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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Rescue machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/31/13 4:16 PM

where would be a good place to look for a vintage machine to rescue? i want to have a project to work on

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Date: 12/31/13 6:33 PM

I used to have fun with older machines and would pick them up at thrift stores, garage sales or Craig's List! There are lots out there to be rescued just depending on what you are looking for.

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Date: 12/31/13 6:34 PM

Look at your local thrift stores, estate sales and yard sales. Also check out Craigslist and Freecycle. Google "Freecycle" and see if there is an email list for this in your area. If you are on Facebook, there may be yard sale and swap groups for your area. You can join the groups and let them know what you are looking for.
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Date: 12/31/13 6:48 PM

Estate Sales (Takes a lot of legwork but can pay off big time.)

Craigs List (Easier to find what you want without running all over town, but usually priced a little higher. Feel free to negotiate.)

Possibly thrift stores, but I have yet to find a worthwhile sewing machine - even for rescue purposes - at my local thrift stores.

It is a fun and addictive hobby. I don't know how involved you want to get, but I've found that for me it is helpful to focus on a specific brand from a specific time period. In my case, I rescue and restore electric Singers from the 1930's - 1960's. Many of the parts and attachments are interchangeable between models and many of the different models have common elements so that if you are familiar with one you can easily work on another. For example, the Singer 201-2 and 15-91 have identical potted motors with all the same parts so I can easily donate parts between machines if necessary. Or I can buy quantities of little replacement parts like bobbin winder tires, tension take up springs, power cords, bobbin cases, etc. to have on hand for almost any machine I come across.

Good luck and happy hunting!

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Date: 12/31/13 7:15 PM

How do you even learn to fix sewing machines? The last time I asked a repairman he told me frankly that he learned in prison. That was awkward.

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Date: 12/31/13 8:36 PM

Ha ha.... I sure wouldn't try to fix a Bernina 580 but many of the older machines you find only need a little TLC. Most of the time grease, cleaning and oil. Some might need new wiring but on the old machines the motor is normally mounted on the outside. Belts and rings are easy to replace, new needles, etc. It is a fun hobby to get them going, lots of good tips on the internet. Timing on some of the older machnes isn't even hard... The new computerized machines are a different breed all together.

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Date: 12/31/13 8:43 PM

Sew Classic is a good source for information and parts, for Singers especially. There are quite a few blogs and websites with information on identifying and repairing sewing machines. Just google it. I haven't looked at many of the repair videos on Youtube.

Sandman Collectibles is great for identifying vintage Singers.

To find out when a Singer was made, use this.

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Date: 1/1/14 0:01 AM

I bought my Singer 301 and my 403 at the local senior citizens thrift shop. I bought my Singer 185 and 401 at the Goodwill. None were over $25.00. I got a free Necchi on CL and a free Pfaff at a garage sale. I bought my Singer 201 and 15 on CL. As for fixing, I sent my dh to sewing machine repair school. He needs more to do than watch TV, and mow the yard, lol.

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Date: 1/1/14 2:18 PM

I looked for a sewing repair school. Only found Internet ones and I wanted a hands on classroom. Where did you send DH?

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Date: 1/1/14 4:05 PM

I sent him to Ray White. He travels around the country, and a couple of years ago he was in Oregon, about an hour away.repair school

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