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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Super Member purplefiend's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Beauty in the making! I have a 115 manual scanned if you need it.
    I will need it @ some point, thank you Charlee. Is it anything like the Singer 15-90?

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    You know Sharon, I don't know, I haven't compared them!
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    Treadlelady, Donna Kohler's videos on shuttle bobbins.
    For those that need to see how to load the bobbin into the shuttle:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFQ6fTVnkT0

    Installing the shuttle into the race:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFQ6fTVnkT0

    Winding the shuttle bobbin:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOu4-...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Okay, I didn't think it was really that intuitive and the manual wasn't that easy for me to understand, but I figured it out. I used some yarn so the points would be more visible (It didn't fit, but I hope you get the idea).

    1. Bring the thread from the spool to the guide at the top. There were several types. The small disks may be flat or upright, or it may just be a guide without the disks.
    2. Bring the thread down to the slot at the bottom of the tension mechanism. It may look solid, but there is a cut or slot to bring the thread up into. Pull this up.
    3. It should now hook through the small hook end of the spring that is visible. It is like a small wire.
    4. Now, pull the thread up to the arm. You don't "thread" it, you slide the thread into it through the slot.
    5. Take your thread down to your needle. On one of my machines, it has a little dent at the bottom to help guide the thread. Another has nothing. From here, it's just like any other, pull thread through the guide on the needle. Needle threads left to right.

    Hope this helps!

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    Thanks for posting this! My new Kenmore (made by White) has the same funky tension setup. Question: Can you adjust the tension? How?
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    Help, now I find I need a 20x1 needle for my Davis Honeymoon. Where to buy? I'm looking at the Ismacs list of interchangeable needles but I'm too dense to understand what it means. Is e-bay the only place to get them? SewClasics doesn't have them. The needle that was in the machine had Boye 30-40 on it,
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats View Post
    Thanks for posting this! My new Kenmore (made by White) has the same funky tension setup. Question: Can you adjust the tension? How?
    Short answer, yours looks like a lever on the front of the machine above the needle bar. Much longer answer posted on your "home for Kenmores" thread...I can get long winded at times.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    You know Sharon, I don't know, I haven't compared them!
    I found a free manual for the Singer 115 at the yahoo group: Singer(vintage singer sewing machines). Its sorta like the Singer 15-90, but the needle threads from left to right; rather than from right to left.
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Its sorta like the Singer 15-90, but the needle threads from left to right; rather than from right to left.
    Sharon
    Hi Sharon,

    Yes, you’re right. The Singer 115 threads from left to right.

    And for trivia sake, not all 15s thread the same direction. Singer changed directions sometime between the models 15-80 and 15-88.

    I had a very nice lady tell me that she was so glad that she had a “right-handed” machine, because someone else in her circle had a left-handed machine and she hated it. It took me the longest time to figure out what she meant. I finally realized that she has a 15-91, and her friend has a 15-80. The difference in the needle thread path is what she was referring to. On her “right-handed machine”, she had to push the thread through the needle with her right hand, and catch it with her left hand, thus it was “right-handed”. But on her friend’s machine, she had to do it the other way, from left to right, and she didn’t like threading it with her left hand.

    BTW - She referred to both machines as “Dress Makers”. The reason for that was both she and her friend were of the age when they in fact made dresses, many of them, for themselves and others in the area. So, if a nice little lady tells you that she has a “right-handed dress maker”, it could just be a Singer 15-91.

    Back to the subject, the main difference about the Singer 115 is that it is a rotary machine instead of an Oscillating Shuttle machine. Rotary means that the hook goes completely around in a continuous circle, while the OS machine hook goes around about half way and then reverses back to the starting point. The rotaries are believed to have less vibration and run smoother.

    CD in Oklahoma

    Edited to add: I believe that the Singer 201-2 has been referred to as "The Dress Maker", possibly in Singer Advertising....
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    Need some help deciding something...I'm picking up a wooden straight-legged treadle this week and I want to drop a 201 head in it. I have two, a 201K (cast iron) from 1956 in absolutely perfect cosmetic and running condition on which I have already performed a motorectomy and put on a hand wheel from a sacrificed 15k. I also have a April 1932 head from Elizabethport which is in excellent running condition but not as pretty as the newer one and has the original correct handwheel.

    Now this will sound stupid, but I can't decide which one to put in...the replacement handwheel on the newer 201 is not in great condition and it bugs me to look at it. The older one is the oldest 201 I've ever come across so I am partial to that one just for its age. Maybe I should put the motor back on the 1956 and put it into a nice art deco desk? Would it be silly to have an electric and a treadle 201? Help me decide!

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    How do you get pictures from Picasa on to here? I have pictures on there but it fails every time.
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