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Bear with me, hopefully!  I know the it's just a 15-90, nothing special, but I've wanted a machine in a bentwood case, ever since I first saw one.

Ziggy and I were off to the big city, lol, to buy supplies that we can't get around here.  Fortunately (or not) this antique mall is close to one of our favorite grocery stores.  We went to the mall first.

First thing that we saw was a 1964 Gibson B-25 12-string, in absolutely beautiful condition.  $950.  Price was very fair, especially for that condition.  Not in our budget.  (Think of all the VSMs we could get for that amount ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

As we started wandering around, the first booth had this machine.  I saw the price and just kept looking.  Way too high.

As were getting ready to leave we started talking to the owners and talking about sewing machines and he says they have a treadle in back that they still need to clean, etc.  See Ziggy's post.  As Ziggy was looking at the Sphinx, come to find out the owners wife has 3 FWs.

As Ziggy and the owner were loading the Sphinx in the car, see Ziggy's post, and I was paying for it, I was talking with Mrs. FW.  I didn't know she was Mrs. FW at the time.  She asked me if I saw that first machine and I said yes, but price was way too high.  She said yes it is, but I know the owner of the booth will come down in price, let me call her.   

So I went back to the machine to have a looksy.  Everything turns, extra bobbins, case in good shape, attachment box, manual and key to top of bentwood.  I don't know.

Then a woman starts unpacking glassware and putting it in the booth.  She said that she bought the machine from a gentleman who's wife used it to sew, but when she got dementia, he had to put her in a home to be taken care of.  She asked if I sew and started to tell her about our new additions Ziggy and I have adopted.

I still wasn't sure.  Seemed like too many $ still.  She asked what I was thinking and I told her I didn't know if I could spend that much.  "I've had it for awhile,, I'd knock off another $, especially since you would use it the way it's supposed to used."   I told her I was going to cry, in a good way.  Then she went to another part of the mall.

Ziggy came over, I told him what she had said and done.  We came home with two new additions.

These people were absolutely wonderful to deal with.  Especially after dealing with that ---- (fill in the blank) at the other mall.  

Again, I know the machine and probably the case aren't anything special, but to me, because of the people we got to meet and deal with today, and what they did.  It's special to me.
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Nice!  Great attitude.  Not very common with Antique folks in my experience.  They tend to be very friendly until you begin to discuss lowering prices...
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Nice!  Great attitude.  Not very common with Antique folks in my experience.  They tend to be very friendly until you begin to discuss lowering prices...


Steve, that's what we've discovered in our very young journey into the VSM world.  They were just so easy to deal with. Such nice people.  I know we probably won't come across dealers like this very often or ever again, but when we do, โ€ฆ..

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I've paid big bucks for little things, little bucks for big things, gotten some for free.....In the big picture, we all have different tastes in machines and my heart may go pitty-pat over a totally different machine than yours will, Bags!  We're all enjoying the journey and all the machines are fun to discuss and play with!  Congratulations on your new acquisitions - hope you have many happy hours with them!  
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I've paid big bucks for little things, little bucks for big things, gotten some for free.....In the big picture, we all have different tastes in machines and my heart may go pitty-pat over a totally different machine than yours will, Bags!  We're all enjoying the journey and all the machines are fun to discuss and play with!  Congratulations on your new acquisitions - hope you have many happy hours with them!  


Thank you hilltophomesteader!  I completely agree with everything you said.  I live vicariously through everyone here, too.  This is a wonderful place to be!

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Congratulations on your first bentwood case!  I was very taken with them when I first started collecting.  I don't know that I love the wood tops as much as I do the bases, but I sure love a pretty wood base on a machine.  
Personally I like the Singer 15's.  Glad you had such a great experience too.  That will make having the machine that much sweeter.

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Congratulations! It is a well cared for machine, one that nice is a rare find.
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Well done, Carol! I think you're going to enjoy that machine. I love the bentwood cases, too.

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Thank you Christi, Dave and Andrew!  I love this machine and case already!  I don't know if I made it clear in my first post, but I wasn't trying to lower the price of the machine, I just respectfully said this wasn't in my price range.  Mrs. FW said price was too high as well, and you know the rest of the story  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Congratulations! It is a well cared for machine, one that nice is a rare find.


Dave, the machine is dusty, but I don't think I've seen one this clean before.  Underneath is spotless!

