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Kitcarlson

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The Singer 115 was packed like this.

It had damage, nothing too serious. Bent over spool pin, rear thread guide mashed on front plate, decal damage behind loose motor, and needle bar pushed down 1". Motor was strapped on with plastic wrap, it contained the damage.

The hook was removed to get the needle bar setscrew access. This would not be required if needle bar height correct. Checked bar and it was straight! Cleaned parts, assembled, adjusted, it sews!

I checked machine weight only 22.5 lbs, no motor or base.
Curious of 15-30 weight, I only have 15-91.


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I've had countless tragedies like what happened with your Singer 115. Because of this, I actually passed on bidding on a rare Singer 316G with plenty of bells and whistles because it was coming from Shopgoodwill in North Carolina and would have to be shipped all the way to Washington State via FedEx after having been packed by the experts at Shopgoodwill. After several disasters like yours courtesy of SGW and FedEx, I just did not want to go through another major disappointment (actually wanted to say something stronger than "disappointment" but this is a family forum). I recently got a 1938 Hohner accordion shipped from SGW in Tacoma to my home 30 miles away, and they managed to drop and break that too! I was able to repair the damage, and it's fine now and not noticeable. 

A lot of my repair and restoration knowledge on sewing machines and musical instruments has been courtesy of SGW and FedEX. I miss the days when Tacoma SGW had local pickup (no more) and when SGW used UPS to ship. 

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My experience as been about 1 out of 10, but last week two out of two. One Singer cast motor end broken out, another earlier, where cast iron motor bracket broken, motor pushed through side of bentwood case. Seems like a +15' drop might make those happen.

Fixing stuff brings me happiness, so I don't complain.

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Bruce when did Tacoma SGW stop doing local pick ups? I haven't bought a machine from them in over a year but at the time that's all they offered, they had stopped shipping sewing machines completely. Which was sad for me, I used to have machines shipped for free to my local store for pick up. Every one I bought and had shipped that way was packed well enough to survive a bomb blast. The last machine I picked up at the Tacoma office had obviously been dropped sometime after the auction and before I arrived to pick it up. There was damage to the machine and case that was not there when they photographed it. Luckily the damage to the Brother case was just a bent hinge and Rodney fixed that for me. The machine was a Chinese clone that I didn't care about any way, I wanted the case. The machine was stripped and now resides on my front porch.

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@Cary - 

Tacoma stopped doing local pick up about 2 years ago, I think. I heard they had a warehouse fire or something, are rebuilding or getting a new building or something. I also saw something about their retail outlet is just open bins that you have to dig through now. I know one of the locations in Denver did that, or so reports a friend who lives there. As for sewing machines not being shipped anymore, I think Tacoma still does, but they went to "1 cent shipping" on everything on SGW now, which means that the sewing machines all start at 30 to 50 dollars now - shipping is just figured into the beginning price. Not much of a problem for me, since my bucket list is about full now anyway, but it would be nice if they could go back to the old days and the old ways. I know they ticked off a bunch of regular customers, like me, and I try to avoid Tacoma now. I was leery about the accordion I got that came damaged as I figured it would (and was) but thankfully was able to fix it. One of the reliable Goodwill locations in Oregon must have changed management or something because they too started going downhill and sending poorly packed machines whereas they were excellent in the past. Seems everything has gone downhill. 

The bright note is Shopgoodwill has always been good at compensation for damage. I didn't complain about the Tacoma accordion as I was able to repair it completely and it was nothing that cost me anything but knowledge or time, but it didn't bolster my opinion of them other than to confirm their fall from grace. 

Just for the record, there are those times when Shopgoodwill does a great job and does it right and on those occasions I have sent them kudos for a fine job. It's rare, though. 

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I am 1 (arrived in good shape) for 3 tries with SGW. I now only bid on SGW for machines I can pick up from my state and two states contiguous to mine.

I started to bid on the same 316G you mentioned, but I already have one (also p/u from an NC GW store via SGW auction) and decided to hold off knowing it would go high. Mine is also fairly complete and is a strong sewer.

John Thomas in NC

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Originally Posted by Kitcarlson

Curious of 15-30 weight, I only have 15-91.


I have two 15-30 heads,  both easy to weigh.

One is a complete 1921, with a small "universal" motor, and bracket, sporting an 18" electrical cord:  26.2lbs

The other is a 1906, with no motor (too early -- there's no motor boss), missing the bobbin plate and the rear access cover.  25.14lbs

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Thank you Paul.
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