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I would call the ones with the faceplate tension, Japanese 15 Clones, but the ones with the tension on the front, Japanese machines that use Class 15 Bobbins. At least mine do, and I have a couple of those as well as the clones. The Japanese ZZ that uses the 15 bobbin is pretty cool. I have a Wizard and New Home that are the zz/15 and both are great machines. The wizard my mom bought in 1966 for $66 and it still sews fine. I put a pic somewhere on here.
Oh the serial number is 1841671, and it is on the slide plate like a Davis - instead of on the bed of the machine somwhere!
Last edited by BoJangles; 11-10-2011 at 03:32 PM.
In the antique and vintage sewing machine community if it does not have the Singer logo it is called a copy. A clone is a Chinese reproduction that has the Singer logo on it. Some of the Chinese machines were allotted by Singer and a lot of them are counterfeit. But if it looks like a Singer 15 with the dial on the faceplate and a different name on it then it is a copy, or better known as a Japanese 15. I have lots of company records from the Japanese based companies that made them and even in their records they are called "Model 15's". And I have probably the most information about the Japanese machines than anyone on the planet.
I don't think I'm even going to TRY to catch up with you all!! I'm just going to dash in and give a quick update before getting back to hauling plants in out of the coming freeze.
Since I know EXACTLY what you all want to hear, I'll let you know that yes, I'm still bringing in more machines than I sell. My newest old machines are a pair of 128's with Victorian decals (I bought one for the case and the crank, machine is in rough shape; the next day I found one in nice shape, so will put the two together); a German paw foot TS (beautiful little machine, need to get it cleaned and shined); a Domestic B HC (very cute); and my prize, a back-wheel Wilson treadle.
First weekend in Oct was a quilt retreat--finally finished a top that had been giving me grief. 2nd weekend was a great time at ISMACS. It was a small crowd, but well worth the time. Beautiful machine overload viewing Gary Wachs' collection. Since then has been a cold, a burn, and a fall--not so much fun, but recovering from all. Life still busy beyond belief, but hope to be able to check in more often!!
So now--when did the Quilting Board get a new look? Do we like it???
I need a foot for my featherweight. It came apart and now will not sew. The power cord is attached so I need both. Any hekp will be greatly appreciated
I found a source for Boye #10 needles for all us Davis folks. If you need some, send me a PM and I'll give you the contact info.