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From: Sewhappie
Date: 04-18-2007, 01:20 AM (1 of 9)
Check out the prices in 1970!!!!!!
User: Sewhappie
Member since: 10-27-2001
Total posts: 1427
From: PaulineG
Date: 04-18-2007, 02:24 AM (2 of 9)
Fantastic find! There are probably a few of us out there who still have machines the same or similar.

I thought the price was pretty high actually. When you compare incomes between then and now to machine prices it comes out expensive. Although I guess that machine was probably state of the art.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: lendube
Date: 04-18-2007, 01:41 PM (3 of 9)
That was fun. Thanks for that.

My good, basic Singer was $238.00 in March of 1977. I still have the receipt. It was a gift from my parents.

I think that's incredibly expensive at that time for a sewing machine. To put it in perspective, I got married and bought a house a year later and our house payment was $748.00 per month. :re:

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: Magot
Date: 04-18-2007, 02:36 PM (4 of 9)
Anybody buying me a Singer Vacuum cleaner for Christmas better watch out!

I got my first Singer for 25 in the mid 70's. It was a classic hand cranked Black and Gold goes forward only machine. Now my daughter has one the same which she bought from a charity shop for 30. Some prices just haven't really changed!!!
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: lendube
Date: 04-18-2007, 08:11 PM (5 of 9)
My Mom and I flew to Holland from Oregon in 1957. I was one so I was cheaper but the fare was $750.00 round trip. My parents had to take out a loan. It was a promise my Dad made to my Mom to get her to immigrate. We stayed in Holland for 6 months.

My point is that you can still find fares to Holland from the west coast for less than $700.00 sometimes 50 dang years later! :shock:

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: Bama
Date: 04-18-2007, 11:03 PM (6 of 9)
My husband's parents recently asked him to pick up a new TV for them. My FIL went on and on about how much more televisions cost him when they first came out compared to what you pay for them now.
I remember the first VCR my mom bought when I was a teenager. It cost a few hundred dollars. Now you can find one for $40.

I love the commercial!
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: Sewhappie
Date: 04-19-2007, 10:55 AM (7 of 9)
We still have the first Microwave Oven that we ever bought, and it still works great. But we PAID out the ARM for it back then!!!!!! I think we got it about a year after they came out with them on the market. Now you can pick them up for dirt cheap and in ALL different sizes too!!!
User: Sewhappie
Member since: 10-27-2001
Total posts: 1427
From: Pcat
Date: 04-19-2007, 11:45 PM (8 of 9)
I have that machine! My parents gave it to me for my high school graduation. It still runs, although it has been relegated to "senior status" and I only use it occasionally. But it was my one and only for over 30 years! It is still in its original wood cabinet (that I got for a bridal shower gift).

I don't know what it cost, but in 1974 I was making about $2.00/hour working in an office. And my rent was $165 a month (in Chicago).

Excuse me, I have to go inspect my bags and wrinkles now....

User: Pcat
Member since: 04-17-2007
Total posts: 20
From: SummersEchos
Date: 04-20-2007, 12:01 AM (9 of 9)
The gold ole days. I remember that machine and it was something to drool about. My kids just sit and go gas was how much when you were in school mom? But they of course do not put in how much we made at the time.
The good ole days.

User: SummersEchos
Member since: 09-29-2004
Total posts: 884
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