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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #75 on: May 01, 2011, 06:48:01 AM »
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.
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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #76 on: May 01, 2011, 10:23:59 AM »
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.

They're called cogs. :)

You really cleaned up! Featherweights are worth hundreds.
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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #77 on: May 01, 2011, 10:49:07 AM »
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.

They're called cogs. :)

You really cleaned up! Featherweights are worth hundreds.


I don't think it is a Featherweight -- they don't have cogs/cams for different stiches and they only weighed about 12 pounds

http://singer-featherweight.com/

however you made a really good score - I'm sort of envious
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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #78 on: May 01, 2011, 11:19:50 AM »
Featherweights were black. But you still got a great machine.



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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #79 on: May 02, 2011, 04:41:39 PM »
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.

They're called cogs. :)

You really cleaned up! Featherweights are worth hundreds.


My mom had a machine like that when I was learning to sew. But she called the inserts "cams" rather than "cogs". I was always facinated watching them work.

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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #80 on: May 17, 2011, 11:14:05 PM »
I found one of these at a local shop on Saturday...I paid $21.95!!

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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #81 on: May 17, 2011, 11:34:48 PM »
A sewing machine for $6. It's older than me, but it's a Singer and it works better than my Mum's new one. You can still get parts for it too, and I downloaded the manual for it. It's green apple coloured and looks awesomely retro  :P

Sounds like it might be a Singer Featherweight, which is quite prized for being, well, a featherweight & easy to transport.

Yeah, that's what it is. I don't know about the featherweight bit, it weighs a ton. But I suppose it weighed a lot less than the other machines of its time. I'm trying to track down some of the coggy bits that go in the top for different stitches (can't remember the technical name). You can get them, but so far I haven't found the ones I want.

The cog-thingies are called cams - I picked up a set from Trademe (local online auction site - I don't know what the Aus equivalent is).
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« Reply #82 on: May 18, 2011, 12:00:31 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/Ben-Sherman-Womens-Chichester-Swing/dp/B001F521TW

I got this coat, brand new with tags for 5$ while it was still listed in the upper 300$



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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #83 on: May 18, 2011, 01:04:52 AM »
Mine isn't huge but I love it just the same.  I went looking for garden pots, instead I came home with a great navy with white polka dot dress that I get compliments on every time I wear it.  Happiness for 5.00.
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« Reply #84 on: May 18, 2011, 02:05:59 AM »
Last week I bought a two seater sofa on ebay for 99 pence! It was described as "sand" colored, but the pic looked really pink.  It's in great shape, and I didn't care about the color since it was destined for the playroom (in fact, I thought my daughter would love a pink couch!)   When we picked it up, it really was sand color and actually nice enough to go in our formal living room.

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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #85 on: May 18, 2011, 07:01:21 PM »
Found this super denim jacket for $1.



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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #86 on: May 19, 2011, 04:45:54 PM »
Mine isn't huge but I love it just the same.  I went looking for garden pots, instead I came home with a great navy with white polka dot dress that I get compliments on every time I wear it.  Happiness for 5.00.
I had an episode of anxiety January 2010 brought on by overwork and stress from furloughs/reduced benefits/layoffs at work.  I lifted my spirits by indulging in a little "retail therapy."  I went to my favorite thrift store and found a knock-out muu-muu for $8 which flattered my figure and coloring.  I wore it when we worked the door for our friends' concert and all the positive comments really lifted my spirits.

That dress worked much, much better than drugs.  Rest, "equine assisted therapy" (I went riding on our horse), and a readjusted work load cured me.  I still have the dress, but I only wear it for special occasions.

Last time I wore it, this man (a little older than my mid-50s) came up to me to compliment me on how great I looked.  Then he said, "My wife said I could tell you."  I looked behind him and there was his wife, smiling.  She gave me a little finger wave.  I smiled & finger waved back. Honestly, it was a bit odd, but kinda sweet, too.  I guess he wanted to make sure I knew he wasn't hitting on me.
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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #87 on: May 19, 2011, 04:48:42 PM »
Got a set of older stacking stools (70's) in a colour other than gross orange, they'd been reupholstered, all I had to do was replace the little plastic feet.  You can't find stacking stools around in stores anymore!

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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #88 on: May 19, 2011, 04:50:17 PM »
Found this super denim jacket for $1.
You and MummySweet deserve high fives for your "dollar deals."  I think MS's 99 cent sofa trumps my 99 cent silk skirt (see above).  I'm gobstruck impressed!

It's all good and we're all winners on this thread! ;D
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Re: Thrift Score!
« Reply #89 on: May 19, 2011, 05:01:50 PM »
Last time I wore it, this man (a little older than my mid-50s) came up to me to compliment me on how great I looked.  Then he said, "My wife said I could tell you."  I looked behind him and there was his wife, smiling.  She gave me a little finger wave.  I smiled & finger waved back. Honestly, it was a bit odd, but kinda sweet, too.  I guess he wanted to make sure I knew he wasn't hitting on me.

Some years back I bought a 1920s velvet cloche in a burnt-orange color. I rarely wore it because it was so vintage, but did bring it out from time to time. The first time I wore it was out at a restaurant with my mom. An older gentleman came up to me and said, "I like your hat!" I thanked him, then he turned to my mom and asked, "Is this your daughter?" When she responded in the affirmative, he said, "Well, tell her I like her hat!"  :D