Found a Vintage Singer?

Old 10-25-2016, 11:20 AM
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I tried to post this earlier but do not see it online. If this is a duplicate, I apologize. I have found a very old looking, faded, weary Singer at my Mom's place. I have taken a picture and am reading about posting a pic on here. But, I am awful with technology so, I am just going to give out the info that I have and maybe someone can ID this find. In her day, this old machine was heavily decaled or painted. I did find the metal plate with the following numbers:
GOO82927. Anyone have any idea what model or year this would be? Thanks, Brenda
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Old 10-25-2016, 11:31 AM
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Model 27 allotted Jan 1, 1910 per ISMACS dating page. Does it have a dogtag above and to the right of the tensioner?
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Old 10-25-2016, 11:36 AM
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It's a nice one. Is it treadle or hand crank? It's worth a clean up if you want to try it out. If accessories and bobbins are with the machine it will be an easier job to get it in usable state.
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Brenda, I believe you might have a 66 per the pdf I have. Actually, "G" serial numbers can be very confusing. After they got to 9999999 they went to 0000001. Consequently, I feel that accordingly, yours would fall in the range of G-0058326 to 0108325 which would make it a 66 allocated May 28 1923. I have first hand experience of messed up records. I was looking at a 66 in a thrift store, and looked up the serial number in both the first section and then at the other section where they kind of started over. Both indicated that it should be something other than a 66, but I was looking at a 66. A picture would help identify the machine for sure. The "G" serial numbers date from 1910 to 1924. I found some QB links showing the 66 from that time period.
http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t249786.html
http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...r-t215285.html
http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...t169005-2.html

As Leon asked about the "dog tag" on the front above the tension dial would confirm it being a 27, 28, 127, 128 (all similar and made during the "G" numbers). Also they have slide plates that go from front to back of the machine with a circular needle plate.

The 15 and 115 had tensions on the left side of the head.

I would also suggest reading through the sticky http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...v-t167789.html Basically, it is suggested simply wiping down the machine with sewing machine oil on soft lint free cloth or cotton balls. Oil all the places indicated in manual, if you have one. or where metal meets metal. Singer has manuals available for download at http://www.singerco.com/support/instruction-manuals

Some of the 66 models of that era had back clamp feet and some didn't or were changed at some point to be able to use regular low shank feet.

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I am still hoping for pictures :- )
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Will try to send a pic. This machine is in very sad shape with much missing. No bobbin or throat plate..very rusty. Will look at it more closely next visit to my mom's. Is there any value there?
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Originally Posted by mama's place
Will try to send a pic. This machine is in very sad shape with much missing. No bobbin or throat plate..very rusty. Will look at it more closely next visit to my mom's. Is there any value there?
Here are a couple of links about "worth/value" of vintage machines -
http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t272676.html
http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...d-t265780.html

Bobbins and throat plates are fairly easy to find for the machine I believe it to be. Value is quite subjective.
It has been posted by many that they wish they had a relative's machine. And some that are so pleased that they have their relatives machine (some like bkay that just got the machine she learned to sew on). Since you are a quilter I think you will find that they are very good straight stitchers - great for piecing. I know my sister has the treadle that she learned to sew on and it is "priceless" to her. She really enjoys sewing with it, albeit, not as often as she would like.

Many, like Miriam, like sewing with some of the old machines and feel they sew better than some of the more pristine ones. These old machines usually are fairly easy to bring back to working condition even though they won't win any beauty contests. Some have these old machines around simply for a back up for when their regular machine is in the "shop."

Janey, Neat people never make the exciting discoveries I do.
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Anyone who can help you post the pic? My 11 year old niecehelps me once in awhile.
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Originally Posted by tessagin
Anyone who can help you post the pic?
I can, and I am posting this for OP.

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I can't tell if it has a motor mount, but it looks like it might. If so, one could make it into a hand crank. Many of us here would consider it somewhat of a challenge and would probably be a good candidate for a repaint. I know I've seen several machines in this forum that have risen from the rust to be able to sew quite well. A couple examples can be seen in these threads --

http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...d-t216857.html
http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...k-t278654.html

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Old 11-11-2016, 03:51 AM
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It's a model 66 and this is what it once looked like. (I found the picture on this blog). Is the serial number is G0082927? It's for some reason listed as a model 27 made in 1910 on ismacs. Double check the number. F.ex. if the first 0 after the G could be read as a 6 it lists as a model 66 made in 1918, dirt and bad embossing can make it a bit of a guesswork.

It's still a very nice model, this page have some interesting info on it. I have a 99 which is the smaller version of it.
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