Sunday, February 10, 2013

Saturday Shopping Adventure

This week I'm going to introduce you to two new sewing machines I purchased from Craigslist.  My sister wanted to learn how to sew but did not have a machine. Of course, being the good sister that I am, I just had to help her out by getting her a machine of her very own.   The first the first one I purchased was a green colored machine made by White.  It came in a suitcase like carrying case and was perfectly operational. It's only needed to be cleaned up and the foot pedal wiring recovered with shrink tubing as it there were a few spots that were a bit worn.

It turns out my sister is very finicky about color and really does not like the color green (I found this out AFTER buying the machine).  Fortunately,  I only spent $25 dollars on the green one.  Now I was on the hunt for a blue machine, since that is her favorite color.  I was quite fortunate to find one that same day and it also was made by White.  The blue lady also worked wonderfully and had a zig-zag function.  After a bit of cleaning up and a fresh bobbin tire, she was as good as new. 

So, at the end of this little adventure, my sister and I both had a sewing machine - mine green and hers blue.  Not bad for Saturday afternoon, don't you think?  Here are some pictures of our new acquisitions for you to enjoy.

18 comments:

  1. Wow, congratulations on the great finds!! And belated thanks for your "adventures" which are helping me with my recent sewing machine additions. :)
    ~Christina in Cleveland

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  2. I'm glad my prolonged voyage into the unkown is helping you! Putting Ms.Rusty back together is taking longer than I thought. It doesn't help that I get distracted with other "new" machines like these two Whites ;)

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  3. Hi! I recently found your blog because I just bought a 1951 Singer 201-2, and I was looking around the net for info on them. Mine is in good working condition, just oiled and greased her up per the instruction manual. I am concerned about the power cord though--it has a few cracks where the cord bends. I don't see the wires, and just the outer black portion is cracked so that I see a white layer underneath. Do you think this is cause for concern? Should I replace the cord? I wondered if the shrink tubing you mentioned above would be a possible solution, or even just some electrical tape?

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    1. I would recomend you cover the cord with something to avoid a possible electrical short in the future. I like the shrink tubing as its fun to work with, but electrical tape would work as well. If you want, I can do my next post on how to repair a cord with shrink tubing.

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  4. I would definitely be interested in reading about that!! Thank you for your reply :)

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  5. ooh, I love the green one!

    and another vote for a shrink tubing tutorial!

    thanks
    Cheryl Warren

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  6. Hey, I'm so glad you're here! I just bought a 201k23 from eBay and I have everything crossed that she's in acceptable condition once I get a look at her insides.

    Btw, I wholeheartedly approve of your refurbishment, and little improvements, like the powder coating. A sewing machine is, first and foremost, a tool and, at the age these ladies can reach, if they are in need of an overhaul to get them back in shape, that's ok with me. :-)

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  7. I recently purchased a 1950s Singer and the wiring is rotted out. My husband replaced the wiring to the foot control etc., but we haven't a clue how to replace the wiring to the light. So I keep checking back on this ol' blog of yours to see how to replace the wiring for the light!
    Hope your busy life slows down a bit and you get back to the last bits and pieces of that rusted out Singer you've made look so nice!

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  8. Hiya Elle :)
    I was wondering if you were planning on continuing your journey through the 201 restoration...it's a wonderful resource (especially since I have just bought a pretty rusty 201 myself ;) )
    Thanks!
    x

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  9. Please can we see how Ms Rusty is getting on? I spent the whole of yesterday evening reading the blog from beginning to end, and I would love to know if she is back in one piece.

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  10. I really like old vintage things. My wife really wants a sewing machine. I'll have to look on Craigslist and see if I can find some machines like that.
    Gary Puntman | http://www.hifashiongj.com

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  11. This is a great blog.

    I've found several vintage Whites on craiglist and they've turned out to be such good machines. That was a very nice thing to do for your sister!

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