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    Singer machine - what can you tell me?

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    A friend is interested in selling this, and I said I'd ask you for some info about it. It has a rounded top wooden case, Looks like good condition. She's not sure about functionality. The cord looks good. It has a brass light on the back. Couldn't find a foot. I have a couple more pics if that would help, but trying to determine model and any other info on it. Thank you.
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    Can you get the serial number ? Might be under the machine or on the back
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    LaVincendora! 3/4-sized Singer, often called the "first featherweight," -- except for the weight!!! Mine was made in 1919, I think. Very pretty cleaned and polished.

    There is a "cleaning" thread in the Vintage Sewing Machine section that uses a LaVincendora as the example. Lots of pictures and instructions on how to take it apart, clean it, and put it back together. Fabulous.
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    Here's a link to the cleaning thread: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ly-t45816.html


    BTW, the serial number on my LaVincendora is in the top of the bed plate right in front of the post, where it cannot be missed.
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    There is no reason to tear a sewing machine apart to the degree that Billy has you tear the machine down unless it's a rusted up mess and you have to replace parts.

    If you need to clean your machine, use Muv's videos that are sticky notes at the top of the Vintage section.

    The machine is a 28 or 28K, and the serial number will tell us the year it was made.
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    It's a really nice machine. No need to soak it in dangerous substances, unless you want to risk ruining the decals and blowing the house up.

    Charlee - it's a 128! No thumb tab...

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    Thumb tab?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Thumb tab?
    On the tension disks, the 27/28 do not release tension when you lift the pressed foot. So they have a tab to press to release tension manualky.

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    Another beauty.... love those decals.

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    I paid $40 for mine. It wasn't quite as pretty (worn decals), but it did include the foot pedal. Of course price often varies by location. I do love my Vinnie, 1925 LaVincendora model 127.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post

    Charlee - it's a 128! No thumb tab...
    Oops!! Is "I was in a hurry" a good excuse?
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Great looking machine!

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    I was so happy to see this article on thumb tabs as I have never heard of this before. The Cleveland machine that I recently found has the tab hanging down and I wondered why it was designed this way. After reading the article I sat down and raised the presser foot but pushed in on the tab and the thread came to an immediate stop. I readjusted and then pulled out on the tab after raising the presser foot and sure enough the piece of material pulled thru so smoothly. Thanks again.

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    I got one similiar to that one with a rounded wooden case and its called a bentwood.It sews great.I paid 20.00 for it at a garage sale.

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    Pretty machine,enjoy it.

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    Thank you, all. It belongs to a friend, and I said I would ask about it for her.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    Soaking up all the posting here, i have recently got the vintage bug. Thanks for sharing.
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    Check with Jenny at Sew-Classic.com. I get all my parts there. You can find your serial number info. on the ISMACS web site. This machine, as Charlee stated, is a 128 type. You will need to buy long bobbins. They are still available. I just got 10 for my 128. MUV really likes them and can instruct you with her videos. Using long bobbins is a little different and you have to get used to it. Changing back and forth could be a challenge for you, if you don't sew much.
    Watch MUV's videos and then decide.

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    I foolishly bought this from my friend, as she was moving, and discovered it has no cord or foot. I love the way it looks, but don't see myself putting in more money to get it working. Maybe I should find a loving home for it. Just don't want to have to ship it, as it is pretty heavy.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    It's a beauty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaMiller View Post
    Check with Jenny at Sew-Classic.com. I get all my parts there. You can find your serial number info. on the ISMACS web site. This machine, as Charlee stated, is a 128 type. You will need to buy long bobbins. They are still available. I just got 10 for my 128. MUV really likes them and can instruct you with her videos. Using long bobbins is a little different and you have to get used to it. Changing back and forth could be a challenge for you, if you don't sew much.
    Watch MUV's videos and then decide.
    Ok Lynn am I blind?....first I thought you forgot to post a pic, then I see nygal responded w/ "It's a beauty. " I don't see anything.
    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    I foolishly bought this from my friend, as she was moving, and discovered it has no cord or foot. I love the way it looks, but don't see myself putting in more money to get it working. Maybe I should find a loving home for it. Just don't want to have to ship it, as it is pretty heavy.
    Lynn - I'm pretty sure it takes standard low shank feet so you may well have some around that will work.

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    I'm not a collector, pink. I only have one Janome MC9000 and one Featherweight. I used to have some other machines, but got rid of them when I did over my living/sewing room. At that time I didn't think one needed to have extra machines. LOL I just don't have place to store extra ones. It's been educational reading this board about folks who have multiple machines and stuff.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    I'm not a collector, pink. I only have one Janome MC9000 and one Featherweight. I used to have some other machines, but got rid of them when I did over my living/sewing room. At that time I didn't think one needed to have extra machines. LOL I just don't have place to store extra ones. It's been educational reading this board about folks who have multiple machines and stuff.
    The featherweight feet should work on it.

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    Sorry, I mean foot pedal. The connection is not the same. Featherweight has a combined electric plug and foot pedal cord, but this has separate connections. There is an electric cord, but the place for the foot pedal connection is a single round hole. It does have three feet: one regular, and two sizes that look like zipper feet. Also has that bullet shaped bobbin that I've never seen before.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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