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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Singer-Antique-Featherweight-221-Mechanical-Sewing-Machine-/262326178222?hash=item3d13dbd1ae:g:QaIAAOSwKtVWtqX3


They thought so much of this machine they didn't clean it up.

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They thought so much of this machine they didn't clean it up.


That's pretty normal here for pickers.  Anyone who makes their money by buying storage units or "finding" things to sell wants t turn them out for cash as soon as they can.  

I think it's better that way.  This person probably knows nothing about vintage machines and could do more damage than good trying to clean it up.

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Christy, you are SO RIGHT!  I've seen many on auction sites that have been cleaned with the wrong thing, and the decals were either silvered or completely gone!
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I was thinking more like dusting it off, I guess if they don't want to get more money from it then so be it.  One lady had one on there the other day for some huge price that said it was restored, but needed cleaned and oiled and other things of what I don't remember, so I was wondering what was restored?  Oh yes she didn't know if it would stitch or could be used.  So I guess it had been dusted off.lol  Or they restored the cabinet in some way and not the machine.

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That's pretty normal here for pickers.  Anyone who makes their money by buying storage units or "finding" things to sell wants t turn them out for cash as soon as they can.  

I think it's better that way.  This person probably knows nothing about vintage machines and could do more damage than good trying to clean it up.

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I admit to being a "rank amateur", but this one struck me as being patently ridiculous:
Vintage Singer Model 128 Centennial Edition Sewing Machine In Working Condition   $2,399.00


Someone, please educate me -- is this machine really worth $2400????

 Okay, then there's the 15-90:

Singer 15-91 Sewing Machine Industrial Strength Sews Leather Vintage 1951 $449.99

Oh, then there was also a Singer Sew Handy listed for $425.

 


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Maybe they meant 24.99 for that one and the other, my friend swears she has seen those sell for that price.  I never have and it even has the great white cord.  That must make it worth the price for sure[smile]
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Oh no, he meant exactly what was there -- that was copied directly from the auction site (e-bay).  So were the other items.
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I will sell my 128 LaVencadora ( sp) for that price. It was serviced just 15 years ago.
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It's cute how people dream, isn't it?  LOL
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Of course, then there's the FW for $1,200.00, and another 15-91 for $450.00  and a couple of 201's that were pretty high priced as well, I don't even remember what they were priced at.

Man, if these machines were made of solid gold, I'd never have to worry about paying bills -- I'd have plenty!

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Ebay and the other sites tend to bring out the idjit in people.

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The high prices are going to make it impossible for those of us who really "dig" the old ladies of the sewing machine world, to engage in collecting and/or buying/selling machines.  If we pay their prices, then we'll have a heck of a time making any money on the deal.  There's no FW in existence that is worth $1200 to me!  I wouldn't even bid on something like that.
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There's no FW in existence that is worth $1200 to me!


If I'm feeling frisky, sometimes I'll send the seller a message something like, "I just wanted to let you know that you seem to have made a typographical error in your posted price - surely it should be $12,000."

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If I'm feeling frisky, sometimes I'll send the seller a message something like, "I just wanted to let you know that you seem to have made a typographical error in your posted price - surely it should be $12,000."

James


Love it!

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I've tried a few times to educate folks when they have unreasonable prices. Rarely does it do any good. Every once in a while, someone gets it. Those are encouraging.

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There was a kid had his grandmas machine on CL for an arm and a leg. He called and tried to sell it to me. I talked him into using it... The machine went off CL anyway.
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Remember the Singer sphynx treadle at a nearby thrift store, had it priced $175, with a puzzle box that looked complete? I told them they may want to keep the puzzle box behind glass, as it would be easy to walk off with. They did, priced separately for $21. Then they reduced the price of the SM/ treadle...to $150. Where's the slap my forehead emoticon? BTW, the puzzle box sold...and I didn't get there in time.
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We all need that emoticon! I missed out on a Frister and (can't remember) handcrank for $80!

