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Thread: Revco Reverser

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    Revco Reverser

    I forget who posted the patent info just a week or so about the Revco Reverser kit but last Monday we went to Indy on our way to Martinsville to pick up a Singer 66 with this aftermarket accessory on it.
    The machine is a 66-? That was probably a former treadle machine. Overall condition is decent, needing a lot of cleaning and oiling as well as a new slide plate.

    Here's some pics:
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    Love the rounded corners on this case. It's really compact compared to most full size cases. It will need a lot of cleaning and some joints glued, but it's in good shape otherwise.

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    You can see the Revco Reverser and the riveted badge that says Singer. And the non Singer knob on the top tension. I'll have to replace that.

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    Back side showing some of the botched wiring job, and the AC Delco motor. Who ever wired it ran the wires through a small hole in the machine bed, then up and between the edge of bed to the cord block. Really stupid. The wires are hard and there is a big taped splice just outside the motor body. I'll be rewiring both the light and motor. The cord block wires and the foot controller look to be good.

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    Here is the rebuilders decal. It's right below the motor boss. I'll have to be real careful with it when I clean the machine. I want it to stay put.
    Lawrence, IN is a suburb of Indianapolis. I suspect it's spent it's entire life in IN till I brought it to IL.
    The machine was stripped with what looks to be coarse sandpaper or a power sander. I tried to get pix of the paint but couldn't get the image I wanted. The original Singer badge was taped over, then the machine painted.
    None of the old decals remain and the only places the Singer name appears is the riveted plaque on the arm and the original badge.

    Once I get the machine disassembled and cleaned I'll take some detailed close up macro pix of the Revco Reverser from as many angles as I can. Perhaps taking pix of an unaltered 66 along side for comparison. From what I can see already, it's a very simple design.

    Joe

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    nice, thanks for sharing!

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    Neat to see one after seeing the previou post about the patent.

    You mentioned that you wanted to keep the tag from the guy that last serviced it and at first I thought "why?". Normally I would want to remove something like that. But on second look I see that it's a water-slide tag ... not paper. So yeah, I'd keep it. If it had been paper though I would have opted to remove it. How about you? Do you see those tags as preserving part of the machines history and therefore important??
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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    Sue,

    If it were just a service sticker I'd take them off. But the stickers and decals that tell where the machine has come from, or in this case rebuilt by is part of the machines history. So I do leave them if they are not in bad condition.
    A machine as old as this one is has a lot of history. We'll never know how many clothes it's sewed, or quilts, or drapery, or what ever else, but with this decal on it, we do know that at some time in it's history it was rebuilt and upgraded, by whom and where.

    Joe

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    The rounded corners makes it look like the baby is rocking in its cradle. Nice find. Now read my post and help me please. I know you have the answers. Thanks in advance.
    Kitsy

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    Kitsy,

    Been there, done that .... on your thread.

    Joe

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