Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara
Singer 6233 took its last stitch on August 15, 2013 and was pronounced “not worth fixing” on August 22, 2013. This well-loved machine was a gift on October 3, 1985 and has had a very useful life.
Among its accomplishments are the creation of a student teaching wardrobe, various curtains and appliance covers and many mending jobs. It also happily made baby clothes and matching dresses for young girls. These same girls later learned to sew on this Singer.
Through the years, my trusty Singer 6233 made an official Star Trek costume, an elephant, six fluorescent jackets for a Christmas Pageant, a bridesmaid dress and multiple prom dresses.
This machine lovingly created several family Christmas outfits. Most recently, it made tote bags out of chicken feed sacks.
Singer 6233 travelled extensively starting out in Houston, moving to Denton, Canton, Mexico City and ending up in Bryan, Texas.
The store was just going to throw it in the dumpster (after I left, of course) so I brought it home for a proper burial.
It will be hard to replace my Singer 6322. They just don’t make them like that anymore. The sales lady promised to work with me to learn a new machine. I am skeptical.
For now, I will let sewing rest and mourn my loss.
So maybe you can tell me if model 6233 is a low shank, high shank or slant shank machine. I have some special presser feet I’d like to order but I need to know if it’s a low shank, high shank or slant shank machine. Thank you for any help you can give me.
I have a singer 6233 for sale. I bought it at the estate sale of a dear friend who was giving up her home to move into assisted living. I didn’t need a sewing machine because I had a rather new Sophia Baby Lock, but Connie needed the money. Sara if you were unable to find one like yours let me know. Connie’s was well loved and I’ve kept the cover on it since I bought it.
Donna, Thanks for the suggestion. I’m willing to try anything at this point. I haven’t had much time for sewing during October as we chaperone the marching band and there are football games and marching contests every weekend. I look forward to pulling Singer back out and trying to revive her. I’ve had other suggestions as to where to get parts so I’m hopeful I can get at least a few more chicken bags from her.
aah well, mine is on life support. it has slowed down, and barely can make a stitch without a struggle. it has developed a new symptom now where the needle moves and the thread jams below the plate. I have never taken her to the doctor fearing the worst. Did you ever try to oil yours? I would like to to see if it would help but I am afraid I may cause major damage. It also refuses to follow the four step button hole process – it straight stitch instead of zigzag….. I hate to part with it… it was my first love. I will continue to use her until her heart is no longer in it. sigh
Thank you for your kind words. I too hope that my life will be long and useful.
Your Singer lived a long and useful life. Would that could be said about any of us at the end. Mourn your loss and move forward. That is what it would have you do.