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Yesterday my husband and I went to the Zoar Harvest festival. We toured the old houses, gardens, and craft booths. We looked through the antique dealers tent and I spotted a couple old sewing machines. They were child sized and so nice but no way could I manage the price tags! I do like to collect thimbles and saw a few I liked but again the price tags made me grit my teeth in frustration. I guess I'll go back to garage sales. I do adore a good deal. What are the chances I'll be able to find a gold plated thimble at a garage sale? Any body else out there collect sewing notions? Where do you find your best deals?

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Comment by cinderella pisani on August 13, 2014 at 10:24am

If I ever see a red Singer I will snatch it right up! I a going on ebay to check it out. I doubt that it will be in my price range but I can dream.

Comment by Lynda Banks/Ont. on August 12, 2014 at 2:38pm

yes, it was this exact childs machine in Red. Red is now so sought after by collectors, they are upwards of $500 on Ebay. They are so hard to find that some not so nice people have painted black ones Red and tried to pass them off to unsuspecting collectors!!

Comment by cinderella pisani on August 12, 2014 at 11:45am

June, what a beautiful Singer. I just love the old style machine. Black with gold lettering looks so classy. Lynda, I have never seen a red Singer. It must have been a color just for a child's machine. Or maybe it was something the company marketed in England. Thank you both for your photos.

Comment by Lynda Banks/Ont. on August 11, 2014 at 5:15pm

I just bought this little gem at an auction. I had a red one as a girl in England but it did not come with us when my parents immigrated to Canada. I just had to have it, sew many great memories:)

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on August 7, 2014 at 6:19pm

My DH bought an 1895 Singer machine and cabinet for me last fall.  Both in good shape.  Machine needs belt and plate cover.  Someday hope to have it cleaned and replace belt; maybe I will be able to treadle on it.  I learned to sew on a treadle.  Here is a photo of my treasure:

Comment by cinderella pisani on August 6, 2014 at 3:01pm

When my grandmother passed away many years ago, my mother asked me if I wanted her Singer. It was a treadle machine in a cabinet and my grandfather had converted it to electricity. I looked at it and the cabinet was in really bad shape. I don't know what the machine was like. Since I was a lot younger with different ideas back then all I was concerned about was the cabinet. I turned it down. I could kick myself now. I'm sure it is in a land fill now. I too love those old Singers. I realize now how very beautiful and special they are now. Oh well, maybe someday.........

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 6, 2014 at 1:26pm

I wouldn't consider myself a machine collector.  I just have one basic "modern" machine, my Pfaff 2044. I have a Singer Featherweight 221, a Singer Model 128, and now this Singer 99-13.  I also have a little Singer Model 20 toy chain stitch hand crank machine.  And (sheepishly - uh, maybe I AM a collector), an 1890's Davis treadle machine in a cabinet given to me by my cousin.  I hope to get my mother's 1949 Singer 201K in her cabinet as well.  (Nothing greedy about me, huh?)  I love those old Singers.  

I bought it for $90, which I thought was a steal for our area.  

Comment by cinderella pisani on August 6, 2014 at 8:39am

That sounds like a great find! You just couldn't resist could you? You sound like me. How many sewing machines do you have now?

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 6, 2014 at 5:01am

Talk to Pam.  She's the Queen of great finds! :)  I stumbled upon a great find yesterday at a local antique store.  Found a 1927 Singer Model 99-13 for a song.  It is a 3/4 size machine in a bent wood case with an owner's manual and all the various feet, and a knee lever instead of a foot pedal.  It had been professionally cleaned and gone over (per the owner and as evidenced by the new belt and electrical cords).  I haven't sewn on her yet, but that is on the agenda for today.    

Comment by LKC on August 4, 2014 at 6:45pm

I have found some items in older neighborhood. Buttons one day. Crochet hooks and knitting needles another.  You never know, but I spend too much money in that habit.

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