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Screwed Up Terminology:
"This was my grandma's trundle machine.  Look, it still has her little pin cushion cloth wrapped around the top."

Not Good:
Meeting a Seller, and having him lift the machine head out of his trunk: "I cleaned it up a bit."
Me: "Your online photographs looked better.  The decals look quite silvered.  What did you clean it with?"
Seller:  Some WD40.

Too Much Information:
We've stored it in the basement for about 15 years, now we just want it gone."





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Not directly about the machine, but When I bought my 1st Willcox & Gibbs it was from a couple in Stinson Beach Calif.  Their claim is that the the house (the 1st ever built in Stinson Beach) was originally built in 1870 the machine was ordered in 1873... When I asked them for their address, they sent me this painting of their Victorian home on a small hill surrounded by flowers.  They said "We are located on Hwy 1 (also called Shoreline Hwy)  There is only one stop sign in the town and my home is located about 100 yds north of the stop sign on the right hand side. There is a long drive way up to the house.  It's easy to find but I will attach a picture." 

Stinson xmas home.jpg 


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The decal cleaned with WD40... I could cry...

Another variation on the pin rag motif
Me, eyeing a Singer 66 Lotus: "would you mind sending me a picture of your machine without the rag around the arm of the machine?"
Seller: "Over my dead body, my grandma used it for her pins while sewing and she made me swear never to remove it." (obviously grandma's deathbed wishes didn't extend to not selling her machine)
Seller sends me close up picture of the rag...

Saving treasures
Going to seller's home to pick up my treadle Singer 128k.
Seller:" you're early! I didn't have time to clean the machine not even to empty the drawer which is full of junk."
The drawer had the complete attachment box, scissors, 4 bobbins, manual in pristine condition, a homemade set of patterns for a blouse cut off from a 1924 newspaper, a 1960s leaflet catalogue for fridges with the stamp of a shop which is still in business in town.
Glad I was early 😉
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Great stories seb58.  You made me laugh out loud.  I almost choked on my own spit.  Glad I wasn't drinking milk when I read it . . . 
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Not directly about the machine, but When I bought my 1st Willcox & Gibbs it was from a couple in Stinson Beach Calif.  Their claim is that the the house (the 1st ever built in Stinson Beach) was originally built in 1870 the machine was ordered in 1873... When I asked them for their address, they sent me this painting of their Victorian home on a small hill surrounded by flowers.  They said "We are located on Hwy 1 (also called Shoreline Hwy)  There is only one stop sign in the town and my home is located about 100 yds north of the stop sign on the right hand side. There is a long drive way up to the house.  It's easy to find but I will attach a picture." 


Stinson xmas home.jpg 


Love the photo of their house and directions.  Isn't that something????

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Name wasn't Kinkaide, was it?
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Oh Zorba.  I thought you'd have a good seller story to tell. 
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Oh Zorba.  I thought you'd have a good seller story to tell. 

No, can't really say as I do. About the most "interesting" story about buying a SM was when I bought my Toyota TZ-17 on eBay - out of state. I had a friend who wasn't too far away from it go and pick it up, and he brought it to a shooting event we both were going to the next month. BUT - in calling the seller, I got her voice mail, and it was a giggly pre-teen girl! Freaked me out, I almost figuratively walked away from the deal, "keep the $30!" - but it turned out she was in her mid-20s and had never changed her phone greeting! I suggested that she do so...

What in tarnation a pre-teen girl was doing with a (presumed) cell phone in the first place, I dunno...

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The weirdest thing a seller ever said to me was when I was looking over a Pfaff 130 for sale.  They told me the accessory feet were for making different patterns.  I just smiled.  I didn't think she knew much about the machine, but that's not all that uncommon.  She was honestly just trying to be helpful.
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I had forgotten about one 'interesting' experience until I saw this topic, lol....  A friend of mine saw a Standard treadle advertised in a nearby city.  Since I own a truck, she asked if I'd take her to look at & purchase it.  Well, when we got there, we realized it was a witch's house (actual).  The house was painted completely black and there was an assortment of bones hanging over the door (?)  We soldiered on anyhow....The inside was just as interesting (frightening?) with lots more bones & other things, but the machine was decent and cheap so we bought it.  Well, halfway home, my friend freaked out and decided the machine was probably 'evil' and she didn't want it.  I took the poor thing (not evil) home and kept it until a few years later when my collection became more specific/focused on older machines and then re-homed it.
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I'm enjoying this thread. Thank you for starting it.

I just had to giggle (and walk away) at a yard sale that had a Singer Genie where the person selling claimed that it was the FIRST portable sewing machine that Singer made.

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I had forgotten about one 'interesting' experience until I saw this topic, lol....  A friend of mine saw a Standard treadle advertised in a nearby city.  Since I own a truck, she asked if I'd take her to look at & purchase it.  Well, when we got there, we realized it was a witch's house (actual).  The house was painted completely black and there was an assortment of bones hanging over the door (?)  We soldiered on anyhow....The inside was just as interesting (frightening?) with lots more bones & other things, but the machine was decent and cheap so we bought it.  Well, halfway home, my friend freaked out and decided the machine was probably 'evil' and she didn't want it.  I took the poor thing (not evil) home and kept it until a few years later when my collection became more specific/focused on older machines and then re-homed it.

That sounds more like Voo Doo or something similar - I know a LOT of witches, and none of them match your description - not even the ones who are Goth chicks!

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I had forgotten about one 'interesting' experience until I saw this topic, lol....  A friend of mine saw a Standard treadle advertised in a nearby city.  Since I own a truck, she asked if I'd take her to look at & purchase it.  Well, when we got there, we realized it was a witch's house (actual).  The house was painted completely black and there was an assortment of bones hanging over the door (?)  We soldiered on anyhow....The inside was just as interesting (frightening?) with lots more bones & other things, but the machine was decent and cheap so we bought it.  Well, halfway home, my friend freaked out and decided the machine was probably 'evil' and she didn't want it.  I took the poor thing (not evil) home and kept it until a few years later when my collection became more specific/focused on older machines and then re-homed it.


Hahahaha!!!! The bone lady! I know exactly who you're talking about. here's a funny as hell story about her and my brother. This was probably close to 20 years ago. When my brother first met her he was not sober at the time and was just in awe of her. (No accounting for taste when you're not in your right mind) So much so that he went home and dug up a dead cat from underneath someone's porch and took it to her. Instead of being appreciative, she threw him out of her house ROFLMAO.

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Every machine I bought belonged to the seller's mother or grandmother, who was a seamstress, and they they hated to part with it.

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The ad had a picture of the machine in the seller’s garage and said it was a bit dusty. I get there and the guy says “yeah i found it in a field and thought it’d be worth some money” this was the singer 27 treadle (the larger of the two cabinet sizes) that i fit in the back seat of a dodge neon. Three small spiders escaped from it
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