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That machine looks to me like a Singer VS 2 from the late 1800's. I have that fiddle base machine. It is a shuttle machine right, although, there was a IF (Improved Family) fiddlebase from about 1879 to about 1895 that was the predecessor to the Model 15. Based on the tension assembly location and the fact that, that machine is a shuttle with a long bobbin, that has to be a VS 2 fiddlebase.
The Singer 115 was not that old - from about 1912 to 1935. It was a vertical rotary hook machine. The model 15 is a vertical oscillating hook.
Last edited by BoJangles; 10-02-2012 at 12:16 PM.
I agree with Tammi that your machine looks very much like the 1889 VS-2 that I have with the lovely fiddle base. I know so little about the machines that my word means only exactly what I said...that it looks like mine. I am not aware of all of the machines that Singer made and have no knowledge of the 115. I am just learning. Enjoy your machine!
I wonder if my New Home is a clone of that?
It is not really a 15 clone - yet similar.
Can you show some pics of the bobbin, the under side and the nose?
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What beautiful decals on your 115, pinkCastle.
Not yet. I haven't got a bobbin case in it yet. As far as I can tell the only difference between the 115 and the early 15s is that the 115 is a full rotary hook where the 15 is oscillating. I think you can tell the difference by watching the hook motion as you turn the hand wheel. In general, though, if your machine looks like a 15 but has a different mechanism under there it might well be a 115 clone.
Those decals were the only reason we went down to Madison to look at the machine. Herself fell in love with them even from crappy Craigslist photos and nothing would do but to go get that machine. I'm looking forward to using it myself as Charlee says the 115s are very nice for sewing. I also want to check out the differences between using a oscillating hook (66) and rotating hook (115) on a treadle. Maybe even a vibrating shuttle (the 27 that's down stairs waiting for its chance in front of the camera). Of course that will lead to my wanting hand cranks of each style as well so I'll have to find a rotary hand crank machine. Suggestions, anyone?