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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:
Installing the shuttle into the race:
Winding the shuttle bobbin:
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,
Last edited by misseva; 12-10-2011 at 12:14 PM.
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.
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Edited to add: I believe that the Singer 201-2 has been referred to as "The Dress Maker", possibly in Singer Advertising....
Last edited by ThayerRags; 12-10-2011 at 02:43 PM.
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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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