Thursday, October 04, 2007
Anyway, despite being one of the first peeps in the door there were no art supplies to be found, but I did score the nearly brand new flat file I knew she had for a measly $75. Since that's about a $400 savings over buying one new and it was something I had been desperately needing, the whole adventure was totally worth it
But there's more...
After I laid my claim to the flat file, I started poking around to see if there was anything else I liked, and discovered an old Singer sewing machine all dusty and tucked away inside it's table.
Now, I had been looking around on the net for a while, casually keeping an eye out for any random, well build old machine suitable for sewing really heavy stuff, but also half thinking I would just bite the bullet and fork out for a new Juki heavy duty industrial machine. And I hadn't made enough of a commitment to pursue either option at that point, mostly because I was still trying to figure out just WHAT old machine I should look for specifically and if it would be worth the trouble and wait over buying new. So like I say I wasn't really looking for a sewing machine that day and when I happened upon this one I didn't exactly go crazy. But then I looked at the price tag:
I figured even if the thing didn't work I could sell it as is or sell just the table alone for that price, so I bought it.
Turns out it's not just any old Singer, but a circa 1946 model 201-2, otherwise known as perhaps the best old sewing machine ever made and about the greatest accidental find I could have hoped for in an old machine. A quick check reveals that a reasonable price for a working 201-2 would be in the neighborhood of at least a couple of hundred bucks. And this one came with what I think is every possible attachment AND the original owners manual.
And although I didn't know it when I took it home that day, after a little cleaning up the thing works the bomb, sewing through heavy leather and other really thick stuff like buttah. Quite the worthwhile investment for $35.
Today, it made this possible:
...something my very expensive Viking would have choked to its death on.
(leather wallets to match MOOPockets...going up in my Etsy shop shortly!)
The manual has about four pages in it directing one to all the oiling and greasing spots and states this should be done yearly at a minimum.
I guess I had better get on that since it looks like it's been a while :)
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Looks like you did score really well! Estate sales of crafty people are the best.
I actually have the very same machine at home - given to me as a gift by a friend who restores sewing machines. It truly is amazing!
Enjoy your find!
P.S. I have been reading your blog by the way for a while and it is wonderful. I love your style and only wish I had the decorating intuition that you do.
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