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    Should I Stay Or Should I Go For A New Sewing Machine In My Near Future?

    "....Telling me that he won't even touch the (sewing) machine unless I give him $48 for diagnosis. He tells me that I have the wrong presser foot, that an original foot would run hundreds and hundreds of dollars. He says something about the motor, and I ask him how much a new motor for my machine would run (I am SO not rich)
    He won't tell me for less than $48, and won't let me get a word in edgewise.
    He then grabs a yellowed christmas card and launches into a bizarre spiel about some guy that owns the MGM grand and will only come to him for machine repairs.
    I remark on how nice that must be for him, scoop up my machine and leave.
    Won't be returning...."


    Ooookaaay, I am in the crossroads to determine whether or not if it is in my best interests to repair my 18 year White (Chinese made) sewing machine or buy another new Kenmore basic no frills, simple, limited stitches, mechanical one for about 100 dollars. The above review is from a sewing machine repair/sales shop I was considering. I deliberately omitted the business' name & city location as to not unintentionally prevent someone else from making an living (who am I to do that?). This is the usual problem that I was running against whenever I decided to take any of my machines, both past and present, in for servicing or salvaging.

    I guess I will forced to pass the repair shops on by & toss another old machine again. Then buy the new one and take my chances again with the cheap, yet plentiful, Chinese imports.

    At least bicycles are still repairable.
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    What is the make and model of your machine ?

    Many of the older machines are so much better than what replaces them and if your machine is a newer one that does not work, you may want to find an older machine that does.

    Several hundred dollars for a presser foot is way out of line.

    Mine... 1961 Singer 403a.



    Folks at the shop told me that this machine was as good as the new Singer Commercial machine which is now made in *cough*china*cough*

    I picked my machine up with it's table and nearly every accessory it needed for $100.00

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    The machine in question is a 1992 White 201 Quilter's Friend mechanical sewing machine (yes, imported from you-know-where). I paid around 150 or so dollars then. Your sewing machine is a real gem. Hang on to it!

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    My Singer was in like new condition... the older fellow who owned it (and shared my first name) bought it new and took care of it like some take care of their bikes or cars and it was spotless inside and out.

    These are among the nicest sewing machines ever made and they often come up for sale for very decent prices.

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    The guy sounds like his name was Dick... a presser foot for a modern machine is not an expensive item and I can still get affordable parts for my 50 year old machine which is nice as it uses removable cams to create stitches and my shop has tons of these.

    Check some of the sewing websites and discussion boards... you will find an answer there for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    My Singer was in like new condition... the older fellow who owned it (and shared my first name) bought it new and took care of it like some take care of their bikes or cars and it was spotless inside and out.

    These are among the nicest sewing machines ever made and they often come up for sale for very decent prices.
    I will make a point to keep an sharp eye out for a machine similar to yours. Thank you for the tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by folder fanatic View Post
    I will make a point to keep an sharp eye out for a machine similar to yours. Thank you for the tips.
    Check thrift stores. I see older Singers somewhat regularly. My sister took my Mom's mid-50s model about 20 years ago and still uses it. It made a lot of our clothes when we were kids.

    You might also put a WTB ad on Craigslist. I looked for months for a truck cross bed bike rack. My wife suggested a WTB ad and I got one withing hours.

    Here you go. Probably too far but it shows they're available. http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/app/2151802608.html or go for the heavy duty model. http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/for/2148949037.html
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    Machine number one is a beauty (and a great deal if all is working) if all you need to do is simple straight stitches and the industrial machine would make... um... panniers.

    So will mine as it is a bombproof machine.

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    Call me crazy, but where I was shopping for some cloth items for a renfaire, the cheapest they had a sewing machine was $1500. I just wonder what gewgaws are put on a sewing machine these days to make the price so high compared to the old mechanical ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Check thrift stores. I see older Singers somewhat regularly. My sister took my Mom's mid-50s model about 20 years ago and still uses it. It made a lot of our clothes when we were kids.

    You might also put a WTB ad on Craigslist. I looked for months for a truck cross bed bike rack. My wife suggested a WTB ad and I got one withing hours.

    Here you go. Probably too far but it shows they're available. http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/app/2151802608.html or go for the heavy duty model. http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/for/2148949037.html
    I just checked out the Los Angeles area Craiglist. I seen many, many sewing machines for sale that I would be interested in as I prefer to use mechanical ones with few stitches (straight and zig zag is what I usually use and need for all construction of my projects).

    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Machine number one is a beauty (and a great deal if all is working) if all you need to do is simple straight stitches and the industrial machine would make... um... panniers.

    So will mine as it is a bombproof machine.
    I mostly make bags, slipcovers and stuff for the home environment at present. All that fancy stitchery that I seen on the modern electronic and computerize ones are mostly a waste for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    Call me crazy, but where I was shopping for some cloth items for a renfaire, the cheapest they had a sewing machine was $1500. I just wonder what gewgaws are put on a sewing machine these days to make the price so high compared to the old mechanical ones.
    The sort of market that is dependent on ignorance of true value of something, impulse buying, and most of all, that illusive "cool" factor that everyone wants a part of.

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    I would keep yours, and get it fixed at your convenience. But I would also get a new machine if you have the space for both.
    I am using a 1981 union special industrial straight stitch whats with the old machines around here, and a singer heavy duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c0urt View Post
    I would keep yours, and get it fixed at your convenience. But I would also get a new machine if you have the space for both.
    I am using a 1981 union special industrial straight stitch whats with the old machines around here, and a singer heavy duty.
    I will be in the market for one very soon. When I do, it will be just as basic & mechanical as my present one is right now.

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