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Thread: Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up

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    Power Poster miriam's Avatar
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    You are invited to post a picture of your Singer 15 or a 15 clone here. If what you post is not a 15 clone that is ok maybe someone will help you figure it out. Maybe you would just like to contribute the badge name of your 15 clone and tell a bit about it.

    These mostly can be identified by the tension on the face plate of the machine. The machines can vary WILDLY or be similar but with a different name.

    A bit of info...
    Although not really collectable, the "clones" can be very serviceable simple to use machines.
    They beat the bargain machines sold at discount stores. Here's why...
    inexpensive
    Full reverse capabilities
    Adjustable presser foot pressure
    Feed dogs drop
    Class 15 bobbin, side loading, oscillating hook
    Uses standard home sewing machine needles
    they have more powerful motors so can sew faster and have better piercing ability
    (amperage rated motors (1 to 1.5 amps)
    all metal parts
    common, easy to find, low shank accessories fit them
    parts are available for repairs
    great for free motion
    hems your jeans
    easy to see the needle - the tension is around the corner
    if it wears out you can easily find another one like it but most likely you'll be dead first
    The clones can be easily rewired

    Here are a couple good articles on the Clones if you would like more information.
    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/12/...-15-clone.aspx
    http://sewing-machines.blogspot.com/...s-and-60s.html

    Potato Head (born in Japan - badged Kingston) motor is marked Brother
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    Universal - a CL rescue - still needs a tension - out of 10 machines that were in a flood, this machine and a Singer 66 were repairable - I wish I had a before picture
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    Federal - blue band is hiding some termite damage in her frame
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    Commander badged by Sears - this one is set up for free motion
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    Senior Member MarieM's Avatar
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    Can't wait to see more posts. I have a 15-91, but haven't come across any clones since I've been looking.

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    Here is a picture of Gretel, my Singer 15-30 from 1915 with it's Tiffany (Gingerbread) Decals and of my newest, which looks like a 15 clone to me. It's a White Model 65 but it is also labeled J-A15 near the serial number. When I called about the date I was told it was made somewhere between 1958 and 1960. I saw it just 2 days ago and loved the blue and white - it sews really quiet and nice. (Gretel does too!) No name yet for the new machine.

    Gretel
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    Here are two of mine.

    Dressmaker
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    Monarch with matching case
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    Butterfly, a really pretty clone. She's one of the vintage machines I'd like to sell, but way too heavy to ship.

    the real deal, Singer 15-91
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    the Butterfly clone
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    Some really beautiful machines. :)

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    This is mine. Made in Japan. Love the color and fancy faceplate. It was bought around 1953. It says "ElectroGrand Deluxe Precision"
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    This is my 15 singer I don't have any clones.
    Maybe paid $15.00 for her about 20 years ago.
    She still sews like a dream. Shes a centennial.
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    Here are mine.

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    Homestead Clone
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    Singer 15-91
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    My International, found it by the side of the road for $20.00, it runs great but the case needs a little TLC.
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