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This weeks Ebay lovelies 08/10/18

Roger

This weeks Ebay lovelies 08/10/18
« on: October 08, 2018, 22:54:30 PM »
heres a few little ebay lovelies I spotted, these arent mine and are in no way connected to the sewing forum or is this any indication of quality they just look like nice examples, or look like good value

Wantage 401g in a cabinet
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-singer-401-G-sewing-machine-built-in-table/323486103860

Preston: lovely looking Elna Lotus - awesome portability and has some of the original tools
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Swiss-Elna-Lotus-Vintage-sewing-machine/123410910498

Bernina 707 - postage available looks in amazing nick
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bernina-Heavy-duty-Sewing-Machine/283198896137

and a couple of more expensive lovlies:

Durkopp - i love the look of this
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Durkopp-1001-4965-Zigzag-Nahmaschine-Sewing-Machine/312256236939

Singer 191b - i didnt even know this bad boy existed - apparently its an aluminium case class 15! bet thats a nice stitcher but Im not paying that much for it :)
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Semi-Industrial-Singer-191B-Sewing-Machine-Heavy-Duty-Sew-6MM-Leather/302910985526


A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

KayK

Re: This weeks Ebay lovelies 08/10/18
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 12:54:35 PM »
Ah Ha!  Re: the Singer that is for sale - the seller does always have some artfully photographed machines, but they always seem to ask a ludicrous amount of money for them, and often describe them as 'semi industrial' - a misnomer if I ever heard.  I think they have been pretty well serviced and they offer some sort of guarantee.  It's worth having a look at his eBay shop just out of interest and curiosity!
Vintage machine lover, Singer 201K, 99K, 401G, Singer 780 Touch and Sew, Juki TL-98p... another bargain which I am delighted with.  Have recently been gifted a really sweet Singer 27K in a 'Coffin box' from 1886 which sews beautifully.

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: This weeks Ebay lovelies 08/10/18
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 14:14:49 PM »
Roger, you're a very naughty boy, tempting me like this...  0_0

Roger

Re: This weeks Ebay lovelies 08/10/18
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 23:08:03 PM »
They are lovely tho! I only share the ones I’d like :)
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

crafter

Re: This weeks Ebay lovelies 08/10/18
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 23:45:29 PM »
They look lovely Roger but I have given up buying second hand machines.  I have bought one from a TSP member, and old F&R, which is absolutely fabulous and I have even been able to dump my industrial since having it.

But the rest:

"I was my mothers.  She used it every day and made all her own clothes and curtains and stuff"
Yes, i'm sure she did, but she died 10 years ago and the machine has been kept in a shed since.

or

"I know nothing about sewing machines but it seems to work okay"
Well you know enough to add a zero to what would be a reasonable price.

I am sure there are some lovely machines out there but I never seem to be able to find them.  And as MrC said as he took the latest to the recycling centre "I think you ought to cut your losses and buy yourself a new machine" 0_0 0_0 0_0  ;) ;)

A perfectionist never achieves perfection.  If perfection was achieved, then the standard was not set high enough.

Roger

Re: This weeks Ebay lovelies 08/10/18
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 07:00:25 AM »
Crafter that sounds like a tough place to be, I don’t know which machines you’ve been buying, but pre 1965 machines tend to be strong runners, because they’re almost all metal, but they’re usually seized due to neglect and set oil and grease. But given some effort they can be coaxed back to working. (As long as they haven’t been dropped or got really damp and rusted)

I had 1 I couldn’t use that had been dropped and the presser foot bar was bent, and shell was cracked subtly tho so the internals had become misaligned.

But the all metal machines with a little love will probably out last us all.
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132