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Ref: 520


Machine Nickname:

"Ol Dirty"

Singer 1944 Model 111W153      
1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153
1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153
1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153 1944 Singer 111W153
1944 Singer 111W153 Serial # W953349      
This machine, stand, and clutch motor appear to be from different years.  The stand may be original to the machine head, but I think that the bench top and clutch motor are from the 1970s.  I removed the broken gooseneck lamp that may have also been original.  The machine is nicknamed "Ol Dirty" because it was that way when I got it, and it will be used primarily to repurpose old tarps and billboard fabric into fitted outdoor covers.  Its other duty will include repairs to existing tarps and covers that have been in service and are therefore normally "dirty".  Hopefully, this will save wear & tear on our other combination feed machine, by doing the dirty work for us.

Ref: 544


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1959 Singer 111G156
1959 Singer 111G156 Serial # PB157568   Combination Feed w/Reverse
This machine was made in the Singer Factory at Karlsruhe Germany.  It spent time in the local upholstery shop that was in business at several locations in Frederick Oklahoma over a period of many years operated by Jim Strickland.  The machine was in disrepair when I found it, needed a good cleaning, and took several parts and adjustments to return it to operation.  I still have work to do on its power stand to get it into full operational condition, but the machine is ready to sew.  Note the repairs visible on the walking feet that were on it (replaced with new feet).
UPDATE:  In March 2015, I set this machine up as a hand crank machine by adding a spinner knob (Brodie Knob, Necker Knob) to operate the machine by hand, one stitch at a time.  It is shown here in use making repairs to a purse.  By having the machine out of the power stand, I was able to take advantage of space under the end of the bed serving as a sort of freearm.  The power stand for this machine has been re-homed to power a Consew 226 (see ref:597).

Ref: 597


Machine Nickname:


1980s Consew 226
1980s Consew 226 Serial #MH6404073    
This Consew sewing machine is one of the earlier ones made in Japan.  It has reverse, uses a 135x17 needle, and has a 1/2" foot lift.  It is currently being used in a Singer power stand that formerly powered a Singer 111G156 (see ref:544) that has been equipped with foot casters and a mechanical speed reducer.  Pulleys are turned by 5/16" round leather belting.  The Singer clutch motor speed is 1725 rpm.

Ref: 551


Machine Nickname:

"Big D"

Adler 1980s 205-64 "Jumping Foot"
1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64
1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64
1980s Adler 205-64 November 2013   Jumping Foot Feed w/Reverse
This machine had been stored outside for a number of years under a thin tarp that finally disintegrated.  It was rusted up solid with no movement at all in the machinery.  I began soaking it in sewing machine oil in November 2013.  In a short time I began getting a tiny movement in the balance wheel and a lot of movement in the feed control and feed.  In February 2014, the machine finally broke free and began spitting rusty oil out.
1980s Adler 205-64  1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64
July 2014         
After saving up money to buy replacement parts, I finally sewed with it for the first time on July 28, 2014.  I still need some more parts for the automatic tension release and hand-operated presser bar lift.  I installed a used "necker knob" and plan to operate it as a handcrank.  I formerly lifted the presser foot using my hand to press down on the foot-operated lever on the back of the machine.
1980s Adler 205-64 1980s Adler 205-64      
I eventually got around to getting a foot-activated presser bar lift on the machine.  It sure makes life easier.  I'm still operating without an automatic tension release.

Ref: 576


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1880s 35-1 Carpet Sewing Machine
1880s Singer 35-1 Serial # 450   Thread tension on the spools.
This carpet sewing machine is one of the earlier ones made in the USA at the Singer factory in Elizabeth, NJ.  Note the "NY" on the Singer Trademark Badge.  It was designed by Joseph Hesse and bought by Singer in 1880, and Singer began production that year.  As far as I can tell, the "450" on the machine is the serial number.  Later models have a 7-digit serial number that starts with "W", and in the same location as the "450" on this machine.  This model was not made for long before being replaced with the model 35-2, which added disc-type tension assemblies in place of the spool tensions.  A host of additional gadgets accompanied this machine that held the carpets being sewn at about shoulder lever, and with tension across the carpets.  This machine was placed on the suspended edge of the two carpet pieces, and could be operated from either side of the carpets using the hand wheel on the operator's side, or the handcrank on the off side.

Ref: 503


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1950 66-14
1950 Singer 66-14 Serial # AJ847427     Centennial
This machine was originally an electric Singer 66-18, converted to treadle or hand crank operation.   I removed the electric motor and installed a Singer spoked hand wheel from a Singer 127 machine.  It is shown in my German semi-industrial treadle stand, but doesn't live there full-time.

