VINTAGE SEWING MACHINES

SINGER 15-91
SINGER 201
PFAFF 130
SINGER 206
NECCHI BU
SINGER 301
BLACK
SINGER 301
2-TONE
SINGER 401a
SINGER 500A
BERNINA 830E
SINGER 600E
ELNA 62C

Used Machines:  A good value, better than what you'll find new for the same money!

Singer 221 Featherweight

Bernina 930:  NOT FOR SALE
This was Bernina's first machine using forward and reverse motion feed to produce stitch variety and seam flexibility. This machine came with a brilliant basting stitch. This was a good overall machine with good staying power. A seamstress could be happy sewing with any 900 series Bernina. This model was considered the "best of breed" amongst many sewing machine officionados.
Bernina 830:  NOT FOR SALE
Swiss precision strikes again during the same period as the Elna 62C. The 730 and 830 are both great machines but the buttonholer on the 830 was much simpler to operate. Bernina 830 uses a CB hook system, similar to common oscillating hook systems. This hook system handles difficult threads, commonly used for free motion embroidery, making this brand a popular choice amongst embroidery enthusiast during the late 70's and 80's. Bernina introduced the electronic foot control in the 830E.  
Elna 62C:  NOT FOR SALE
Swiss precision, and a prime reason for Singer's eroding market share is the early and mid seventies. The 62C has a smooth operating rotary hook with a unique cam operated thread escapement mechanism that allowed the thread to travel around the bobbin case without a "pinch". The "elnagraph" enabled the machine to produce stitches using forward and reverse feed motion with it's left to right needle placement. The Elna SU boasted "upgradable" because it used interchangeable cams. Other manufacturers tried frantically to produce this "stretch stitch" pattern but were late to the party with sub quality products. This precision machine has exceptional fabric handling characteristics and could sew the toughest material, like belt leather, effortlessly.
Singer 600E:  NOT FOR SALE
The first self winding bobbin, the first "Touch n' Sew". This was the last of all metal gears. What a great running machine with a wonderful sales feature!

Singer 500A:  NOT FOR SALE: The machine pictured at the left is a mint example of an end of an era. The machine is very similar to the 401A, above.

Singer 401A:  
NOT FOR SALE
This is an early automatic with many built in stitches, interchangeable cams, slant needle, full rotary hook with a front drop-in bobbin. The 403 was the last of the straight stitch models.
Singer 301:  
NOT FOR SALE
A precision all gear driven with a the new slant needle construction. This machine really brought it all together. These came in 3 different color combinations, black, tan, and two tone, all equally excellent.
Singer 301:  
NOT FOR SALE
A precision all gear driven with a the new slant needle construction. This machine really brought it all together. These came in 3 different color combinations, black, tan, and two tone, all equally excellent.
Singer 206:  
NOT FOR SALE
Singer's first zig zag using a Pfaff patent, I believe you can see some similarities. The 206 machine came in black, the 306 and 319w were beige and 2-tone green respectively. It uses a special needle system, making it less preferred as it's hard to come by. The 319W came along in two tone green using the same needle system. These were belt driven but had sturdy construction. If it hadn't been for the 206 needle, this machine may have been cherished as the Pfaff 130. I'm including it primarily for historical significance, as Singer dominated the US market until the mid 70's.
Pfaff 130:  
NOT FOR SALE
The 130 was Pfaff's first flirtation with the US market, again an early zig zag after WWII. These machines are prized by merchant marine's as they're a zig zag portable and can be used effectively to mend sails.
Necchi BU:  
NOT FOR SALE
The first zig zag. Necchi was an Italian brand and imported the first Zig Zag machines sold in the US after World War II. Singer was late to the party with it's 206 zig zag.
Singer 221 Featherweight
The featherweight has a huge "fan base". It's cute design and it's enormous production makes it the most celebrated machine of all time. Quilters love them because they're lightweight and have a beautiful straight stitch. It's the Model "A" of the sewing industry. This machine has the original case, accessories with the box, instruction manual and even the original oil container. You couldn't find one better if it were new! This Featherweight is a bargain for the collector and a treasure for a seamstress.
Singer 201
The world's first direct gear drive rotary hook with a top drop-in bobbin and reverse. This machine is smooth and precise. Oil in the motor has spoiled many of these old machines.

