lostn51's (Billy) tutorials on how to clean and service them, you should do well. Ask the people to email you pictures from all angles of the machine. This will help you make up your mind.

    Your daughter is very cute. I hope you enjoy each moment of her little life. It goes so fast!

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    What a sweet hubby you have! :) I don't think you've done badly at all...Janome is a good machine, and I think you'll be using it for years to come! :)
    Congrats! What are you going to name her? ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Your daughter is very cute. I hope you enjoy each moment of her little life. It goes so fast!
    My wife and I were looking at you avatar an I told her that those cheeks were primed and ready for some serious kissing!!!

    Anytime you need a baby sitter just send her our way!!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by danandsassy
    Thanks so much for all your input everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that my awesome husband took me out to a sewing shop this afternoon and bought me a Janome Sewist 500 for mother's day (a little early) :D He had contacted the store last week looking for an affordable machine, it looks great and I can't wait to try it!
    Yea!!! I am so happy for you!! It reminded me of me almost 50 years ago. I had my first baby and my hubby had the only car all the time! The fact I didn't have a drivers license never entered into it!! I am looking forward to seeing some quilts from you now!!

    Ditter

    P.S. ....Welcome to the board! :)

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    Not all sellers on ebay are relyable is true but there are those who are. We restore vintage machines many of which are posted on ebay like the latest Husqvarna Viking 21(which I shared the abilities of in the Vintage machine charm post). We give a return policy and make sure before the machine is even marketed it is in top condition. We video tape our machines in action so the potential buyers can see what a machine does, know what the knobs are and hear the machine etc. When we ship we send Fexex for care and speed my husband packs the machines with great care and probably far more material then needed, but we want our buyers to get the machine the way we expect to get it So- know your seller

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