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    Junior Member makitmama's Avatar
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    new baby= new questions!

    today I bought(off CL) a 128 la Vencedora. It has a motor with the knee pedal, beautiful decals, destroyed wiring... so should I repair the motor and wires, and keep it electric? or should I convert it to hand-crank? and if I convert it, will one of my 66's hand cranks work? sorry about the crappy cell-phone pics.

    It runs smoothly but is not gliding, if you know what I mean. Per the seller has been in storage for 15 years at least. Serial number puts it just before the depression- April 1929. So I will of course be lubing, oiling, and learning all about long bobbins. Any other advice? how do you open the side compartment?
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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    Can't answer your questions, but this is a beautiful machine. The decals are in excellent condition.

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    My best advice is to go on Muv's blog and read everything - also she has videos on the sticky
    I had to tap one of the slide plates off on one of mine. Then I cleaned it real good and oiled it a little. It was full of lint. I used a hammer but I was pounding on an old wooden spool. Not real hard - tap tap tap.
    Once you get it working you will love it. I use a HC on one I have from sew-classic so your HC should work - try it anyway - as long as you have the motor mount on the machine you can do it.
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    The front cover slides well, but the back one is stuck. Does it pull forward or push off the back?
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    I'm a Queen.... at least my pantyhose say I am!


    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    There's usually a knob on the side compartment- just turn a bit and lift. It has a little tab underneath. Hope there are nice treasures inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    The front cover slides well, but the back one is stuck. Does it pull forward or push off the back?
    I can't say for sure what it is really suppose to do but I tapped mine off the back.
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    Oh, she is gorgeous! Sorry, no help other than that.

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    Hi,

    Your 66 hand crank will work nicely. Originally, your 128 was kneebar operated so the side compartment probably only contains the controller. You can tell by the hole in the side of case. The controller can be removed to create an empty compartment though. I'm all for converting the 3/4 sized Singer with shot wiring into handcranks as it seems there more needed/ useful like this than as another electric sewing machine. (IMHO)

    Jon

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    It is absolutely beautiful....

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    Well I just turned pea-green! LOL! I've been searching for this machine with these decals for a long time. I think that the lid should lift right out when you push the tabs aside.

    The back slide plate slides backward and they're almost always very stiff.

    http://shop.sew-classic.com can sell you a replacement motor, cords and foot control all wired up for about $25. I much prefer the modern electronic foot control - easier on your foot, smoother to control and get the machine going at a steady speed and they don't get hot when sewing long seams at less than wide-open speed.

    Have a wonderful time with your new treasure! I'll bet her sister is still out there waiting for me to find her.

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    ohmygosh - i'm green with envy too! what an incredible beauty!!! i'd love to have that one - enjoy!

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    and she was cheap, too. I was shocked when I opened the case. She has faint pin scratches on the S for Singer, and a few minor dings elsewhere. The front edge is just starting to show wear. So she was used, but not for much I don't believe. So far no lint but no oil either.
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    Makitmama, beautiful 128! I'd make that baby a HC for sure! With the spoked HW, it will make an awesome HC. Why worry about wiring!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Makitmama, beautiful 128! I'd make that baby a HC for sure! With the spoked HW, it will make an awesome HC. Why worry about wiring!

    Nancy
    less expense, too
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    She is gorgeous. I would totally turn her into a hand-crank.

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    It is gorgeous! I'm partial - I turned my 128 La Vencedora into a hand crank and I love it. It's pretty to look at and runs beautifully that way - such nice seams.
    I still have a bag of parts - motor (still working I believe, never tested it as I wanted a hand crank from the beginning,) light, knee bar someday they may end up on ebay but for now live in my work room with all the rest of my spare parts.
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    Ok, I think I am convinced. Now I need a vintage hand crank... It would just seem wrong to put a Chinese crank on such a beautiful machine. Should I buy another 127/28 that is crank to get one?
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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    Gorgeous machine, I would vote to have you rewire it.
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    One of the prettiest I've seen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    Ok, I think I am convinced. Now I need a vintage hand crank... It would just seem wrong to put a Chinese crank on such a beautiful machine. Should I buy another 127/28 that is crank to get one?
    Getting a vintage HC is going to be hard to do. You can start watching e-bay, but if you see one they are usually pretty pricey! You can watch for any parts/donor machine that has a HC still attached. I'd get the Chinese one and just paint black over the Chinese characters! I have the Chinese one on my Singer 15-88 treadle. The HC looks great and works great.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Getting a vintage HC is going to be hard to do. You can start watching e-bay, but if you see one they are usually pretty pricey! You can watch for any parts/donor machine that has a HC still attached. I'd get the Chinese one and just paint black over the Chinese characters! I have the Chinese one on my Singer 15-88 treadle. The HC looks great and works great.

    Nancy
    I haven't had any trouble with the Chinese HCs I bought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Getting a vintage HC is going to be hard to do. You can start watching e-bay, but if you see one they are usually pretty pricey! You can watch for any parts/donor machine that has a HC still attached. I'd get the Chinese one and just paint black over the Chinese characters! I have the Chinese one on my Singer 15-88 treadle. The HC looks great and works great.

    Nancy
    That's what I did. Still looking for an original, but for now my baby looks great and runs. Still would love an original...

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    Here's mine with the hand crank. It still need the gold painted over and I need to rescue the black side cover from the parts and reunite it with the machine.
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    I would convert it to a hand crank. Gorgeous machine! I am pretty sure the hand crank from the 66 will fit. We have moved them around from a 128 to 15 and 201.Oooohh you did it. She looks gorgous. How does she sew? Enjoy!
    Anna Quilts

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