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Cowgirl

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I have been behaving myself lately, looking on eBay and Craigslist but no buying. Just couldn’t pass up this machine on EBay last week, though. I didn’t yet have this decal set, and the price was reasonable, and, the clincher, it was used by a woman in a wheelchair and has a hand control lever, which I have never seen or heard of.

It arrived today via FedEx. The seller actually triple boxed it and packed it pretty well ( they are used to shipping glass items, and were very receptive to the note I sent about packing it.). I haven’t had a chance to clean and play with it yet, but wanted to share.

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I didn’t yet have this decal set....


That gets me in so much trouble. I have never seen the hand control lever either but that is a super idea.

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The other thing I have not seen, or found an example of yet, is the decals on the cover over the linkage for the hand control. They are clearly a match, and the cover is like others I have seen, but they were solid black.
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I had to really study the photos to find the hand control. That is a really cool design. I don't recall ever seeing decals on that cover plate under the hand wheel either.

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That gets me in so much trouble


I have also been known to buy machines I already have due to a different decal set, or same machine in a different cabinet. I like pretty cabinets at least as much as I like machines, so that is the one that gets me into trouble.

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I finally found mention of the cover - on Needlebar, it’s listed as “NB #32a variant of the La Vencedora decal pattern, decorated accessory lid”. No year listed, but it’s serial number was allotted in May of 1919, and the seller estimates the machine at around 1921.

Tomorrow, if my DH stays out from underfoot, is spa day for this machine, then hopefully try it out - it is supposed to be a working machine, but sure will benefit from a cleaning.
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Success, she sews!  Lots of lint, but not much old oil, so it was a pretty easy cleaning job.  This machine wants to go FAST!  I can just imagine her original owner, flying through her projects on this beauty, customized just for her needs.   Singer 128.jpg 
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Great looking machine!

Last night I spotted a 99K on GW with same cover plate, new to me.
It is amazing the way unique things happen.
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https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/101667844


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I find it interesting that the hand control lever is not based on a knee control assembly as there is no hole in the base for a knee control. I would think the easiest way for hand control would be to adapt a knee control assembly as it already uses a lever. So I am guessing it must be custom or they discarded the knee lever base to make it cleaner? Can you show the assembly on the underside to see how the hand lever is controlled?
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I wondered the same thing. The go fast, might suggest the control is possibly an on-off switch. Early controls were wire wound with four resistive steps. It is hard to imagine controller operating with lever as shown.
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Here's a couple of pictures.  The bottom of the case is solid. IMG_0424.jpg i1.jpg  IMG_0972[2665].jpgi2.jpg  There is some wear on the contact points that are first in line, I wondered if that made it not have a slow speed.
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Cowgirl, that’s nifty. Both your lid and the one that Kitcarlson posted have a notch in the front left to accommodate the lever. So this was not a home job, but rather another way that the factory made them, I’m thinking...?

Those decals on the lid are incredible.

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That must be a very uncommon setup - and I agree with Cecilla that it all looks original.  What a nice find!  I have a Singer 128 in pretty rough shape that I picked up for $15 just for some parts.  But its such a darn cute machine - much cuter than any photos make out in my view - probably because of the size (everything is cuter when smaller!) that I will just have to fix her up. The wood case and top I know will fix up nicely.  There's not corrosion on the metal parts - just lots of worn areas and dirt and some missing parts.  I think with some time investment it could be a workable machine so it's now on my project list.
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I have to agree, it "feels" factory designed, not homemade.  The metal of the lever has the same paint finish as the rest of the machine, for instance.  No rough edges or tweeked spots, if you know what I mean.  It's fairly early as an electric (allotted 1919 and the original owner estimated it at 1921)  - maybe a design they tried that didn't catch on?
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Thank you for showing pictures of controller. It is Singer, and possibly a prototype, or first generation. . The GW 99K picture is a 1918 allotted machine.

Early controls experience failure.  The wiper arm slides over contacts, first is off, then each step is about 40 Ohms decrease for each step up.  Last step is full on. If a resistor fails due to break of nichrome wire, low steps are inactive. Since your resistor is not glazed, repair is possible. Nichrome resistive wire is available.

Below is a picture of knee control for a 1922 machine, it shows evolution. 

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More info here, see post #1, w/Singer patent link. Like your machine!
https://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/singer-motor-controllers-10391702?highlight=controller&pid=1310459344

 
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Found this one to be very interesting.  Who knew a sewing machine, controlled by a hand lever, was ever made - thanks for the history lesson!
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Agreed -- what a great piece of history.

I'm also interested in the plug that connects at the back of the machine.  Nice of them not to use a difficult-to-source Chicago plug, or something else new.  It looks like a standard male wall plug.

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Yes, it is.

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