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Old 08-31-2013, 10:17 PM
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So, I found a "unicorn" on eBay and won the auction for an 1883 Singer model 15 fiddle base. Not many of the very early fiddle bases have survived and I was super excited to have found one. (they soon switched to the standard rectangle base)

This is what I bought - http://www.flickr.com/photos/8877612...n/photostream/

Had to email the guy and ask what was up with shipping as he hadn't mailed it yet. Got a "sorry, will send it our tomorrow" reply. Then watching the tracking USPS sent it the wrong way and added a day to the time. gah Finally it gets delivered and I was over the moon to go pick it up, open it in the lobby to show the clerk because I had been telling her all about it to find this in the box -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/88776125@N00/9641623500/

Yes, my machine was BROKEN!!!!! I was just about in tears in the post office lobby. The idiot did not even label the box fragile and only packed it with newspapers! O.M.Gosh!!! I took photos and emailed him when we got home and he is giving me a full refund, but I wanted that machine in the shape I bought it in!

Dean searched online and found a site where a lady fixed a weight bearing piece on an old Singer with some auto epoxy. So, it can be fixed but it will take a complete refurbish now and it will also never be as valuable as it would have been.

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Y'all will have to forgive me for a few days here while I'm in mourning.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:37 AM
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So, I found a "unicorn" on eBay and won the auction for an 1883 Singer model 15 fiddle base. Not many of the very early fiddle bases have survived and I was super excited to have found one. (they soon switched to the standard rectangle base)

This is what I bought - http://www.flickr.com/photos/8877612...n/photostream/

Had to email the guy and ask what was up with shipping as he hadn't mailed it yet. Got a "sorry, will send it our tomorrow" reply. Then watching the tracking USPS sent it the wrong way and added a day to the time. gah Finally it gets delivered and I was over the moon to go pick it up, open it in the lobby to show the clerk because I had been telling her all about it to find this in the box -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/88776125@N00/9641623500/

Yes, my machine was BROKEN!!!!! I was just about in tears in the post office lobby. The idiot did not even label the box fragile and only packed it with newspapers! O.M.Gosh!!! I took photos and emailed him when we got home and he is giving me a full refund, but I wanted that machine in the shape I bought it in!

Dean searched online and found a site where a lady fixed a weight bearing piece on an old Singer with some auto epoxy. So, it can be fixed but it will take a complete refurbish now and it will also never be as valuable as it would have been.

sigh

Y'all will have to forgive me for a few days here while I'm in mourning.
Ohhhhhh how very sad.
My condolences for your lose.

After you recover--go beat the bejebbers out of him!! :
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:15 PM
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Sorry to hear of your bad experience......
The moron deserves negative feedback..... After you get your refund....

Keep looking, you will find something else...
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:09 PM
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Is he givin you the refund and letting you keep the machine? Thats not too bad o a deal. What is it made of? Looks like cast. Couldnt be welded but maybe brazed at a good welding shop? JB Weld might be an option here though thats alot of weight to hold up. Wouldnt have the value but Im sure the function can be saved.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:33 PM
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Oh that is to bad. I have bought a lot of stuff off ebey and that is one of the risk one takes is the shipping. I do hope you can get this fixed, it looks like it would be fun to sew on.
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