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Date: 5/19/12 5:17 PM

I am thinking of paring down my sewing machine collection in order to have more space and also to buy a high-speed, large harp machine. I was wondering how listmembers arrange to sell machines on Craigslist. I'm not thrilled about the idea of selling from home, but if you met the buyer somewhere, he or she would not be able to test the machine.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm trying to talk myself into E-bay, but would love to sell locally if possible.



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Date: 5/19/12 5:25 PM

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Date: 5/19/12 5:34 PM

Do you have a local flea market or farmer's market with access to electric?

Unless you own a gasoline powered generator, I cannot think of any other source for a meeting where you could plug into a power source.

If I were interested in purchasing a sewing machine, I would want to try it out first.

On the other hand, I have purchased without trying, but then I was interested in the cabinet and not so much the machine.

I think you would have a larger audience on EBay. I have quickly sold two using EBay. Pack (but do not seal) as though you were shipping and then take to your local UPS store and ask to have it weighed. From there you can calculate how much shipping will be. I shipped UPS.

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Date: 5/19/12 5:38 PM

Starbucks:)

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Date: 5/19/12 5:43 PM

Good question since I have bought/sold a number of sewing machines via CL. First of all, I've never had a bad experience either way - lucky me! But I don't have any hard and fast rules. I just kind of go by intuition on a case by case basis. I've had a couple of people come to my home, but I had spoken with them and felt comfortable with them - no red flags. Also I was never home alone when they came. The last machine I sold I met the young man (yes, young man!) in a public place...which was his own idea BTW...but I kind of felt bad that he didn't get to try the machine before buying. I guess that is the main drawback of meeting in a parking lot at Burger King!

I have also gone to a number of homes to purchase machines, but always had DH with me. Two incidences stand out: one was a young couple who gave me the address of their apartment bldg. but wouldn't tell me which apartment it was until I got there. He met us in the parking lot before taking us in to sell us the machine. Hey, nothing wrong with being careful!

The other incident really disturbed me. A woman in her 60's living alone gave me her address to come buy a machine. When DH and I got there she invited us right in and it was clear that no one else was there. I wanted to scold her for being so careless...on the other hand I really wanted to buy her Featherweight.

If you're ever unsure or uncomfortable for ANY reason, it is always better to be safe than sorry, of course.

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Date: 5/19/12 6:05 PM

Like Bellsew said, Starbucks (or anything similar) has outlets and tables, and at the most, you might buy a cup of coffee to feel comfortable.

I bought my 930 at a Starbucks and my first FW at a Petrol station.

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Date: 5/19/12 6:11 PM

Yeah I know they have outlets, but I would feel SO WEIRD taking a big, black vintage Singer sewing machine into a Starbucks and firing it up. Maybe it's just me...

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Date: 5/19/12 6:21 PM

It helps to know the Starbucks. There's one near my work that is crowded in the morning, yeah, that'd feel uncomfortable. There are others where people use laptops for hours, nursing one drink, talking on the phone. Some have a table or area out of the flow of traffic.

If they said anything, I'd just ask them to check the activity on my card, lol.

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Date: 5/19/12 6:40 PM

It really is an awkward situation, isn't it ?
I've not sold on craigslist, but bought 3 times - each one different.

The first was an older lady who was no longer sewing and wanted to get rid of her books. Not thinking, I went myself and it was fine. Turned out we're both originally from the same part of Canada and we had quite a nice chat. We chatted outside. Her hubby was home I believe.

The second was my Red Eye in Toronto. Hubby brought me and we were both invited in to be able to check out and test the machine. Also a very nice lady, more middle aged, selling just about everything prior to a move. But she was alone, and I do remember thinking it was kinda dangerous position she was putting herself in.

Last one was also books - hubby went with me but waited outside. The was quite a young couple maybe only mid-20s and her partner was right there. It was her transaction but he was visible.

I think if I wanted to sell, hubby would have no problem with someone coming to the house AS LONG AS HE WAS THERE - he's very careful about me.

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Date: 5/19/12 7:12 PM

I bought a H. Viking Designer SE with embroidery unit at Starbuck's. Tested everything. Staff didn't mind. Customers loved it!

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