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Chandsew 406RB

Chandsew 406RB

Size Matters

Size Matters

Singer 153W103 Industrial

Singer 153W103 Industrial

Singer 316G

Singer 316G

Singer 301

Singer 301
A design revolution for Singer, this light-weight portable is a favorite with quilters. This example dates from 1951, but, interestingly, isn't badged as an anniversary model.

Singer 221- Featherweight

Singer 221- Featherweight
In remarkable condition. This one dates from 1956.

Singer 500A

Singer 500A
Reassembled and polished.

Singer 401A

Singer 401A

Singer 503A

Singer 503A
I've had a number of examples from the 400 and 500 series pass through my hands now, and as testament to their quality, they have all been in very nice condition; none, however, has matched this beauty for its near pristine state of preservation. While even on the cleanest example one must forgive a minor imperfection or two, this classic from Singer exhibits none! Truly as nice as one could hope.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Little activity on the vintage sewing machine front. I did sell a few machines over the holidays and into the new year, but, despite a considerable reduction in my prices, I've had few bites. Things may pick up later in the year when the warmer weather brings people out of hibernation.

I sold the Viking 6020. What a beautiful stitch that has. Alas, it isn't what I want in the stable of machines for Mary's crafting events. I'm pretty much settled on Singer Slant-O-Matics, Featherweights and 301's. These I can most easily keep in top running condition.

I did pick up a second Featherweight. While it did not have any extras or case, the price couldn't be beat. And, as it is in such nice condition, Mary leaves it out for general use.

The Berninas remain my favorites. I very much enjoyed working on them, found that easy to do, and I'm still impressed with their quality of design and build.

The Elna Supermatic is on the block. It isn't a machine that's easily transported as it uses a cabinet, so it isn't one that Mary will use at her events. It will make room for more projects that are more practical for Mary's crafting events.

I also sold the 401A that I had as one of my favorite machines. What a great machine! But I already have another 401 in near perfect condition, so letting that one go was more a matter of giving it a chance to make someone else happy.

And the Morse is gone! That was a tough one. It was in such great condition! But something had to give, and it wasn't getting the use it needed to "earn its keep". The lighter machines are those that are more likely to be pressed into service for Mary's events. I find that I'm rather tired after a day of transporting and setting up as many as twenty sewing machines.

The Pfaff 130 is staying. It won't be leaving the house. It's far too heavy to easily transport. What a nice machine! So remarkably stable. And it purrs...

I'm looking forward to Spring Cleaning – that which others do. I'll be out looking for projects and another round of buying, fixing, selling...

1 comment:

  1. I love your little green Singer 185J. Wish I was closer. She's pretty!

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