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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Spartan 192K ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 7/1/10 2:37 PM

I found a Singer Spartan 192K at a local consignment shop today. It was in seemingly good condition(looked fairly clean). I'm not up on the vintage machines, but follow along on this site, with those who are. This little wonder was sitting "backwards" on the table and I went to pick it up to turn it around. OH MY! I had no idea how heavy it was. It was priced at $45.00. Anyone know anything about these little gems?
I just read Peter in NYC review of his machine. If the thing weren't so darn heavy, I might be tempted to go back and get it.
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Date: 7/1/10 4:39 PM

Singer made these in the late 50s early 60s to compete against less expensive import machines on the market at the time. The Spartan is a stripped-down model 99. For example, there's no light and no place to mount a light, either. No decals. Singer sold Spartans in the plastic base case, no cover, very basic for $60 or $70. This would be $300 to $400 in today's dollars. Spartan 192K photo 1 Spartan 192K photo 2

Here's a 1959 ad for the Singer 185 that has a note about the Spartan, priced at $69.50. Another Singer ad, 1960 that mentions the Spartan, priced at $59.50.

Both the 99 and the 192K are 3/4 size machines. The Spartan should fit into any standard 3/4-size cabinet or carrying case. You can download free PDFs of manuals for both the 99 and 192 through this Singer webpage.

I have one I bought for $40 that's seen quite a bit of use in its life so far. Still, it worked when I brought it home, but I did clean it up and oiled it and adjusted the tension, and it was ready to go. I bought it to go with a set of vintage Singer attachments (I wanted the adjustable hemmer foot), but none of the attachments fit on my modern machines. Most vintage low-shank attachments will work with the Spartan. If it works on a Featherweight, it will work on the Spartan.

I suspect, but I do not know for sure, that the Spartan is so heavy because the casting is simpler and thicker. To make a lighter cast iron body for a sewing machine (or anything), the casting becomes more complicated in order to make it thinner but still strong, and you tend to have a few more defective castings (which are recycled). I could be wrong on this point; perhaps the 99 is equally heavy. I haven't had a chance to compare a 99 to a 192K side-by-side.

ETA: I put my Spartan on the scale: 16 pounds.

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Date: 7/1/10 6:27 PM

Thanks for a wonderful write up CM. I wish I was into the vintage machines. I'm just one of those who likes "new" with a book! I suppose my Singer of 35 years ago, would almost be considered vintage today. I really like the 3/4 size. Like I said earlier, if this thing wasn't so heavy, I might be tempted to go back and do some bargaining

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Date: 7/3/10 4:24 PM

I'm not an expert on vintage machines, but one nice thing about the little Spartan is that it can easily be turned into a handcrank if you want to sew while camping or whatever.

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Date: 7/3/10 10:29 PM

It is a good sturdy machine and a real workhorse. I have a straight stitch only and the stitches are incredible. From cotton to heavy denim, the stitches are perfect.
Enjoy your new machine.

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Date: 7/4/10 8:46 AM

$45 is a good price for a Spartan 192K. They are heavy, but they're great little machines (just a very basic version of the 99, hence the term Spartan).

If it were me and I didn't have 2 99s already, I'd go back and get it.

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Date: 10/9/10 11:35 PM

MI have a Spartan 192k that is in a cabinet and it has a light on it. I believe this was owned by my grandmother. It was in her basement but her house was rented for many years after her death in the 80"s. We emptied the house recently as we decided to sell it and it was left behind. I found a manual online and the machine starts up. The needle goes up and down very slowly and then stops. My husband is going to oil it according to the manuals suggestion. I love anything vintage and I am really sentimental. Can you give me any other advice on this machine?

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Date: 10/10/10 0:48 AM

I think the simplicity in decor and physical design make the Spartan quite elegant. No frew frew - just 'form follows function'. Love it.

Try www.tfsr.org to get a handle on maintenance and repair of mechanicals.

Beth

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Date: 10/8/11 1:44 PM

Just bought one of these! it is indeed HEAVY....and I love the little button to make bobbin pop up.

I'm wondering, what kind of bobbin is this? one side has the series of holes, the other side is all solid. does not look like the bobbins from my Singer 301A---which are flatter and have holes on both sides. The 192K bobbin is fatter; maybe it holds more thread.

I'll bring it to our local sewing machine repair guy to take a look!

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