Also need one for when the word on the tip of our brain gets lost in the shadows!

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You folks are too funny!
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I just got this machine and was looking for more information when I came across this:


You only have to watch the first 10 seconds.

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James, I'm sorry.  I think that machine would drive me up the wall.
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ok, so I am not understanding how that video is applicable to the "for giggles i saw it..." theme...  (I am still sick, so I may just be being dense today)
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James, I'm sorry.  I think that machine would drive me up the wall.


I don't understand what you mean or why you're sorry, Jeanette. Could you explain?

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ok, so I am not understanding how that video is applicable to the "for giggles i saw it..." theme...  (I am still sick, so I may just be being dense today)


Maybe I'm the one being dense. I thought "for giggles" meant that we post something we thought was amusing. No? 

Explanation: This woman went through the effort of making a video to show people how to thread this machine, and her very first action was wrong - she put the spool of thread on the bobbin winder, which is only about 1/2" tall when there are two perfectly good spool pins 2" away, right behind it.

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I actually got that one! It was very funny.
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Folks,

Threading that machine, even discounting her mistake, is exceedingly complicated, i.e., there are so many different steps. 

I didn't mean to offend -- but I'm feeling very, very bad, so I'm just going to stop commenting on anything until I feel better, but since I have surgery Monday morning, it's probably going to be a couple of weeks.

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I got it James, and I think it's a giggle.

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Explanation: This woman went through the effort of making a video to show people how to thread this machine, and her very first action was wrong - she put the spool of thread on the bobbin winder, which is only about 1/2" tall when there are two perfectly good spool pins 2" away, right behind it.


I saw that right off and thought WTF?  It's especially weird since she is going so slow and careful to explain each and every thing.  [rofl]



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Folks,

Threading that machine, even discounting her mistake, is exceedingly complicated, i.e., there are so many different steps. 

I didn't mean to offend -- but I'm feeling very, very bad, so I'm just going to stop commenting on anything until I feel better, but since I have surgery Monday morning, it's probably going to be a couple of weeks.


Not offended, just confused.

I wish you the best with your surgery, Jeanette, and look forward to seeing you back here when you're up to it.

James

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James, I tried to send you a pm, but I couldn't get it to go through.  Here's the text of that message.

I am sorry for any misunderstanding on the "giggles" category.  I had NEVER seen that Wizard Machine, and obviously, I didn't catch her putting the spool of thread on the bobbin winder. 

I am a "rank amateur", wish I weren't, but I still have a lot to learn.  It just occurred to me that there were way too many steps to threading that machine.  It's a nice looking machine, but I honestly prefer something with which I'm familiar, such as my old Singers.  That's just me.  I should never have tried to comment on anything feeling like I do -- I've never before had pain like this, and it's turned me into a real "Witch with a B".  Please forgive me.

Jeanette

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Don't give it another thought, Jeanette, and I hope you can resolve your pain issues very soon.

Her description of the threading makes it look a lot more complicated than it is. On almost every machine, the thread goes from the spool (preferably on the spool pin and NOT the bobbin winder[rolleyes]) through a thread guide or two (not "curlicue"), the tension, spring, guide, take-up arm, a few more thread guides and then the needle. The more machines you see, the less of a surprise the correct threading path is (down-up-down). This one seems to have a couple of extra guides, which I happen to like because that can keep the thread from flopping around and getting tangled or hung up on something.

Although I've accumulated many (too many) machines, I feel like a newbie too when it comes to using them. I've plenty to learn.

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Jeanette, you could be "the official rank amateur" for this forum. Just add it to your signature line... But nobody would believe it.
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1. ZERO stress folks.  The thread was a reboot og the QB thread where folks posted funny ads that they found in the daily searching.  mostly 1000 Singer 66 treadles and the like.

It's no biggie AT ALL what folks post here, i just thought "I" missed the boat...  inhale, exhale slowly..  in through the nose, out through the mouth....  

