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other than ebay and CL - any fave places to shop?
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Date: 12/3/12 8:09 PM

My local dealers don't carry oldies but goodies.

I might get one of the older Singer SS machines if I could find what I could find what seemed like a good working machine.

Im not looking to spend lots of money - just try one out to see what I think of them.

Im looking for a gift for myself for the holidays - I might even look at a newer ZZ but nothing brand new.

One thing I really liked about the old machines Ive had is the sound of the machine - esp the presser foot going up/down.

Any places to look online - or fave machines to search for would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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Date: 12/3/12 8:21 PM

I would love for you to find a Singer 237 bc that does offer zig-zag as well. Made in Italy...very robust. You would benefit from a zig-zag w/ your applique. And you can shorten up the stitch length and get a gorgeous satin stitch. My next recommendation is a 403. Just like the 401 but decorative stitches are accessed via cams and only ss on-board. much more straight-forward than a 401. maybe someone will post available stitches for the 401/500/403/503...i personally think they are very attractive in fact i like them as much as any...yes they are small but very tasteful. if you're adding, i'd like to see you gain at least zig-zag or something you can't do now.

ETA: straight shanks can take FM abuse better than slant shanks. I don't know if you are reserving your GQ for the FM? if so, then a slant shank model would be just fine. I actually think you might be able to FM w/ zig-zag on the 237. Maybe someone here will know for sure.


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Date: 12/3/12 8:30 PM

Weeel, I have two for sale. And you're a FoPR, so you can take advantage of them. One is a SS Singer 301 and the other is a Janome 6019 QC (which isn't listed yet). They are both the same price, but they have different features. The Janome, which I really like, is a mechanical and has some beautiful applique stitches. And I'm including all the feet. The 301, listed in the classifieds, is a straight stitch, with lots of extra feet and a buttonhole attachment. PM me and I'll send pictures of the Janome.

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Date: 12/3/12 8:33 PM

Thank you - you!

That was just the re-fresher I was hoping for on some of those machines. I get really fuzzy keeping the slant shanks and the ones that can/cant do FM -- and I also was sorta hoping to add some kind of ZZ --

Thank you for the model numbers, too - I going to look up those models again now.

Im sure everyone knows how it is - I need a new desk chair and that should come first -- but, I want a frivolous gift this time of year! I try to be responsible enough of the time.

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Date: 12/3/12 8:41 PM

Both the 301 (which is a slant) and the Janome do FM. I've done it on both. And as to that desk chair....I'm laughing out loud because I too need one, and that's why I'm selling these machines...

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Date: 12/3/12 8:55 PM

Ms - F!

I broke mine working the lint out of the wheels!

(I also broke my seam ripper doing the job)

Guess I should have left them both alone -! Lemme look at your ads - Thank you for pointing me to them. I have seen a few cheapo' chairs on the local CL and, was surprised to see lots for less than 100. that seem nice and were comfortable at staples.

When you decide on one post about it - Im having a hard time deciding what to get.

The butt on this chair is HUGE and I notice on some of the new ones -- the butt is smaller and -- well, I think I need the larger one.

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Date: 12/3/12 11:13 PM

I so hope that you find a nice oldie but goodie. My first machine was a Singer 15-91 that belonged to my great grandmother and was lost in my first war (divorce). I have contemplated another if I could find one without spending a fortune. There is always the classifieds in the newspapers. Here locally we have a tradewinds magazine which is like a newsprint craigslist that comes out weekly. Maybe there is something similar in your area?

Though my Morse isn't SS, I simply cannot find a machine with more perfect stitches. It makes the most beautiful stitches and has the most beautiful sound when running. Nothing I've tried so far compares to it.

Recently, I bought an older Kenmore from the same ebay seller that I bought my Morse from. I wanted an old machine with the monogramming capability. The stitches are great, and I love the machine, but even it doesn't have the robust feel of that Morse. The Morse will still be my main machine.

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Date: 12/3/12 11:44 PM

You might try estate sales, and church rummage sales. But of course hard to say if the machines found at either of those places would work correctly.
I can certainly vouch that Ms Fairchilds machines have been well selected and well taken care of.

I am so sorry about your chair. Hope it wasn't a favorite chair. You know there is a thread on replacing castors on PR right now.
After you posted on your chair wheels picking up so much lint. as had mine.. I treated myself to one of those plastic floor mats.. hoping the threads , pins and so on will sweep up a bit easier. so to make my castor cleaning easier in the future. Good news is that office chairs do seem to be plentiful at thrift stores and the like. so maybe you can find the perfect chair for not too much money.

I do have to wonder though.. a vintage machine may not necessarily have the harp size you might wish for in quilting Of course if you are only looking for one to do the piecing. then a 30l or a Featherweight would be perfect.
Happy hunting and Happy Holidays to you..
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Date: 12/3/12 11:54 PM

Quote: PortlandMaine
I have seen a few cheapo' chairs on the local CL and, was surprised to see lots for less than 100. that seem nice and were comfortable at staples.



When you decide on one post about it - Im having a hard time deciding what to get.



The butt on this chair is HUGE and I notice on some of the new ones -- the butt is smaller and -- well, I think I need the larger one.

I don't know if the chair I bought for sewing would be what you're interested in...? But it is this one, (sort of). (Mine is solid black, not that zebra print.) And it's under-$100. I had it shipped to store so there was no shipping cost.
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Date: 12/4/12 0:27 AM

I bought my 301 and 403 at a local seniors citizens thrift shop. Bought my 401 and 185 at the Goodwill. Bought my 201 and 15 on Craig's list. The most expensive one was $40.00.

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