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HaveAdler
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Subject: Thoughts on my Adler 187 Date: 8/6/11 8:48 PM

I inherited a beautiful Adler 187 from my mother. It is in beautiful condition including the cabinet it folds into. The cabinet has a built in chair. Do you have an idea on the best way to find a new home for it? I am not looking to give it away but to both ask a fair price and find a home where it will be appreciated. She bought this new in the early 50's and used it for years. I am at a loss as to how to go about this.
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Date: 8/7/11 3:50 PM

Just did a Google image search on that, and it looks like a pretty serious piece of iron. I was unable to find a review of that machine on this website.

If I were in your shoes, I guess I'd take some good photos of the machine from the operator's position, and the machine showing the cabinet also. Make sure your photos are clear, sharp, and lit so that you can see the machine clearly. If you can find the serial number, include that. Then list it on Craigslist or your local equivalent, and I suppose I'd ask about $250 OBO for the whole rig. Be willing to come down to $200 if you don't get many responses. Also, don't expect an avalanche of responses. I'm sure it's a great machine, but I see lots of sewing machines on Craigslist every day, and I'm sure a lot of them don't sell. Many are on the list for weeks.

Good luck!

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Date: 8/7/11 3:58 PM

That price MAY be optimistic.
Adler, though having been around for quite some time, doesn't have the same sort of following as Pfaff.
You don't want to give it away. Well, I'm guessing you don't want to warehouse it either.
So, yeah, make sure it's been cleaned and oiled and is functional.
Your personal knowledge of the machine and it's functions/capabilities are a big part of being able to sell it.
Then put it up on CL for $250 OBO, but be prepared to drop the price drastically.
Honestly, if you get more than $150 for it I'd be amazed.

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In reply to HaveAdler

Date: 8/7/11 4:06 PM

You should just keep it, as they are very nice and you might want it to sew something sometime on it. I think you probably would not be sorry if you just kept it, and if you sewed on it for a while, you might be really liking it then.

I have sewn on those, I think they are really nice. But, I don't think anyone is going to pay you a whole bunch of money for it either. You could put a add in the local paper, but unless you were selling it for a whole lot less than $250, I really don't think a bunch of people would all try to snap it up. For more like $50 instead maybe, then maybe a lot more people might be apt to do that. And they are really dense and heavy, I think way to heavy to ship anyplace without it maybe getting wrecked. And also just costing a lot for shipping.

It's so heavy, don't even try to pick up the case it's in, without holding the bottom of the case at the same time. The latches may be old and might give out. That happened to me on one. The machine actually only dropped about 4 inches to the floor when that happened, as I was about to try to get my hand under there, to support the bottom, but it did make a huge dent in the wood floor, and it almost got my toes. Also bobbin winder did break off. So handle the heavy brute very carefully and don't trust any old cases!
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In reply to HaveAdler

Date: 9/10/11 11:37 AM

Sorry about your pending loss, I just finished a complete overhaul on a 187 and it is a beautiful machine, when it landed on my bench it was like finding an old Mercedes in a barn waiting for some oil and a little care. I think in our life time sewing machines will go the way of buggy whips, it would be nice to have something hidden away to surprise a daughter or granddaughter or son for that matter. That is what got me here.
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In reply to HaveAdler

Date: 3/24/12 10:18 PM

Dear Friend, Do you still have this machine for sale? Thank You...Tom
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In reply to HaveAdler

Date: 4/9/12 2:46 PM

do you still have the Adler 187 for sale? please send me an email [email protected]
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