Begging Post: Industrial Sewing Machine?

by Erin on September 23, 2011

Hello folks!

Does anyone have a line on a good place to buy a used industrial straight-stitch machine in the Bay Area, or have one they would like to donate to my son’s (incredibly wonderful) new school

Any help or pointers gratefully appreciated!

In the meantime, enjoy this link to LEGO word search posters.

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Lenore September 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I would ask Jim Newton at TechShop where they got theirs. Also, the “new school” link doesn’t seem to work for me. But if your kid is going to brightworks, you’re even more awesome than I thought!


Ravenz Tarot September 24, 2011 at 5:44 am

Does it have to be indust. machine? Would an older one like a singer 66 work? just curious.


Peggy September 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

Wow……………….. if I had a school like that available, I wouldn’t be homeschooling.


Erin September 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Thanks Ravenz — I don’t know — I’ll ask!

And Peggy, they’re making the “plans” for Brightworks-type schools open. You could start one! :-)


Erin September 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Lenore, thanks for the link to TechShop! (And I fixed the link)


BetsyV September 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Have you searched Craig’s List? There are always a few here in Boston.


Pffft September 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Is Brightworks accredited?


Megan September 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I also see ’em on SF craigslist a lot, but if I were you I would check out apparel city. They sell and repair industrials (and home machines. I love these guys, but nayy)

1330 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-6660


Rhonda Grice September 25, 2011 at 8:30 am

Have you tried looking on used sewing machines on eBay. They have stuff like that quite often.


Jeanne Marie September 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

Meissner’s in Sacramento is little far, but they have used industrial machines. They service as well.


SallyMay70 September 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Does anyone in the Dallas area need an industrial straight stitch? I have two I would give away (both need repair or maintainance).


Star September 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Another vote for Apparel City — I work for the SF Opera costume dept, and we get all our machines from them.


AbominableIcemomma September 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I know of an industrial pfaff my co-worker was trying to donate to a JC a few years ago but they never responded. It’s in great condition… I’m just not sure if they are still trying to find someone to take it. I won’t be able to find out until Wednesday but I’ll let you know when I do. It would be in the north bay though.


Erin September 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

Oh AbominableIcemomma, any information is much appreciated! Thanks!


Donna September 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

Check out local public high schools/votechs because they periodically update machines and get rid of their old, still very functional machines. Our Odyssey of the Mind team got a very nice heavy duty machine a couple of years back from our school district.
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Megan September 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

One more thought — did you list it on freecycle?


Ann V. September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I vote for an older, metal domestic machine. I worry about younger kids and a machine that could easily sew over their fingers (which I’ve known adults to do).


Jasmine Jazz September 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I also go with the older one :)


Shannon October 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

Are you still looking for a machine? I am looking to get rid of one:

Depending on what you are looking to use it for, this might work well. Let me know!


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