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Vintage Domestic Brand Machine
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Date: 10/20/12 1:35 PM

Has anyone ever heard of Domestic Machines? Someone in my area is selling a Domestic Rotary E5354. It belonged to a 90 year old lady who did bridal alterations for a large department store. There is not much info on the internet. They are aksing $100. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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Jennifer Hill
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Date: 10/20/12 4:47 PM

I'm not familiar with that particular model. Domestic was an American producer which was bought out by White in 1924. White ceased manufacturing machines, becoming a distributor only, in the 1950s. Any machine badged "Domestic" after that was made in Asia, usually Japan.

Personally, I think $100 is way too high, regardless of which era it dates from. If I really wanted it, I would offer $25. If it is a badged White from the 1924-1950s time frame, it will be straight stitch only, and use obsolete feet/attachments. If it is younger than that, it is similar to the millions of other Japanese made machines in the 50s and 60s - very good quality, but very very common.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 12/6/13 5:55 PM

My first sewing machine was a Domestic, bought slightly used in 1965. It came in a beautiful maple cabinet with drawers and a top that folded out on each side. It had 20 to 30 decorative stitches that you created using cams. It also had a zigzag stitch. I sewed a variety of things on it, including suede purses. I used this machine for about 30 years until it just wasn't sewing very good anymore. After reading issues that PR members have with their machines, I think the feed dogs were probably worn out (and I wanted a new machine). :-)
I replaced it with a Viking Rose with an embroidery unit.
If someone used this machine regularly, it was probably well maintained.
I would advise you to go try it out and sew on it. Good luck on finding the right machine for you. Happy sewing!

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Date: 12/7/13 11:29 AM

I agree, $100 is way too much. If its in a cabinet, $40 t0 $50 would be more like it. Especially if it has all the attachments. I have several pass through my hands and with some TLC, cleaning, oiling etc. they did a fantastic job. They do what they are supposed to do and do it quite well.

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