The Singer 128… Marca Registrada

Singer 128 Centennial with M.R. stamp

The Singer VS machines were produced from the 1880’s until the late 1950’s and saw small changes in the placement of the bobbin winder, an addition of a shuttle ejector, as well as a change in the casting as the early machines had a cast plate that exposed the back of the machine instead of a plate.

The 28 and 128 were the smaller version of the model 27 and 128 and sold in massive numbers as they were one of the least expensive machines Singer offered, were dead reliable, and made an outstanding stitch. They could also sew through pretty much anything you could get under the foot.

The model 28 had a heavier hand wheel and a lower placed bobbin winder save for the case of the 28-9 which was a transitional model, that had a high placed winder and a handwheel that was a little heavier than the 128’s.

The 128 shown here is a 1951 Centennial model with an M.R. decal, this stood for Marca Registrada and was placed their for export to Spanish speaking countries. It has Celtic decals which were unique to Canadian made machines and the hand crank is a replacement for the original electric motor.

These machines were always best as hand cranks as they were not designed to run at the speeds an electric motor provided, and turning one of these machines over by hand is a zen like experience. It does of course provide excellent stitch control and the stitching of a VS machine is beautiful, and as close to a hand stitch as any machine could make.

Any collector of vintage Singer machines should have at least one, as they were so significant and successful for almost 60 years of production.

A Day In The Life…

I have been suffering from some unrelated health issues over the past month which has slowed me down but the other day I popped out to make a service call at a prosthetic clinic to repair one of their machines.

A needle strike on a buckle caused a bent needle which then knocked the positioning finger on the hook out of place… it was a pretty easy repair.

After that I wrapped up the service on a Featherweight…

Then I decided I should open up a bernina 1130 I purchased some months back but haven’t really taken the time to look at…

The machine is is great cosmetic shape but serges a little so I will have to open her up and check the motor and do the same for the pedal, and also check the circuit board… this was a pretty advanced machine back in 1986 and is still a pretty advanced machine.

Every Shop Needs A Dog…

Jenny is an old friend who has recently started to come and spend her days with us in the shop…

For nine years she served as my friend’s guide dog and she should have retired a few years ago but due to covid, her replacement was put off and she continued to serve and work faithfully.

She will be eleven years old soon and although she is now retired, she is still really happy when I pick her up in the morning to bring her to work for the day and we will be looking at other volunteer options as she would make a great therapy dog.

She loves everyone, is completely non reactive to dogs, cats, birds, and really likes kids too.

Hoping we have many more years together.