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mtboze

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I recently got a hand crank 66K on Goodwill that dates to 1923. The paint and plated parts are really nice and the decals look virtually new (the bentwood case was also really nice, until the machine was delivered upside down in a box that didn't indicate which side was UP, and the spool pin punctured the lid). It also came with a few Blackside parts (side and back plate, and hand wheel).

I seem to remember reading somewhere online something about Singer dealers taking older model trade-ins, stripping them down, repainting them, and applying new decals. However, I haven't been able to re-find the source of that information. 

It certainly seems likely that this machine is refurbished,  but I'd like to confirm whether this was, in fact, a common practice. Or, what chance is there that it was just well taken care of, and someone at some point put on the Blackside parts, just because they looked nice.
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To my knowledge other sewing machine shops refurbished Singer machines but they were supposed to cover or remove the Singer logo. Singer stores destroyed all trade ins regardless of brand.

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I appreciate the information. And, now that you mention it, I do recall having read about the destruction of trade-ins, to keep them from staying in the market and serving as competition for new machines being sold. 
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