Buying a machine over the internet is entirely different. The seller assures you it runs. However, recently I bought two Singers from Goodwill online that ran, but that was it.
The first is a Touchtronic 2001. It was $7.99 plus $15.00 shipping. I have a Touchtronic 2000 and haven't been able to find a 2001 locally, so I took a chance.
Once I received it, I was relieved all the electronics worked fine, but it was out of time and would not sew. When taking the bottom off, I found plastic gear pieces falling out.
I never replaced gears in a sewing machine, but after searching the internet I found a set for $10. It took a little tinkering to get it sewing, but in the end, I feel it is worth it.
The second is a Diana 560. It was $7.99 and $13 shipping.
The same thing happened. It was out of time and the gears were crumbling. I searched the I internet for some gears and got it sewing again.
Original TV commercial from 1978:
Just a short blog to remind myself and others a vintage machine might need some repairs besides cleaning and oiling. Just because it runs, doesn't mean it sews.
Thanks for stopping.