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Thread: 1941 Singer 15 special variation (15sv10) - looking for more info

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    Question 1941 Singer 15 special variation (15sv10) - looking for more info

    Hello all,

    I've been a member of the forum for a while, learning all about quilting, but this is my first post. So glad to have found this forum and all it's useful information.

    I found and bought this Singer 15sv10 (according to the instruction manual) and am trying to find more information about it. I've found one photo of another machine like it and it's on this forum. I also found a couple of videos on youtube of the same model machine.

    I would love to know more about it, would love to find a service manual for it, and would like to know more about the Singer "special variations" and why they were offered and what made this machine a special variation. Basically I just want to know everything about it.

    Yesterday, I polished it a bit, oiled it, and hubby and I did a little adjusting on the belt, but this is pretty much the condition I bought it in. (When loosening the lock nut to wind a bobbin, the needle still goes up and down - not a big deal but would like to know what other things we could adjust to fix this. Other than that, it sews beautifully.)

    Looking forward to learning more about the beautiful machine.

    Jodie

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    Jodie,

    Welcome to the Quilting Board ( as a new poster anyway )

    I don't think that is a 41 vintage machine. It looks more like the more recent Indian made Singers. It is a Singer, not a clone, but not a vintage machine either.
    Here is a link to the Indian Singers that look very similar to yours. { http://www.singerindia.net/Straight_Stich.aspx?id=1 }

    You can find service manuals on the Singer site { http://www.parts.singerco.com/IPsvcManuals/ } but I don't know how close to yours these manuals will be.

    To stop the needle bar from moving I'd remove the hand wheel, clean any and all old oil from the shaft and inside of the wheel, then put one drop of sewing machine oil on the shaft and put the wheel back on. That should free up the wheel when the stop motion knob is released.
    Oh, when you remove the stop motion knob, make the clutch washer with a Sharpie so you get it back on the way it cam off. They can be turned 180 out and then sometimes they won't work.

    Joe

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    It's got "Made in USA" printed on the front.

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    Pat,

    Your monitor is a lot clearer than mine, I totally missed that. Had to look, look, look to find it after you said it was there. OK, so this time I was wrong. Oh dear.

    Joe

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    I had to look this up but it appears to be a "Indian Star" variation. Ismac's has a nice collection of decal examples: http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ic-decals.html
    though I did not notice the Star and Sphinx. They'd probably be interested in a picture of your machine. I see part of your serial number AG... so your 1941 date is probably correct. Very unusual and Thanks.

    Jon

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    I'm pretty sure it's a Singer, all the parts that can be seen have "simanco" on them, and it came with the manual that has "15sv10" on it. Didn't find the exact decals on the Singer site and no mention of this exact model number.

    It does also have "The" in front of Singer. The other machine that I saw on this forum is here:
    Singer 15SV

    Definitely not the Indian Star version although the stars are similar - this machine has no red on it.
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    Jodie,

    Nah, I was totally wrong about it. I've never seen one with that decal set other than the later Asian made ones. So I made an erroneous conclusion ...... my bad.

    What I said about the hand wheel, and service manual is still good though. I think ....... ?????

    Joe

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    For the bobbin winding problem, hubby did remove the hand wheel, oiled the shaft and wheel. We then ran it a bit, holding the take up lever to keep it from moving, removed the hand wheel again, lightly sanded the shaft (which was dry originally) , oiled, ran again, then removed the hand wheel the final time, cleaned shaft and wheel again and re-oiled. It takes very little pressure on the take up lever to stop the needle from moving up and down. He even adjusted the belt a tiny bit which did slow down the needle movement. (He is a mechanic by profession so he totally knows how to get things moving smoothly.)

    We thought there might be another adjustment somewhere that would help. Like I said, it's no big deal, but if I had to wind many bobbins it would be annoying.

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    Jodie,

    Don't hold the thread take up lever, it's not strong. They can break. I've had to replace two of them on other Singers that were broken off. Hold the needle bar instead.

    By the looks of that machine, it might just need to be broken in. It doesn't look like it was used much if at all.

    Joe

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    We were very careful with the take up lever, barely had to touch it to keep it from moving.

    It does look barely used. I think it's a great Craig's List find for $75.

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