There are other clones but the class 15 has the tension on the end. Other type clones have the tension on the front.
Hello- I live in Australia and my husband recently bought me a clone in a local op-shop for $25 and I stumbled on this thread whilst trying to find out about the machine. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about these machines. It is a Brother made in Ireland imported into Australia with Australian made bakelite pedal and plug. It looks like it was barely used and sat on top of grans cupboard for 50 years.. sadly there was no box of accessories but the original tape measure was there with the piece of card board still sitting on it! It has a straight stich foot and a darning hoop. It needs a clean and oil and the op-shop cut off the cords as they don't sell working electrical goods...my hubby will rewire it for me so I can try it out..after a good clean and oil of course! I read somewhere that the last digit on the number on the bottom shows the year of manufacture which is a 1 so given the Dublin factory opended in '58 I figure it was '61? The case is in really good condition and there is an extending table too. I have turned the wheel and it is so smooth... Oh and the cover is a red crocodile skin pattern. Any thoughts or advice? :)
So my hubby scored with this! I am itching to use it. Why do I want to sew with this more than my new Bernina?...Maybe because it is just so shiny and of course now I want to buy a whole bundle of feet for it. I hope the motor and tension are OK..it has been used at least once as there was a small bundle of cuts off threads underneath from some long ago project..
This also has caught my kids fascination much more than my new machine.
better get back to work now..
I must be a kid...
I made a new posting about the Japanese 15 machines: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t207416.html
feel free to add to the photos
What I have found as I have worked on clones is markings on the bottom of the machine to identify what company manufactured the machine. Not all clones are marked. Even the old Singer 15 was not marked on the bottom.