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Thread: Vintage SIngers

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    Vintage SIngers

    Hello,
    I have a couple of questions:
    (1) what is a good price for a working, in good shape black featherweight with it's box also in good shape?
    (2) what is a good price for a working, in good shape SInger 301A (with the long extended base). Complete with original carring case and pedal.

    Thank you all for your help in this area. I am in Texas .

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    I just paid $225 for my FW on ebay this week - haven't received it yet.... My other vintage singers were cheap, cheap. 15-90 was $20 with good condition cabinet, 201-3 was $20 with crappy cabinet, and Model 27 treadle with and awesome refurbished quarter cut oak cabinet was $50. I'm in Canada -19C today...wish I was in Texas
    Last edited by vanginney; 12-12-2012 at 04:42 PM.

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    Vanginney,
    thanks for the info. I'd be more than happy to reade places with you...we've had a 'cold front' to move in and it got up to 57 today! lol
    I LOVE COLD WEATHER, only becuase I get to stay home and crank the fire place up...
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    I paid 250 for my featherweight from Craigslist75 for my 99 with carry suitcase and custom made table
    45 for my 128 which the machine itself is in great shape, but it was missing cables and the box needs repairs


    It's all about location here. I rarely see a machine for less then 50 here.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Do a search on ebay under closed auctions to give you an idea. What I'd pay in my area is different than in yours.

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    Prices can be all over the map. Are you willing to work on it yourself? Some times the best looking machines have something wrong. Check anything you buy real good - pay attention to the details. Take plenty of time to look it over. Many vintage machines will sew rings around the new stuff. The more different things the machine can do the more you need to look over. Does it turn? Does it make a good stitch? Is the tension set right? Rubber parts melted or hard? Does the clutch disengage? Is the machine turning easy or is it stiff? What does the motor sound like? How fast does it turn? If you are buying a project you should not have to spend much. If you are getting one that is in good working order at least you won't have to take it somewhere to get it worked on or work on it yourself.

    I had an embarrassing moment last night. I was showing a young man two different Singer 401s. One was cold and the other was room temp. The cold machine just did not want to turn. I think the oil must have gotten too cold and wanted to set up. The motor ran free when I disengaged the clutch. That tells me the motor is fine but the machine needs to be cleaned some more and re-oiled... maybe just kept a bit warmer.
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    It all depends on the machine's condition, your location and the seller. Vintage machines are only worth what the market in your area can support. Featherweights in my part of Southern Ontario seem to be a little more reasonable lately. You can find them listed on Kijiji (Canadian version of Craig's List) usually between $200-$300. 301's are much less and you could pick up one in the $100 range. I bought a 301A last month for $35 but it was dirty, had no attachments and the case was battered and stinky. Sellers who do not value old machines may be willing to take less. There are also sellers out there who are sure that grandma's old Singer should be worth a fortune and ask ridiculous prices. If the machine is clean, complete and has all the attachments it may be worth it to pay a little more and not have to spend money chasing parts, replacing cords or cases.
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    Also check out shopgoodwill.com for prices and machines. I got two FW from them and one I was able to pick up locally saving the shipping charge the other was very well packed.

    Don't forget estate sales - sometimes those are listed there too. You can get good deals. It appears you are in a big city and those machines tend to be more expensive. Are you willing to drive a bit? Just figure out what you can spend and stick to it.

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    my stuff sells on CL
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    My two black FW's cost $295 (4 yrs. ago) and $220 (one yr. ago) - both in very good cosmetic shape and just needed cleaning, oiling, and a new belt. A friend just purchased one for $289, same condition. If you are shopping for one locally, check CL for local prices. On Ebay, expect to pay in the $200 - $300 or so range. Just ask lots of questions of the seller re: how it will be packed for shipment!
    Can't help with the 301 price - I am looking for one myself. Around here, it seems they go for around $150, but they are really hard to find in my area. Good luck!
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    I spent $130 for my longbed 301A on etsy.com in good working condition. It came with a case but the corner joints were all broken so I threw it away.. I also found a cardtable for it on etsy for $85. I snapped that up.

    I just paid $189 on ebay for a featherweight with a case. I have not received it yet so I can't validate it's condition.

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    Prices vary. I have 4 FWs... $280 at an auction, $250 including a FW cabinet at an estate sale, $225 on CL, and $80 at an estate sale. All are in great shape and some have extra attachments...some have no attachments. Just keep your eyes open. There are lots of them still out there. As you can see, I have trouble passing them up.

    I don't know about 301 prices but I would think much less than FWs. I would expect less than $50 around here.

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    I just bought a 301a long extended base last week for $125 in Arkansas (while visiting) in great shape with everything.
    I have two FW, one I bought for $200 and then the other I got at a Yard sale for $75, and it had the table with it (Card type) in great shape a week after buying the first one (go figure). So I think it just depends on where your are and your luck. Craig list is the best place I think....couldn't find a 301 here in AL, but I did in AR. Maybe if you have family in another state, they can keep an eye out for you???

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    I put an ad on my local craigslist type board in my city - I think with the heading. 'Don't throw away your old sewing machine away -I will pick it up'. Just got a reply from someone who has a treadle they want to give away. When I asked the model, they seemed confused and just said it one that 'works with a pedal'....think I might pick it up tonight.

    I think some people value older items...and some don't - you just have to find someone who doesn't

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    I paid $110 for my 301 and anywhere from $60 to $250 for my 5 FW's

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    The spousal unit bought my FW for my birthday a few years ago, $300...because it was the same year I was born. You can get better prices if you watch for them.
    When I knew we were getting together for a family reunion last summer, I started looking on the Craigs list for the areas that different family members were coming from and found my 301 for $75...Aunt Kandi picked it up for me and brought it to the reunion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    The spousal unit bought my FW for my birthday a few years ago, $300...because it was the same year I was born. You can get better prices if you watch for them.
    When I knew we were getting together for a family reunion last summer, I started looking on the Craigs list for the areas that different family members were coming from and found my 301 for $75...Aunt Kandi picked it up for me and brought it to the reunion.
    Good price on the 301 - about double that around here
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    I just bought a 301A long extended base on eBay for $94.00 plus shipping. It is in excellent condition with the original box full of all the tools, manual and case. The case has a full spots but other wise is is like it was rarely used.

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    I really prefer my 301 to the FW, because it is more depandable and steady sewer. The 301 was $40 on Ebay because it was dirty and didn't sparkle. I cleaned it and now it is a sparkly machine, a joy to sew with. I prefer to use it and it is heavier, but worth the trouble. It had the original case, but to travel, one of the cheap plastic boxes from Wal-Mart makes it easier to tote. The FW hasn't been used since the 301 came home.

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    I picked up a 301 Mocha long bed with the case and a full box of feet, buttonholer, and zigzag attachment for $100.00 in June. It is in great shape. And about 2 weeks ago I got another 301 (LBOY) for $35. Haven't seen that one yet as my nephew is bringing home next Friday but he said it is in great condition. I love the 301.

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    I wish people wouldn't talk about prices. Anybody can say anything.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    You are so right. Of the 9 machines I've bought (mostly FW's) only 2 were ready to go. I cleaned, oiled, lubed and replaced a few things and learned so much in the process. I actually enjoy seeimg my finished project.

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    No matter what price you pay, ENJOY IT.
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