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Used singer 15-91
Thoughts on value and pricing
Vandoels
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Date: 9/7/13 5:26 PM

Hi!

I'm in Chicago and I've been poking around stores and CL for an older machine. I sew clothing for myself and family, lots of gifts/dolls, and light home dec. I sew jackets as well.

There's a fab condition 15-91 in a solid cabinet with additional feet. She wanted $175 but has dropped down $130. In my heart I know, like many older machines, it is overpriced. I wouldn't be getting a bargain by any means, but is it an awful price?

As far as rewiring, she didn't know, it was her grandmas. But it was recently looked over and sews like butter. I'm going to check it over of course.

So, price wise thoughts?
What should I look out for as far as major issues?
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Date: 9/7/13 5:44 PM

Hey you -

I paid more for mine that others pay for theirs - I think it was 75. I just got it a few months ago and really enjoy working with it.

If you like the machine - and have been looking around for awhile - it seems fair. More than some pay - but, I dont see them for 20.00 at all where I live.

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Date: 9/7/13 5:51 PM

Did you have to rewire? Did it have accessories / cabinet?

Thanks!

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Date: 9/7/13 5:54 PM

I've never seen older machines here-even at goodwill for less than $30. Even saw a singer genie that needed work that was $22.

Who are these people paying $10? I always wonder if they are being upfront, you know?

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Date: 9/7/13 7:35 PM

Mine came in a nice cabinet. I like the cabinet a lot. It has some welcome drawer storage. The machine I bought is one that has been used - but, is still a very pretty machine.

I do not know much at all about machines. - Anything Ive read came from this site or, sew-classic.

I think I will eventually but the simple re-wire set she sells. It does not re-wire the motor or light but, takes care of much of the electrical.

The machine makes very nice stitches and is not at all fussy about thread - it just sews. Im learning to slow down at the end of seams - this machine likes to take a few more stitches after letting go of the gas.

Mine did come with a button-hole maker and some other things I do not know what they do.

Have you looked at 201's or 301's? I know there are many SS machines.

I do not drive and, for the 75.00 I convinced the seller to drive the machine across town and carry it up 3 flights of stairs.

The machine is easy to oil and - quiet.

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Date: 9/7/13 8:05 PM

I purchased a 15-91 at an estate sale last spring. The machine needed to be rewired. My husband and I
did this ourselves. There is a wonderful tutorial to guide you through the process from the The vintage Sewing Machine Blog. This a great machine and if you love it and feel up to the challenge of a rewire (if necessary) I say go for it!

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Date: 9/7/13 8:15 PM

Seems like these in nice condition in fab cabinets are being listed here for around $200. They don't always come with extras either. My guess is they probably eventually sell for around the $125 mark so this $130 would seem normal here. It could be my imagination but I notice just lately they've gone up in price and selling much more quickly than before. Same is true of the 201 and 301...while the FW's have been dropping in price over the last couple of years. Those great deals do lurk everywhere if you have the desire and patience to search them out.

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Date: 9/7/13 9:54 PM

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Those great deals do lurk everywhere if you have the desire and patience to search them out.

I have searched patiently for many years and have yet to come across a good deal on any kind of sm.

A friend of mine (in another state) got her 15-91 at a thrift store (no cabinet) for $35. A guy working at the thrift store fully services the sms...so the one she got was in peach condition. Not a usual set up at any thrift store in my area.
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Date: 9/7/13 10:07 PM

Quote: Vandoels
There's a fab condition 15-91 in a solid cabinet with additional feet. She wanted $175 but has dropped down $130.

As far as rewiring, she didn't know, it was her grandmas. But it was recently looked over and sews like butter. I'm going to check it over of course.

What should I look out for as far as major issues?

Sounds like you found a nice one...fab condition, solid cabinet and additional feet.

Have you seen it in person yet. Sewn with it?

I would ask what does "recently looked over" mean. Been to a repair/service person or what exactly? Seems if it was an actual service person...then the safety of the wiring would be known.

As I recall reading on sew-classic.com she would not use a vintage sm without it having re-done wiring...just for safety sake.

Hope it is fab...and if it is...then sometimes it's worth getting on with sewing and put the search to a rest.
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Date: 9/7/13 10:13 PM

Have you been to the Singer/Viking/Juki store and repair center on Irving Park west of Cicero? Lots of refurbished machines at all price points. I've bought cabinets, a Singer 221, and a Bernina 1030 from them and been very pleased with the service. The manager, Mike, is very friendly and helpful and a wealth of knowledge. If only they were a Bernina dealer, , but then it's so close to me, I'd be broke.

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