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Date: 4/29/12 8:07 AM

Does anyone know where to find the sewing machine model number on an older Singer machine? The machine was mfg in 1956 per the current owner, but the manual is missing.

Thanks!!

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Date: 4/29/12 8:14 AM

Answered my own question! For those who may be interested, here is a web site that has serial numbers, year of mfg and model number based on survey responses from owners of Singer machines.

Vintage Singer Info

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Date: 4/29/12 9:18 AM

Don't keep us in suspense, which model do you have??

Here is another site that will help you identify your Singer machine.
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Jim (Singer 301), Margaret (Singer 201-2), Betty (Singer 15-91), Bud (Singer 503), Kathy (Singer 221), Liz (Singer 221 Centennial Edition)
http://runningstitches-mkb.blogspot.com/

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Date: 4/29/12 7:32 PM

The owner was mistaken... it was mfg in 1946. I purchased the Singer 201-2 today for $50. No manual, lots of attachments (no buttonholer). I am anxious to try her out!

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Date: 4/29/12 7:54 PM

Quote: Steffie
The owner was mistaken... it was mfg in 1946. I purchased the Singer 201-2 today for $50. No manual, lots of attachments (no buttonholer). I am anxious to try her out!

Before you do too much trying out, be sure to inspect ALL the wiring for evidence of cracked insulation before using it. If it's cracked or flaking, rewire the machine before proceeding. Less critical, but still important, is the oiling of the machine.
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Date: 4/29/12 8:39 PM

Congratulations! You've just gotten what is considered by many to be the best machine Singer ever produced. I have 2 and these are among the straight stitch machines that produce the most beautiful stitch around.
Before you get carried away you can download a manual at: http://www.ismacs.net
There are other sites that can give you instructions on clean out gunk composted of dirt, oil and lub if your machine has not been well cared for. Be sure to use Singer oil and grease or Lub and not a substitute.

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Date: 4/29/12 9:14 PM

Thanks for the tips! I am printing out the manual now. I am also searching for a vintage sewing machine repair shop in my area (Detroit) so I can have her looked over.

As I have been searching, I ran across this blogger who collects vintage machines. Very cool collection!

My Vintage Sewing Machines

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Date: 4/29/12 9:29 PM

I just bought a 201-2 today too, in a beautiful cabinet. I will replace th e power cord which is badly cracked and worn (I think it is about $6 on Sew Classic). Otherwise, its in tip top condition, clean and well maintained. It had a sticker from the service technician, something I always like to see on machines I buy. Another clue it was well maintained is that there was still semi-fresh lubricant in the lube cups.

I will probably end up selling this one, but for a brief time I'm going to enjoy it. Hope you enjoy yours too! :)

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Jim (Singer 301), Margaret (Singer 201-2), Betty (Singer 15-91), Bud (Singer 503), Kathy (Singer 221), Liz (Singer 221 Centennial Edition)
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Date: 4/30/12 7:11 AM

I saw your post - it looks like you found a wonderful deal with the beautiful cabinet, too. I am looking for the Singer art-deco style cabinet and may have found one on Craig's list. I will be taking a look at it this week.

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