Yard Sale Serger Runs Great!!

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   Turns out, the cord for the Singer 14U64A serger fits the
three-thread serger which I got at a yard sale for $5.00. I opened the
serger and found a silver dollar piece lodged inside, so, technically,
it cost less than $5.00. Cleaned up, and it runs like a champ, forming a
neat three-thread overedge.
   It's an old three-thread Singer, a 14U52A. No light, and very limited
capabilities. I was too lazy (at midnight) to try the narrow roll-hem
foot from the 64A on this machine. Anyone know if the 52A can be
converted to do a roll hem? Hem width can be set to the same narrow
range as on the 64A, so I'm guessing I can sew a rolled hem on it.
   I'll probably set it up to do one operation. I don't recommend this
method of machine acquisition to anyone who is setting up a workroom, as
each of my machines now takes a different needle system, different knife
blades, etc. Works for me at the moment, though.
  I'm still arguing with the BabyLock, to no avail. Went back and
flossed between each metal-to metal moving part, and found no elastic or
threads. Gonna give them a good greasing and see if that cures the
ailment, then wait for a new upper knife blade and foot pedal to arrive.
The only other thing I can figure is there might be some
invisible-to-the-eye wearing on the joints which drive the foot. The
machine has seen about 15 years hard labor, give or take a year or two.
   It may be hospital time for my fav. <sigh> Hate to let it out of my
sight. Last time I did, the repairman greeted me with "I've sold your
machine.", although I was NOT--in no way-- overdue to pick it up. I
always plaster my business cards onto the machine, it's foot pedal,
(after getting an almost new foot pedal swapped out for a crappy old
pedal once) any removable parts, and I try to impress upon the repairman
how vital early pick up is to my repairs. <grump>
                            Cea


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Cea,
The rolled hem parts are the same for the 64 as the 52.
If that silver dollar was silver you probably already profited from that
deal as the silver is worth more than the dollar. If it happens to be a rare
one even better.


--
Ron Anderson
A1 Sewing Machine
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Wow!  You got a great deal, and who knew it was $1 off???  lol  What fun.  I
love seeing old machines go to someone who love them.  (like one of us on
here.  lol)

I hope all goes well if the other machine needs to go to the doctor.  Ron,
couldn't you make a house call for Cea?  That way we know her machine won't
get sold out from under her.

Cea, is that guy still walking???  Did you pick up another machine and club
him to death with it??  Lord knows, I'da been tempted....and we know I have
a problem resisting strong temptations!  (just look at my stash closet if
you need proof.  lol)

Congrats on the new addition.  I hope it runs long and well for you.

Sharon
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"Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
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 That way we know her machine won't get sold out from under her.
Cea, is that guy still walking??? Did you pick up another machine and
club him to death with it?? Lord knows, I'da been tempted....
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Ah, the novel:
   You know, I was astounded. I had, after all, bought two new machines
from him, (paid cash, full price, no dickering), and stopped in on
occasion to check his supply of used machines, and to ask his opinion on
them.    
  When he came out with that statement, and repeated it: "I've sold your
machine." though, it set me off. Mindful of the fact that there was a
woman at the counter, waiting to buy a machine, I upped the ante. "WHAT
DO YOU MEAN YOU SOLD MY MACHINE??? I WAS ONLY IN FOR A TIMING
ADJUSTMENT!! IT WAS NEVER FOR SALE!!!"
He made this nasty sneering comment: "Oh, it's _you_. I never look at my
customers. I wouldn't know their faces."
  I reacted in an over the top manner again, and I had the distinct
pleasure of seeing, from the corner of my eye, the prospective customer
turn away from the counter and quietly leave his shop. The shop was full
of people, but by the time I got through, it was kinda quiet in there.
   To add injury to insult, he had not repaired the timing, despite
charging me $52.00 for doing so. I immediately carried my machine back,
where we had Round ll. He didn't actually say anything, but his attitude
spoke volumes, and was getting my dander up, so I addressed it: "You act
as if you think I did this." I stated.
"WELL?" He sneered.
  This was one of the rare occasions where I had an answer ready--I said
"Look, mister,  I have better things to do with my time than stand here
watching you. I have two week's worth of alterations and sewing stacked
up at home, waiting for this machine."
   "Whatever." He replied, in a childish way. It was at that point I
could understand why he had a German shepherd as a guard dog, curled up
just inside the dutch half-door to his workroom. I was on the outside,
and had a fleeting, momentary vision of my hands around his neck.
(I used to be a pacifist, but my sewing machines need protection.)
  It was quiet for a couple of minutes, then he muttered, "Oh, yeah, I
dropped the needle when I was doing the timing before." He was perched
on a high stool, set on a concrete floor. I gaped at him, round-eyed,
and said evenly "When my machine came to your shop, I had a brand-new
needle in it, and new spools of thread."
   Now, there were prolly clues before this, but  wrote them off because
I figured he was busy. One machine was returned with an old crappy foot
pedal attached, when it had gone for cleaning and timing adjustments.
There were no prices on thread and items he carried--and he stated to me
that he charged higher prices when women came in and let their kids play
in the threads.
  Well, I'd had clients who gave their kids license to handle everything
in my sewing/fitting workroom, making thread messes, despite my telling
them no, but those folks weren't invited to come back, unless they hired
a sitter first.
  Since then, I have been looking for a new repairman, I buy machines
where I can get the best deal, I clean. oil, and do minor repairs on my
machines, and I won't buy from people who don't have prices on the
merchandise.  Some of these folks price items according to what type of
car the shopper is driving, so buyer beware.
   Being a good customer does not guarantee good service after the sale.
                         Cea


