I checked out some reviews I found, they blow hot and cold. This was an inexpensive zig-zag machine with an internal motor and belt made in Great Britain from 1963 to 1965. I decoded the serial number to find mine was built in 1965.
Talk about saving money. No special feet. No attachments. Also, the bobbin winder is manual. A person pushes the bobbin against the hand wheel and must stop it when full. There is not a spring mechanism to disengage the bobbin when full. According to some reviews, in order to lower the price, the earlier ones didn't even have a light switch. The light came on when it was plugged in. Mine has the light switch.
I don't think mine was used much at all, the needle looked like it could be original. It has a drop in class 66 bobbin. Since the original came with plastic bobbins that is what I am using.
One of the most quoted reviews in The Vintage Singers Yahoo Group is "This machine is loud and clunky". I think it is quiet and sews wonderfully. So I don't share that reviewers thoughts. For $9.50, I don't think someone wanting a basic sewing machine could go wrong.
I think I have S.M.A.D.(Sewing Machine Addiction Disorder) I borrowed this from Life with Lou. This is an interesting Blog about finding and fixing sewing machines. I say I have S.M.A.D. because I love to sew and love to sew on different machines. In fact, I bought another machine I will blog about shortly. All I will say is it is a model of machine I learned about from reading The Bobbin Doctor.
I am not totally gone though. I like straight-stitch and simple zig-zag machines. Complicated machines aren't my favorite. When I was in sewing class many years ago the teacher said all you need is straight, zig-zag, and reverse. I think this holds true, because when I was looking for my first sewing machine about two years ago, I was told the same thing at a sewing machine store.
|Singer 327 in Case|
|Singer 327 ready to sew|
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