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Thread: Noisey 15-91 sewing machine

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    I have two of these machines and I just love them. I do all my free motion on one of them without the foot. So I just ordered it, thank goodness. These are real work horses. I can't say mine is noisey, like all machines they have their own personality and sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    oregongirl,

    There is a knob under the bed near the feed dogs that is used to drop them.

    Joe
    fantastic, joe! thank you - i'll go see if i can find it! I'm going to need feet too - there were no accessories at all that came with this one, but it was cheap, so i can't complain!

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    btw, this machine isn't especially noisy at all. does yours need oil or lubing? that can make them noisy.

    i found the thumb screw and released the feed dogs. yippee! i didn't see it at first but then pulled out the manual that i'd downloaded and it told how to drop the feed dogs for darning. now i need that darning foot. i'm looking on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oregongirl View Post
    btw, this machine isn't especially noisy at all. does yours need oil or lubing? that can make them noisy.

    i found the thumb screw and released the feed dogs. yippee! i didn't see it at first but then pulled out the manual that i'd downloaded and it told how to drop the feed dogs for darning. now i need that darning foot. i'm looking on ebay.
    After changing to the "cheapie" fmq foot, the noise is pretty much gone, and I LOVE this machine for the fmquilting that I'm trying to perfect...practice, practice, practice. That's what I do.
    with a passion for quilting and vintage machines..Singers: 99, 4 featherweights, Redeye 66, Lotus 66, Phoenix 27, 15-91, 301A
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    I know this is an old thread, but for those who arrive here via internet search for a solution to a noisy bobbin area on a 15-90 or 15-91, you may try checking your shuttle driver cushion spring (page 28 of 15-91 adjuster's manual, just google for it). The spring tends to flatten out over time and allow too much space, resulting in the click-click or clack-clack. You can tighten up by bending the spring out a bit; but be careful, if you bend too much you will have issues with thread not getting though and breaking. Or, you can always just replace the spring with a new one, Singer part number 125298. I'm not a professional, this is just what has worked on my machines.

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    Thank you man_quilter...all information is appreciated...started this thread a couple of years ago, and this now about the only machine I consider when I'm doing FMQ in my quilts. Must not be as noisey as it once was or I am more used to it now.
    with a passion for quilting and vintage machines..Singers: 99, 4 featherweights, Redeye 66, Lotus 66, Phoenix 27, 15-91, 301A
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    I use my 15-91 for FM but have not noticed it being more noisy than my other machines. My favorite FM foot is a generic low shank I purchased from Sew Classic: http://shop.sew-classic.com/Low-Shan...luxe-NN-31.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by man_quilter View Post
    I know this is an old thread, but for those who arrive here via internet search for a solution to a noisy bobbin area on a 15-90 or 15-91, you may try checking your shuttle driver cushion spring (page 28 of 15-91 adjuster's manual, just google for it). The spring tends to flatten out over time and allow too much space, resulting in the click-click or clack-clack. You can tighten up by bending the spring out a bit; but be careful, if you bend too much you will have issues with thread not getting though and breaking. Or, you can always just replace the spring with a new one, Singer part number 125298. I'm not a professional, this is just what has worked on my machines.
    My mothers old HOTHER 15 clone has that annoying clicking sound. I'll bet that is a good place to look. Hopefully the 15-91 or other 15 adjusters manual specs will work on a JUKI made clone.

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    I bought two of them a few weeks apart and I loved one and hated the other...They sewed very differently as far as stitches too, both were in very good shape and nothing wrong mechanically. Neither were quiet and one was much noisier. They are work horses though and do not complain no matter what you throw at them.
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    I've noticed that with other machines I have duplicates of. Some are quiet and totally cooperative. Others are just cranky and contrary. I just take my time with them and work the bugs out.

    Joe
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