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I think the older I get, the 'newbier' I appear, lol.  I KNOW so much about sewing machines and parts from all these years of collecting and working on them, but sure enough the moment I need to actually SAY something, my mind becomes a vacant space.  Um, you know, the springy thingy and lifty-lever jobber and the...the...big hole between the...thing and the...other thing...

I don't do tattoos, but I can imagine one on the inside of my arm with a sewing machine diagram with all the parts labelled correctly.......

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right there with you.  in person, I can fix most anything, over the phone...arghhh
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I think the older I get, the 'newbier' I appear, lol.  I KNOW so much about sewing machines and parts from all these years of collecting and working on them, but sure enough the moment I need to actually SAY something, my mind becomes a vacant space.  Um, you know, the springy thingy and lifty-lever jobber and the...the...big hole between the...thing and the...other thing...

I don't do tattoos, but I can imagine one on the inside of my arm with a sewing machine diagram with all the parts labelled correctly.......


This fits me to a T a lot of the time. In college we had 'correct terminology' drilled into us, but I still end up saying 'thingy' more often than not. Back then it drove my teachers nuts. Now I just attribute it to CRS.

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I thought the whole darn thing was funny, and who would put a grubby machine like that on youtube to show someone how to thread it, the one that didn't know how to thread it I guess.

It also drives me nuts that people don't iron or press their fabric before they put a youtube video up on how to do something, sure doesn't help the newbie learn anything.

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Like this?

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Miriam that's awesome! I'm gonna make a large print of that and hang it in my shop.

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Cari, pleeeeaaaaassse tell me what CRS stands for??!

Miriam, that is so perfect. You should blow it up, laminate them, and sell them!!

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Just spotted on Craig's list.

https://olympic.craigslist.org/clt/5467794211.html

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Cotton Picker - hilarious! I've been watching that one and I guess the description is why it hasn't sold yet...or maybe it doesn't work!
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I think people see the headline, take a quick look at the machine and laugh without really looking at it or reading the ad. It's not a real good or bad price for what it is. Though being hard wired to an converter isn't a great thing.

Margaret, CRS= Can't Remember Sh**.

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I have used mine for years with a converter with no problem. Recently I had Mr. Sewdandy (Jan) convert mine to 110v. Still, seeing a Featherweight listed as a long arm is still funny. If these people knew what they had they could easily sell it for what they are asking. 
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According to the asking price, I think they know what they have; they just got half of one word wrong: as everyone here knows, it should say FREE, rather than LONG -arm.

Common errors I see for sewing (or "sowing") machines are "trundle" (hey, it's comfortable enough for a kid) and my favorite, "petal" (groan) for foot controller. It's unfair to expect people to know the proper terms for a piece of equipment they're selling only once, but a little research in finding the right word would indeed go a long way in writing a competent description.

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Thanks, Cari, I think someone told me what that acronym means at one time, but unfortunately I can't remember...something!
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CRS is the first stages of CRAFT
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According to the asking price, I think they know what they have; they just got half of one word wrong: as everyone here knows, it should say FREE, rather than LONG -arm.

Common errors I see for sewing (or "sowing") machines are "trundle" (hey, it's comfortable enough for a kid) and my favorite, "petal" (groan) for foot controller. It's unfair to expect people to know the proper terms for a piece of equipment they're selling only once, but a little research in finding the right word would indeed go a long way in writing a competent description.

James

Darn auto spell check on their cell phones...

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Common errors I see for sewing (or "sowing") machines are "trundle" (hey, it's comfortable enough for a kid) and my favorite, "petal" (groan) for foot controller. It's unfair to expect people to know the proper terms for a piece of equipment they're selling only once, but a little research in finding the right word would indeed go a long way in writing a competent description.

James


I like the ones that come with a "power chord".

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I like the ones that come with a "power chord".



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I got that one, Cari!
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