This looks different .... were these any good??
I purchased a 1928 Singer 99 from ebay. It does one stitch and works well. I have even used it to repair my leather wallet. Amazing what these steel and iron machines can do. I am very impressed.
I would also recommend finding a local independant repair center as you will probably find a better deal. The guy I took mine to locally has a shop next to his house and is retired from the textile business. I found him in the yellow pages. Good luck.
I stopped in the local shop yesterday and they have an older White model 645. Looks pretty heavy duty and was cleaned/tuned up for $80. It has 6 or 8 standard stitches. Nothing fancy for sure but seemed to run good. Any input?
Buy it. IMO
I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.
"Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn
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actually that falls more under the "grab it and run(before they find out how much you need it)" category..KM (who is amply equipped with Garage sale find machines...)
Follow the Rev! I got the hots for a Singer 301A (or was it 304A?). Anyway, before I could get to buy one, my mom gave me hers. All steel gears and a slant foot. Man! That sucker can in-ject some thread. Ultimately, though, find what you think looks good and follow the Rev! My $.02! Good luck.
My mom has a quilters guild and I own a ton of machines. Singer Bernina etc etc....DO NOT buy a home owner sewing machine that is new that u intend to use to sew any heavy material. Reason being- in the early 80s everyone pretty much went to plastic everything- gears cogs blah blah blah- as well as make them in China. So u are better off buying an older machine that is constructed of metal guts than one of the newer machines that are not....I own a Bernina quilting machine that is less that 5 yrs old and I use my moms old machine from the 70s or my Commercial Singer for upholstery from the 40s. Cant tell u how much better, more solid, and even stitches come out of these machines. Dont get me wrong the new machines are great but for the kind of sewing(thru webbing and layers of Nylon) that u will need to do the older is better. I also drive a 69 BSA motorcycle that I walk past a 90s bike to get to so take my advice with a grain of salt.
This is my Singer