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WantToSewAgain
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Date: 6/25/13 8:40 PM

Just wondering if anybody has purchased a machine from the ShopGoodwill website. I saw one that I am interested in and it is local so I don't have to pay for shipping on a heavy machine. Right now it is a really good price but it still has a few days left. I like my new machine. But, I think I would like to have a vintage one as well. But, am hesitant to purchase from this website for some reason. Anybody have good or bad experience with this website?

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Date: 6/26/13 2:53 AM

No, but I have got a lot of my machines from just a local, walk in kind of Goodwill store. Because there you get to actually sew on them first, at least if you bring your own stuff, like needles and threads and fabric or even a bobbin if it is missing. I don't see why you could not do that instead, if it's the local to you Goodwill store. I think they just sell them via the internet, thinking that is more easy than local, or moe people might see it there, but if you walk into the same place and ask for it and offer to hand them cash for it instead, (after you test sewed on it) since they are right near you, I can't see why they would not go for that instead. You could always just telephone them and ask.

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Date: 6/26/13 3:57 AM

Goodwill.com and local stores are different, FYI. I won an auction from my local store, but it was not on site and I had to get it shipped to me, since pick up was not an option (and if it is the listing will mention it). Many use it to get more money then they can in the store and they treat it separate, at least in the ones I have dealt with.

As far as it goes, I did buy one on the .com site, and it was fine. Missing a bobbin and I had to oil and service it, but otherwise it was okay. Read the desc, and make sure that they have tested it and email and ask questions about it, just as you would ebay.

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Date: 6/26/13 7:21 AM

I was surprised with all the featherweights I saw up for sale. And some they will ship and some they won't. But a lot of machines.

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Date: 6/26/13 8:08 AM

The .com has gotten blasted for "cherry picking", and placing items online to generate more money (and I am not trying to argue the good, bad and ugly of any thrift company).

But walking into one, would you spend $100 plus on a featherweight? My local GW won't accept or sell sewing machines (they take the tables, and sell the heads as scrap metal), and I have heard that at several of their stores over the course of my travels that they don't sell them, and the few I have found were junk and under $10. Knowing that the featherweights were in demand machines that would get them several times over what they could get in a brick and mortar, then sometimes the practice does make a little more sense.

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Date: 6/26/13 1:11 PM

My local Goodwill sells machines and I've bought a Singer 401 ($20.00) and a Singer 185 ($10.00) there. I also bought one on the .com and it came in a box loose packed in popcorn, I had to file a claim, since things were bent up in transit. Also bought a babylock serger on the .com but I picked it up at a local store. It was well packed.

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Date: 6/26/13 3:09 PM

Yes, I have bought several. Only one was not packed well for shipping and the thread holders broke off. But I easily replaced them with other ones. Other than that, my machines were fantastic. I have bought sewing supplies, crafts and fabric without problems.
I bought one machine that wouldnt zig zag. It had the stitch but didnt work. I put a blower dryer on it and it unfroze and works beautiful. It was well cared for and even the acessories seemed brand new. '
I love the site. Just look at the pictures and read it carefully.

karen

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Date: 6/27/13 2:19 PM

I once heard a comedian say, "No one ever traded in their car because it runs too well." I think the same goes for sewing machines and any mechanical item. Ask yourself why a sm was donated to a charity - did it need repair that was too expensive in relation to the value of the machine? Did it sit in a closet for decades waiting for someone to use it? Was it in a basement that flooded? Plan on any sm from Goodwill, EBay, or other source of no-longer-wanted items to need some kind of service or repair before it is fully functional.

Another consideration is the go-withs. The assortment of presser feet, instruction manual, and cams for decorative stitches are often separated from their machine and need to be replaced at additional cost.

Then there's the shipping cost. There is a machine on EBay right now I would like to have but the $50 shipping cost drives the $6 price out of the ballpark. And the seller's packaging could render your purchase unfit for anything but a parts donor.

I have bought many sewing machines online, but only at bargain price because the price of the machine is only part of the final cost.

I prefer local thrift shops and local auctions for my acquisitions. All the above issues still exist (except shipping) but I get to see and feel the machine before plunking down my cash.

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Date: 6/27/13 2:45 PM

Lamx
I can not tell you how many items over the years that I have donated to the GW or Salvation Army that have been in absolutely perfect cond. but just would not sell on Craig's list. Recently, I had to put my Mother is a care center and the kitchen ware and furniture that went to S.A. would have set up a household. It made our family feel very good to see her things go to charity to be sold to help others. So, when you go bargin hunting keep in mind that there are some wonderful things to be found including well loved and taken care of sewing machines that just haven't been used in a few years for one reason or another.
Grace

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Date: 6/27/13 2:50 PM

Not sure I can agree with that analysis - sometimes things are put there because it's not of use to a person but could be to someone else. I'm a lot quicker to donate to the Salvation Army than try to sell on Ebay - and that includes a few old cars! That were running.

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