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Thread: Which Vintage Singer is this?

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    Which Vintage Singer is this?

    I saw this on craigslist today and i am thinking of reaching out to the seller. the machine looks nice in the pic. can you vintage owners "tell" what model this machine is likely to be? the owner is offering for $80. thanks for any help.


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    Looks like my Singer 15-91. It is in a cabinet but not as modern looking as yours. There should be a number on the bottom right of the machine. You can find the date your machine was made and where it was made at the Singer website.
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    I have a cabinet just like this one. It is from the late 40 to early 50s. It had a singer in it when new, but the singer was replaced with a necchi by my mother.......for what ever reason, so I can't be of help as far as the machine is concerned. Sure is a beauty.

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    looks great,buy it
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    I agree with BellaBoo - looks like a 15-91. I have one of those, love that machine! Cabinet looks nice too.
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    That's one of my favorite vintage Singer cabinets. The hidden drawers are neat. If it's in good condition, grab it.

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    I think it is a 15-91 as well. This is a wonderful machine and has an excellent reputation as a workhorse and produces a lovely straight stitch. It was often referred to as the "farmer's wife special" as there were a lot of farm clothes stitched and mended on this machine. It looks to be in excellent condition and you would have no trouble getting your money out of it should you choose to sell it again.
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    i was so hoping this machine was something other than a 15-91 as i just recently bought two 15-91's. i did send the seller an email inquiry. i love that cabinet also. if i get it, i will need to sell one of my other 15-91's.
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    Looks like a beautiful machine. I agree it looks like 15-91.

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    Does look like a 15-91 and a great cabinet...price seems reasonable to me.

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    I have one just like it,,,table and all. I just inherited from my mom, but it was my Grandmothers first. I'm so proud to have it in my home now, because it's the machine I learned to sew on when I was 5 yrs. old.

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    It looks like they use Old English on the table, pretty heavily. But even if the table's finish is rough, it's well worth $80. I have a 15-91 centennial machine and will never part with it. They are wonderful machines.
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    I have the exact thing--15-91. A great machine. I purchased mine at an estate sale for $75. I would buy another one in a heartbeat if I had the room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
    i was so hoping this machine was something other than a 15-91 as i just recently bought two 15-91's. i did send the seller an email inquiry. i love that cabinet also. if i get it, i will need to sell one of my other 15-91's.
    Oh I would run and buy that machine quickly, then I would keep all the 15's! A pair and a spare. My gosh, you won't be sorry!

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    By the way, I restored the table top on my 15-91 last week. All you need to do is use Denatured alcohol, pour a bit onto a paper towel and wipe with the grain over the scratches. What you're doing is dissolving the old finish slightly. Shellac is made with denatured alcohol. When you dissolve the old shellac finish (slightly) it spreads to fill the scratch, making it disappear. There were some dark rings from where wet glasses had been long ago. I used 0000 steel wool to remove the darkened wood. And then I used the same method as the scratches, which filled in the area, matching it with the rest of the top.

    After the scratches are gone, go over the entire top with a clean cloth, soaked in alcohol to smooth/dissolve the entire top into one smooth layer, moving quickly across, edge to edge.

    Wax with a fine furniture grade, low luster beeswax and you're good to go! Since I wasn't removing the entire finish, I didn't need to worry about the legs or the sides. The top still matches the rest of the table, and it is not "refinished". It's "restored".
    It looks beautiful now!
    Bernina 640, Singer 201-3, Singer Centennial 15-91, Tin Lizzie 26" long arm

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    Looks beautiful. Wish I had one but I don't need another machine!

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    oh well it looks like someone else beat me to it. that machine did show well so did the cabinet. the seller just got back to me about it. next time.

    hmmm..... not to dispare another one was posted tonight for $70.00. this one also looks like a 15-91. sent my email off already.

    Last edited by Havplenty; 02-25-2012 at 10:44 PM.
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    I think machines are like fabric No way you can have to many I would keep them all

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    Another pretty machine! That cabinet looks like one I just purchased for my 403. Good luck!
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