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Thread: Is this a real Singer?

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    Question Is this a real Singer?

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Size:  1.30 MBIt's really cute, it's very clean, no grease, no dust, no lint. No scratches...is it even a real Singer? It has a shuttle bobbin, the cord, light and foot peddle are perfect....I tried to look up the serial number and it gave me a date of 1873....not possible. Are there machines that are refurbished and re-sold?

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    i think during ww2 there were machines made without much decoration and with a rough finish - people have nicknamed them Godzilla or Gorilla, or something like that. resources were limited and the machines reflected that. i've seen a number of pics of Singers that look similar to this, but i'm new to this so perhaps i'm wrong. i don't know, but i think it looks like a Singer.

    what was the serial number and is it clear to see?

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    Re check the serial...this machine has blackside plates, and that tells us that it was made in the mid to late 40's... (not much chrome or nickle around during WW2...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    It is a Singer. A factory or authorized factory dealer refurb or so I've been told. Done during and after WW II. I have two 66s done like that.
    I don't know these older shuttle bobbin Singers well enough to tell the model # with out the serial number.

    Joe

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    It's a 128
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    It's a 128
    Yup, mine looks just like it.

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    It's a twin to my 1956 128, except mine has no rust around the serial number and I have more blackside fittings like the tension disks. I like the name, "Baby Singer." Do you have the bentwood case?

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    Yes, I have the case. I think there's a date, or it looks like it could be a date on the motor that says AU52...I was thinking August 52? The case is in good condition. It's the same size as my little 99, but with the shuttle instead of the round bobbin. There is a tiny bit of lint, other than that...it doesn't even look like it's been used. Yes, I agree, a 128...I went back through the machine shop photos thread and found a couple. It's a cute little thing.

    There is one little problem...something whacky with the wheel. It won't fully engage, so if I want to make it sew, I have to turn the inner disk, the handwheel slips. Also, the belt from the motor seems loose and it slips in the groove. I know there must be some way to adjust that, but I haven't figured it out yet.

    The serial number looks like it was ground down and re-stamped. From what I can read, I think it says 1349941. There could be another something stamped ahead of the 1, but I can't tell if it's a stamp. Could be another 1 or something similar.

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    Really nice machine!

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    To get the hand wheel clutch to engage you need to remove the center knob, the clutch washer and the hand wheel. Clean everything. Put a drop of oil on the shaft, then put the hand wheel back on, the little clutch washer with the center prongs facing out, then the center knob. If the wheel won't tighten down, remove the center knob and rotate the clutch washer 180 then reinstall it.


    My LSMG has a original 1921 vintage 128 and it has that triangular cover over the thread take up lever screw. This one doesn't. That is what had me stymied. Apparently they discontinued that at some point.

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    And now I know what's missing. I knew there had to be something to engage the wheel with the shaft...there is no "little clutch washer." Nothing between the hand wheel and the center knob and there is a little bit of play, back and forth, of the hand wheel between the machine and its knob.

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    Does it have a wooden cover that is curved across the top and smooth?
    Kathy Phillips

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    Yes, and the case is in excellent condition. I have another, a 99 with the same kind of case, but the veneer is splitting on the sides. I would really like to see this little Baby sewing. I was thinking, I could probably check for the washer on the 99 to see if there is one and see if it fits on the 128

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    yep this is a Singer 128-23. Made in the 50's. Look at the Singer badge on the front. If it has a blue ring around the outside edge, it is after 1951 centennial.
    I have one just like this. Mine was worse for wear and I made mine into a hand crank. But it is a fun machine. Good Luck with it.
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    No blue ring around the outside edge. Its serial number is stamped unevenly and has proven difficult to read. I had it sewing today...stole a clutch washer from another machine, a Kenmore that's not currently working and that's what it needed. It's still a little stiff, but it's working. I got to sew on 3 different machines today! Fun!

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