Sewing Machines

To Keep or Not to Keep

February 15, 2012

I’ll try this one more time I think must have done something wrong the first time I wrote this. My husband found these feet at a garage sell and bought them for me. I said,”Cool, now I need a sewing machine to go with them.” He said,”Oh, you mean these won’t work with the machine you have already.” A 2007 Brother from Costco. No, they won’t work. He said get rid of them they only cost 50 cents. A couple months later I found this for 20 bucks.

I was so excited to find a machine that the feet would go to and failed to ask if it worked, and it doesn’t. The motor turns on, but the needle doesn’t move. I tried to figure out if, but I couldn’t. The internet would lead me to believe it’s not worth saving. I found a lot of negative comments about the friction plates going out. My husband suggest I bundle it all up and leave it at the end of the driveway and hope someone takes it. What do ya’ll think?

    1. I did talk to a shop about it. Exact words, ” We get a TON of them old rotary machines. Oh, yeah.” Their tone was kinda good for them, bad for me when it came to owning one.

  1. I have refurbished about 200 sewing machines and I have had several of this model. Sadly, I have given away or junked everyone of them. Once something goes wrong with these it never seems like they are right again. I think you could probably craigslist it for $10 or $20. Or I know someone will pick it up for free if listed on there. The table is at least worth that.

    Good luck in whatever you decide to do!

  2. Keep the table and the feet. Chuck the machine. It’s so beautiful but… It sounds like it has done it’s service. I say keep the feet because I myself hoard feet. Some of those old feet look really cool. I have a collection pinned to the wall like butterflies.

  3. Thank you
    I will keep the table and the feet, but ask the local repair shop if they might want it for parts. The machine also came with more feet to add to my little black box.

  4. Even if they don’t need the parts, don’t pitch it. In my town, at the dump, they will pay you for scrap metal. It’s not much, but you could get a few dollars toward the purchase of another vintage machine 🙂

  5. This looks like the machine my Great Aunt gave me, saying it didn’t work. I had it repaired at a local shop. I use it for plowing through denim or thick seams.
    I have a newer machine for everyday use. Good luck with your decision.

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