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Thread: Help with identity crisis!

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    Help with identity crisis!

    My Mom bought me this beauty MANY years ago, and I was never interested enough to even really look at it.
    Things are different now, does anyone know where I start? Do I need to take it to be checked out, oiled, whatever?
    I know Nothing about vintage machines.....
    Thanks
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    Kathy

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    You have a Singer Sphinx, probably a 66? (I'm not the best at identifying models by sight). If you look at the base you will see a serial number on a brass plate. That will give us the info to date and properly identify your machine. It's in a treadle cabinet. Can you show us photos of the cabinet? This is one of the more common Singer designs but she's still pretty! Looks like she was pretty well taken care of, too. I bet with a little cleaning and oil she'll be running in no time!

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    Looks like a Singer 128. If you could provide the serial number then we could nail the date. Nice machine with Vibrating Shuttle. It is a full size machine. My guess 1910-1920

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    Kathy,

    It looks to be a Singer Model 127; full size machine, bobbin winder up high . They are fairly easy to clean and lube if they have not got a 100 years or so of old gummed up oil in and under them.

    Go here to date the machine: { http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...-database.html }

    Go here to get a free .pdf downloadable owners manual: { http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals }

    Bobbins are still available from Sew-Classic and I think Singer too. At least I've seen them in Singer blister packs.

    Suggest Tri-Flow oil as it penetrates, cleans and lubes better than regular oil.

    Joe

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    Joe's Right....127

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    She's a beauty!

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    Thanks everyone. Serial # is g6643959. According to chart from Joe it is a Singer 15. Mfgd in 1910. Thanks so much for all your help. I will try to get some Tri-Flow oil & see how s
    he does!!!

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    Kathy,

    You have a beautiful machine.

    It is very easy to stop reading the G chart at the six number area. Your serial number has seven numbers. You will find farther down the G chart that you have a 127 from Jan 9, 1919. This machine was made in St. Jean, Quebec.

    Cathy
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    oh you are right, my bad. Thanks Cathy! Only 25k of them were made in 1919!
    Kathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy Fitchner View Post
    Thanks everyone. Serial # is g6643959. According to chart from Joe it is a Singer 15. Mfgd in 1910.
    Singer Model 15s or Model 15 clones have the tensioneer at the end of the machine, not on the front. I believe this is a Singer 127. I have one like it and used it to make quilts near the window when we lost electricity.

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