OMG...I found an ad for an old Kenmore in disguise across a toll bridge.I have wanted this once TOL Gritzner/Pfaff model in disguise for a long time.The machine,including all the accessories inside an old cabinet is very heavy.It doesn't fit into my car to sneak it into the house. How do I convince and talk DH into driving me with his truck to look at the machine ?
OK Pina, the time for smooth talk and trickery are over!
Grab DH by the truck keys and tell him you are both going for a little ride-----.
If he will insist on knowing why, tell him it's for the preservation of your marriage and your future sanity!!!
You can't let this one pass Pina. Think of all the rest of us, biting our nails and pulling our hair wishing we had a chance at that beauty of a machine.
I know I'm thinking of it anyway!
I hope you get it!
A good friend called me last night to ask me if I had ever heard of a Wheeler & Wilson ?
"Yes", I said, "I have four of them, why do you ask ?"
It seems he had the chance to buy what sounded like a W&W #8 in the factory treadle cabinet with lots of accessories in the drawers (! !)
Apparently the seller had just picked the machine up for $40. (U.S.) and was going to flip it for $80. to someone that happen to be standing right there. He told my friend he could have it for $100. but, if he had to take it home and sell it from there it would go to $120. When I found my W&W #8, I talked the seller down to $100 from $150. but, I still had to make a 180 mile round trip being chased by sub zero temps and the snow left over from a major blizzard to get it.
My friend is looking for a reliable sewing machine but, I'm not sure why he wants a treadle, probably to avoid having issues with old wiring and motors.
I told him that while the W&W #8 was a very good machine and W&W was second to none in their day, he would be better off to find something a few decades newer and more standard in the way of needles and bobbins.
I first recommended the White Family Rotary and then the Singer 15-88.
The WFR does take its own bobbin but uses a standard class 15 needle and of course the 15-88 can be supplied from anywhere.
Of course there are many other good treadle machines out there but, he is not a collector, he just wants to be able to do some mending and probably some lite construction.
The thought occurs to let him barrow my Singer 66 treadle but, I'm just too protective of my machines to let them into someone else's hands