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Date: 5/13/13 4:41 PM

On Ebay at least it appears to be a buyer's market. I've never seen so many featherweights. Are they losing the quilter love? Also a lot of other much loved machine the 301, 401 etc. I don't look at ebay regularly so maybe like this for a while but I was just surprised about the featherweight and some reasonable prices also.

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Date: 5/13/13 6:29 PM

I think the prices of used machines is reflecting the economy somewhat. Despite the claim that it's improving, there are many areas where that hasn't trickled down very far.

Just in the past year, I've seen much the same thing. There's that awesome 301 I got in a huge mid-century modern cabinet. I got that for $35(ish) at the last day of an estate sale--it had been originally priced for $50 and they were cutting prices that last day. And it was a really well kept machine--when I got it home and opened it up, it was clean and well-oiled and the gears well lubed with clean grease. That's the first used machine I have EVER bought that was ready to go as soon as I set her up.

And just a few weeks ago I bought another 301, in a smaller (but nice) cabinet. That was $35 and had all the attachments PLUS a buttonholer PLUS a zigzagger and the buttonholer had an additional set of templates, besides the basic set. Oh. And the manual. I *did* have to buy a new cord for the button controller, but still it was an awesome deal. And I saw a 401 (with buttonholer and zigzagger), but no table for $25 in Mechanicsburg, PA, but I didn't want to drive up to get it, although I was tempted to put it in the recent 301's table. I'm keeping my eyes open for a 401 here in the Baltimore area.

I don't remember seeing the 301/401/501s for such low prices (under $100) until the past year or so.

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Date: 5/13/13 6:41 PM

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I think the prices of used machines is reflecting the economy somewhat. Despite the claim that it's improving, there are many areas where that hasn't trickled down very far.

"Trickled down."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Date: 5/13/13 6:57 PM

There's generally only one thing that "trickles down", and I suspect you and I have the same word for it, lol.

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Date: 5/13/13 8:04 PM

Quote: jzygail
I think the prices of used machines is reflecting the economy somewhat. Despite the claim that it's improving, there are many areas where that hasn't trickled down very far.




I think this is the answer. Regrettably.... I'm seeing a similar thing on Craigslist, actually.
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Date: 5/13/13 11:31 PM

Y'all are so 12 ;)

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Date: 5/14/13 5:54 AM

I think the Recession has changed peoples attitudes. I don't think we are still in a recession. Nothing compared to '08.
I do think that like the Gr Depression, living through it has taught many of us that we don't need things or shopping to make us happy. I'm one of those that love a great bargain, but if I don't NEED it, I ain't buyin! And if I do need it, I am buyin' it cuz I have the money I didn't spend on bargains.
I might be in a minority. Don't know. But I have seen the change in family and friends. So that may be one answer.

The other is location and how many are available at any given time locally. I paid $25 for my Singer treadle in perfect cabinet with all attachments in a flooded market in MT back when no electricity in the the 70's. (still only generators there even today). There were 10-15 for sale at any given time within a hour drive. But that same machine would have brought $200 in CA if someone had the gas and time to drive them there.

So happy for you! Both my treadle and my 301 are with my daughter now. True gems.

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Date: 5/17/13 5:59 AM

I think that the other part of the equation is the mind set that "new is better than used". I sell vintage machines at a flea market near York, PA. I often have people tell me that they can buy a new one at Walmart for $79 so why should they pay $50 or $60 for a used machine. My best customers are long time sewers who appreciate the older machines, and men who have discovered the cost of having pants hemmed at the dry cleaners.

Generally its the people in the 30 to 50 age range who want the new machines. Teenagers and people in their 20's are overwhelmed when they see what a 50+ year old machine can do. Men who are tinkerers are also appreciative of the older machines than are user friendly and can be easily maintained.

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Date: 5/17/13 8:40 AM

I notice more folks seem willing to spend up to a grand or more on a very portable 2nd or class machine. There are lots of full-featured models that weigh 15 lbs or less and each brand has one or more to choose from. This may be one reason there's been a decline in interest w/ the FW's. I see them listed now from $250-$600 but they don't have eager buyers like even just 2 years ago.

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Date: 5/17/13 9:06 AM

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I think that the other part of the equation is the mind set that "new is better than used".

I completely agree. The more I am in this forum the more I realize how many sewers are "anti vintage". Most advice given to new sewers is "buy new". It would have never bought a junkie $200-$250 new machine just for decorative pretty stitches when I was learning to sew vs a nice well built, repairable, vintage machine.

But I have read over and over in this advice forum for buying a machine "buy the best new machine you can afford". Very rarely is anyone give the advice to buy vintage and it is usually when someone says they need to buy something very cheap or when they need to sew something heavyweight like upholstery. Which I have to tell you is insanely funny to me... it is like saying "if you need something durable, strong, and affordable than buy vintage, but if you need something expensive that can't sew through crap buy new".

Yes, I tried to buy new once, planned on spending up to $1500 and still couldn't find a machine that could do what my old Necchi had done. I went back to my beloved vintage machines.
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