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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    A bowling buddy asked me if I knew of anyone who would pay $25 Cdn for this little sewing machine she had kept in her hall closet for a few years.......but here she is anyway....and I think she's here to stay! After looking up her serial # I see she was "born"" in 1948
    Thimblebug, that is a fine looking Featherweight you have there!! I cant believe the condition it is in, almost new and the case smells good you can not beat that. And for $25 Canadian or not is a GREAT price!!!

    Nice thing about the accessories is that almost all of the Singer low shank accessories and feet will fit your machine. So don't look just for the FW parts. Usually if the say FW anywhere the price shoots through the roof.

    Thank you for posting the beauty!!!

    Billy

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    Do you have some really old machines? Would like to see some photos of them.
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    Ok I have a question. With all the talk about old Singers I decided to check to see what more I could find out about mine. It is a Singer and I was told by a LQS who looked up the serial number that it is a 1950's reproduction of an 1850's model. so I went online to the Singer site. This serial number has an upside down v before the number L236839. On their site they divide the numbers into one letter or two. I was unsure if the upside down V was actually an A or a V. I looked it up both ways and neither one seems right. There are no single letter Ls with the right numbers. And the double numbers AL were made in 32. so I don't know what to think. Got any ideas?

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    Ok..as promised...I've posted pics of my vintage machines in other posts (check my profile for topics I've started, one is titled "I think he loves me!" and the other one is titled "Look what followed me home!" for my two "good" treadles, a Singer 9W and a Wheeler & Wilson #8. My Kenmore is shown in "Hey Machine Experts!" :)

    This one however...well...let's just say she's had a HARD life! I'm going to do my best to turn that around for her...I've named her "Hazel" after the woman she belonged to many years ago. I bought her from Hazel's grandson, who has absolutely no sense of "heirloom". She's a Wheeler & Wilson D-9, much like my Singer 9W that was made after Singer bought out W&W in 1905. (Made about 1912 according to those in the know at Needlebar) Hazel survived a house fire, supposedly shut off in a room that didn't get burned, but that room must have gotten hotter than Hades, because the machine got hot enough to scorch the wood around her, and the bed of the machine lost the Japaned finish. I think it ended up on someone's porch for too long...the cabinet is in need of help as well.
    I figure that I can't hurt the machine anymore than it's already been hurt, or the cabinet either, so this will be my first restoration project. Wish me luck!!

    Meet Hazel...much the worse for the wear, hopefully to soon regain her former beauty with a "facelift"!
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    I know that we refer machines as she, but I see members have named thier sewing machines. Should I name mine? This is a new one to me.
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    I am looking for the attachements that go with the 66, some how they got lost alond the way. Grandma was 103 when she gave the machine to me and she could not remember what happened to them. She is long gone now but can see her sewing as if it where this morning.
    I have heard you can convert them to side mount. Is this hard to do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Ok I have a question. With all the talk about old Singers I decided to check to see what more I could find out about mine. It is a Singer and I was told by a LQS who looked up the serial number that it is a 1950's reproduction of an 1850's model. so I went online to the Singer site. This serial number has an upside down v before the number L236839. On their site they divide the numbers into one letter or two. I was unsure if the upside down V was actually an A or a V. I looked it up both ways and neither one seems right. There are no single letter Ls with the right numbers. And the double numbers AL were made in 32. so I don't know what to think. Got any ideas?
    Okay Rhonda the LQS has not an idea as to what they are talking about!! But they are a quilting shop not a repair shop so that fairly understandable that they would not get it right.

    No biggie I have the info on my HD so here we go! You machine is a Singer Model 15 and there were 50,000 of them allotted on Dec 18, 1952. It is not a reproduction it is a standard factory model.

    The decal design that you have is called "Triplets" and they were offered on the 15K and 15-91. Which is one of the most sought after Model 15's that Singer came out with.


    I hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I know that we refer machines as she, but I see members have named thier sewing machines. Should I name mine? This is a new one to me.
    Glenn
    Totally up to you Glenn! :) It's a just a kind of silly thing we girls tend to do...like men naming their cars, we name our machines. ;)

    But YES! I think you should name them! What will their names be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I have heard you can convert them to side mount. Is this hard to do?
    Glenn
    You can convert them I have not tried this yet but from what I understand you can take the lug for the back clamp off and you then can use the side clamp attachments. But I am not sure of this.

    What you could do is find the presser foot bar for a 66 side clamp and swap them out and then you in like Flint. Not hard to do but the attachments are not as rare and hard to come by as people think.

    I am looking for a full set for mine but the ones I have seen were a little more than what I was willing to pay. Personally I would keep it like it is but thats just me. Goodwill, eBay or CL will probably be your best bet in finding the accessories that your looking for.

    Oh and I have never named any of my machines although I think its neat that folks do do that. But its just not my cup of tea. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Ok..as promised...I've posted pics of my vintage machines in other posts (check my profile for topics I've started, one is titled "I think he loves me!" and the other one is titled "Look what followed me home!" for my two "good" treadles, a Singer 9W and a Wheeler & Wilson #8. My Kenmore is shown in "Hey Machine Experts!"
    And I like it!!! You have some wonderful machines Charlee and this one can be a really nice one too! We need to hit the Smithsonian web site for info on your machine the link is:

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...wing-Machines/

    If anyone want to spend hours on end looking up things about vintage machines this is the place to find original literature, catalogs and inter office memos.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Oh and I have never named any of my machines although I think its neat that folks do do that. But its just not my cup of tea. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Billy
    Poor, poor nameless machines...they're nearly orphans!!

    :cry:

    ;) :lol:

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