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Thread: Can you help me identify this machine please??

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    I would say $50 is more than fair in that condition! Make sure you can really check it out first. That wiring is old, so look for breaks, bare spots, etc.

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    Super Member Charlee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    Is that what that white fabric looking thing is near the top of the needle?? Thanks for you help.
    Yes. It was common to wrap a piece of thick wool around the arm of the machine to use as a pin cushion. It's the cause of a lot of decal and paint damage to these old girls...
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    I paid $35 for my 128 that is in far better condition than the one pictured. I haven't sewn on it other than at the seller's house to make sure it worked, so I can't address the noise issue.

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    If it is what you want, go for it, beauty is in the eye of the beholder/user! Clean it up and use it for awhile if you end up not being happy, I am sure you will make some other "sewing mechanic" super happy. Good Luck on your adventure.
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    I recently got one of these. Singer 128-23 to be exact. Evidently the 23 relates the wrinkle finish. She is 3/4 size machine, but full in weight!! You will not be taking her to a workshop unless you have been lifting weights recently. Mine has horrible looking wires, and I'm making mine into a hand crank.
    Only you can decide if the machine is worth your time and trouble. Good Luck.
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    Maybe I will offer her $35 and see if she bites. I found out today she has been trying to sell it for months and months and has had no bites. If I can get it for the right price DH and I can work on fixing her up.

    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I paid $35 for my 128 that is in far better condition than the one pictured. I haven't sewn on it other than at the seller's house to make sure it worked, so I can't address the noise issue.

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    Offer $25. Maybe where you live it is worth more, but I know that here, nobody would pay very much for a machine of that vintage.

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    Yes, it was common to wrap fabric around the machine for a pin cushion. If you go and look at the machine turn the wheel and see if it turns easily. If it doesn't it may need a good oiling. Also, check the wiring very closely to make sure it is in good condition, no breaks or exposed wires. If the wiring looks OK, ask her to plug it in and run it. I think that the price is a little high though. I agree with Charlee, 50 or 60 dollars would be the most I would give for it.
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    I think you have received some very good advice here. If you offer a low price, you can always go up if needed. Be sure to take a sewing machine needle with you when you go to try it out. It may not have one in it. I keep a machine needle, 2 small spools of thread, one for bobbin and one for top thread to check the tension, and a small pair of scissors in my purse. You never know when you just might see a machine you want to try out. Good luck, and let us know how you come out on the machine. (I'm a former Michigander, as they used to call it.)

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    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
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    The case looks OK but the machine is not worth nearly as much as they ask. I would hold out for a machine with a reverse and in better condition. Also it seems the crinkle finnish is usually run cheaper and not as desired. Maybe look for a near mint singer 15-91. In our area I see those occasionally for $45-$125 in cabinet.
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