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Date: 4/8/06 12:23 PM

On Thursday, at my local Vac & Sew, I saw an older Kenmore mechanical sewing machine. Nothing fancy about the older machine. It has the buttonhole foot, and several feet as well. I do not know if it was serviced, but I bet it was. Kim tells me it is a real workhorse of a sewing machine. It has the manual and of course the foot pedal. Everything is included. No carring case. Kim is asking $100 for it. I have no idea if she will include a warrantee or not. If so, I would guess it to be 90 days.

Is this a good deal? It is not a fancy machine in anyone's imaginaion, but she says it works good. I imagine the buttonhole is a 4 step, but I can handle that. I had one before and I could use it.

I do not have the $100 right now, but I will talk to her today and see if we can work out a deal. I can easily pay for it in about 6 weeks.

I wonder how much this one weighs? I should pick it up and see. It will be metal on the inside for certain. The bobbin might be plastic, but nothing else will be. I will go over there and do a test drive on it in an hour or two. The more I type this out, the more I want to try the Kenmore out...

Should I buy it? I want a simple mechanical machine to take to sewing classes and not have to lug my *heavy* Bernina 153 QE around. I also would like a machine I do not have to worry about anyone wanting to steal if I leave the classroom and go to the bathroom 100-200 feet away! There is no door on the classroom at Jo-Ann's, and anyone can walk right in and pick things up and walk away with it. Usually one of us stays in the classroom, but I do not want to take chances with my expensive machine. So, I am thinking of buying something older, and in good shape.

Carol

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Bernina 630, my much loved main machine
Bernina embroidery module
Pfaff 2036 my back up & travel machine
Babylock Molly, mechanical
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 4/8/06 12:51 PM

I would have to know the model #, including the source # (who made it) that precedes it, to make an informed judgement, but offhand, it sounds like about double what it is likely to sell for in most venues.

Bill Holman
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Date: 4/8/06 12:52 PM

Carol,

Write the model # down while you are there and look at the response I wrote to your other message about the Vintage Kenmore SEwing group on Yahoo. While your membership is pending (it usually takes a day or so to be able to post messages/ask questions when you join) I'll see what I can locate on that site about the model # you are thinking about.

Terry

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Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

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Date: 4/8/06 12:55 PM

To ammend my above message:

Listen to ANYTHING Bill Holman tells you.

The man is a GOD.

(He is a retired Sewing Machine Repairmen who belongs to all of the Yahoo user groups I rely on to keep my growing collection of vintage machines humming.)

Terry

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Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

St. Augustine

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Date: 4/8/06 1:04 PM

The dealer opens in a few minutes and I will check out what you have told me. We do not like Ebay, so going that route is not an option for us. I know I could get a better deal that way, but Ebay is not for us. My husband does not like them and that is the end of the story.

Time to make a phone call.

Carol

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Bernina 630, my much loved main machine
Bernina embroidery module
Pfaff 2036 my back up & travel machine
Babylock Molly, mechanical
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 4/8/06 1:08 PM

Don't weep over Ebay. Lots of Sewing machine stuff gets bid up to insane prices there and sellers often don't know what they are selling you. Unless you know something about what you are thinking about buying there, it's a total craps shoot.

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Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

St. Augustine

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Date: 4/8/06 1:15 PM

I talked to Melissa, the daughter of the owner. I will go test drive it today and see what I think. I could probaly get the phone number of the original owner and chat with her. She is local.

Melissa looked in the manual, I guess for the built date. She says it was built by Janome. The date, she says is between 1978 and 1980. I did not get a model number, as I forgot to ask! The store was just opened, and she did not have as much time to talk to me as she would have liked. They sell lovely quilty fabrics and have a class this morining as well.

Anyway, they still have it. She says it is a heavy machine.

I have many questions to ask yet, but I will ask in persson.

Carol

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Bernina 630, my much loved main machine
Bernina embroidery module
Pfaff 2036 my back up & travel machine
Babylock Molly, mechanical
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 4/8/06 4:59 PM

Kenmore 148 15700 846GH

this is all I could find on it. It has no handle and would need a carrying case at another $30. I do not want to spend $130 on this machine. Too overpriced.

Sews nicely. Does several differnt stitches. I like it, but too much money. The one I really wanted was sold in the last 2 days. This is all they have left.

Carol

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Bernina 630, my much loved main machine
Bernina embroidery module
Pfaff 2036 my back up & travel machine
Babylock Molly, mechanical
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 4/8/06 5:19 PM

Have you tried craigslist? I searched for sewing machines in the Portland area and found an old Kenmore (with accessories) for $35. I'd check around there periodically to see if there are any bargains to be had if you're looking for a cheap portable machine.

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Date: 4/8/06 5:24 PM

Carol,

I think you called this one right- too much moolah. You can do better with a little patience and persistance. Once you start looking around you'll be amazed at how great old machines fall into your path for very little money. Spring and summer yard/garage sales are coming up & you'll do fine.

You might also want to check out WWW.Craigslist.org's classified ads for the city closest to you. I always see great deals for old machines there - sometimes with pictures uploaded.

Good luck.

Terry

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I am going for a level of perfection that is only mine... Most of the pleasure is in getting that last little piece perfect...Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just keep showing up and doing the work.

Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

St. Augustine

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