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Date: 9/21/13 6:35 PM

This seems like a good price for two Singers

The foot controller on my Featherweight seems to be giving out. Are the foot controllers interchangeable with other older Singers?

If these machines run well, is this a good price ($100 for the lot)?

Oh my - I seem to be coming down with a touch of SMAD. Actually I'm interested in having at least one decent machine to offer for sale. So I'm looking for a great price. I know at least 3 people right now looking for a decent sewing machine at a great price. If I made a small profit, I'd be happy.
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Date: 9/21/13 6:48 PM

If it was two 201-2's or 15-91's, maybe $100 for both in great condition. I don't think these particular models are worth it.

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Date: 9/21/13 6:59 PM

Well in my area it would be a good price. But prices on sm seem to vary depending on location. ... one seems to be a Stylist maybe. ...
Hope Soolip may stop by he would know for sure as he has liked Stylist I think .. if I remember correctly.

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Date: 9/21/13 7:40 PM

I like a whole lot of other old Singer Sewing machines a whole lot better, so I would not pay that for them. The reason those are not my favorites by far, is they just feel kind of very clunky and noisy to sew on to me, and just don't feel as nice to me. The feel of a sewing machine is always how I judge one. And that is when everything is working as good as possible too. I know a lady that has had 3 of them though, since they were brand new (and that was a long time ago) and ran a dress making business in Brazil with hers. She likes hers. Then I think she hauled all 3 of them, into the USA too. Her 3 of them, still works and she sews on one of them, and loans the other 2 out to lots of young relatives. I'm sure they are better and will last longer than some $69 or $89 machine brand new at Costco or Walmart or such though. So better than what, might be the comparison or the question instead.

I think if you want to sew on some really nice old Singer sewing machines, they are lots better kinds of ones out there through. But sew on those yourself, and see what you think, as that is all that counts at all.

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Date: 9/22/13 8:07 AM

Jenny at sew-classic.com can help you with a new foot control for your featherweight. It's an easy and reasonably priced repair, and she is super helpful.

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Date: 9/22/13 2:11 PM

Do you live close enough to pick these up? The seller does not indicate shipping.

I would go with the suggestion of going to Jenny's site and purchasing a power pedal/foot controller. Here is the link.


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Date: 9/22/13 9:54 PM

I'd pass.

At $10 each, I'd still pass.

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Date: 9/22/13 11:32 PM

If your foot controller is giving out, you might have to replace the whole thing. Your sewing machine mechanic can get you one from Brewer. However, if there's just a break in the cord, you can get a new cord for a lot less money. Depending on your sewing machine mechanic, they may or may not charge a lot to wire it in.

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Date: 9/24/13 10:34 AM

Hi Mary,

Those look to be lightweight cast 32X-42X series machines. One uses cams, the other is a simple zig-zag.

** BUT, the driving mechanisms are primo (smooth as silk worm drive), the stitches are very accurate (and still pound through jeans hems) and I believe they can take two separate needles for double needle work. If they run and aren't missing parts and are close by, I'd offer $75 for both, $50 if far away. Or start lower and work up ;)

If the gold one has it's cams, you're really getting a good deal. I'm talking about the SW MO market. I've seen these go on eBay for $70-200 depending on the seller's ego and accessories.

The motors will proly smell bad when you run them, but that's ok. Vincent Arcuri has a couple tutorials on YouTube and shows a couple simple ways to clean them up. SewClassic might even have an "explosion" showing how the parts go.

Singer Parts Co has the pdf user manuals for free download, if these are the models I'm thinking.

Man, I'd like to find a deal like that around here!

Please let us know how you make out,
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Date: 9/24/13 11:23 AM

I think HappyGene has figured out the machine types. You might want to get the model name so you can look at the manual.
My 328K just was given away but it kept on working fine for these 50 years. I see that the upper left spool pins are missing in both and also the bobbin winding spool pin in the second photo. They are cheap but the old ones may have to be dug out/drilled out in order to pound it in. The one on the left would be pretty important. Cams are good. I used the blind hem stitch the most.

According to Bill H?(very old topic on PR) they were hardly worth anything (maybe $10-20 in good working condition) compared to the 401/500 models that were top of the line in those days. Still, if in good working condition, they would sew circles around the cheap ones sold now.

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