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Date: 6/13/13 10:23 AM

I am visiting my sister in the beautiful Smokey Mountains just outside Knoxville, TN. I didn't drag a sewing machine down here but I thought maybe I could get something to leave here. I have been wanting something vintage asWhite Sewing Machine made by down here I would probably stick to cottons-quilts and bags maybe. So, here is what is listed today:
a White 1620- White 1620

an older White older white the seller says the zigzag is off but according to picture that line of stitching is not a zigzag but a blindhem stitch and exactly like it is suppose to be-maybe since the zigzag is off seller would take less?

an old Morse which looks alot like my mom's old Brother that was a workshorse href='http://knoxville.craigslist.org/hsh/3865386165.html' target='_blank'>morse
I don't know enough about these to what I am getting. I am pretty sure I can thread them up and try them out but what about parts if I need them? Feet etc?
I am leaning toward the Morse or the older White. I am a little concerned about the electric and motor.
I need something portable.
What do you think?
I don't have a truck so getting something in a cabinet is a problem but look at this Singer too-I have never seen one like it. old Singer

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Date: 6/13/13 11:39 AM

For portability, the White 1620 is probably your best bet.

The others are all lovely in their way, but they weigh a ton, like 30 to 40 pounds. The White 1620 has a good assortment of stitches that will allow you sew just about anything; I see a few overlock stitches (you can sew knits more easily) and a built-in buttonhole.

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Date: 6/13/13 12:42 PM

I like the Singer in the cabinet. It will lay on it's back in a SUV. I bought one and this is how I transported it (less than 8 mile trip).

ETA: When you are not at the vacation home or not using the machine, close the lid and you have a side table.

Try every one of the machines before you make your decision.


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Date: 6/13/13 1:46 PM

I only have a car. I wondered about the Singer-I think I saw that many of the fashion mates had tension trouble-the tension mechanism seems to break-is that true of this model? It is really pretty. I could maybe figure out how to get it in the car.
I wondered about that newer White and dependability too but it has only had one owner.
I am leaning toward the older White-it is a tank but portable (at least if I can lift it)and if it works.
I will try them but I am down here with nothing-not even a pair of scissors-haha. I would leave it here over the summer and then take it home as I will be coming and going from here. I could work on quilts and bags down here. Are feet hard to find that fit these older models? A walking foot would most likely be what I would want first.

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Date: 6/13/13 5:08 PM

"Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off and who was left..." lol

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Date: 6/13/13 5:51 PM

This looks like a Singer Fashionmate 237, very desirable. It does straight stitch and zig-zag, has adjustable needle position, and has the reputation of doing the best satin stitch ever.

Also, you can take that machine head and drop it right into a treadle base, if you are interesting in human-powered machines. The flywheel will take a treadle belt.

You can also take that machine head out of the table and drop it into a wood base.

I looked online for a case where you can install this machine so that it tilts back (like the wooden base), but mostly I see "universal" cases.

At any rate, you don't have to leave the machine in that table, if you don't want to.

CMC

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Date: 6/13/13 6:40 PM

Now I need to think about the Singer. I didn't know anything about it. I was showing my sister the machines I found. She liked the Singer (she doesn't know a thing about machines and does not sew). Well, interesting. I would have to take it out of the table anyway to get it home-I have a Honda Civic and she has a Sonata. Maybe I should go look at it too. I would hate to pass up something that makes the best satin stitch ever (I like to do some applique).
I have an appointment in the morning to look at the newer White-the lady said she is the original owner and only used it occasionally for mending etc. It has been sitting for the last few years-it will need oil for sure.
Anybody know anything about the older White? I like the looks of it...

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Date: 6/13/13 7:11 PM

I called about the older White. I really like the looks of it-I think it reminds me on my mom's old Brother from the 60s. The switch for the zigzag is stuck. Could it just be the grease is gummed up and that is why? or is it likely a part that has failed? I might go look at it tomorrow.

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Date: 6/14/13 5:21 AM

Are you on a time crunch? I would look at them all and make up a Pro and Con list then wait 3 days. But that's me.
I have regretted impulse buying in the past. And buying out of fear that my good deal will disappear. Usually another good deal pops up. Take your time and picture just how you would be using it in your vacation home and how it will fit there.

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