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An old sewing machine at a thrift store

You stumble upon an old sewing machine at a thrift store. What happens next? This is a creative writing prompt.

An old sewing machine at a thrift store

You stumble upon an old sewing machine at a thrift store. What happens next? This is a creative writing prompt.
Some of the old sewing machines I have came across at thrift stores

I usually find them at Karm Thrift stores, however, they price them at almost brand new prices. (Note: most of their items I believe are over priced – in rare cases you’ll find decent prices on items). KARM is short for Knox Area Rescue Ministries.

I have even saw some antique sewing machines and some still with their cabinet desk. Above are some of the finds at various thrift stores. Plus, I share some on social media too: SteveSews2

Anyways … I often will look at it. I might admire it. In some cases, I might test it out. (If you are looking for one, be sure to keep thread and needles handy. Maybe even spare bobbins, so you can test it)

I just let stay there, but I have posted it on my social media so others will see and maybe régime that old sewing machine.

My first sewing machine came from a thrift store, The Masked Bandit.

You can often find all kinds of other sewing items at thrift shops like fabric, notions and more.

See my TikTok video on this sewing thrift store finds.

Things to consider before purchasing a thrift store sewing machine

Old and antique sewing machines can often be found at thrift stores. These machines can be a great find for those who are interested in sewing, collectibles, or vintage items. However, it’s important to keep in mind a few things when shopping for sewing machines at thrift stores:

  1. Check the condition of the machine: Before purchasing an old sewing machine, it’s important to check its condition. Look for any damage or missing parts.
  2. Research the machine: If you’re interested in purchasing an antique sewing machine, it’s a good idea to research the model online to learn more about its history and value. This can help you make a more informed decision about whether or not to purchase the machine.
  3. Consider the cost: While old sewing machines can be a great find, they may also be quite expensive. Be sure to check the price tag and compare it to the market value of the machine before making a purchase.
  4. Check the return policy: Some thrift stores may not allow returns on certain items, so be sure to check the return policy before making a purchase. If the machine is damaged or not working properly, you’ll want to be able to return it for a refund or exchange.
  5. Test it: Bring thread, needles and bobbins and test it out, most thrift shops have testing areas as those thrift stores may allow you to test the machine before purchasing.

Overall, shopping for old and antique sewing machines at thrift stores can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s important to do your research and consider the condition and cost of the machine before making a purchase.

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