We took a trip south today to meet up with forum member Hedy and her husband Leroy. For the life of me I can't remember her forum name so I hope she forgives me.
She had picked up a box of Singer top hat cams for us in New Mexico on her last trip. A Singer 500 that was / is not in the best of condition came with the box of cams. We've been trying to finish our set of top hat cams buy getting a number "O" cam. Our 401 doesn't need it, but it finishes the set. The box of cams she got for us had a "0" cam. Now our set is complete.
We also picked up a Singer 185K the green one Serial # JD 751766. The owners manual was dated 1958 but I can't date it due to ISMACs not having a JD section in their charts. Can someone point me to a link that does have dates for the JD prefix serial numbers?
It's in pretty decent condition but will need some tinkering and TLC. The light fixture was pretty well burnt, someone had put a 40 W bulb in it. I put a 10W in and that fixed that. I'll have to work on the case and top and bottom tensions before we can use it. I won't have much cleaning to do though as it's really pretty clean.
The other machine we picked up is a Singer 127, Serial # G 7056708, 1 of 50,000 allotted 5-23-19. It has what's left of the Sphinx decals on it. It has a Chinese hand crank attached to it and just fascinated me. So it came home with us too. It's pretty dirty all the way through and my luck is holding strong, the tensions are out of whack too.
So even though I have no business bringing any more machines home I can't help myself. But I wasn't alone and my wife wanted the 185K so it's partially her fault.
I don't have any pics of them yet. That will have to come later. And I'll get some of the tensions for you Miriam.