Monday, November 5, 2007

I'm thinking a 12 step group might help with my current obsession.

Maybe a group like, "Antique Sewing Machine Collectors Anonymous. First step: We admitted we were powerless over buying antique sewing machines, that our lives had become unmanageable.

This is a 1956 Singer 99K. It was made in the Singer factory in Scotland. So, I guess between the other machines, my Singer 15-91 is from Canada, my (new)Pfaff Hobby (I think they are discontinued now) was made in Germany, and my Singer 201, (made in the good ole US of A), you could say I'm an international quilter. Nah....I'm just a sucker for beautiful, old machines. You should have seen Hunnybunny's face when the postman rang the bell with this huge package. This is my answer to getting a portable machine.!

I was really too cheap to get the 221 Featherweight. They start at about $250. See, I won this on Ebay. I was one of two bidders. Guess what the winning bid was? $30

It came complete with case.

11 comments:

Deborah said...

I want you to be my personal shopper. That is AWESOME. I never find stuff like that on Ebay!!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! We gave my mom a gift certificate for a machine quilting class for her birthday. She has some old quilt tops that she wants to finish.

K.

Suzanne Earley said...

Wow! What a deal! Have you tried using it yet?

Allison Ann Aller said...

Thanks for swinging by my blog and voting, Beth!
Your Featherweight looks beautiful...

Jane Ann said...

It looks beautiful and whatta deal! There's no question that quilters--like woodworkers--have a real appreciation for their tools and machines.

emi said...

Hi Beth. Thanks for checking up on me! I'm still here. Been sewing every chance I get. Guess I'll have to post some pics. Love the machines, BTW. I just sold a featherweight for $400 and I used some of the money to buy EQ6. I can't wait until it gets here so I can mess around with it. Let me know how you like the software you bought.

Samantha said...

That's quite a deal!

Valerie said...

Oh you are a lucky girl!! :)

I tagged you for another meme...hope you haven't done it, and you aren't getty meme batty! LOL* :)

Debra Spincic said...

WOW! that was definitely the bid of the year!

The Carolina Quilter said...

How in the world??? I see them for $250 at the lowest on there! Dh just bought me one for $350 from a woman who came to our retreat! Finally I have one. Haven't used it yet.

Anonymous said...

hi - i am from the south, the mother of an eagle scout, wife of a scout leader, a quilter that takes her time finishing her quilts and i just aquired my first advanced in age singer. it is a 1918 99k in a bentwood case. in good shape but needs a little tlc. i felt like i was opening a treasure chest when the key turned. and i got it for 15.00. we want discuss shipping...i too cannot bring myself to pay the price for a featherweight, i am still looking for the one that someone sells because it is just an old machine. i found your site while trying to find more info about my machine. there seems to be some conflicting info out there on when the first 99's were introduced and it says that they were the first electiric portable and came out in 1920. i can only assume that mine was electified later - but i am new at this game, so i am struggling to find out the whole story. if you have any knowledge i would love to know.

looking forward to hearing from you

i will have to sign in as anonymouse - as i can't seem to remember my sign in

pat in texas