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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    My "ultimate must have machine" is a Singer 206-K With that machine I'll have a sturdy durable ZZ / SS machine that could be outfitted as a H/C, treadle, or e-machine.

    Joe
    FYI There is one for sale at shopgoodwill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    That is beautiful!! How old is it?
    -- Sheila
    150+ (in the 1860-1862 range)

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    Quote Originally Posted by novicequiltergrandma View Post
    FYI There is one for sale at shopgoodwill!
    There are 2 in my shop... nice machines but they do not hand crank
    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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    That is just a Gorgeous machine
    Linda K Stafford

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    Quote Originally Posted by novicequiltergrandma View Post
    FYI There is one for sale at shopgoodwill!
    I saw one in Indiana and one in Pennsylvania
    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 mean I have to choose?? Lol that pink Atlas is one pretty little machine!!! I always want what I do not have lol. the thrill is in the hunt!!!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
    You mean I have to choose?? Lol that pink Atlas is one pretty little machine!!! I always want what I do not have lol. the thrill is in the hunt!!!
    So that's what it is. I find them, clean them up and I'm ready for another project.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    So that's what it is. I find them, clean them up and I'm ready for another project.
    Where do they go once fixed? I can only move machines locally unless I give away or sell at cost which is very little. Some Singers do OK on ebay. Hope I'm not prying.

    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Where do they go once fixed? I can only move machines locally unless I give away or sell at cost which is very little. Some Singers do OK on ebay. Hope I'm not prying.

    Jon
    As many as possible go on CL some are setting in my shop. A lot are setting in my shop. I went hog wild buying them this year. I haven't written ads as fast as I would like. I figure I am learning a LOT. Maybe way too much in some cases.
    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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    "what is your ultimate must have machine for your collection?"
    A 29-4 within an hour's drive for less than $200. Right!!!
    Ron in NW MO

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    When I got the SM bug I thought I could re-home reconditioned vintage machines to like minded persons. Didn't work, so now I'm a collector of reconditioned vintage machines.
    Ron in NW MO

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    I would give my eye-teeth,(if I still had them) , to have my old Wheeler & Wilson Family #9 back, so foolishly discarded for a Japanese POJ. What a machine it was and I sewed all of my children's clothes on it for years.
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vridar View Post
    "what is your ultimate must have machine for your collection?"
    A 29-4 within an hour's drive for less than $200. Right!!!
    Don't give up! I found my 29-4 an hour and a half away and it was only $100. Needed two little parts I made myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yooper32 View Post
    I would give my eye-teeth,(if I still had them) , to have my old Wheeler & Wilson Family #9 back, so foolishly discarded for a Japanese POJ. What a machine it was and I sewed all of my children's clothes on it for years.

    WW9's are awesome machines and honestly seem to be as common on Craigslist as fleas.... You can search for D9 or W9 or even 9W (for the singer badged version from after Singer bought them in 1905)

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    I must have a fiddlebase machine . . . . I don't know why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Don't give up! I found my 29-4 an hour and a half away and it was only $100. Needed two little parts I made myself.
    Steve, I appreciate the encouragement. I check every 29-4 on eBay and pray it's a local-only pickup in this rural area. Found a cabineted Centennial 15-91 within 16 miles that way. The downside of finding the 29-4 = probably divorce papers served on me.
    Ron in NW MO

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    I want a Singer 1889 fiddlebase. Just like this one http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t226114.html

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    I have the machine, an adorable Willcox & Gibbs, but I really want to find an original cabinet/treadle irons for it. I am in remote Alaska, so finding it here is probably impossible. Shipping anything here is unbelievably outrageous, IF someone will ship to Alaska at all. Something heavy like a cast iron treadle base is most likely out of the question! Maybe someday I'll figure out how to get one for my lonely W&G (which I still use anyway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    WW9's are awesome machines and honestly seem to be as common on Craigslist as fleas.... You can search for D9 or W9 or even 9W (for the singer badged version from after Singer bought them in 1905)
    Steve is right! I see this machine on Craigs List quite often.

    Out of the numerous machines that I've "collected" (hoarded) over the past few years, the one I use the most is my pink Atlas. I love it!

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    Cinderella I must have one someday

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    You'll love the 301 if you ever run across one. I use mine every day!

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    A Necchi Mirella is the last one I could actively pursue I think. I would just love to have one....

    But I think if I saw a treadle as beautiful as that Grover & Baker I'd go silly, for sure, just to own something so amazing. You must be really excited Steve!

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    I have a few on my "want" list. Anything old & rare of course, but actively seek two machines... a W&W9, head only to fit in the cabinet I have for one, and a red and white BelAir...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Too bad I don't live close to this one...
    http://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/atq/3944958343.html
    or this one:
    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/zip/3947694181.html

    I guess I like those old machines
    Last edited by miriam; 07-20-2013 at 12:38 PM.
    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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    The one machine I really,really want is available locally; alas no money to be had and the seller wants far too much. Its a very pretty National Two Spool.
    http://austin.craigslist.org/atq/3941823643.html
    Sharon

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