Vintage Adler 187 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine ALL METAL Free Running

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This machine is offered for service completion (ADJUSTMENT) IF REQUIRED by a do it yourselfer.

Machine is complete, including bobbin and shuttle.

It has been made completely free running thru 3 internal cleanings and 3 lubes with tri-flow oil.

I am a MECHANIC, NOT a SALESMAN. Whatever should be done, IS DONE.

In my 35 years of Sewing Machine repair, i have found, that the older a machine, the Longer Lasting, more easily adjustable, and Better Stitch it provides. Price point is now everything. Planned Obsolescence is now the game. Modern machines are not designed for easy repair, or to last, just like cars.

Machine was designed by West German Sewing Machine Engineers, the Adler Family, to be a workhorse machine for
tailoring, seamstress work. This was when machines were designed the best they could, and then priced as required, not built cheaply for the highest possible profit at the buyers expense.


I recommend you use only the PROPER Schmetz Needles for whatever you choose to sew. They always outsew other brands, and they have a patented ANTI-SKIP design feature.

Always Remember: You need to use the smallest size needle that will work, NOT the Largest that fits in the machine.

LEATHERS SEWABLE THICKNESS: also depends on the KIND of leather, and the TANNING METHOD ( For Example: Chrome or Vegetable). All machines sold by me include Schmetz Needle APPLICATION GUIDES, and additional info re Schmetz Advantages.

PLEASE NOTE: The biggest needle is NOT the BEST Needle, the smallest of the correct type that works well is the best needle

FIVE PICTURES of actual machine.


Made in Western Germany by the ORIGINAL Adler Company Family. Adler WAS the Schmetz of the Sewing Machine Industry.

Machine also has NEEDLE POSITION Bight Adjustment, LEFT, CENTER, RIGHT.

Uses a LOW Shank Center Needle Position Presser Foot.

75 or so Low Shank Feet are available.

For Heavy Work i advise you purchase both a Teflon Foot, and a Roller Foot to make the work feed even easier.

Does a terrific Straight or Zig-Zag Stitch.

Darner on machine to adjust Presser Foots Pressure on the work is a gradual adjustable Snap-Postion style, far better than the modern machines that have no adjustment for this, or a few settings, at best.

Made of Cast Steel, Machined Steel, Brass, Bronze, and Sheet Steel.

Spool Pin BRACKET and Spool Pins are METAL.

This Motor has Bronze Oilite Bushings, NOT PLASTIC.

This is a MORE RELIABLE Side Load Rotary Hook Sewing .Machine.

I have found this Side Load rotary to penetrate work better than a Drop In Bobbin Machine.


This machine has been made free running. Nothing else was done.

Cleaned 3 times, prior to lubrication Three Times with Tri-Flow Oil Teflon Carrying Oil (Recommended by almost all Machine Makers, and the best oil for machines available).

I have found TriFlow requires only annual lubrication in almost all machines, even those used for Quilting.

Machine Bottom and Interior COMPLETELY Cleaned Multiple Times.

BEING USED HAS WEAR MARKS, and other minor Cosmetic defects..

This is a complete machine:

foot control, ONE Bobbin.

ORIGINAL 87 MANUAL COPIED and ENLARGED to EASILY READABLE 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. the instructions also apply to the 187 . IDENTICAL MANUAL COPY is also OFFERED ON ETSY.

also suggest you try Mettler Metrosene Thread (especially TOPSTITCH-BUTTON on heavy work), or Gutterman Thread (best 2 threads on the market.


U.S. CLIENTS LOWER 48 STATES : ...........USPO PARCEL STANDARD (Parcel Post) Shipping/Handling $89.99 (my cost is usually higher than this charge) to lower 48 states via US PO Mail with Delivery Confirmation, or via FEDEX (MY CHOICE) in a Bubble and foam Packed Carton, within a Chip Foam and Bubble Packed Carton. (The outside carton is 12 Inch by 24 Inch by 19 Inches...

.US CLIENTS HAWAII ALASKA: PARCEL STANDARD MAIL: Shipping/Handling $99.99 to ONLY STATES OF HAWAII and ALASKA via US PO Mail with Delivery Confirmation and INSURANCE in a Bubble Packed Carton, within a Bubble Packed Carton. (The outside cartons are 12 Inch by 24 Inch by 19 Inches.

All other NON-CONTINENT US Destinations will likely have an ADDITIONAL CHARGE.

In purchasing this item, You agree to retain all packing material and cartons until you have made sure there is no damage, to permit an insurance claim if required, by you. Your purchase is agreement to both of these this requirements. QUESTIONS? via email.

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