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Thread: We did it again, another Sphinx and a 29-4

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    We did it again, another Sphinx and a 29-4

    My DD and I were not looking for any more sewing machines. But we received a call from a friend of the person we bought a sphinx a couple of weeks ago. She had two machines she was interested in selling. She sent us a couple of photos and one looked like it was a Sphinx and the other one was big and industrial looking. The lady wanted $450.00 for both of them. So DD went to look at them, said it was more than they were worth. As DD was leaving the lady came out and tapped on her window and asked would she pay $250.00 for both. DD called me and said what do you think? I said go ahead and buy them, if anything the Sphinx could be a parts machine. Well she brought them home and the Sphinx is in better shape than the one my DS sent me and the one we had bought a couple of weeks ago.

    The big machine is a 29-4, serial # G1183248, mfg bet 1908-1909?
    The Singer Sphinx, serial #14816344, mfg abt 1893?

    The 29-4 is still in the back of the truck waiting for some man muscle, it is one heavy machine.

    We will be calling Singer tomorrow to get definite dates.

    Is this like fabric, do we have to have a New Year's resolution, NO MORE MACHINES!!!?

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    I am so jealous , I have been trying to find a Sphinx for a long time.

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    I think the big machine you have is a leather sewing machine. We have on just like it and don't know the year or model. I have it out in my bus. No room to have in the house. have so many and so little room and here in the winter am not able to get out to do anything with any of it. forgot to add that I have an 1898 singer Sphinx that is cleaned up just like new and runs fantastic. Had it taken to the guy in Minot that does my machines. he doesn't charge that much either.
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    The 'big' machine looks like it if HUGE! Congrats on getting both of them.
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    bet the one in the truck makes boots !!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
    bet the one in the truck makes boots !!!!!!!!!
    Yes, after a little research, we found that it is leather machine used for making such things as shoes and boots. And it is very big and HEAVY. We got it off the truck last night with some "man muscle" and is now in the garage. We decided to name HIM Stanley Singer because he is so masculine.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Congratulations on your buy. The cabinet for the Sphinx, I think it is a model 27, is in great shape.

    I love the look of the leather machines. But I would never have a use for one or the space.

    See they just start finding you.
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    It seems that you find the most interesting machines when you aren't looking-or when you decide you have enough machines and aren't going to buy anymore! Those machines will be really great when you get them fixed up.

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    WOW they'r both beautiful machines. Have fun with them.

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    BEAUTIFUL machines! There is no such thing as having to many. They look nice even as decorations. Have fun using them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krista View Post
    BEAUTIFUL machines! There is no such thing as having to many. They look nice even as decorations. Have fun using them!
    Thanks Krista. I wish I could explain that to my husband. There is no understanding on his part. At least my favorite enabler, my daughter, has the same addiction. BTW, my daughter's name is Krista also.
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    You got a deal!! I've never seen that large, leather machine for sale for less than $500. It would be an awesome "statement" piece and decorator item in your home, if you have the room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    You got a deal!! I've never seen that large, leather machine for sale for less than $500. It would be an awesome "statement" piece and decorator item in your home, if you have the room.
    Thanks Candace. I wish I had the room to bring him in the house. Stanley (that is what we named him) is currently in hiding in the garage, covered up with a sheet. DH does not know about him. I guess I will have to confess about Stanley when and if DH goes into my side of the garage. LOL
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    I wish I had the room to bring him in the house. Stanley (that is what we named him) is currently in hiding in the garage, covered up with a sheet. DH does not know about him. I guess I will have to confess about Stanley when and if DH goes into my side of the garage. LOL
    Hi Caroline,

    Your DH may be pleasantly surprised to find out that you got a Singer 29-4. They’re a lot of fun to play with, not to mention very useful when something needs repaired. We have a 29K70 (similar to your 29-4) in our sewing room (living room) that gets used occasionally, and a second one at the shop that I use regularly. My wife hasn’t used either one of them yet, mainly because I like to sew on them, but I have heard of several women that own and use model 29s. He may try to talk you out of it!

    You certainly got a bargain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    Hi Caroline,

    Your DH may be pleasantly surprised to find out that you got a Singer 29-4. They’re a lot of fun to play with, not to mention very useful when something needs repaired. We have a 29K70 (similar to your 29-4) in our sewing room (living room) that gets used occasionally, and a second one at the shop that I use regularly. My wife hasn’t used either one of them yet, mainly because I like to sew on them, but I have heard of several women that own and use model 29s. He may try to talk you out of it!

