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    Senior Member shirleyd's Avatar
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    Help to identify older Singer Sewing machine

    Can anyone help me ID this old sewing machine? It was given to my daughter by a friend moving away. It doesn't have the electric cord so I couldn't try it out. I hunted all over for a serial or model number with no success. There was a list of patent numbers on the bottom of front. I'm wondering if the machine has any value and is worth acquiring a new electric cord. Thanks so much for any help anyone can give me; I know there's lots of very knowledgeable folks out there on the quilting board!!Name:  100_2449.JPG
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Size:  637.5 KB It's in a cabinet. The third pic says "This sewing machine has exclusive features which are manufactured under issued and pending United States patents, including one or more of the following patents: [16 numbers from 2.394.510 to 2.833.235 and D-180.373]. The Singer Manufacturing Company, Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA".
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    Looks like a Singer 404 straight stich to me. The serial Number is stamped under the bed on the left. If a 404 it is a good heavy duty machine.
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    Isn't there a number right above the Stitch length knob? I wouldn't let it get away.

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    Looking at the styling, it's in the 400 series. Sorry, I can't get closer than that. It looks like it's straight stitch only. People like them but as far as money value goes that's always a hard thing to do. I tend to be on the cheap side. If I really loved the machine and it was in good shape maybe up to $100. To me, around $50 would be more realistic. As much as we love them here there isn't a huge market for used sewing machines. Also keep in mind prices vary a lot by region. Your market may be far different than mine. You can try to find completed listings for similar machines on Ebay to see what they're really selling for. Local sales usually bring a bit less.
    I hope this helps,
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    EDIT: There were a few replies while I was typing.
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    Is it worth fixing? Yes. Sew-Classic.com can probably help with the cord. The 400 series seems to have a good reputation. It should be a good machine for your daughter.
    Rodney
    "Neglect to oil the machine will shorten its life and cause you

    trouble and annoyance" Quote from Singer Model 99 Manual

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    Thanks for the input. I will look in the place mentioned for the serial number, thanks, Ken. Gosh, I can't believe there's a no. right above the stitch length knob and I didn't see it. The machine is at my daughter's so I'll have her look for it. Also appreciate Rodney's expertise and possible value. I'll check on how expensive the cord it. Sounds like it may be worth the cost. It appears to be in good condition (cosmetically) and the wheel turns by hand freely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shirleyd View Post
    I'll check on how expensive the cord it. Sounds like it may be worth the cost. It appears to be in good condition (cosmetically) and the wheel turns by hand freely.
    CORD can be had at Sew-Classic for less than $7 so it's totally worth it. does it has the foot controller ?

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    It might have a knee controller.
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singerguy View Post
    CORD can be had at Sew-Classic for less than $7 so it's totally worth it. does it has the foot controller ?
    I called my daughter and she looked at the top of the stitch length knob and sure enough, it says 404! Then she looked at the left end of the bed, and sure enough, there's the serial no! I blame it on my old age and failing eyesight ! Oh and bad lighting. But anyway, it is just missing the cord. It has a knee control on the cabinet that has the wiring. I have looked on Sew-Classic.com and should find it with no problem. Thanks so much!
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    A foot control and cord will run $25.00 at this web site. http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sin...ine-parts.aspx You can search for one at thrift stores or check with sewing machine shops to see if they have a used one. I go this way myself and usually pay $3 to $10 for a controller and cord. I forgot to mention that the serial number under the left end of the plate is stamped in the paint and hard to see. It more than likely starts with two letters followed by six numbers. These machines are great for quilt piecing, and heavy duty sewing. If you have room it is a keeper.
    Ken

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