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Thread: Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up

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    Ok let's try the nose plate again.
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    I also worked on a yellow clone earlier this week. It was in very nice shape. Then I tried to sew. Something was wrong with the tension maybe. So I took a hard look. The tension unit was not seated into the housing quite right so I took it out - the spring was bent and not in the channel. Got that cleaned up and tried to sew. Nothing. So I put a nose plate from a working machine on it. Nothing changed. Then I checked out the bobbin case - it checked out ok. I traded it out anyway. Nothing changed. So I looked hard at the shuttle. There is a little spring in the shuttle and it was loose. I tightened it up and WOW that machine works wonderfully. It is very much like a new machine.
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    Here is my 15 clone, made in Japan for a department store that use to be in St. Louis,MO. It was given to a Grandson and I gave him $100.00 for lugging it home. Sews beautifully and had never been used. It needed a new belt, oil - lots of it and a bit of grease on the spindle next to the motor, it would get hung up and break the thread. It is a Vandervoort, that was the name of department store.
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    She is so pretty. I love how those machine retain their beautiful black finish. It looks as if she had her motor replaced at one point. That machine likely came with a black motor.
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    I like your Vandervoort. Where did you find the blue belt? Most clones had motors added to them after they got here in the states depending on the customers order and specifications.
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    My newest 15 clone - just picked it up last night. No idea what "name" it used to say.

    Take a look at the flip top bobbin cover plate though. I like that!!
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    I guess you can name that one anything you like - real nice machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    My newest 15 clone - just picked it up last night. No idea what "name" it used to say.

    Take a look at the flip top bobbin cover plate though. I like that!!
    It looks like it may have said "Stitchmaster" to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    It looks like it may have said "Stitchmaster" to me.
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    Sounds about right .. the closer I inspected it I can tell that the first half was definitely "stitch".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Sounds about right .. the closer I inspected it I can tell that the first half was definitely "stitch".
    That is one name on a clone that I have seen a on a few machines before. The script comes in at least three different designs or fonts that I have seen so far. Clones are GREAT straight stitch machines. Your looks like it is in great condition too except for the name.
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    I don't know if I have seen that name or not - I think I like them all.
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    This is the black clone I posted on another thead. The decals look a lot like Doghousemom's. Needs the cord fixed before I can check out if it sews. The hand wheel turns easily tho.
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    I think this one is a clone too. The tenison is on the front. It is in rough shape, been used a lot. Need to clean it up too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grannysewer View Post
    I think this one is a clone too. The tenison is on the front. It is in rough shape, been used a lot. Need to clean it up too.
    It definitely looks like it was a Japanese made machine. It has the same main body as some 60's Kenmores.
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    Yes, it does and I need to get to work on some of them as soon as the weather gets warmer.

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    I haven't seen many treadle machines in this thread except for pumpkinpatchquilter @post# 227. I thought I would add mine to the great collection here. I could very easily become obsessed with these great machines. Love that Cinderella.
    Here is my old girl. I think she qualifies as a 15: She isn't very pretty but boy can she make a beautiful stitch.

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    I dont know if this machine is a clone 15....! It works in perfect conditions and it has more than 60 years. It is beautiful, it was of my grandma and I love it! Honestly, I know nothing about clones and this kind of staff. What I can tell you is that this machine was in my grandparents house for more than 60 years. If anyone can give me some information on this machine, the brand is "Vertex", place and period aprox, anything... would be great. Thank you!. Marķa
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    Maria ... that Vertex is pretty. I can tell you that not only is the machine a Singer clone ... but the treadle cabinet is as well. I know Singer made a cabinet like that one as I have one myself. They actually made two like that - the original has wooden legs, the newer model (circa 196X) has steel legs. Unfortunately, I have the new model with steel legs. I'd take a photo for you but it's in pieces at the moment getting a 'spa treatment'.
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    Ube ... I have one like yours. Mine is a 115. There are a couple difference, but one I remember is that the 115 has a full rotary hook and the 15 has a oscillating hook. Open her bobbin cover, give the hand wheel a spin and see if the hook makes a full circle around the bobbin case. If so ... you've got a 115. If it turns half way then goes back in the other direction ... it's a 15.
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    Maria, I can't offer any help. But that is one pretty machine.

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    fleetwood

    Here's my 15 clone she's up for sale if anyone's interested send me a price. She's a peach colored fleetwood
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    This isn't really a place to sell machines. This is just a gallery of machines people have and use. I suggest you sell it on CL or Ebay or somewhere.
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    Ok sorry I didn't know

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    Is this one? The price seems high, especially if they don't have the accoutrements, but it's so cute:
    http://houston.craigslist.org/hsd/3765896377.html

    Does anyone know if this would work standing as shown, or does it need a case? BTW, I'm not looking to buy it - just browsing CL for the entertainment value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    Is this one? The price seems high, especially if they don't have the accoutrements, but it's so cute:
    http://houston.craigslist.org/hsd/3765896377.html

    Does anyone know if this would work standing as shown, or does it need a case? BTW, I'm not looking to buy it - just browsing CL for the entertainment value.
    Yes it would need a case. BUT it is a PINK Atlas. Alas the Atlas is too far away and I do want one. The price is rather high, 50-75 would be the most I would pay.
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