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Thread: Singer 96-87 Vintage Industrial...Please help if you can

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    Singer 96-87 Vintage Industrial...Please help if you can

    Hi! I''ve inherited a Singer machine and can't seem to find a lot of info on it. I know it's an industrial model, but that's about it. Any knowledge anyone could share would be most appreciated!
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    Here is a link for the instruction manual. The manual tells you what this machine is used for.
    http://parts.singerco.com/IPinstManuals/96-87_107.pdf

    Hope this helps,
    Cathy




    Quote Originally Posted by jnorman View Post
    Hi! I''ve inherited a Singer machine and can't seem to find a lot of info on it. I know it's an industrial model, but that's about it. I'm really looking to sell it, so its not sitting in the garage collecting dust, but I have no idea how much its worth, or where to even advertise it. Any knowledge anyone could share would be most appreciated!
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Thank you Cathy

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    Those industrial machines are not worth very much - lots on CL - a lot of business went to China so the machines are all over the place - price $100 and up depending on what the machine is set up to do - if it is straight sew - you are at $100. Some people claim those ss machines sew leather and try to ask more money. Then the buyer wakes up and finds out he should have bought a walking foot sewing machine. A walking foot sewing machine goes for more because there is actually a demand.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Miriam, please splain walking foot machine. I am lost. I have singer walking feet for some of my little machines, is that what you mean? Had chance to bring home a treadle industrial machine last summer but declined due to space shortage.
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    A walking foot is a special type of machine. The foot has two pieces. The material is always being moved through the machine. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sailrite-LSZ...-/110970290157 here is some sewing machine with one - scroll down to see the foot - it looks like 3 toes the middle one and then on each side of it The foot moves pulling fabric through as well as the feed dogs. Not good for FM...
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    Thanks, have walking feet for couple of my machines but never used them. Someday may get brave.
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    Miriam - would a walking foot be prefered to a compound feed (needle and feed dogs)? I still have my eye on an older Singer compound feed industrial machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    Miriam - would a walking foot be prefered to a compound feed (needle and feed dogs)? I still have my eye on an older Singer compound feed industrial machine.
    I don't know the correct terms but it sounds like it might be the same or similar. There is also a needle feed - some of the Davis machines work that way. I've not used one of them. They do have a better ability to evenly feed layers of fabric through a machine. I had a couple nice walking foot sewing machines when I had my tent making business. Other than the foot they are just a sewing machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I don't know the correct terms but it sounds like it might be the same or similar. There is also a needle feed - some of the Davis machines work that way. I've not used one of them. They do have a better ability to evenly feed layers of fabric through a machine. I had a couple nice walking foot sewing machines when I had my tent making business. Other than the foot they are just a sewing machine.
    Here's the literature I've been able to find on the 21w180:
    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...ines/SIL/0029/

    Sounds like a combination of the Davis vertical feed and a normal feed dog feed.

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