Ref: 568


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1890 28-1 Convertible
1890 Singer 28-1 Serial # 9655305     Convertible
This machine is another example of Singer's "Convertible" sewing machines.  In this case, the power system is convertible between hand crank and treadle operation.  I don't have the treadle cabinet that would match this machine, but the portable case bottom shown would set down into a rectangular opening in the top of the cabinet.  A leather belt would then be laced around the hand wheel pulley, and down through the holes in the case bottom to the treadle flywheel.  The finger of the hand crank would be flipped back, disengaging the hand crank for treadle use.

Ref: 586


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1960s 20U Industrial Zigzag
1970s Singer 20U Serial # TD718916      
This machine has a nice wide zigzag and can sew through fairly thick fabrics.  It also has a backtack. 
Update June 2016:  I use this machine as a treadle, although I can put it back into the power stand when wanted.  I've mounted it in my Singer Industrial Convertible Treadle Stand and since the time that the first photos were taken, I have replaced the handwheel on this machine with a 9-spoke wheel from a Singer 66-1.  I got my inspiration for this conversion from Captain Dick at TreadleOn and his Singer 20U Treadle.  The larger wheel was very much appreciated when using the machine in a treadle.  I have since mounted a Singer 95-40 in the power stand shown.  I replaced the V-belt with 5/16" round leather belting.  (I use a 1/4" round leather belt on my treadle stands).  So far, the round belt is working fine on the power stand.   I also replaced the large clutch motor pulley with a smaller 1 1/2" to help slow the machine down just a bit.

Ref: 582


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1962 401G
1962 Singer 401G Serial # PB144412      
This machine was made in the Karlsruhe Germany Singer factory.  It has a 220VAC motor and light, which I hope to remove and convert the machine to treadle operation in the future.

Ref: 584


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1964 431G
1964 Singer 431G Serial # PB568215      
This machine was made in the Karlsruhe Germany Singer factory.  It is a freearm version of the famous 401A machine that my wife and I love.  It came out of the factory to operate on 120VAC, so no power conversion was necessary.

Ref: 261


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1952 301-2 Handcrank
1952 Singer 301-2 Serial # NA108284      
This machine was originally electric like most long-bed 301 machines.  It was made before the use of the "A" was begun on the Singer 301 model.  The "dash 2" indicates a long-bed, while "dash 1" would be a short-bed model.  I removed the motor and installed a small handcrank to use this machine without needing electricity.  The motor can be quickly re-installed to return to electrical power.

Free Motion Quilting with a hand crank sewing machine:  While we had primarily set this machine up to be used for piecing quilt blocks in a non-electric atmosphere, we did experiment with FMQ (Free Motion Quilting) with the machine to see how it would work on a small quilt that required a meander following parts of the fabric print.  Specifically, the kind of very slow FMQ that often required hand wheel turning by hand on an electric machine.  The results are that while the machine can easily be hand cranked with one hand while moving the quilt sandwich with the other, fatigue will occur quickly enough that serious consideration of switching to hand quilting with a needle and thread will probably arise soon.

So, while doing FMQ on this machine is do-able, it's probably not going to be a preferred activity.
Update 2018:  We found a FMQ task that this machine accomplishes perfectly!  A small table runner had trees with branches consisting of a single stitchline.  The short runs and constant direction changes were much more manageable with the handcrank than with an electric motor.

Ref: 605


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1917 16-41
1917 Singer 16-41 Serial # G5674797      
This machine has alternating presser feet and lower feed dogs.  The inner foot holds the work down while the needle makes its trip down and back up, then the outer foot and the feed dogs move the work one stitch.  It sews just shy of 5 spi, uses up to 207 top thread (with tinkering), and can sew leather about 20 ounces thick.  The presser feet are both smooth on the bottom to help keep from leaving marks on leather or vinyl.  It's shown here mounted in my "Frankentreadle" that is an industrial Singer treadle with a 12" household flywheel and pitman rod.  Note the splice in the rod to lengthen it.  The top needs reworked, but adds to the title of Frankentreadle.   The 5th photo shows the comparison of the 12" and normal 16" flywheels.  The Singer 16-41 worked great for moving the zippers in to snug up the thighs on an old pair of chaps, and equally as well for putting a #10 replacement zipper into a pair of insulated overalls.

Ref: 604


Machine Nickname:


Singer 1950 78-3
1950 Singer 78-3 Serial # AJ596620      
This machine has a needle-feed system.  The inside foot and needle move the work along, while the outside foot simply holds the work down while the needle is exiting the work.  The outside foot raises while the work is being moved by the needle and inside foot.  There is no underfeed or feed dogs.  It sews a long  3spi, uses up to 138 top thread, and can sew up to 3/16" thick.  It's for fabrics and light imitation leathers.  I currently have it set up to run Tex30 thread in a size 14 needle for straight-line quilting, and it has been moved into the wife's sewing room.
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