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Those bentwood cases are sore nice. Wish I had a pile of 'em just like Chirsty, whole or bottoms, lol. But alas. I do not. Nor have I run across a 15-90 yet. Well done!
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Those bentwood cases are sore nice. Wish I had a pile of 'em just like Chirsty, whole or bottoms, lol. But alas. I do not. Nor have I run across a 15-90 yet. Well done!


Thank you Jim!  I'm absolutely tickled with this vsm.  All of the hardware on the base and case is in really good condition.  The case itself just needs a little bit of oil or wax, maybe?  No rust, dings, holes.  All of the parts are there.  The machine has the marks of it being loving used.  Not in a bad way.  I lucked out on this one, I think.

Want me to keep an eye out for ya, up here in Maine?  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Want me to keep an eye out for ya, up here in Maine?  ๐Ÿ˜‰


If you see something cool up there in Maine, let us all know.
Misery loves company and none of us can get there, ahahaha.

(except maybe Paul) [wink]

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Those bentwood cases are sore nice. Wish I had a pile of 'em just like Chirsty, whole or bottoms, lol. But alas. I do not. Nor have I run across a 15-90 yet. Well done!


Hahaha!  Now I never said I have a whole pile of them!  I might have just a few but I'm trying to downsize a bit! *Says the girl with one on the way.  [sneaky]

Bags, if the case doesn't need a full refinish, that Howard's feed and wax will give it a nice warm glow and it smells nice!

I'll post photos so you can see the difference it made.

Case before (750 x 499).jpg  Case after (750 x 499).jpg 


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Well you know....

if Bags is out there turning over rocks looking for sewing machine bits...

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I'll take as many of those that you can find.

(rofl)

Ahem, okay, be serious now.
Those are all rare and highly collectable attachments.
Keep those photos close by when you're on the prowl.

And I don't mean oooo, fifty bucks.
I mean the first one can go for one to two grand.


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I think you did great!  Full size bent wood cases aren't all that common and 15-91s are nice machines.
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Carol,  What a nice find!  I get very excited about these 15's as well because they are such great tools - plus the case is very special.  I'm sure it will bring you lots of pleasure.
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Well you know....

if Bags is out there turning over rocks looking for sewing machine bits...

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il_794xN.2054769857_85yi.jpg 

7b33a31197e4ab5ff01c629781492e11.jpg 

7ce459f326968839193981099d0dae28.jpg 

I'll take as many of those that you can find.

(rofl)

Ahem, okay, be serious now.
Those are all rare and highly collectable attachments.
Keep those photos close by when you're on the prowl.

And I don't mean oooo, fifty bucks.
I mean the first one can go for one to two grand.


Well, I did find one of these embroidery attachements (with box and instructions) in one of  my old cabinets that I bought with a machine for $50.00! It's the single thread embroidery attachment - your last picture. I still have not used it but do intend to at least try it out and hopefully it will be something I can use for my decorative work.  I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has used one of these.

My 222 came with the Swiss zigzagger.  I like it because it works a bit different than the other zigzag attachments as it controls the feed - so therefore it is also a walking foot when you adjust the stitch width to zero. So you can straight stitch and have a walking foot function.  The other stitches or zigzag are not any better in my estimation than the other vintage zigzag attachments.
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Thanks everyone! 

Jim, I'll be sure to let all of you know what I see and find!  I was wondering where Paul was if he was close to Rt 1.  Then I remembered, "you can't get there from here".   I was thinking there might not be too many of you who are close to Maine to turn over rocks.  [biggrin] I've printed off the pictures.

Christy, beautiful box, (I'm not going to say anything about too many of anything), mine just needs to be polished.  No refurbishing of any other kind needs to be done with it.  I have the feed and wax on my shopping list.

Rodney, I didn't know that about the full size boxes.  I just liked it when I saw it.

Chaly, I'm clearing out a spot so I can set it up over the next day or two so I can start sewing while I finish cleaning off the 3 or 6 pack a day patina on the 15-91.

I did see a few weeks ago a machine for sale that had the embroidery attachment and darning hoop (?) with it.  I thought the embroidery attachment was worth more than what they were asking for the whole lot, but by the time I checked, the ad was gone.  They are out there.

I've got a list started for you all., let me know what else.  I'm on the hunt!

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Hmmmm....

I'm thinking I need a bentwood case for that 1918 Singer...

