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Thread: Identifying Singer 128

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    Identifying Singer 128

    I have recently located my grandmother's Singer sewing machine with a cousin in another state. We both learned to sew on this machine as young girls. I would like to locate and purchase a machine like it. She hasn't sent me pictures but has given me the Serial # AH168407 and the motor is a BZ9. It is in a bentwood case and is the matte black crinkle finish (I think it is referred to as "Godzilla"). According to the serial number it is a 128 made in 1947 in Elizabeth, NJ and has a vibrating shuttle. I found some info in an Adjuster's Manual on the singer website that said the 128-23 has the BZ9 motor. Is there any reason I should think it is not a 128-23? I would love to find one in good condition. Any recommendations?

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    Is that something like what you are looking for? I have two.
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    From all the descriptions she has given me over the phone, and from my fuzzy childhood memory, this is what I think it is - except that it is electric. I really don't know what else it could be with the serial number, motor number and knowing it is a matte finish. Tell me what to look for and something about their operation.

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    They are nice little 3/4 size machines. All mechanical, easy to use when you learn how. Get a manual and study it so you know what you are looking at. Muv has info on the long bobbin machines on her site and she has videos on the sticky notesL HOW TO CLEAN UP and use a vintage sewing machine - videos by Muv and Fav
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    http://www.lizzielenard-vintagesewing.blogspot.co.uk

    Some times you can see them on CL for sale.
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/art/3750339004.html

    You can find manuals at singerco.com and then look for manuals.
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    Lookis just like mine. I made mine a hand crank also. So no you can call her a 128-23. have fun with her!
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    It's too bad you are so far away. I have one for sale for $35 (e machine, not HC). I could never pack that little boat anchor so that it would arrive safely with the bentwood case. If my son is ever sent that way, I'll let you know.

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    I love my 128s! I have 2 - and plain one with celtic knots (I think) and a La Vencedora. Both sew fantastic - both are handcranks.

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    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/3740961015.html
    I have no trouble finding them on CL
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