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    Don't know if you ever have reason to come to Chicago.
    https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/for/4568232627.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidbilly View Post
    ...or a real Singer 15. What about a 401? Bombproof,straight stitch, zig/zag and has a steel camstack with lots of decorative stitches built in.
    Singer 401: 20140721_212015.jpg
    In the foreground of this pic is an example of some of the built in stitches it does in addition to SS and zig-zag. You can create custom stitches by adding a cam.
    (My wife is preparing to use it to add decorative stitching to the binding of the quilts you see to the left and behind.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    I picked up my Supernova's for ~$25-$150 without any of the really nice Necchi cabinets.
    So I keep looking.... But never run into a Mythical $25 anything.... But part of my daily routine is to look at CL and see what gets posted... I see a $50 treadle head without the base that looks nice.... Maybe....
    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 FJRpilot View Post
    So I keep looking.... But never run into a Mythical $25 anything.... But part of my daily routine is to look at CL and see what gets posted... I see a $50 treadle head without the base that looks nice.... Maybe....
    I picked up a White sewing machine and table for $15.00 at my local Value Village. I put a new needle in it, cleaned off some old tape residue, oiled it up and it works really well. Even if it died a year from now, (which it won't) for $15.00 you can't go wrong. All the machines I've picked up from Value Village or Good Will are typically $25.00 to $35.00. Keep looking, you'll find it!
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    I picked up a White sewing machine and table for $15.00 at my local Value Village. I put a new needle in it, cleaned off some old tape residue, oiled it up and it works really well. Even if it died a year from now, (which it won't) for $15.00 you can't go wrong. All the machines I've picked up from Value Village or Good Will are typically $25.00 to $35.00. Keep looking, you'll find it!
    I have a feeling that it's my proximity to the border of Mexico that's the cause of a lack of these finds... Any thing that gets offered in a yard or estate sale gets snatched up and ends up across the border.....

    But I won't despair, I'll just keep looking and something might turn up.... I also travel for work a bit... I look in locations I may be in for a few days... You never know...
    The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

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    Our local sanitary landfill has an area to drop off usable items for others to take free.

    A friend called me earlier this year from the dump, said there was a singer there if I wanted it. I figured it would be a cheap modern machine but said sure...go ahead and grab it. 30 minutes later, she dropped off a Singer 327 that only needed oiled. It is one of the last all metal guts machines Singer made and one I had been looking for.

    Sometimes you get lucky.

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    Singer 403a. Good machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    Singer 403a. Good machine?
    Good video of what to look for at
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1g4fhdhXXs
    Singer's answer to the earlier Elnas...cams for decorative stitches and EDIT: INCORRECT INFO ABOUT ZZ DELETED HERE - 403A does require a ZZ cam, all metal. What's not to like?

    Lotsa parts and presser feet available, though it is Slant-O-Matic so can't use a lot of the common (hi and lo shank) feet. But, you only need a ZZ and zipper foot for 99% of the stuff you'll probably be doing.

    It should last you 'bout forever for gear making.
    Last edited by VictoriaGuy; 07-22-2014 at 12:39.

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    Ok. I'm still going back and forth right now. Trying to find out what cams it comes with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    Singer 403a. Good machine?
    Excellent choice...you'll be handing that one down to your great grandkids.

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