Found in Pittsburgh: Singer Sewing Machine

Monday, November 23, 2009


Walking home from the grocery store, I saw this 1971 Singer Custom Zig-Zag Sewing Machine (Model 737) with a "free" sign on it, along with a little bag of related accessories (manual, various feet & throats, bobbins, etc). After adjusting the pressure dial, it seemed to actually work!

Now I just have to find somewhere to put this beast...

8 comments:

Kris said...

That's how I got my sewing machine several years ago. The machine was sitting at the end of a driveway on a sewing table, with a chair in front of it. I knocked on the door just to be sure it was free and she said her daughter never uses it so I could have it. It's a Singer from 1978 I think. It just needed a power cord / pedal but I was able to find that at the local sewvac, and the manual online.

iris said...

Haha. Sewing machines from the streets. At least they work.

Shannon said...

This is an amazing find! Would love to see what you do with it!

edy said...

I have an exact one as your picture shows. I ihnerited it from my ex mother-in-law and used for 6 years now. Sadly, one of the gears under the bobin case broke... and the technician asked me to pay $150.... which I thougt was a rip off... Also he quickly offered to sell one of his sewing machines... of course... After a little research, the gear costs about $12, and there are a lot of videos online on how to change a gear. So I am going to fix it myself. I would buy a new one, but when I am reading those reviews... I am bombed... because the entire new technology is plastic... This old sewing machine has a very simple mechanism, it is heavy duty, and is pure metal where it needs to be. Good luck and hope we keep our old sewing machines alive for a long time.

iris said...

Thanks for commenting, edy. I agree that the old machines are a lot sturdier. It's a shame so many appliances have gone the way of cheap plastic.

edy said...

Got the Singer fixed. I am so proud of myself. :-)

iris said...

That's great news! It's good to know it's possible, and DIY too.

Myriam Hernández said...

Hi, I just get one sewing machine like the one you have, but I have problems making it work, so i wish you could help me sending me the manual or diving me some advices for its use. I can not thread the needle and bobbin. Please help

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