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So, Cea?  The rest of the story, please?  Did you ever get your own
machine back, or did the "repairman" ever make it right?  We all gotta
know!

Donna G.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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"I've sold your machine." though, it set me off.
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Cea
So, Cea? The rest of the story, please? Did you ever get your own
machine back, or did the "repairman" ever make it right? We all gotta
know!
Donna G.
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   Yupo! I stood there until he adjusted the timing, and I did NOT ask
him if there was a further charge, just took it from him and sailed out
in righteous indignation.
  The juicy part left out: During the initial transaction, after he'd
said he'd sold my baby, was my reaction when he presented me with the
bill of $52.00.
  "WHAT????? I demanded, "YOU RECENTLY CHARGED $6.95 FOR THE SAME
REPAIR?!! WHY IS IT SO MUCH HIGHER NOW??!!!"
   His reply: '"I was doing you a favor." This from the man who doesn't
know his customers.
  Meantime, the shop emptied behind me, as the diehards who had hung
around during my first rather loud reaction decided perhaps they'd
better find somewhere else to do business. I daresay he lost a sale or
two that day.
    There's a certain power in being loud, I've discovered, although I
much prefer to speak softly and carry a big shtick.
                                  Cea


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Just now and again the Big Scary Teef are ever so useful...
--
Kate  XXXXXX
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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| >                         Cea
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| So, Cea?  The rest of the story, please?  Did you ever get your own
| machine back, or did the "repairman" ever make it right?  We all gotta
| know!
|=20
| Donna G.
| Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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My dear mother taught me, when I was very small, that when
there isn't a price tag on something, it was put out just
for decoration, and it isn't polite to try to buy it.  

And all my life, I've been *very* polite.  

Joy Beeson
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http://home.earthlink.net/~joybeeson/ -- needlework
http://home.earthlink.net/~beeson_n3f/ -- Writers' Exchange
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<< snipped-for-privacy@invalid.net.invalid (joy=A0beeson)
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<. . . I won't buy from people who don't have prices on the merchandise.
<<My dear mother taught me, when I was very small, that when there isn't
a price tag on something, it was put out just for decoration, and it
isn't polite to try to buy it.
And all my life, I've been *very* polite.
Joy Beeson
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   I was raised that way, too, Joy. Thank God I'm getting over it!!! :->
               Cea <there's hope for you yet>


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Way to go!  I hope it will work well for you.  When I got
my new serger, I kept my little old Simplicity basic
no-differential....which I may continue to keep, perhaps
set up for the rolled hem.

I bought a Singer 401A with attachments, manual,
buttonholer, etc., but I took it out of the cabinet and
left that behind.  Still a good deal, I think, and I went
over it, delinted it, oiled it, put a new bobbin winder
tire on it, and need to find one little part for the
stitch-length lever.

I loved the silver dollar part.  I once bought an old
dress pattern, and inside the fat envelope found a nice
stack of brand new (1969) dollar bills with consecutive
numbers - 53 of them, with the 53rd one marked with a
circle around the 53.  I suspect someone had a 53rd
birthday in 1969, and tucked the money away for a rainy
day, then forgot about it.  I would further guess that
some relative was cleaning out, either for an estate, or
because a nursing home was selected, and they didn't look
close enough.  I, of course, tucked it away for a rainy day.



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Joanne @ stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us
http://members.tripod.com/~bernardschopen /
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Wow, does that bring back a memory!  When my mother died, my sister
and I had the task of clearing our her sewing room.  We _knew_ that
Mom (a Depression era bride), had always tucked cash away in her
patterns, so we spent _days_ going through every one.  There were
probably several thousand patterns, Mom sewed professionally, and
always kept the them.  We actually found small amounts of money in
just about every-other pattern.

We never did find the gold pieces we knew should have been there
somewhere.  Mom refused to turn them in when FDR made owning gold
illegal for Americans, and for years they were in a little wooden box.
:-(

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 Beverly
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