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    I found an 1898 Singer

    for $75

    is that a good deal? It's got some wear on it and I have no idea if it works or not. I found it at an antique shop. I'm not really into buying another machine, but it did catch my eye.

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    Re: I found an 1898 Singer

    For that price it should work and they should let you try it out.
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      #3
      Re: I found an 1898 Singer

      What model? Easier to look for user notes and reviews with that than the year it was built. There are entire groups of Vintage Singer owners.

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        #4
        Re: I found an 1898 Singer

        You can identify the machine's model with the help of this website: ID Singer Machines
        The price is correct if the machine DOES sew, but I would also pay attention to the model and check what it does need as supplies: some needles and bobbins can get really expensive.
        For instance, I am myself thinking of buying what I think is a 28K model for 60€ (around 80 $). It was made in 1891 according to the serial number. It uses normal class 15 Singer needles, but it has a shuttle bobbin system, and these parts are more expensive to replace if necessary. I plan to go next week to the antique shop with a needle and a bobbin that fits, and I will only buy the machine if it really works.
        When I was first interested in vintage machines, I was redirected to this other forum: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...thusiasts-f22/
        Good luck!

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          Re: I found an 1898 Singer

          I agree with everyone. Make sure it is operable - is it in a cabinet? If not that's an issue. I was able to find floating bobbins - but you must be very careful because many of them are various lengths - there wasn't a real standard then. The most I've paid for an old Singer (other than the coveted Featherweights) is $45. Okay, I lied. I did pay $100 for a treadle in pristine condition - complete with four drawers full of attachments, notions, and accessories. Note the word pristine.
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            Re: I found an 1898 Singer

            Make sure that it has a bobbin case or if it uses the shuttle bobbins that it had the shuttle case. If it has a shuttle case make sure it had some shuttle bobbins. Can be difficult finding replacements of these.

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