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    Posted 11 years ago

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    This is my newest acquisition and I am curious. The serial number per the Singer site indicates April 18, 1912 but the coverplate is stamped 1911, is that meaningful in any way? Which is correct?


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    1. Nancy Salisbury, 11 years ago
      The date from the Singer web site would be the correct one for your machine . The date on the slide plate is the patent date for that part . That is a very nice Sphynx machine by the way . It started out as a treadle machine .
    2. royllsister, 11 years ago
      Thank you Nancy, I appreciate the information on the patent date for the part on the machine. I learn something everyday, thank goodness! I was pretty sure it started out as a treadle machine and had been converted.
      I just acquired this Sphynx yesterday and for a song too; I love it's pristine condition.
    3. Nancy Salisbury , 11 years ago
      I found a Singer Redeye or Redhead treadle machine in mint condtion that someone had tried to put into a case . There was a motor with it , but it was all apart . I did not care as I knew that it was a treadle machine to start with . I found a treadle cabinet at a garage sale with an old beat up Singer in it . The cabinet had already been refinished . I had to pay a dear price for it , but I had the money at the time . I was able to put my Redeye into the nice treadle cabinet and it now sits proudly in my livingroom . I leave it set up just because I love looking at it . I also use it from time to time . It is like a new machine and I love it . I tried to post a photo of it here , but I do not know how to do it . I will have to wait until our daughter comes to visit to help me post the photo .
    4. royllsister, 11 years ago
      Wow Nancy, that is a great story. I love going to garage sales and also Goodwill stores, Salvation Army etc. just looking for old sewing machines and/or cabinets. I have seen some interesting things there but I got my Pheasant and my Sphynx from an individual who had begun collecting old machines after an auto accident left him as an amputee. He is a mechanic by trade and so repairing/cleaning the old machines was a natural for him and he wanted to be busy while needing to sit at whatever task he chose, thus, the old sewing machines attracted him.
      I was the lucky benefactor who bought several machines from him and at extremely reasonable prices. He also repaired a motor on my 99K I had acquired and that didn't work at all. Now she hums right along and is a little beauty in her own right.
    5. Nancy Salisbury, 11 years ago
      Judy , I do the same thing . When I go to a garage sale the first things I look for are sewing machines and sewing notions . My husband has told me that I can not bring any more machines home until I get rid of some . I sell some of them or give them away after I fix them . When we are at a garage sale and I find a sewing machine , my husband will say they draw me like a magnet . He is right they do. I can find them even if they are hidden under something or are way back in a corner . I have one that was given to me by an elderly woman that lives behind us . We sneeked it home while he was gone to work . I put it in the back of the shed . The door opens into the alley way near her house . He has yet to see it . She was going to throw it away if I did not take it . It is a good machine and works . It comes with all the attachments and the instruction book . I just could not let her throw it away .
    6. Bernadette Bernadette, 11 years ago
      That's a really nice 27 and if you find any Singer treadle cabinet for a full size machine it should slot straight in - don't undo the hinges, there is a little screw on the underside of the timber, that holds the pin into the hinge, just take these out and slip the 27 on - get someone to help you and mind your fingers :)

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