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Thread: Old Sewing Machine find

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    Super Member Caroline S's Avatar
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    I was at my favorite thrift store on Friday and saw this machine on sale for $19.99. I passed on it but it kept calling to me. I went back Saturday to buy it and the price was even lower, $9.99. So she came home with me.

    It is called a Plymouth and was made in Japan. It does have a serial number of Z1087664. Nowhere is it marked made in Japan or a date. I do not believe that the case it came in is original to the machine because the thread post is bent. Likely the machine was mounted in a cabinet.

    The wiring is good, light works, motor runs, but the machine is a little "clunky".

    I did some internet research and the best information I could find is that is a clone of a Singer Model 15. Can any of you confirm the info I found? I do think it is worth taking to the local sewing machine doctor to be cleaned and fixed. What do think?

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    wow, very nice - looks hardly used.

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    That's a beautiful machine! And only $10!!! I would probably fix it up and start looking for a nice cabinet for it. Did you clean and oil it? I'm wondering if the "clunkiness" might be due to a need for oil and perhaps grease in the motor. A good techie would do all that, but you could also do it yourself with information online.

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    Oh she's so pretty! Great find!

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    Nice

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    She's a beauty!!

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    You're right about it being a Japanese clone and a very pretty one. Billy (lostn51) says the clones are better than the originals. There are tutorials for a complete cleaning, but you probably don't need anything that extensive. Find a free manual online for a 15 and use those directions for oiling, greasing and cleaning. You can remove that pretty plate on the back to get at some of the interior parts. Oil it, sew with it, reoil it and you'll be surprised how much smoother it will run. I got my manuals from sewclassic,com, but the Singer site has them, too. Is it Ismacs?

    Post her picture in ther vintage machine thread. She's so pretty, she'll be appreciated.

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    Love it!

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    OOPS.

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    Verypretty and a super buy!

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