Join Date: Nov 2012
My first sewing machine.
I found somebody locally who has a singer 514 for sale for $50. I've never had a sewing machine before so I was wondering if this was a reasonable price for this model. It seems to be as most of them I've seen are around $80.
I was also concerned with how well one of these would hold up. I've never sewed before and never owned a sewing machine. Would this be a good machine to get as a first machine and would it handle materials like canvas alright?
Thanks in advance for your help,
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Columbus, IN
Hammock: WBRR, Lots of DIY
Tarp: MacCat; Cloudburst
Insulation: HG-UQ, TQ; WB-Lynx
Suspension: Whoopie Sling
The Stylist 514 has several plastic (nylon?) gears and is from the era where these become problematic...one of them eventually breaks. In my mind, it is a crap shoot whether you get years of service or a short lived machine.
TNT Repair has several replacement parts and service manuals.
My own personal feeling (not market based at all) is if it is currently running well, I'd risk $25 but I'd probably walk away from $50.
but enough about me
Late 60's thru the 70's seemed to be serious problem years for Singer. I know of at least 4 very expensive machines bought in the era that gave owners nothing but grief.
Check my guidelines post in my sig. Others have found it helpful. It is not brand based but does give some general ideas of what to look for. I would wonder why the person is selling it for less than current market value. That smells fishy to me. But those years at Singer were bad news.
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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