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Thread: Singer 185 info please

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    As I learn more about vintage machines, I am intrigued by the Singer 185. I think they are cute! The little green machine, lol. They do not seem to have much value as they can be picked up very reasonably, but in their case they would seem to be another great machine to take to classes, retreats, etc. What is the general opinion from the quilting/sewing/machine collecting world on these machines? Thanks!

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    I have one and it's a powerful, smaller, 3/4 size machine. Though still heavy. It wouldn't be a great machine to take to classes as it's a straight stitch only. It would limit you to piecing and quilting ONLY....no stitches for applique etc. And the throat is small for FMQ...so, they do great for piecing and quilting but again remember you're very limited for class techniques if you don't at least have a zig zag.

    As for not worth much, if you see a low priced one grab it. They tend to fetch a high price. They are very collectible.

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    My sister has two of these little green machines and she absolutely loves them! She is extremely pleased with the lovely straight stitch it makes, along with the fact that it is so powerful for such a small machine. The manual is available as a download.

    They are heavy, though, so you'll build up some muscle if you're toting one to classes.

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    I have two of them and love the stitch they make. They are heavy so they do not vibrate off the table. They are very fast.

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    Thank you for your responses. Now, what do you consider a good price? There is one listed now on ebay for around $50.00.

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    I have had 6 or 8 of them run through my hands and I really like them, but they are a heavy machine! I like them because they are easy to use, parts are readily available and they are a really good looking machine. I have converted one of mine to a Handcrank and I have one I will use in a treadle. It is a 3/4 machine so if you do put it in a treadle or cabinet find a 3/4 treadle or a 99 cabinet (super rare) or make and adapter plate for the existing cabinet.

    For one that needs servicing I would not pay more than $30 but it should all be there. Be careful of the original green case, they will rot through the years and if you pick it up by the handle the machine might fall out of the bottom. A good case is really getting harder to find with these machines, and sometime the case is worth more than the machine.

    Here is a repaint I did for a little girl last year for Christmas....

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    double post :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    Billy, thanks so much for the info. I love the pink machine! So glad to hear from you, too. I've heard you have not been feeling well. It's nice to see you on here!

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    Billy,

    It is so wonderful to see you posting!!!! I love that pink machine! If I ever get lucky and run across one, I will get it and send it to you for a paint job like this one. Pink is my favorite color and to have a pink machine would be awesome.

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    I bought one a few weeks ago, but haven't had time to do more than wipe it off and sew a few seams. The machine was very clean, so I didn't have to do much cleaning. The case was pretty dirty, but it was in good shape.

    The machine makes a very nice stitch, and it doesn't make a lot of noise. I think this is a nice machine, and I can't wait to break it in.

    I haven't found a free manual yet. If anyone knows where I can find one, please point me in the right direction.

    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing
    I bought one a few weeks ago, but haven't had time to do more than wipe it off and sew a few seams. The machine was very clean, so I didn't have to do much cleaning. The case was pretty dirty, but it was in good shape.

    The machine makes a very nice stitch, and it doesn't make a lot of noise. I think this is a nice machine, and I can't wait to break it in.

    I haven't found a free manual yet. If anyone knows where I can find one, please point me in the right direction.

    Darren
    Here you go!

    http://www.singerco.com/uploads/down...0683e7eb6e.pdf

    I love my little green Kermie! Its just my 99, only all dressed up in green overalls! I am partial, however to Billys Pretty in Pink model!
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    Deplaylady -

    Thank you so much! I thought I had scoured the Singer site, and all the manuals I found on other sites were for purchase. I thought there was surely a freebie out there and I hated to pay $12 or $15 for one.

    Your machine is in great shape. Mine looks hardly used also. I thought it was unusual that such an old machine was so pristine, but hopefully I'll break it in soon. I haven't posted pictures yet; I need to do that.

    Thanks again!

    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing
    I bought one a few weeks ago, but haven't had time to do more than wipe it off and sew a few seams. The machine was very clean, so I didn't have to do much cleaning. The case was pretty dirty, but it was in good shape.

    The machine makes a very nice stitch, and it doesn't make a lot of noise. I think this is a nice machine, and I can't wait to break it in.

    I haven't found a free manual yet. If anyone knows where I can find one, please point me in the right direction.

    Darren

    Google it, there are free threading and bobbin directions on the net:>

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    Here is a Singer 185K that I converted to hand crank a while back. We called it “Pistachio” because that’s the name of the paint color that I used to repaint the crank. It’s not an exact match, but was better than the original black.

    We took it to a TOGA to play with it, and it ended up going home with another lady.

    CD in Oklahoma

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    Wow that would be an awesome gift for my daughter.... maybe in purple? Do you do that ?
    I have a Singer 185 and I love it! is so smooth yet fast ...this looks really cute! Irresistible for a girl.

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