Singer machine for sale
I just visited Mtn. Home, Arkansas and found a Singer machine at their Humane Society thrift shop. My sil kind of heads up some of the operations there and they have this machine that someone donated. Not sure if it works, they put $35.00 on it. That seemed too little for me……..thinking that it’s old and this things are hard to come by. They’re raising money to care for the multitude of stray cats and dogs that seem to be in their area. Can anyone give any input??? Is anyone interested?? Of course, for that you would have to live in the area!!
I will be interested to hear what you all have to say about this. If they could get more for it, it would be helpful to know that. After all, it is for a good cause.
TIA for any info!
What model is it? I am looking for an industrial singer, a friend of mine from northern Ark. is coming for a visit this month.
You know, I'm not sure. It just looked like an older model black singer with the little electric motor hanging on the back and a belt running from the motor to the hand wheel thingy........boy! Isn't that technical?? ha I am sure it wasn't industrial though. It looked much like the one my former mother-in-law had back in the sixties........but she had gotten it much before then. I could ask my sil but she doesn't sew and I'm not sure if she knows anything about machines at all.......I am doubting that she does! I guess if there is any serious interest, I could get the phone number of the shelter's thrift shop and a person could call........
Sorry, I am not much help. We just walked through as she was showing us the operation there and I happened to see the machine sitting there. Didn't have much time to explore details.
Thanks for the interest........
If you could get the serial number (just in front of the right side of the machine) people interested could probably look it up on the internet. There are a few more expensive ones such as the Featherweights and lots of others that may sew just fine with a tune up, but may not have a great value.
I guess I should have thought of that while we were there! I am now back in Minnesota. It may not have great value but I was just wondering if the Thrift Store should have put a higher price on it. $35.00 seems like very little......even if it's for an antique that just looks pretty and never does anything! Maybe things sell for less there than where I am, too. Guess that's why I was asking for input.........from people that have sought these little gems out.
If you or anyone is truly interested, I can try to get more info from my sil (who, by the way, knows absolutely nothing about sewing machines!)........
Thanks for your suggestion.........
No, even though I love those old machines, I don't have enough room (well, if my grandma's old treadle becomes available, that's different!). I did buy a lovely Singer 500A (early '60s) in a nice cabinet for $40 because I had heard they and the 401s were great and TOL in their day. This was last winter in northern MN. I had a 328K which was just average for those times, but which has served me well, even though it isn't worth anything. FWIW, I recently saw a Singer treadle with lovely decals, but poor cabinet and missing parts so it would be difficult to make it work. The thrift store had a price of $75 but offered it for $45 which I did not accept. It might fit into someone's decor. Without knowing anything about the machine, I think the price of $35 sounds good and it might move at that price.
This is to Maryincolorado as well............thanks for your input. I guess I'll just leave things alone. Maybe they can move it and get $35 for it versus nothing if they raise the price! ha Not sure that it works and not sure about model number. It is without cabinet........just the machine and foot pedal. It looks as though it's been sitting in someone's attic for some time......kind of dusty.....not at all shiny and pretty.
Thanks again. I just decided to run this by some of you to see if they could spiff it up a tad and raise the price and get more for their efforts. With your input, I'll just 'leave a sleeping dog'.........well, you know! LOL
Thanks again and Happy Stitching!
Thanks anyway! It does seem like a rediculously low price if the machine works at all. Mary
$35 sounds about right.
I had my old Singers cleaned about 15 years ago. One's a treadle from about 1902 and one was bought used in 1938 (electric with the motor hanging off the back). I asked the great old guy who cleaned them for me what they were worth, and he said about $25 each. He said there are so many of them around, and they just don't break, so they're not that expensive.
Thanks for the input. I appreciate it. Guess they have it priced about right.
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