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If you see something cool up there in Maine, let us all know.
Misery loves company and none of us can get there, ahahaha.

(except maybe Paul) [wink]



In fact, I went to Maine just last weekend!  Oh...  but you knew that!  (Finally brought the Davis into the house this evening.  Other projects are finishing up, and it's supposed to rain all day tomorrow...)

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Oh -- Bags -- I'm working backwards up the page, just saw your wondering.  I was in Wells.  It's only about 80 minutes from me.
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You do realize, of course, that the electric Singer 24 (can't remember the sub-model at the moment) comes in an absolutely ADORABLE little bentwood case...right?  SO cute....
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Bags, I found a trick to clean up the case that is wonderful and costs nothing! Itโ€™s a mix of Ilive oil (for cooking) and malt vinegar.
I used it on a bentwood case and it evenโ€™got ridโ€™ of scratches! Hubby then used it on an oak floor with similar results.
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There's a few variations on that mix. I've been using 1/3rd Mineral Spirits, 1/3rd Vinegar, 1/3rd Linseed Oil. It too works wonders.

Ha, just looking at Hilltopper's pretty 24 picture. You don't think... that was made between 1920 and 1925 do ya?

(I sure do - just look at those power cord ends!)

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Chaly,

here ya go.


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Wait, slow down.  I'm trying to write all this down.  I need a chart!  lol

Okay, let's see (checks list):  Christy has enough bentwoods according to some, other than Christy [wink]

Zorba needs one for his Sphinx, Jim needs multiples of attachments.... Where do we sign up for the SMAF (sewing machine acquisition fund)?  And who's in charge of it?  [biggrin]

Paul, I had to look to see where Wells is.  You're closer to Wells than we are.  I still have so many places to investigate in my new home state.  We're between Waterville and Bangor.

I like these homemade solutions for cleaning and polishing.  Since it is rainy and windy here today, just like where Paul is, may have try one of these.  

hilltophomesteader, oh, that's so mean, but oh it's sooo cute [biggrin]

Steve, that's so cool to see those attachments in use.  Thank you for posting it.

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Jim needs multiples of attachments.... Where do we sign up for the SMAF (sewing machine acquisition fund)?  And who's in charge of it?  [biggrin]


I don't 'need' any of them, but the hobby fund sore likes them.

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The sewing machine acquisition fund is still trying to find the right panel van and expense account so that I can drive around the country doing nothing else but making videos about super cool old sewing machines and the people that use them. Just like Tom Cotter does with cars on Haggerty Barn Find.

Wouldn't that be the beans?

*Do note that I was the first one to volunteer for this, like that will ever mean anything* [biggrin]


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Amazing what you can find on Pinterest. I used this because I had all the ingredients in the cupboard.
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Hi, I was given a Singer 201 someone was dumping. My second, but it had a Godzilla tin with
It that had all the attachments. How lucky was I?
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Chaly,

here ya go.



Thanks for the video, Steve!  After watching it, I thought this might refer to the two thread embroidery attachment since the thread spool is down below and not on top of the machine.  So I went and got my attachment and yup - mine is the single thread attachment which is a bit different.  So, I searched and came up with a video from The Featherweight Shop which shows how the single thread attachment works.  Now I'm really motivated to use this and mine is in super shape with the "U" spring intact.  You've prompted me to get going on this - thanks again!

https://singer-featherweight.com/products/single-thread-embroidery-attachment-singer-vintage-original
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That Singer 5th wheel trailer is very cool.  Looks like a 5th wheel camper setup in the Curtiss museum (he invented the 5th wheel I believe.  Guy was a genius)

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Thanks for the video, Steve!  After watching it, I thought this might refer to the two thread embroidery attachment since the thread spool is down below and not on top of the machine.


Actualy that IS the Single thread version.  They came with a spool holder wire(rod) to hold the spool of thread as seen.  The two arm version has two spool holders as well as two arms.

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Steve - Yeah you're right that it is a single thread - but a bit different in the way it functions from the Singer single thread that I have (26538) and the one from Jim's photo.  So there must be another type?  
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The one is Jim's photo is the newer (2nd I believe) version of that device. That bar in Jim's picture is for the thread spool.
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I have a few now, but they go in my attic as I want the machines on show/or ready to use.
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The paneled van and 5th wheeler, I like the way this is going.  I volunteer 2nd!

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