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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    gm, I was specifically looking at machines close enough I could go pick up. I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment.
    Excellent!

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    Is there no one in your family of among your friends that has an old machine kicking around that might suit you? Whenever someone at work sees me eyeing machines on a computer I seem to get lot of "hey my mother (or grand mother) has one of those" which is often followed by "I don't think she uses it anymore". Often times these machines are in good working order and only need a superficial clean up and oiling. Keep looking, something will come up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    Is there no one in your family of among your friends that has an old machine kicking around that might suit you? Whenever someone at work sees me eyeing machines on a computer I seem to get lot of "hey my mother (or grand mother) has one of those" which is often followed by "I don't think she uses it anymore". Often times these machines are in good working order and only need a superficial clean up and oiling. Keep looking, something will come up.
    No, Ive tried that avenue.

    Im in no hurry, other than trying to gather information so I can make an informed decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    I'd buy this at that price in a second... It's a great machine. If you can pick it up personally... all the better....
    The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    Thoughts on this one? Says it needs a minor repair....

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PICK-UP-ONLY...09b00#viTabs_0
    I wouldn't be very concerned about the 'repair' angle, but the fact that all the accessories seem to have been stripped from the machine would be a concern. How did he test the machine with no bobbin?
    Compare the pics to the machine (in Victoria) that I linked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRpilot View Post
    I'd buy this at that price in a second... It's a great machine. If you can pick it up personally... all the better....
    Unfortunately it would be coming from Denver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoriaGuy View Post
    I wouldn't be very concerned about the 'repair' angle, but the fact that all the accessories seem to have been stripped from the machine would be a concern. How did he test the machine with no bobbin?
    Compare the pics to the machine (in Victoria) that I linked.
    Yeah.... It sounds like someone pawned it and hes just turning it around.
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    I agree 110% with gmcttr's comments about shipping sewing machines. If it were local to you, I'd recommend grabbing it - which I think was your real question.
    IMO you can hardly go wrong with any of the 1950s and 1960s European machines - Necchi, Pfaff, Bernina, Elna, Viking/Husqvarna (not the Eatons Canada Vikings!) - if the price is right and you can justify the purchase on the basis of 'it would be fun to get this running again'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoriaGuy View Post
    (not the Eatons Canada Vikings!)
    Some "Vikings" were made in Germany. Avoid them like the plague. Parts are completely unavailable for them. They were only made for a few years at most and once they were discontinued the parts disappeared. We had to get ours fixed a year or so after we bought it. It was still under warranty and they had to search internationally for the part we needed. It's a nice machine (It's mine now) but it will soon need to be replaced because nobody can/will work on it.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    Wanna negotiate the price down and ship it to me?
    If you want to pay for gas, I might be up for a road trip. I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment.

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