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Cari-in-Oly

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This is a great article on collecting. Many points hit home with me.

https://www.stillstitching.com/2019/04/collecting-vintage-sewing-machines.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR0Nz7Vr332hScmmNqdtSRpDfcWVRPgjlQ7Y4rj1szayvi81hne3bBmYCgE

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Fun read!  I recommend it.
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That was nice article.  Thanks for sharing the link.

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Very nice article - I tried to order their DVD, but their stupid order form seems to think its the world's arbiter of valid email domains - I'm a bit annoyed. At least their contact form didn't argue with me about my own email address!
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I'm turning into a 'feels sorry for the machine' collector. In fact, just yesterday I picked up a sad, rusty Singer that turned out to be a 1921 115. It's currently frozen but getting the AT fluid treatment. I may be asking questions......









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I've been collecting five years, 80 machines.   

I'm one of those collectors who say, "ooooooo, isn't that a pretty one?  Hmmmm, I don't have one in that color."  

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Happily, I really just don't have room to bring home many more machines.  No more treadles, and only room for a couple more hand cranks.  I'm beginning to realize that that constraint is liberating, in a way.

(And even more happily, I'm not all that interested in electric machines.)

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Fun and interesting read! I've been "into" sewing machines only for a couple of months and I already have 5... I try to limit myself to Singers. Currently I have my eyes on a (rare?) 39K with Ottoman Carnation decals and I'd love to get a 66 with the Lotus decal. 
I am dellusional enough to believe that after those two (especially the 66 Lotus) I'll stop... But I'm a bit like Mrs D, I get easily tempted [biggrin][biggrin]
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Hello,  On your 66 with lotus decals....a 66k1 with lotus was I think the 2nd or 3rd of the collection that we started.  Someone told me that the brown lotus decals we got (there are two versions of lotus decals on ISMACS) is rarer.  Ours is a hand crank that came out of Latvia on eBay.  The lotus decals are much harder to find within the USA so my recommendation is if you have a hard time look towards Europe.  Best regards, Mike
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Hello Mike, thanks for the tips, I am in France, so that's a good start! Here the red eye decal is rarer than the lotus [wink] I have found a couple on Le Bon Coin (a sort of French Craigslist) but they are a bit far and  / or expensive and I would prefer to collect it myself as 1) sellers are never really enthusiastic about packaging big and heavy items and 2) I don't really trust postal services to handle packages with care and.
The flea market season is just starting so I'd be on the lookout or I'd plan a summer-time trip to the other end of France [wink]
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Hello Seb,
 
  When I buy I usually send this link and ask in advance if they are going to pack well.  If it is on eBay I tell them that I will leave excellent feedback if packed properly and if not packed properly then I will leave bad feedback.  Also, poor packaging can result in return of your money.  That, of course, is a last option.  One item I've learned is to also ask to remove the spool pin(s).  Here is the link:  Best regards, Mike http://web.mit.edu/xiphmont/Singer/machines-packing.html
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Great read. And yes, very accurate.  I'm one of those "It's cheap and I like it" collectors.  I also have a strong attraction to the sad looking, rusty and beat up looking machines.  I've had fun with it but I also have thirty machines or more and room for only a couple to display or use properly.
I forgot to add that tastes do change.  I've learned that I'm more attracted to the old black straight stitch machines than to the more modern brightly colored Japanese machines.
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Hello Seb,
 
  When I buy I usually send this link and ask in advance if they are going to pack well.  If it is on eBay I tell them that I will leave excellent feedback if packed properly and if not packed properly then I will leave bad feedback.  Also, poor packaging can result in return of your money.  That, of course, is a last option.  One item I've learned is to also ask to remove the spool pin(s).  Here is the link:  Best regards, Mike http://web.mit.edu/xiphmont/Singer/machines-packing.html


Thanks for the link Mike, that's useful indeed! Yet I have the painful memory of ordering 19th century Gien tableware and recieving it all smashed because the seller's idea of secure wrapping was a rag around the inside of the box. Of course, when I demanded refund, "his wife had already taken the check to the bank" and all messages remained unanswered.... (that was not on Ebay so there was no buyer's protection and no feedback system to refer to or "scare" the seller with). 
However, dealing with a serious seller and using your method is, I think, a good way to secure proper packaging and avoid bitter disappointment and having antiques destroyed.
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