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Thread: Which Singer model 15?

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    Which Singer model 15?

    How do I figure out which model 15 it is? I need a bobbin case and there are different ones shown for different versions.
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    I have recently gone through the process of identifying my new model 15 Singer treadle. Had quite a time but finally figured out it is a 15-88. It is a treadle, flat side of needle faces left, and threads right to left. The bobbin case hinge opens on the right. Contact Jenny at Sew-classic.com and she will help you with bobbin case and bobbins. I was lucky, mine came with bobbin case and about ten bobbins. Don't try to use Sandman Collectibles to identify your machine. It will misidentify it as a 15-91. I am ordering a belt for mine today and in process of refinishing the cabinet. Can't wait to sew on it, tried it by hand turning the wheel and it makes a wonderfully straight, even stitch with no adjustments. Whoopee!! Good luck with yours.

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    How do I figure out which model 15 it is? I need a bobbin case and there are different ones shown for different versions.
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    So what is the difference between the 88 and the 91?

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    Although there are many similarities, and the needle does face flat left and threads right to left on the 15-91 as it does on the 15-88, the 15-91 is ELECTRIC. And I made a mistake in my earlier answer about identifying this machine through Sandman Collectibles. When you put all of the factors in it identifies it as a 15-96. Go to Sandman Collectibles and try to identify you machine based on your machines parts and structure. See what happens. You can pm me if you have further questions.

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    So what is the difference between the 88 and the 91?
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    So if its a treadle it is a 96?

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    No necessarily. Here are some ways to tell the difference between 15-88 and 15-96:

    15-88 has round stitch length control plate.
    15-88 Bobbin case latch opens on the right. The finger is at 11 o'clock position (part #125291.)
    15-88 Feed dogs drop.

    15-96 has rectangular stitch length control plate.
    15-96 Bobbin case latch opens on the left. The finger is at the 1 o'clock position (part #15277.)
    15-96 Feed dogs do not drop.

    Bobbins for both are the same #2518.

    Both the 15-88 and the 15-96 have flat side of needle facing left and they thread right to left.

    You can also go to The Needlebar website: They have a page for Singer Model 15 comparisons. This should help you identify your machine. Good luck to you. I am ready to order some items for mine tonight from Sew-classics.com (Jenny) and can't wait to start sewing on her.

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    So if its a treadle it is a 96?
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    It's sounding like mine is also a 15-88
    Here are pictures of bobbin area and stitch length control.
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    The 15-88 can also be electric. The difference is whether the motor is directly attached to the upper plate on the back of the machine (15-91) or attached behind the machine with a belt drive (15-88). My mother's 15-88 (someday mine) was purchased new in 1935 as a treadle. Three months later Dad bought the Singer motor for it. Singer offered the 15-88 both with and without the electric motor, but both have the same treadle base. I have verified all this with the original manual, as well as my mother's personal story. I love Mom's/my 15-88 and know you will love yours.
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    Shirley that is good to know. I am almost certain that Mom-6 has a 15-88.
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