I have frequented blogs of other sewing machine aficionados online and appear to have found that I am not the only one that, at one time or another, has had an almost compulsive desire to buy practically any used sewing machine at the local thrift store. Here are a few sites I have bookmarked (hope they don't mind me putting their web addresses here):
And there are more. Plus all the Yahoo! groups. I think I've subscribed to 10 of them (ok, 13, but who's counting).
I'm sure that most people that visit this site have heard of Ed Lamoureux (Lamx), who penned the famous Phases post back in 2010 (actually 10 years prior, but posted in his blog in 2010):
I've been at this hobby for a good 5 years or more and am currently at Phase 4 (as of Jan 2, 2013) of his Phases list, although I do purchase newer machines if I think I can get my money out of them on Craigslist. I don't really have a cutoff date per se, as mentioned in Mr Lamx's post. And I still buy pretty much any brand if the price is right. I'm at the stage now though that the price for some machines had better be in the single digits before I entertain the idea of purchasing. But I've also gone as high as $150 on a machine (so far, and that doesn't count the Baby Lock embroidery machine the spousal unit picked up a few years back). Wifey does not mind too much though, since sewing machines are a far cry cheaper than my previous hobby of buying and selling mechanical watches, and both cheaper and easier to store than my previous hobby of old tractors.
Sewing machines are the perfect hobby to a tinkerer such as myself, and I am almost breaking even with purchases and sales. Of course, the amount I make for fixing/selling a machine is usually barely in the range to buy a gallon of gas, but I'm not doing this to make money.
I also have a YouTube channel in the following link that has allowed me to show how some of these old machines operate.
Bye for now.