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    I have been looking at vintage machines for some time and plan on asking for one for Christmas this year. I will be reading all the posts for information and ideas.

    I am thinking I’d like to have one. But, it scares me to buy one on eBay. I don’t know enough about one to know if it is a good one or not


      make a list of wants,
      treadle, handcrank, electric
      the singer 201, 15, and some 99's with the lever, not knob for stitch length, they do reverse.
      the 66 and 128 if your pressure foot pressure is light you just hold the project for a lock stitch.
      if you want to zig zag only occasionally there are attachments, with pattern discs, then the button hole attachment, which is a wonder in itself.
      you can free motion on any machine, once the tension sorted, just set the stitch length to zero. look at tim quilts for inspiration.
      the 201, 15 have droppable feed dogs, some folk like the 15 for free motion due to round bobbin size. I never drop the feed dogs.
      you can free motion with a long bobbin vs but may need to refill more often than a round bobbin. have done this on a 1920's vibration shuttle Bradbury treadle.
      there are many brands out there,
      look at charity shops and antique malls, turn the balance wheels
      good luck xx


        Thanks, I think half the fun may be in finding the one I want. Have you visited this site.(Not paying the high prices listed here, just looking)


          ooo yes drooling madly
          then having heart attack at the prices wowser

          they are 221 I think of the black 221 as a smaller version of the 201
          they are cute
          the black ones have cogs underneath
          the white ones are belt driven.
          here is a 1950


            Welcome to the group, Carolyn. Vintage machines are fun (and addictive) and there are lots of different kinds to choose from. The nice thing about them is they are built to last, and many of the more common ones have parts available still, especially Singers. I have learned on the internet to clean and oil and do simple repairs myself. There is a wealth of information out there. What are you thinking about? Electric? Treadle?

            My favorites right now are a Singer 201 electric - straight stitch only but sews through anything- and my Singer 99k hand crank for piecing and small projects. I am currently learning treadle piecing on my Eldredge Two Spool. Hoping to try quilting on that machine too.
            sigpicIf you can't see the mistake from the back of a galloping horse, nobody is going to notice it.


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