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    Which thread injector?

    I'm lookin at pickin up an older sewing machine for DIY projects. 2 nice options so far are a 1952 Singer 15-91 and a 50s model Necchi BU Nova. Anybody prefer one over the other? Or any other particular models to look for?

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    If you live in a rural area like I do, the singer will be easier to get parts (belts and such) for.

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    Kenmore makes some really nice older machines. I have a 1961, the thing is bullet proof and has a lot of functions.

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    Check my "guidelines" post in my sig. Other folks have found it helpful.
    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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    Never seen a Necchi, but I really like my old Singer. I've made many a fine stuff sack with it. Getting ready for something bigger. If you go with the Singer, this place is great for parts (power cords and belts especially): http://shop.sew-classic.com/Singer-15-91-15-90-15-89-15-88_c27.htm.
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    I own a 15-91 and BU, the earlier version of the BU Nova. Both are great machines but I'd choose the Necchi if it is in sound working condition. It does zig-zag stitching which allows you to bartack and has a slightly stronger motor than the 15-91. Belts, bobbins, and presser feet are easy to find and there are several Yahoo groups which can answer any questions you have about the machine.

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    I bought a 1946 Singer 15-91 at GoodWill for $75.00, with the cabinet and then picked up a White Rotary series 77 at another GoodWill store for $25.00 with the cabinet. Both run like, well, a sewing machine. My wife owns a new Singer touch screen and either of mine will sew rings around hers. Cant beat the craftsmanship of the "old ladies". I'm just saying, check out some thrift shops before jumping on one. It's a shame, but i think as our grandmothers pass away, the kids get rid of the "old" sewing machines. Too bad GoodWill cant sell Granddad's M1 Garand.

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    Got my Singer 201 at Goodwill and love it. Straight stitch only, though. Now I'm looking at another Singer at the same store that has a really nice solid wood cabinet (not veneer). I would say the Singer is a better bet.
    jmmadog151 - I mowed my Dads lawn for a 1946 M1 Garand (he's 80 years old and not all there sometimes) - I gave it back to Mom and told her to put it back in the closet. I love the M1! Shot it at many an NRA match.

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    Lost Biker... Yea, the M1 is one of the best battle rifles ever built. I sure enjoy mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmaddog151 View Post
    Lost Biker... Yea, the M1 is one of the best battle rifles ever built. I sure enjoy mine
    The only way to get great accuracy is by reloading. The M1 is the only rifle I can score with at 600 to 800 yards prone with - Iron sights for those not familiar with old rifles.

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