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josh_sews
May 14th, 2016, 09:01 PM
I went out today to what I thought was a meeting but did not remember until two hours later after I got home that the meeting was rescheduled for next week. While I was out, thinking that I had a meeting, I decided to go for a walk while I was waiting for someone for a meeting that wasn't going to happen.

While I was on my stroll, I came across a Singer Fashion Mate 258 M sewing machine that someone placed on the curb for trash. I kept on going. After my stroll and while I was waiting for someone to show up, I was pacing back and forth because I was having an internal struggle with myself about this sewing machine. After I thought it through, I decided to walk back slowly to where I saw it. I thought to myself, "if it's still there, then I will take it." Two people passed by and did not take it so I took it.

When I got home, I plugged it in and the needle moved. So, I decided to give it a good cleaning. The belts on it were in good condition and there was a needle in the machine (which I know should be changed).

Then I wondered how I was going to test it out. Well, I opened the bobbin case and low and behold, there was a pre-wound bobbin. Score!!!! I un-wound then re-wounded the bobbin. Afterwards I threaded the machine, turned it on, began to sew and it works. And best of all, it was FREE! I can't believe that I almost let a good deal past me by. Can we say providence????

I still can't believe it. I wanted to share some pictures with you.

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easyquilts
May 14th, 2016, 09:06 PM
Wow! This was your lucky day! She's a beauty...

AuntieVic
May 14th, 2016, 09:08 PM
That is a great find, lucky you.

mario1360
May 14th, 2016, 09:19 PM
you never know what you can find.....looks like a solid model....congtats

shirleyknot
May 14th, 2016, 09:47 PM
I used to have one of those. Great machines.

SallyO'Sews
May 14th, 2016, 09:53 PM
Sew happy for you! Hope she brings you many hours of happy stitching.

JCY
May 14th, 2016, 10:06 PM
What a find! Happy Sewing & Quilting!

tesspug
May 14th, 2016, 10:14 PM
You had a meeting. You just didn't know you were meeting her.

Snip Snip
May 14th, 2016, 10:40 PM
Have you looked her up yet to see how old she is? It looks like maybe a mid 60's model? I have a Brother about the same age, that is really solid and sews a beautiful seam, and also a freebie.

Hulamoon
May 14th, 2016, 10:41 PM
Very cool! I'm glad your mixed up morning gave you something special.

josh_sews
May 14th, 2016, 11:14 PM
Have you looked her up yet to see how old she is? It looks like maybe a mid 60's model? I have a Brother about the same age, that is really solid and sews a beautiful seam, and also a freebie.

I tried. I found the 258 model, I but I can't find any information on the 258 M. The 258 has a power pack on the back while this one has a power button on the front. I think the 258 model was made in 1974.

josh_sews
May 14th, 2016, 11:14 PM
You had a meeting. You just didn't know you were meeting her.

Oh, that is good!

josh_sews
May 14th, 2016, 11:22 PM
Ok, I found it on a list here (Comprehensive Singer Sewing Machine Model List Classes 200-299 (http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/model-list/classes-200-299.html)), and they have the M in parentheses, but no other explanation of what M means.

jjkaiser
May 15th, 2016, 02:31 AM
I think out was meant to be! And that looks like the same machine I had back in high school Home Ec 101, that was way back in 1973!!!

MayinJerset
May 15th, 2016, 03:47 AM
One man's trash is another mans treasure. Enjoy your surprise find.

Lyndaj
May 15th, 2016, 09:58 AM
Good for you.

rebeccas-sewing
May 15th, 2016, 01:19 PM
What a find!!! I'm sure the person who set it out there is very pleased someone decided to adopt it. I can't imagine setting a machine on the curb but it may have been that person's best option. Have fun with your treasure.

snippet
May 15th, 2016, 03:24 PM
That is very serendipitous! Amazing that it had all the cords and a bobbin too. And it worked! Too bad you can speak to whoever left it out, they might have extra sewing supplies too.

josh_sews
May 15th, 2016, 06:47 PM
That is very serendipitous! Amazing that it had all the cords and a bobbin too. And it worked! Too bad you can speak to whoever left it out, they might have extra sewing supplies too.

Oh, how I wish that as well. However, it did have a cam in it as well.

Bubby
May 15th, 2016, 06:55 PM
What a luck find...congratulations!

thimble
May 16th, 2016, 11:54 AM
Great find and welcome to the forum!

Cool Breeze Quilter
May 16th, 2016, 05:53 PM
Wow! Congratulations on a great find. It's hard to believe someone just left her on the curb like that. So glad she is in a home where she will be used and appreciated. :icon_bigsmile:

DebbyDE3
May 24th, 2016, 11:27 AM
Ok, so maybe you have all convinced me to keep my old Singer, model 543 from the 1970's. It still works, but gave up on it since I really can't see to thread the needle (even tried a magnifying glass). Open to suggestions? I did buy a new Singer One / threads itself and loving it.130979

kimsophia
May 24th, 2016, 01:54 PM
I have an old Singer like that and I got a gadget called a Dritz needle threader. Machine Needle Inserter & Threader - Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/24592226?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227018240082&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40943058752&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=78882096392&veh=sem)

It worked well for me and I pieced and quilted my first big quilt on it, however, I really wanted a machine with the needle down position option so I got one. I keep wondering if I should give away or sell the old one, but some people on the forum keep a backup machine for when their machine is in the shop for cleaning or repairs, so it just sits in the corner in its case for backup.

gshannon1008
May 24th, 2016, 03:09 PM
Great find! Happy stitching.

DebbyDE3
May 27th, 2016, 10:15 AM
Kimsophia....WOW / thanks! Off to Walmart to get one. Now I WILL keep the old machine! :-)