    You certainly got a bargain!

    CD in Oklahoma
    Yes, it would be a conversation piece. Let's see, if I moved his gun racks (yes, racks) out of the living room and his recliner I might have room for Stanley. Somehow I don't think that would work. I see your 29-4 has the hand wheel, I don't think mine does. I am going to download the instruction manual for him today once I hook up my printer. Thanks for affirming that Stanley was a good purchase.

    BTW, I see you are nicely decorated for Christmas. I like the Twister wall hanging.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    I see your 29-4 has the hand wheel, I don't think mine does.
    BTW, I see you are nicely decorated for Christmas. I like the Twister wall hanging.
    I’m not sure that your machine had the balance wheel “Handle”, “Spindle”, & “Nut” on it. I’m not sure when they were added to the model 29. My machine is a later model (1943), so it’s over 30 years younger. The handle is a wooden knob with a bolt through it that screws into a threaded hole on the wheel, and has a jam nut for the back side to keep the bolt tight but allow the knob to spin on the “spindle”. My other 29K70 machine doesn’t have one on it, although it has the threaded hole for one. I find that I never use the handle, maybe because I’m used to grabbing the rim of the wheel.

    Also, I certainly don’t want to distract from your other machine! I have an Eastlake treadle similar to yours that I bought containing a 1900 version of the same model of machine in it as yours. The inside of the pillar and upper arm had been stuffed full of pecans by some varmint, and it took forever to get all of them back out. LOL! They were stuffed in there like a puzzle! I put a model 66 machine in the cabinet and loaned it to the local museum for an interactive treadle machine that visitors can try their hand (or foot) at treadling a sewing machine. I think it’s one of Singer’s nicest looking cabinets.

    Thanks for the compliment on my wife’s Twister wall hanging. She loves to quilt. I really should have removed some of my clutter from around the 29K70, and set my Featherweight hand crank down off of it before I took the photo so it wouldn’t blend in making folks wonder what it was. It sets nicely on the drop-down portion of the big stand, and gives a nice contrast of the size difference of my two hand-crankable machines. And I have no excuse for not hiding my “jugs” before taking the photo....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    I’m not sure that your machine had the balance wheel “Handle”, “Spindle”, & “Nut” on it. I’m not sure when they were added to the model 29. My machine is a later model (1943), so it’s over 30 years younger. The handle is a wooden knob with a bolt through it that screws into a threaded hole on the wheel, and has a jam nut for the back side to keep the bolt tight but allow the knob to spin on the “spindle”. My other 29K70 machine doesn’t have one on it, although it has the threaded hole for one. I find that I never use the handle, maybe because I’m used to grabbing the rim of the wheel.

    Also, I certainly don’t want to distract from your other machine! I have an Eastlake treadle similar to yours that I bought containing a 1900 version of the same model of machine in it as yours. The inside of the pillar and upper arm had been stuffed full of pecans by some varmint, and it took forever to get all of them back out. LOL! They were stuffed in there like a puzzle! I put a model 66 machine in the cabinet and loaned it to the local museum for an interactive treadle machine that visitors can try their hand (or foot) at treadling a sewing machine. I think it’s one of Singer’s nicest looking cabinets.

    Thanks for the compliment on my wife’s Twister wall hanging. She loves to quilt. I really should have removed some of my clutter from around the 29K70, and set my Featherweight hand crank down off of it before I took the photo so it wouldn’t blend in making folks wonder what it was. It sets nicely on the drop-down portion of the big stand, and gives a nice contrast of the size difference of my two hand-crankable machines. And I have no excuse for not hiding my “jugs” before taking the photo....

    CD in Oklahoma
    Yes, I noticed your jugs too.

    According to the ISMACS website, Stanley was one of 2500 hundred machines allotted on Apr 4, 1911. Perhaps the hand wheel was a later add-on. From the info I have found on the Internet, the hand wheel helped fine tune the stitches. When the weather warms up I will take some more closeup photos. Tooo cold out in the garage to work right now. Today we are having a heat wave, it is up to 30 degrees.
    Sweet Caroline

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    I just found out today that the Singer I inherited from my stepmother is a 1922 Sphinx. And I have a Singer 201 coming that I won on ebay. Very excited about both machines. I love how the old Singers look. And can't wait to try them both out.


    Kathie


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