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Thread: Vintage machine purchase

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    Super Member wesing's Avatar
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    I already posted this in the vintage machine shop thread, but I'm going to try it here as well.

    After seeing Starlite/Jan's thrift store find I started looking for a machine like it. I found this on ebay. I probably paid too much for it, but it is my favorite color and it is PRISTINE. This one is a bit different from hers, but similar.

    I know it is a Singer 15 "clone." It weighs about 4,728 pounds, it is quieter than anything else in the house, and it makes a beautiful straight stitch. (I'm hooked - I can't wait to piece my next quilt with this machine) Everything on the underside says "Brother," but the front says "Made in Japan." Can anyone tell me anything more about this machine?

    Thanks,

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    All I know is, it's a beauty! Congratulations and enjoy!

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    You've got a really terrific free-motion quilting machine there! And what a gorgeous color! :)

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    Ummmmm did I read right.... 4,728 lbs?????
    over 2 tons????
    I hope that was a miss print!!!

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    Oh my goodness,such a pretty color & great stitching.Enjoy her.Have you named her yet/Happy stitching............pab

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    I know it's pretty! Lol...great purchase.

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    Darren, that's AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go to the machine shop. Billy and Charlee know a lot.
    You must be a big strong man to lift that machine LOL :D

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    Wow, what an pretty color!!! I also see the tension knob in an unusual place, on the face plate. Don't think I've ever seen one like that. Very interesting and attractive machine. Have fun learning about it and using it.

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    Nice machine! I love the color!




    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    You've got a really terrific free-motion quilting machine there! And what a gorgeous color! :)
    How does an older machine like this do FMQ? I"m so new to all this. lol

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    Can't be of much help with this brand, but is is a beautiful machine...I have a Pinnock Sewmatic (made in Adelaide Australia) the same colour, mine is late 1950's model. It's currently in use and runs like a dream.

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    Lovely.

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    okay, Darren, show us your muscles! :shock:
    I think you should reweigh your machine ;) LOL

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    That is one good looking machine! Do yo think that is the original paint? You should have lots of fun sewing on that baby.

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    That is such a pretty sewing machine! It is lucky to have such a loving new owner!

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    Thanks everyone for the replies - I love this color and that is one reason that I passed up so many others that I saw on ebay and CL. It may not weight exactly 4,728 pounds, but it has to be close. The poor mailman nearly got a hernia trying to deliver it.

    We haven't named it yet - we'll have to think of a really good 50's name like Betty Lou or something. My wife suggested Oda Mae - not sure if that's her name or not. I will entertain suggestions if anyone has any ideas. We also are thinking up names for the 3 Pfaffs. One of them really is from Germany, so it may be a Gretchen. I'll have to check the "made in" tags on the other two.

    Cindy - I think this machine is capable of dropping the feed dogs, so it is able to do FMQ.

    I still don't have any info on this machine. I sure wish someone knew something. I joined Needlebar, but haven't found anything there yet. For now I'll just have to enjoy the color and see how she works on my next project.

    Thanks all.

    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyinNY
    How does an older machine like this do FMQ?
    The vertical bobbin really helps when you're free-motion quilting - it's more amenable to stitching in all directions and to frequent changes of direction than a horizontal bobbin.

    It likely has droppable feed dogs, but if not, it's no big deal - you just set your stitch length to "0" or cover the feed dogs with a piece of cardstock taped in place, but that's not really necessary. You can do FMQ even with the feed running - it just gives you some extra friction to deal with. :)

    I just quilted most of a queen sized quilt with the feed dogs up and running. The only thing that alerted me was that they chewed up the Sew Slip mat and the thread kept hanging on one of the ragged edges. I finally removed the quilt and saw the damage to the mat.

    This machine is my favorite FMQ machine - it's heavy as a truck and being installed in a heavy cabinet, it's very smooth. It sews beautifully and there's a lot more open space under the arm than on any of my modern machines.

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    hmmm... from the 50's? how about, "Lucy?" :-)

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    Wow!! She is beautiful Wesing!

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    She is a beauty. Congratulations. Just for the heck of it can you weight it and let us know? BrendaK
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    That is really a beautiful machine!!
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    Oh that is really pretty! Have fun stitching on it..

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    Thats a pretty machine. They don't make them that solid anymore. Love the design on the end of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing View Post
    Thanks everyone for the replies - I love this color and that is one reason that I passed up so many others that I saw on ebay and CL. It may not weight exactly 4,728 pounds, but it has to be close. The poor mailman nearly got a hernia trying to deliver it.

    We haven't named it yet - we'll have to think of a really good 50's name like Betty Lou or something. My wife suggested Oda Mae - not sure if that's her name or not. I will entertain suggestions if anyone has any ideas. We also are thinking up names for the 3 Pfaffs. One of them really is from Germany, so it may be a Gretchen. I'll have to check the "made in" tags on the other two.

    Cindy - I think this machine is capable of dropping the feed dogs, so it is able to do FMQ.

    I still don't have any info on this machine. I sure wish someone knew something. I joined Needlebar, but haven't found anything there yet. For now I'll just have to enjoy the color and see how she works on my next project.

    Thanks all.

    Darren
    What about Betty Mae?
    Sharon

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    I don't know anything about the machine, but it is in amazing condition!
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