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Just picked up an SK-840 for a song!
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Jul 12, 2017 23:41:45   #
lindawmn
 
Was on eBay and saw a SK-840 listed at $250 or best offer. Thought "there has to be something wrong". Read her listing and it says "there's no electronics under the plastic". What? I write her privately and try to explain to her that Studio/Singers have electronics in the carriage, not in the main bed like the Brothers. She keeps telling me it's broken, that there are no electronics but it knits manually just fine. I try again to tell her that it would probably work with a computer/DAK or would work with an EC-1. She says it was given to her, make an offer. I say $200. She says great but it's about $75 shipping from Canada to my house. No worries, I say. I ordered it Tuesday, it comes today well-boxed and in excellent condition. I had a new sponge bar at home so after some significant effort, I got the old one out and put the new one in. Oiled everything up and wiped it down too, even though it was really clean. There are five Brother needles on the end of the bed, but there are 10 new Singer needles in the accessories box, along with all the original accessories and tools (the Brother needles have a bit larger butt). I change out the needles and fire up the EC-1. And sure enough, the electronic patterning works perfectly. I tried to tell her she was underselling! I really did!


 
Jul 13, 2017 00:23:17   #
wendyacz (a regular here)
 
Oh sure LOL

Congratulations, that's quite a deal! Well done
Jul 13, 2017 05:39:35   #
jajarita
 
Wonderful for your find. Its a great feeling when you test out the equipment and it works. Fifteen of my seventeen machines came to me the same way. Only two of them needed a complete cleaning. So enjoy your machine. I love all of mine.
Jul 13, 2017 07:04:29   #
knitteerli (a regular here)
 
It went to a better home, where its wizardry is appeciated. A good save!
Jul 13, 2017 07:06:54   #
Linuxgirl
 
You did all you could. It isn't your fault, that she didn't believe you, so enjoy your new machine. Sounds like a great deal.
Jul 13, 2017 07:09:17   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Nice find
 
Jul 13, 2017 07:52:46   #
susanjoy
 
No need to feel guilty - you did your best to explain to her before you bought it. Looks like you got a real bargain.
Jul 13, 2017 08:22:09   #
lindawmn
 
jajarita wrote:
Wonderful for your find. Its a great feeling when you test out the equipment and it works. Fifteen of my seventeen machines came to me the same way. Only two of them needed a complete cleaning. So enjoy your machine. I love all of mine.


Seventeen?! I get to tell my husband that I am in good company and very happy to be there! I deal in vintage items, so I felt I had to try to educate this lady, but it was clear she simply wanted a sale - so I obliged. Tell me what you own? What you love best? Would love to hear more!
Jul 13, 2017 08:24:25   #
lindawmn
 
And thanks all! Because I am a dealer in vintage/antique items, I see so many people take advantage of others deliberately, especially the elderly and those who have just lost a loved one. They are so vulnerable and vultures are always waiting to step in and lie to them. I'd rather be honest and have repeat customers then hurt someone.
Jul 13, 2017 08:28:32   #
lindawmn
 
jajarita wrote:
Wonderful for your find. Its a great feeling when you test out the equipment and it works. Fifteen of my seventeen machines came to me the same way. Only two of them needed a complete cleaning. So enjoy your machine. I love all of mine.


And yes, that feeling of success when things work right - blissful!
Jul 13, 2017 09:22:11   #
paires
 
Since it was given to her, she still came out ahead, just not as much as she could have.
 
Jul 13, 2017 09:35:00   #
Macon
 
Snip....I change out the needles and fire up the EC-1. And sure enough, the electronic patterning works perfectly. I tried to tell her she was underselling! I really did!......

Did it come with the EC1? And she didn't know how to connect it?

In the end, I guess it was an unwanted gift.
Jul 13, 2017 11:16:27   #
Azzara
 
Lucky you, congrats!
Jul 13, 2017 13:01:44   #
lindawmn
 
Macon wrote:
Snip....I change out the needles and fire up the EC-1. And sure enough, the electronic patterning works perfectly. I tried to tell her she was underselling! I really did!......

Did it come with the EC1? And she didn't know how to connect it?

In the end, I guess it was an unwanted gift.


No. I had an EC1 as I have an 860. Where she confused me was saying there were no electronics "under the plastic", making me feel she was thinking Brother electronic machines.
Jul 13, 2017 13:05:46   #
randiejg (a regular here)
 
What a wonderful deal. It's a really great machine.

It sounds as if she was given the machine, and since it didn't appear to have what it needed to pattern on it's own, she was not inclined to look into it further. Did it come with the electronic carriage and a curly cord?
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