The Singer 101, the 201's predecessor, had no reverse but has the same sweet hook engineering, maybe even smoother. The 101 is very rare. I have sewn on only a hand full in my long career. Old Singer electric machines are not valuable except to those who can use them. They have no collector value. We hope that someone will use them when discovered.
Singer 15/91:  This is another gear driven model with a 15 class bobbin case. The 15 class case loads underneath on the left. It uses the largest bobbin, 15 class, like many of its contemporaries. This is an oscillating hook system and doesn't enjoy the smooth characteristic of the 201 but it is extremely reliable and has celebrated straight stitch quality. 15/91's are plentiful and valued for their sewing performance.
Wards straight stitch sewing machine with cabinet
$25
PORTABLE CASE DELUXE FLAT BED, FIXED DIVIDER
$39.95
# P60213
- Capacity: 15" (L) x 7" (W) x 2-3/4" (D).
PORTABLE CASE DELUXE FLAT BED, MOVABLE DIVIDER
# P60214
$49.95
[SINGER] - 600, 750
- Capacity: 17-1/2" (L) x 7-1/4" (W) x 3-3/4" (D).
- Fits regular flat bed and long bed.
PORTABLE CASE DELUXE FREE ARM
# P60305
$39.95
* Capacity: 18" (L) x 8-1/2" (W) x 14" (H).
Singer Style, Fits all free arm & sergers
PORTABLE CASE FLAT BED MACHINES, KENMORE 158 SRS
# 97081 ...(Square corners)
$49.95
* Capacity: 16-3/4" (L) x 7-1/8" (W) x 2-3/4" (D)
PORTABLE CASE FOR OVERLOCK MACHINES
# P60345
$49.95
* Capacity: 14-1/2 (L) x 11-1/2" (W) x 14-1/2" 
    "Vintage Sewing Machine All Star List":  I have chosen these models because they are still serviceable and respected machines. If you have a favorite, please email me and let me know what it is. I will be happy to discuss its merits and consider it for my "List". - Russell Moore
   Machines have many bells and whistles but the most used function is the straight stitch. The second most important feature is reverse. Reverse enables you to backtack, tie off the seams so it won't unravel.  Seems pretty trite in today's world of computerized everything. My intention is to discuss the machines that have survived and are still producing projects today.
I've been working in the sewing machine industry for 40 years and have compiled numerous experiences with most makes and models produced. Needle standardization played a huge roll in manufacturing and distribution.  During the vintage years, the 15x1 system prevailed. Thread and fabric handling mechanism reliability, durability and precision are the corner stones of classic machines.
Wheeler & Wilson: $150
Wheeler & Wilson Antique Treadle machine and cabinet. Restoration project or repurpose. The treadle metal work alone could be sold at a Flea Market for $200-$300.
Used Janome Memory Craft 9000
$899
The Memory Craft 9000, like other Memory Crafts, is recognized through the sewing industry for ease of operation, precise stitching and embroidery. All sewing functions are easy to access via the extra-large Visual Touch Screen. And the Memory Craft 9000 remembers your stitch combinations so you don’t have to.
FEATURES:
  • LCD Message Screen
  • Patchwork repeat sewing
  • Built-in needle threader
  • Front position halogen lightbulb
  • Upper and Lower thread sensors
  • Embroidery
  • 3 Memory Banks
Embroidery:
  • 3 Step conversion from sewing to embroidery
  • Stitch count for design sew-out
  • Color separations up to 12
  • 3.5″ x 5″ Available embroidery field
  • 4 varieties of hoops available
  • Skip Design/color/stitches
  • Embroidery speed control
  • Indirect PC link via Scan ‘N Sew PC or Customizer 2000 with R/W box and Scan Card
Sewing:
  • 326 stitch patterns, including 6 one-step buttonholes
  • Alphanumeric stitch capability
  • Decorative stitch combination
  • 15 adjustable needle positions
USED MACHINES FOR SALE
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note: We do not ship used machines.
Call your local dealer and discuss your machine needs. He will help locate what you want and obtain it locally.

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