Tuesday, March 13, 2012

1936 SINGER 81-72 OVERLOCK SEWING MACHINE

Today, yes I'm afraid it's another sewing machine...

But this one is probably my coolest machine ever...
It's an overlock sewing machine from Singer.  A 81-72.   From 1936.
It's just so awesome.  It's got levers and metal pieces all over and it's just so cool to look at.
This is the machine the makes the stitch like you'd find on an end to fabric.  Like on a pant seam or edge of a blanket...  It also cuts off the remaining fabric with two knives that work as the sewing machine stitches.
I just picked this up so it's not currently working and I have no idea how to thread this thing yet... Manual aren't actually all over the place.
The back.  It weights probably 30-40 pounds.   It's a chunk.
a peak inside.  Oil caps to fill, tension discs and more levers.  It does spin freely so that's the best part.  I think everything is still there.... I hope...
Vintage sewing machines are a passion of mine.  I just love the mechanics, the design and the usufullness of them.  Plus, this one might have been used to sew old denim!  It's Vintage Gear for Guys!


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9 comments:

  1. Hi - I have recently found this exact machine, but in better condition - wondering if you could give me a clue on what the value of it could be? Please e-mail me at lind2020@gmail.com if you wouldn't mind. Thanks!

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  2. http://parts.singerco.com/IPinstManuals/81-60_65_70_72_73_75_76_77_78.pdf

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  3. Have been trying to find the manual for an old 81-73 everywhere. Thanks for this!
    Great looking machine, and has so much going on that other machines don't :)

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    1. thanks. Do a google search for singer sewing 81 manual you might get lucky....

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  4. Hi, You seem to know your stuff. I've got a Singer B1K73 overlocker complete with table and treadle in good working order that needs a good home. Any idea's what it might be worth? Ta

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    1. I assume you mean 81K73. It really depends. they run from 50-300 or up depending on all that comes with the table, condition etc...

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  5. That is very kind of you and also very helpful - Thanks.

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