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Thread: Need to know what machine I bought.

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    SMR
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    Red face Need to know what machine I bought.

    Last week I went to the Salvation Army store and they had an old small head Singer--green in color. I passed on it then and when I went back today it was still there so I decided fates wanted me to have it. The only number I can find stamped on the head is EV77Q 863. It also says that it was manufactured in Great Britan. It was only $14.99 in a small cabinet and wiring looks good, light works and foot control works. I just barely tested it in store just to see if worked and now need to clean it up.
    Thankful to still be here.Someone upstairs must still have a plan for me.

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    It might be a 185, which were from late 50's through early 60's, so still all steel. It should be in a plastic base the same color green, and they came with a cover that was also green. That's my best guess. I haven't looked up the serial number you showed yet...although it looks a little strange to be honest. I'll try looking it up next and come back and post.

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    OK...here's the info

    EV- 721489 771488 285K 50000 February 6 1964

    So, 285K is the model, which the K means it was made in Great Britain.
    Last edited by jljack; 12-15-2011 at 03:26 PM.

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    Thanks for the information. Since it is in a cabinet I don't know what the case may have looked like. I thought the number looked weird too but that's what it says. Definitely all steel because it is very heavy for it's size. I'll try to post a picture soon.
    Thankful to still be here.Someone upstairs must still have a plan for me.

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    That cabinet is worth more than the machine. Those 285 machines weren't much good - the 185 is good and That cabinet will fit a Singer 99, a Singer 185 or a Singer Spartan - kind of hard to find cabinets to fit those. Nice find. http://www.free-guitar-tablature.com/Singer285J.html
    Last edited by miriam; 12-15-2011 at 05:41 PM.
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    Miriam, thanks for that educational link!! Very interesting!

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    I have this machine but as a portable in the green plastic case and yes, it is heavy. I got mine a number of years and recently did a search on it. Turns out they are not well thought of and are noisy. However, I oiled and lubed mine and then used it to sew patches on a boat cover. Worked like a charm chugging through several layers of tough fabric. Heavy duty machine for sure. Good luck with yours.

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