Looking for extension table for my 1989 Brother Electronic Sewing Machine

The clip that holds the extension table on my 20-year-old Brother
Electronic Sewing machine broke and I'm holding the extension table on
with a large rubber band. I've been unable to locate a replacement
extension table anywhere.
I don't do much sewing anymore, except for mending, and have a very
nice serger for projects that need a serger.
Does anyone have a 20-year-old Brother sewing machine gathering dust
and who might be willing to part with their extension table? Otherwise
I'm considering replacing my dinosaur with a more recent model -
reluctantly because it otherwise works great.
Thanks.
Reply to
Linda Smith
I bought a custom-made plexiglass/whatever extension table for my 70s or 80s vintage New Home sewing machine from Nancy's Notions. Search for "Sew steady" on her web site and you will find them.
Reply to
Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH
There are a lot of 20-year old Brother machines out there. What model is yours and better yet is there a picture online of the bed?
Reply to
No_Spam_Please
Thanks for everyone's suggestions. The machine has no model number - the front of the machine and the instruction manual call it a "Brother Electronic Sewing Machine." I think my husband purchased it for me at Price Club (now Costco).
After much discussion with my husband we decided that I should purchase a new machine.
I will, however, check out Nancy's Notioins.
Reply to
Linda Smith
Probably a good idea if you only spent like $200 on it. You can find a nice older machine that will sew circles around those cheapie $200-300 machines for that much or less. I just got a Pfaff Hobby 721 for $50 off of Craigslist, and the local sewing machine stores would sell used reconditioned ones for $250-300, still an excellent price for a superior machine.
With low-end sewing machines, newer is generally not better. A sewing machine built in the 30s through the 60s or 70s and possibly 80s in some cases was built as a tool (as in, something that was used in the daily course of life and needed to be dependable). After that, it was built as a toy (as in, something that was only used in the course of a hobby or to be used occasionally and that could be disposed of if it didn't work.) This is my opinion, but I am sure some people will disagree. They, however, probably did not buy a White Jeans Machine for their teenager who wanted to use it regularly only to have it start spending more time at the sewing machine store supposedly getting fixed than it spent at home after only a few months.
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Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH
I got an email yesterday from
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that she has a Singer 600 ("Rocketeer") for sale for $99. It has no accessories, but it takes standard Singer feet, and I've got boxes of the cams lying around - they fit machines from the 400 on up to the 600 and are pretty easy to find in thrift stores. I admit, I was tempted...but I do have a few extra machines already. NAYY.
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Pogonip
> > I got an email yesterday from
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that > she has a Singer 600 ("Rocketeer") for sale for $99. It has no > accessories, but it takes standard Singer feet, and I've got boxes of > the cams lying around - they fit machines from the 400 on up to the 600 > and are pretty easy to find in thrift stores. I admit, I was > tempted...but I do have a few extra machines already. NAYY.Correction: It's a 500, and does have a manual. She doesn't mention feet one way or the other, just no cams. Please stop me before I buy it.
Reply to
Pogonip
>>> Thanks for everyone's suggestions. The machine has no model number - >>> the front of the machine and the instruction manual call it a "Brother >>> Electronic Sewing Machine." I think my husband purchased it for me at >>> Price Club (now Costco). >>> >>> After much discussion with my husband we decided that I should >>> purchase a new machine. >> >> Probably a good idea if you only spent like $200 on it. You can find >> a nice older machine that will sew circles around those cheapie >> $200-300 machines for that much or less. I just got a Pfaff Hobby 721 >> for $50 off of Craigslist, and the local sewing machine stores would >> sell used reconditioned ones for $250-300, still an excellent price >> for a superior machine. >> >> With low-end sewing machines, newer is generally not better. A sewing >> machine built in the 30s through the 60s or 70s and possibly 80s in >> some cases was built as a tool (as in, something that was used in the >> daily course of life and needed to be dependable). After that, it was >> built as a toy (as in, something that was only used in the course of a >> hobby or to be used occasionally and that could be disposed of if it >> didn't work.) This is my opinion, but I am sure some people will >> disagree. They, however, probably did not buy a White Jeans Machine >> for their teenager who wanted to use it regularly only to have it >> start spending more time at the sewing machine store supposedly >> getting fixed than it spent at home after only a few months. > > I got an email yesterday from
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that > she has a Singer 600 ("Rocketeer") for sale for $99. It has no > accessories, but it takes standard Singer feet, and I've got boxes of > the cams lying around - they fit machines from the 400 on up to the 600 > and are pretty easy to find in thrift stores. I admit, I was > tempted...but I do have a few extra machines already. NAYY.Bums. I really WANT a rocketeer and a decent set of cams...
Reply to
Kate XXXXXX
SSSSTTTTOOOOOOPPPPPP!!!!
I would not trade my 401A straight across for five 500s. The only way another 500 will come to my house is if it brings along a buttonholer, ALL the cams, and all the feet. The accessories MIGHT make it worth $99.
Beverly
Reply to
BEI Design
I'd offer you one for free, except I don't think you'd want to pay the cross-ocean shipping. :-(
Beverly
Reply to
BEI Design
The 600 is Singer's earliest Touch & sew model, it's not the Rocketeer, which are the 500/503 models.
They take Singer 'Slant Shank' feet (not the standard low shank presser feet).
-Irene
On Sun, 01 Mar 2009 16:14:09 -0800, Pogonip wrote:
>I got an email yesterday from
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that >she has a Singer 600 ("Rocketeer") for sale for $99. It has no >accessories, but it takes standard Singer feet, and I've got boxes of >the cams lying around - they fit machines from the 400 on up to the 600 >and are pretty easy to find in thrift stores. I admit, I was >tempted...but I do have a few extra machines already. NAYY.
Reply to
IMS
Same here. I do not like using a 500/503 at all. The 401 is a much better 'thought out' machine.
-Irene
Reply to
IMS
I can't send you a Rocketeer because I don't have one, but I do have cams coming out of my ears if you can get hold of a machine that will take them.
Reply to
Pogonip
I agree, they are very space-age-cool, but the tension adjustment is not nearly as reliable as on the 401A. You let me know if ever you decide you just HAVE to have one, I have two spares. ;-)
Beverly
Reply to
BEI Design
I'd take you up in a heartbeat , if it wasn't for the shipping! I KNOW they are not as good as the 401's, but they just LOOK so cool! So 1950's futuristic and Dan Dare!
Reply to
Kate XXXXXX
I found your address in my Rolodex. So as soon as I can wade into That Room and dig out a set, they'll wing their way to you.
Reply to
Pogonip
I find cams in thrift stores. Boxes of them. I have bought far too many boxes with mixed assortments. Never a complete set in a box, though. Wonder why that is. I have some for unknown machines, too. Not sure why......
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Pogonip

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