YSaC, Vol. 1790: Betsy Ross Decides to Kick Some Ass

2014 December 3

If ever there was a time for the “this can only end badly” tag, it’s here:

Vintage Sew Machine

Please see the required phone call info posted below–NO TEXT–NO EMAIL:
For sale here is a Most Excellent Vintage sewing machine from Sears Roebuck & Co…This Kenmore machine was built when they still built GOOD sew machines ,is VERY heavy duty cast iron in a nice well built, solid wood , dove tail [Cherry I think], cabinet with knee control..looks to be very little used and comes with the original operator manual also in as-new condition ,and drawers full of attachments for this machine–A give away @ $150, and I might take some ammunition reloading equipment as trade.. Loosing my eyesight & threading needles is a real project..

Right. You’re going blind, so you’re not interested in sewing. So what hobby are you turning to instead? SHOOTING?!?

If you need me, I’ll just be hiding over here in Newfoundland.

Thanks for the post, Gina!

19 Responses leave one →
  1. 2014 December 3
    CapnMac permalink

    Spark’ was pretty specific about wanting reloading components. So, ot may not be shooting we ought worry about so much, it’s that Spark’ wants to make ammunition.
    There’s an entire world of enthusiast reloaders out there. Specifications run to thousandths (0.001) of inches; powder loads are measured to the grain (1/7000 pound)–the sorts of dimensions one needs fine eyesight to read on scales and micrometers.
    Marvin the Martian might hear the “big kaboom” he was expecting.

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    • 2014 December 3
      Brer Fox permalink

      Maybe it’ll be okay.
      Maybe he wants to reload howitzer ammo.
      Maybe he can see that.
      Maybe he’s a Fratelli.

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  2. 2014 December 3

    Sew, sew, sew machine
    In your trading scheme.
    What’s that you’ll say you’ll trade it for?
    No, let this be a dream.

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  3. 2014 December 3
    MissMommyNiceNice permalink

    [sewing corey]
    If this machine is what she says it is, this is a give away, especially if she has the “like new” manual. Seamstresses be crazy about that sort of thing. [/sewing corey]

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  4. 2014 December 3
    Ralph permalink

    Sparky is “loosing” her eyesight, not losing it. It’s a real challenge for the Eye of Sauron to concentrate on a needle.

    Either that or she doesn’t want to wear reading glasses, which are not (usually) necessary for shooting.

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  5. 2014 December 3
    Yancy permalink

    Last week’s MUCH INVESTED ad used up almost all of the periods allotted by Craig. Sad this person misused his/her severely shortened budget of periods incorrectly.

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  6. 2014 December 3
    Demon Duck of Doom permalink

    I dunno, sewing machines can be pretty dangerous all by themselves.

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  7. 2014 December 3
    Ninja Chow permalink

    [true story] There was a news item a few years back about a blind man appealing to have his hunting license returned (local authorities had revoked it). He took it all the way to the supreme court, where he lost. The best part of the story though was this line: “As usual, the supreme court did not give a reason for their decision.” [/true story]

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    • 2014 December 3
      Ralph permalink

      He was in the wrong state.

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      • 2014 December 3
        Ninja Chow permalink

        My guy was in Canada, we don’t take the right to gun ownership quite as seriously as you do in the USA. Apparently up here you have to be able to visually identify the animal before you shoot it. And quite frankly if you are so blind you can’t see a moose, I good with you not being armed.

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    • 2014 December 5
      Lou Stool permalink

      Where do you hide from a blind man with a gun? How do you make a noise that’s not like a deer?

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  8. 2014 December 3
    HamCan permalink

    *Knock Knock*

    Me: Hi Sparky, I’m here to trade my reloading supplies for your “sew machine”
    *Hands Sparky a large box of marshmallows*

    *Sparky looks in box*
    Sparky: Perfect, just what I needed!

    Me: You really can’t see much can you?

    Sparky: No, not much at all…Here is the Kenmore.

    Me: But…That looks like your grandfather!

    *Sparky knees the old man and he starts sewing*

    Sparky: See its a sew machine! Knee switch works too, solid cast iron, heavy as hell!

    Me: Here try these glasses on…

    Sparky: OH SH!T!! What did I send to the old folks home last year?

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  9. 2014 December 3
    SilvaNoir permalink

    I have relatives who have been looking for that kind of sewing machine -with the foot pedal- like my grandma used to have… and I thought, “what’s so bad about this post?” And then I got to the end of it. Yipes.

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  10. 2014 December 4
    Irregular Fractal permalink

    Was this perhaps posted near Calumet City? I hear Ray’s looking for someone to take over the Music Exchange.

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  11. 2014 December 4
    Meg permalink

    Can someone help me out please?
    Is Sears Roebuck & Co. a good outfit?
    I need to know because the last thing I bought on Craigslist came from Rube Goldberg & Co.

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    • 2014 December 4
      Ralph permalink

      There’s an old story about a guy whose wife sent him to Cox’s to buy a seersucker suit, but he went to Sears.

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  12. 2014 December 4

    kelli, Dave, ass animals, and, uh, Dave. Punchity Punch Punch!

    Dang, I need to hire an ass istant.

    Good Afternoon, Sew n sews!

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    • 2014 December 5
      nojazzhere permalink

      Wow!! This deja vu thing is getting serious!….I must be getting old.

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      • 2014 December 5

        Wow!! This deja vu thing is getting serious!….I must be getting old.

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