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Thread: Can anyone tell me any info about the machine i have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat of Abington View Post
    I just looked at a similar machine in a second hand store. That machine has "Made in Japan",on the silver medallion below the forward and backward control. It's labelled, " Mercury Electric Sewing Machine. The numbers underneath the machine are ,MODR3l and TA132619. The store says that the machine does work and they are asking $60.00 for it. It has, I believe, the original electric cord. Can anyone tell me if this is a good machine? I want to buy it to teach my granddaughter to sew. I live in MA. Thanks for any help.
    Here is the thread for my Mercury Electric before going to the spa.

    Mercury Electric Dial-O-Matic, picture heavy

    It would be an excellent sewing machine on which to learn to sew. See if you can dicker/haggle a bit to get it cheaper. Check the wiring and have the seller demonstrate that it does sew.
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    Do you know where I could purchase a manual for thid machine. It comes with just one foot, a seam guide, a few screw drivers and a light bulb. I will also try it out before I purchase it. Thanks again.

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    Those Singer 15 and 15 clones are just about the most common machines ever made. They are good machines but not at all valuable, just because there are so many of them. Some came in beautiful colors, too. They are known to be great for FMQ because of the path the thread takes.

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    just wanted to say love your new machine! i have a 15-91 and got it all cleaned and shiny, but i think i need the electrical replaced. it works, but it looks so ancient i'm afraid it might catch on fire. have fun with your new baby - i think sewing is about the most relaxing thing ever. my best advice for you as a newbie is to just have fun. if you want to make a quilt, start with something like a 9 patch - it's about the easiest and you'll be so proud of your finished product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat of Abington View Post
    Do you know where I could purchase a manual for thid machine. It comes with just one foot, a seam guide, a few screw drivers and a light bulb. I will also try it out before I purchase it. Thanks again.
    You can get a generic manual at the ISMACS link
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ion-manual.pdf
    Sweet Caroline

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    This is a Model 15 clone, one of the nicest and most reliable of the vintage machines. It won't sell for much, and I think $60 is on the high side (Be sure bobbin case is there!). It should piece, line quilt with walking foot and fmq very well. It needs to be oiled every 8 hours of sewing; see the manual for oiling points. Use sewing machine oil or, preferably, Tri Flow oil ONLY, no 3-in-1, no WD40. Use Singer lubricant or Tri Flow lubricant for greasing the gears. Brush the lint out of the bobbin area every time you change the bobbin and it should do very well for you. I think you'll love it.

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    We have a whole ton of info here: Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up feel free to post your pictures there, too.
    I have a new one I need to add soon. Mine is a Kingston. Very nice machine.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oregongirl View Post
    just wanted to say love your new machine! i have a 15-91 and got it all cleaned and shiny, but i think i need the electrical replaced. it works, but it looks so ancient i'm afraid it might catch on fire. have fun with your new baby - i think sewing is about the most relaxing thing ever. my best advice for you as a newbie is to just have fun. if you want to make a quilt, start with something like a 9 patch - it's about the easiest and you'll be so proud of your finished product.
    Thank you! I have been doing a few small projects just to get the feel for my new found love and everytime i use her it seems to get easier and more natural feeling

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    Thank you everyone for all your help and advice! I would have been so frustrated and lost with out it . I also wanted to share a newer picture of my baby all cleaned up and in her new home that i managed to get my hands on for only $15!
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    yay - a permanent home for her! i can practically hear her sigh of relief.

    the cabinet is very cute and $15 is a great price to buy a home! ;-)

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