Saturday, December 29, 2012

I need another name....

Last night, I was checking Craigslist for vintage sewing machines which has become a daily ritual over the last 2 weeks since watching Quilt Cam where Bonnie Hunter mentioned finding machines in her area on the site. If you recall, I had great success in searching for a Featherweight and she still remains nameless, although I am still leaning towards Laverne.

Anyway, last night, I expanded my search for some reason to Lima, Ohio and came across an ad for a Singer machine in a cabinet for $100. I half heartedly clicked on the link and my heart stopped. It was for a Singer 301A and the machine looked wonderful and the cabinet... *gasp*

I sent an email response asking if they still had the machine since it was listed almost 3 hours prior to my seeing the ad and who wouldn't want to already have the machine? I sent emails to Kristie and Beth and Regina and asked if I was crazy (I think Regina was the only hold out for a NO vote. lol) and I got encouragement to stalk the seller and call as well.

This morning, I got a few more pictures of the machine and accessories and made plans to drive up to get it. I was lucky enough to run into a neighbor when I got home and he carried the cabinet and machine to my second floor for me. And I had to do some finagling to make room.

Before...

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And after...

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I was thinking at some point this week that the room seemed a little cluttered and I think that moving the hope chest out and this smaller piece in will make a lot of difference. :)

The finish on the cabinet is almost like brand new! The finish on the front of the cabinet is not as shiny as the rest of the cabinet, but it looks great!

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All of the accessories!!

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And a storage stool!

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I had to clean out the bobbin area a little and adjust the stitch length, but the tension is perfect! And she purrs! Absolutely PURRS!!

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The cabinet has a place for the foot pedal to be a knee pedal, but it is too high for my short legs so I put it on the floor. :)

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I can't get to the serial number, but the ad said she was from 1956. The way that she is connected to the cabinet, I am going to assume that the 1956 year is correct. :)

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And now, I have more machines than dogs again! Lula just wants to be able to sit in the chair all the time.

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12 comments:

Jean(ie) said...

That was a darn good buy. Check out Seattle's prices for vintage machines. Folks out here are crazy!

So you have Laverne and Shirley? LOL!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Awesome awesome find!

Susan C said...

Beautiful! I like Laverne & Shirley as names. Sounds like you ot a really good deal!

Jennifer said...

What a great find! I am glad she worked right away with no fiddling. And I think if the other one is Laverne, then she has to be Shirley!

Beth said...

Looks like you hit the jackpot! All those goodies..AND a nice cabinet...AND a pristine machine? Yup...JACKPOT! (maybe that is a good name..but does not go along with Lenny, Squiggy and Laverne!)

Regina said...

Now that you have the sewing stool, Lula can have your chair!!! And yes -you ARE crazy!!! (but we already knew that!) ;-)

gale said...

That sounds like a great price. The shop here where I got my featherweight had 301's for at least twice that much without a cabinet. They said they were going to quit buying/selling featherweights because they liked the 301 a lot more.

Heather Jones said...

I love it! Congrats on such an awesome find. Looks like I need to start stalking CL, too. ;) xoxo

Zany Quilter said...

Wow...nice purchase! I'd love to find one of those out here....enjoy!

Catskill Quilter said...

I am so happy for you! In 1956, all of the parts of this machine were undoubtedly metal, so it will probably last as long as you! Happy New Year! I am going off to look on Craigs List!

Kristie said...

I'm so glad that you got it! I told you they were addictive! LOL! It looks great!

Have a wonderful and Blessed day
Kristie

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

Snicker, snicker! Did you know they accumulate like rabbits?