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Tjshannon

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A couple of weeks ago I purchased an old sewing machine just for fun. Well, I found myself wanting to purchase another one. I found one that I believe to be a singer 66 red eye for $40 that appears to be in pretty good shape. Does anyone have suggestions on how to determine the value of the machine?

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For $40, I wouldn't quibble.
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Old sewing machine prices are all over the place. There's a pretty clear market for Singer featherweights, and the Singer 301/301A. Those have a following, but for most any other vintage sewing machine, it's really more of a local thing. For instance, a seller had a Pfaff 130 for sale here locally, a machine that is in favor... they began listing the machine at 150... and slowly came down to 60 bucks and I don't know if they sold it.

So price is often a measure that is set by your local market. Last week, I could have picked up a Necchi Supernova, in cabinet with all the attachments for 50 bucks... and if I drove it three hours north, or west, or east... it might sell closer 200. So, value for a vsm is often what your willing to pay for it, and where I live... it's a buyers market. 

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Welcome, you are asking the wrong group of people. Of course, you should. Maybe you could post at http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/introductions-7893896?trail=1100 and let us know a bit about you and tell us about the other machine that got you started down this path.

Too bad there is a label on the decals. The decals look to be in fairly decent shape. It looks like it uses back clamp presser feet, which aren't impossible to find, but there are fewer of them out there. I can't tell for sure, but I believe the serial number was allotted in 1915. Also, I can't tell if it is a solid or spoked hand wheel.


Personally, that is not my favorite decal set, but I have two of them. Neither have I messed with. One I got at a yard sale, because I didn't want it to be trashed. The other I wanted the case for a different machine and the the hand wheel for yet another one. The last one had the stop motion flange bushing in several pieces.

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My 1914 Redeye 66 treadle is my go-to machine. It always works, never tangles, and sews a beautiful seam.
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The label may or may not be able to come off without damaging the decals. More than likely it is self adhesive and if the shellac is damaged will pull off the decals and might anyway. If I were to try, I would soak with sewing machine oil for a day or two. I would probably apply some heat with a hair drier and take a plastic credit card to a corner where there aren't any decals and slowly pull while applying heat (probably not on hot). If it starts pulling off decals, I'm not sure what I would do.

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Where I am $40 is reasonable based on the picture.  It is in nice shape, and it's an early model with back-clamping attachments (easy to find if it doesn't have any).  Mine is a 1918 66-1 treadle.  It was easy to fix, and is great fun to use.

Let us know what you decide!!

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$40 isn't bad for that machine.  Red eyes are common but ones with decent decals are harder to find.  Yours are good with the exception of that label.  I'd just leave the label alone.  Better good decals with an old label (call it part of the machine's history) than an otherwise good machine with a large chunk of decals missing.
Don't use water based cleaners on it.  They will silver the decals. Sewing machine oil is safe and effective.
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A couple of weeks ago I purchased an old sewing machine just for fun. Well, I found myself wanting to purchase another one. I found one that I believe to be a singer 66 red eye for $40 that appears to be in pretty good shape. Does anyone have suggestions on how to determine the value of the machine?


My first vintage machine was a Singer 99-13.  Wonderful machine.  I was sucked in.  Should you buy?  Hahaha.  I own over 50 including a few toys.  You should only buy if you're then willing to face the possibility of addiction.  The value of the machine is calculated by the desire of the buyer to have it.  Welcome to the club.  [crazy]

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$40 isn't bad for that machine.  Red eyes are common but ones with decent decals are harder to find.  Yours are good with the exception of that label.  I'd just leave the label alone.  Better good decals with an old label (call it part of the machine's history) than an otherwise good machine with a large chunk of decals missing.
Don't use water based cleaners on it.  They will silver the decals. Sewing machine oil is safe and effective.
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Thanks for sharing, it makes me realize that I have a lot to learn. I have decided not to get this one because that label would drive me crazy. I found 1954 singer 66 in not so good shape that I’m going to get. It needs lots of work but I can’t make it any worse.

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Theron,

Do you restore them to sell or to collect them for yourself?
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Theron,

Do you restore them to sell or to collect them for yourself?


I'm strictly a collector.  I have a 66 Redeye that has a sticker on it but the sticker blends in so well with the design of the machine that it doesn't take away from the machine at all.  For $40 and beautiful decals, I wouldn't be ashamed to add that beauty to my collection.  Soaking it in sewing machine oil may take it off over time.  [smile]

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