Yard Sale Serger Runs Great!!

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. 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.
Cea
Reply to
sewingbythecea
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.
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Ron Anderson
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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mamahays
-- large snip -- 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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Pogonip
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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BEI Design
Re: Yard Sale Serger Runs Great!! snipped-for-privacy@insightbb.com (mamahays)
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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sewingbythecea
On Wed, 21 Jan 2004 16:48:38 -0500 (EST), snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:
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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Donna Gennick
On Wed, 21 Jan 2004 16:48:38 -0500 (EST),
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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joy beeson
| On Wed, 21 Jan 2004 16:48:38 -0500 (EST), snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net | wrote: | | | > When he came out with that statement, and repeated it: "I've sold your | >machine." though, it set me off. | | > 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. | Michigan's Upper Peninsula
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