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Thread: How to know which kind of Singer 15 I have?

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    I just bought a Singer 15, serial number AJ092047 for $10. The cabinet needs a little refreshing, but the machine is pristine! It shines like new!! It is missing a power cord, but that shouldn't be too much trouble to find. Question-how do I know which type of 15 it is? I googled, and there are so many possibilities. How does one know?

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    I would also like to know this.

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    I just picked up a 15-90 singer and did some research:
    http://shop.sew-classic.com/Singer-1...-15-88_c27.htm
    Also ebay is great for acquiring information.
    I mainly just did several goggle search's. I typed in Singer w/ the serial #.
    hope that helps

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    Does the machine have a motor encased in a "squarish" cover on the post of the machine? If so, it's a 15-91.

    If it's belt driven, it's most likely a 15-90. Look at the bobbin carriage. If the "finger" on it points up and to the left, it's a 15-90. If it points up and slightly to the right, it's a 15-30.

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    pictures please! I love the 15, got a quilt under mine now. Mine says on the very front of the plate. Oops, it says on my manuel that came with it. Mine is the 15-91 my avartar!

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    Thanks-this is exactly the information I needed! I get to pick it up tomorrow afternoon, so I'll get pictures out as soon as she comes home! It pays to go to church-I lucked into this because of a conversation after Mass this morning! Couldn't believe she was only $10. I didn't even bother to haggle!!!
    She also came with a button holer and other attachments in their original box-and inexplicably, a tattered Singer 66 manual. . .but no manual for this machine!!

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    Is it a 66 then, since you have the book? They can look very much alike. The 99 is much smaller though. $10 is an excellent price for either. I got my singer 15 for $20 36 yrs ago and it has mended jeans, sewn boat seat covers, overalls, prom dresses, quilts, coats. You name it, it has sewn it! Love it! Funny, I gave it away twice, and it came back to me both times. I will NEVER ever give it away again, don't know what I was thinking. It was meant to be with me though!

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    You can get a manual free...check the Ismacs website, or I found mine in the yahoo group files for the group "Vintage Singers".

    :)

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    Ok it finally happened, I got "THE BUG"
    here is my first vintage find....is vintage the right word?
    Its a Singer 15-90 1948-works
    came w/ a ton of attachments & the manual.
    25.00 at a yard sale


    Now how do i go about cleaning her up? I read in my hours of researching, a car wax,..... nothing abusive or with alcohol .
    I have a man that does wood working, going to see what he would charge me to help fix the front panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    Is it a 66 then, since you have the book? They can look very much alike. The 99 is much smaller though. $10 is an excellent price for either. I got my singer 15 for $20 36 yrs ago and it has mended jeans, sewn boat seat covers, overalls, prom dresses, quilts, coats. You name it, it has sewn it! Love it! Funny, I gave it away twice, and it came back to me both times. I will NEVER ever give it away again, don't know what I was thinking. It was meant to be with me though!
    No-definitely a 15. Looked up the serial number. Can't wait to get her home!

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    and I can't wait to see her!

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    Mine says 15k for that series of #s when I look up the serial #.
    What does the 'k' mean? Is it because it is a treadle, because it was made in Scotland, or something else entirely?

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    "K" means she was made in Scotland...Kilbowie

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi
    Ok it finally happened, I got "THE BUG"
    here is my first vintage find....is vintage the right word?
    Its a Singer 15-90 1948-works
    came w/ a ton of attachments & the manual.
    25.00 at a yard sale


    Now how do i go about cleaning her up? I read in my hours of researching, a car wax,..... nothing abusive or with alcohol .
    I have a man that does wood working, going to see what he would charge me to help fix the front panel.
    ~grin~ Infectious bug, isn't it?? ;) :lol: Billy posted a tutorial on cleaning machines that's very detailed and good... If they run well after being oiled, I just do a good wipe down with Murphy's Oil Soap and then give her a good coat of TR-3... Pretty baby! Hope your guy can fix the front the way you want it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frauhahn
    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    Is it a 66 then, since you have the book? They can look very much alike. The 99 is much smaller though. $10 is an excellent price for either. I got my singer 15 for $20 36 yrs ago and it has mended jeans, sewn boat seat covers, overalls, prom dresses, quilts, coats. You name it, it has sewn it! Love it! Funny, I gave it away twice, and it came back to me both times. I will NEVER ever give it away again, don't know what I was thinking. It was meant to be with me though!
    No-definitely a 15. Looked up the serial number. Can't wait to get her home!
    I've learned not to count on what the manuals that come with the machines say! I once bought a treadle, by the attachments that were with her...(they were worth more than I paid for the whole machine and cabinet!) There was also a book with the attachments, and I was VERY excited...it was for a Singer 115...however...the machine was a Wheeler & Wilson D9... :lol: I sent the manual to a friend that had a 115, but no original manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi
    Ok it finally happened, I got "THE BUG"
    here is my first vintage find....is vintage the right word?
    Its a Singer 15-90 1948-works
    came w/ a ton of attachments & the manual.
    25.00 at a yard sale
    Now how do i go about cleaning her up? I read in my hours of researching, a car wax,..... nothing abusive or with alcohol .
    I have a man that does wood working, going to see what he would charge me to help fix the front panel.
    The cabinet you want to have fixed is called the "Art Deco" cabinet, made just for Singer. Many had an ink well and place for a pen in left top drawer & some even had a narrow drawer top right just for stationery - the idea was to use it not only for sewing, but also as a lady's writing desk. This is the cabinet Mom had that I now have - also in need of refinishing - going to tackle it myself someday.

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    Yes my cabinet has the ink well you described, didn't know thats what it was until I read your post. Makes perfect sense.
    Thanks so much for your information.

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    I picked up a 201-2 and a 15-91 in the "Art Deco" cabinet a couple of weeks ago. The 201-2 was in a mahogany cabinet I cleaned the machine and sanded down the cabinet new stain and varnish looks nice. The 15-91 in the "Blond" cabinet that I have to do some work on the finish and clean up the machine. They both sew very good.

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