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« on: November 12, 2013 03:35:58 PM »

I have just upgraded my sewing machine, and now must deal with two very dead machines.  It feels completely wrong to be chucking them out, even though I know one of them is completely beyond repair.  Any suggestions as to the most appropriate place for them? 


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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013 03:38:29 PM »

offer it on freecycle for spares?

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013 06:53:13 AM »

Mine are down the basement... I suppose someday my kids will be left with that problem. 

We live in a rural area and my parents have a farm out in the country and my dad keeps a pit open for larger things that don't burn.   They keep a burn barrel for regular trash like most farmers around here.   So we have tossed old unwanted items into that pit from time to time that we don't know how else to dispose of.  Then it gets buried when it's full and a new one started.  Which can take several years!   I guess it would be similar to the landfill on a much much much smaller scale.   But lots of local places have a city dump where you can take things.  I think here they charge by the truckload so that wouldn't be worth it to take out for two machines.   I think a lot of people also bury them in their trash bins so they are taken away with the weeks trash.  You may want to consider something like that for the one that is beyond repair.  But for the one that may be repaired or still used.... perhaps giving it away to someone who will have a use for it would be a good idea.  There are lots of places now that communities have set up to advertise such items to your local area. 

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013 11:11:43 PM »

List as a free or only a small fee for parts on craigslist or something like that.  OR at a yard sale. 

Do any local sewing shops take trade ins?  They might be able to use parts or something. 

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2013 10:58:04 AM »

Are they older machines, from the 1980s or before?  They can be valuable for their lovely metal parts, and are often worth fixing.
Confession:  I have 4 in my garage, one that I've had since it was new, one that provides parts for the first one, and two that I got on Freecycle to learn to fix machines.  One is now working and promised to another freecycler, the other...well, maybe I'll get to is someday.

Newer machines have plastic/nylon parts that wear out after a decade or so.  It would cost more to fix them than to buy a comparable new machine.  I would (and did) harvest the easily removable metal parts, and take the rest to the dump.

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014 08:30:37 AM »

I seem to hoard dead machines in my basement...

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