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This is really odd...

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Somebody is trying to corner the market on Pfaff 332 (and 362) sewing machines. He just won two auctions, and is high bidder on 4 others, including bidding the one that I was specifically interested in up to $350. I don't really want a carrying case, stitch dial and table extension that much (because that's all I'm really short). A quick google search also found him bidding on (but not winning) a Pfaff industrial machine. He can't possibly be buying these for resale or for parts at the prices he's paying, so I'm baffled. Maybe he's starting a sweatshop.

I guess I'm waiting a while. Several fairly nice and complete machines came up in the last few weeks, and it doesn't appear that they're abberations. The mania will settle down.

In the mean time, there are 3 nice looking Elna #1 "Grasshopper" portables up, including one that's purportedly being sold by its original owner.

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figmo
Dec. 6th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
Just curious: What makes those machines so worth having? I ask because I may be in the market for a new (not-a-Touch-and-Sew) machine when I have money.
bovil
Dec. 6th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
The Pfaff 332 is an incredibly sturdy machine, that as far as I've seen (and I've seen most of the insides) is all-metal construction. I don't have the stitch dial, so I've only used mine for basic construction and haven't figured out how to set it beyond basic straight-stitch and zig-zag (there are 3 8-position dials that control these settings, so there are tons of different stitch options). It doesn't do real stretch-stich (with forwards and backwards motion), just zig-zag variants.

The Elna #1 "Grasshopper" is the coolest vintage portable ever made. It's comparable in size to the Singer Featherweight (just google it; Featherweight owners are obsessive), lighter, and has a free-arm. If it's not your only machine, it's great.
bovil
Dec. 6th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, check out the shopping guides I wrote; they might be helpful.
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