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Date: 6/4/14 3:36 PM

I seem to be following a thrift store theme this week.

When sewing machines are donated to thrift stores, do they keep the accessories and all the bits with them, or do they separate them and put the accessories over in the jumble of other stuff that nobody knows what it is?

I can't imagine why someone would donate a vintage sewing machine without all its feet and accessories, but they are never with the machine. What's the deal with that?

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Date: 6/4/14 3:38 PM

I've never found a machine at a thrift store but I have friends that have. They got the machines with the accessories. Otherwise they both said they would have passed.

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Date: 6/4/14 4:36 PM

My suggestion is to ask about the accessories if you don't see them. Sometimes they bag them and put them in the back so they don't "get lost".

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Date: 6/4/14 4:48 PM

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I think when they get donated they aren't always together.
I have lots of attachments and accessories I've acquired at thrift shops and garage sales, where no machine was in sight.
When I bought a machine in a cabinet it had everything with it, but yesterday I bought some Singer cams that were sitting on the shelf all by themselves.
If I like the machine and it has the foot pedal, I'll buy it. I find it pretty easy to find the accessories, especially if it's a Singer.

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Date: 6/4/14 4:52 PM

That's a common practice here too. Sometimes even the bobbin-case and power cords are removed and held w/ the other pieces. It all started bc items tended to disappear...especially FW (and 301) bobbin cases. There should be a sign stating this, but usually there's not. It makes you wonder how many people mosey on not realizing the parts are locked up on the premises!

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Date: 6/4/14 5:44 PM

Sometimes the sorters are just not knowledgeable enough to keep everything together.

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Date: 6/4/14 5:55 PM

when most folks are getting rid of something, whatever it is, their main concern is to get rid of whatever it is as soon as possible. they are not concerned if all the parts are there or not, especially if giving the item away for free. many items are donated after the original owner has passed on. again, folks are not concerned with keeping it all together. i've been to many auctions where there were sewing machines. the machine in one spot, the accessories in another. the only folks who care are the folks interested in making a purchase. when i donate, i keep everything neatly tagged and tied together.

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Date: 6/4/14 6:47 PM

It's also a good practice to check out the accessories to make sure they go with the machine you're looking at. Once I bought a very old White treadle machine in horrible condition because the drawers of the (falling apart) cabinet were full of Singer accessories and bobbins that would fit my Singer 99. I gave the machine to a friend to use in a flower bed.

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Date: 6/4/14 6:47 PM

Based on all your replies, I should ask about extras and then check over in the big pile of stuff that nobody knows what it is. Ha!

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Date: 6/4/14 8:12 PM

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I gave the machine to a friend to use in a flower bed.

Hysterical!

Would love to see a pic of that.
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