Saturday, October 13, 2012

on second thought...

Recently, I have been contemplating of getting a second hand sewing machine instead of getting a brand new unit. You may ask why. Well, first of all, I would not be using the machine a lot; just to alter clothes and do some DIY sewing projects. So, I do not really need many fancy functions. And secondly, of course to save some money (hopefully). However, I am still unsure. I have my doubts.

I have been in touch with a seller and have started to ask questions. Here is a photo of the sewing machine - SINGER 6211C. A (vintage?) SINGER electronic sewing machine. I did a little research and apparently this is a heavy duty free arm sewing machine. It sews a wide range of fabrics from delicate fabrics such as voile, organza, silk to heavy fabric like leather and heavy canvas. 

Whilst the sewing machine itself seems like a good machine but there are other concerns such as the working condition of the machine (although the seller claims it is in excellent condition), spare parts availability for the machine, where to send the machine for service, its accessories and manual. According to the seller, accessories of the machine is available but not the manual.Hhmmm...

What do you think; would you buy a brand new or second hand sewing machine?


  1. I think you can find the manual somewhere online, search for that first.
    It looks vintage and is a good brand, those old proper ones usually keep very well. I would say go for it :)

  2. If you are considering the purchase of this machine, I think it would be a great choice. Although this machine is an older model (I'm not sure I'd call it vintage), there are a great number of sites that carry accessories and spare parts for machines much older than this one so that should not be an issue. As far as finding the owner's manual, it can be obtained at .
    I have this model(have had it for at least 30 years +) and I would not trade it for one of the newer, shiner models. To use an old cliche', "they just don't make 'em like they used to."
    As soon as I can find another one, I intend to buy another. Go for it !