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That’s right, friends. I walked into Church on Wheels, found her, picked her up and plopped her on the counter. Pastor Martha asked if I wanted to try her out to see if she worked. What did I care? I’ve been searching for one of these beauties for YEARS. It could have been beyond repair (which was highly doubtful) and I still would have bought her. Even better, I was asked to name my price. What would I give for a pink sewing machine? Oh…about TEN dollars!

I always feel a bit odd when folks write in, asking me how much I think their grandmother’s Pink Atlas sewing machine is worth. Honestly, and I do hate to be blunt, most sewing machines are only worthwhile for sentimental value. An antique treadle machine (and there ARE reproductions!) has a bit of value and some of the rarer Singer models are much sought after. For the most part, however, I would price a working vintage sewing machine at about $25. But let me add–I would never SELL one of my own machines (Necchis, Singer 201, Atlas) for that price–they’re far more valuable to me. These days, when I’m looking for sewing machines, I want something unique, well made, pretty to see and USEFUL! I have bought a non-working machine before (but it was a turquoise head with silver scroll work and only FIVE dollars) These days, I have such a collection that I can’t give space to a display only machine.

So, when you’re looking for a vintage machine, keep in mind where you will place it–they’re not lightweights, mind you! What will you use it for? Do you need zig-zag capabilities? My Singer 201 is a straight stitch machine with a zig-zag attachment (which I do NOT have but would like) I sewed with a Sears Emdeko for several years and it is a wonderful machine (though made in the late 1960s still good quality) I eventually burned up the motor doing free-hand embroidery with it. 😦 I would suggest this machine or one like it for machine embroidery and fancy stitches (came with 22 cams)

Perhaps the best feature of these vintage sewing machines is that you CAN repair them yourself! The workings are straightforward and easy to maintain (keep them dusted and oiled) Refer to your owner’s manual when in doubt. I would NEVER take a vintage machine to a sewing machine repair shop as you will be charged many times the machine’s worth to repair it! (Yes, I learned that lesson the HARD way!)

Any other questions, feel free to ask.