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Old 06-29-2015, 11:58 AM
CajunMan89 Male CajunMan89 is offline
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Default Need help with Singer Model 127

I've recently acquired a family heirloom, my great grandmothers Singer treadle sewing machine. After some research, I've found that it is a model 127, made in 1936.

I purchased a new belt, installed it, and now it wants to go forward and backwards....I've learned that if it doesn't go the right way, this will break the thread.

I've cleaned it as much as I can without completely taking it apart. Since I can't do that, I'll deem it clean enough. It works much smoother now. I have found some videos showing how to maintain it, but nothing very helpful.

I need to see exactly how to oil the entire machine, including the treadle parts at the bottom.

Does anyone know where I can find a good video tutorial on how to do this? I'm more of a visual learner and understand better if I can see it done.

Any help and advice is greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:29 PM
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Wow, I just saw one of these machines at an estate sale in Colorado a couple weeks ago. Quite an interesting piece of engineering!

Have you tried any sewing machine forums? Here's one that popped up in my search:

Also, there are a number of vintage sewing machine books on, perhaps there are some DVDs there as well.
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:42 PM
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Thanks for the info.!

I've tried other forums, but haven't gotten anywhere with them. Any idea what would work well to clean the outside? It was in a closet for about 30-40 years and has what looks to be mildew or something on it. I've tried glass cleaner, but it isn't getting it all off. After it's clean, I hope that metal polish will bring a nice shine to it!

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Old 07-01-2015, 09:22 PM
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Have you tried the Singer website?
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:20 AM
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PDF of the original Singer manual for models 127 and 128.

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Old 07-23-2015, 05:50 PM
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Thank you all for the help! I have it working properly now! The only thing I have to adjust is the tension on the bobbin. That may take me some time...
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:02 PM
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When I got my grandmother's 1909, or there a-bouts, Singer I took it to the local quilting shop that had a repairman. I had him service it and install a new belt. This was about 10 years ago and the cost was $79. Well worth it for a century + machine.
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