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Thread: Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    That Belaire looks like an old car dashboard doesn't it -

    I sold that machine to a guy who came to buy a machine for his wife for Christmas - he took a look at this one and had to have it too. Cracks me up.
    If he can't afford a classic car then at least he can buy his wife a sewing machine that sort of looks like a classic car...lol!
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    Nope - he bought that for himself...

    My boss bought a red and white Belaire clone from me a couple years ago so he could park it in his living room and take it for a spin - he LOVES it - he is into sewing costumes for plays his kids are in.
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    Here is mine, a Revere, made in Japan. I rescued it from a dumpster outside a Goodwill store a few weeks ago. I love the color!

    I am going to have it cleaned and serviced and give it to my granddaughters to use.
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    good choice for GDs - simple to use and very good machines.

    Did you see Muv's video above? I showed Muv's video on how to thread it to my 21 year old computer friend last night. He thought he could figure one of those out - he really LOVED her video.
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    I'll keep my eyes open for machines like these. They are really neat.

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    I know there are more of these Japanese 15s out there - please keep posting pictures!!!

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    So much fun looking at all these lucious machine. Love all the colors. I gotta get me one.
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    Since no one has posted an Atlas yet, I thought I show mine. My mother brought this home one day back in the late 1960s. She worked at an auto auction - a place where used cars are bought and sold between car dealers. She said that this machine was in the trunk of one of the cars. As with all these clones, she's heavy, sturdy, and will run forever.

    The photo doesn't show her at her true "pinkness."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tate_elliott View Post
    Since no one has posted an Atlas yet, I thought I show mine.

    The photo doesn't show her at her true "pinkness."

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    Your Atlas is the same as mine!! I didn't post it here because it's not a 15 but it's awesome anyway. I bought mine from Lostn51 (Billy) from this forum. My young children were arguing over who was going to get it when I'm gone...
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    I brought home the Montgomery Wards 15 clone tonight. I haven't purchased it yet. I want to try FMQ with it first. Tension was off - I got that, didn't advance well - whoops, the feed dogs were down, but 1) it sounds like a tank and 2)where is the thread cutter?

    It's a pretty little thing. Shiny black with moderate silver trim.

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    Good luck with that machine irishrose. It sounds pretty. I hope it works as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I brought home the Montgomery Wards 15 clone tonight. I haven't purchased it yet. I want to try FMQ with it first. Tension was off - I got that, didn't advance well - whoops, the feed dogs were down, but 1) it sounds like a tank and 2)where is the thread cutter?

    It's a pretty little thing. Shiny black with moderate silver trim.
    Pic??? Some don't have thread cutters. I bet you can get one some place. Glad you found and rescued that one. You will really like it once you get it moving. Sounds like a tank? Did you oil every moving part you can find under, inside the nose, inside the top? Check the pulley to be sure it is tight on the shaft. Clean out the bobbin shuttle - look in a manual - those pop apart to clean - lint could make it make noise. Use a flash light to shine in the holes to see that the oil hits the moving target. Move the machine as you oil so you can see what parts move - oil the friction points. Those machines move so sweet when they are oiled.
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Size:  1.45 MBThe MW is as clean as a whistle. It was serviced before being stored which may be her problem. You do a machine no favors when you oil it and then not use it. I will keep sewing a little at a time and looking for more places to oil. It sews well, but stiff and noisy. The base is a little rough, but the case is in great shape with no odor. If I buy it, I will recover them.

    The Admiral wouldn't sew today and it did when I bought it last summer. I discovered the belt is loose so I need to shift the motor back. I scraped off that RWB decal and the machine looks much better. It is the prettier of the two black machines Name:  MW.jpg
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Size:  1.30 MBwith her Art Deco decals and faceplate. THe turquoise and gold trim is a nice touch. This one has not been cleaned. The tension spring is not in the right position and not engaged, but it sews without it. I will get brave and take the tension apart. Those are good directions you linked on the first page, Miriam.

    The Universal's motor is laying on a chair. I had a new cord put in it and I don't want to put the motor on until I clean the machine. As you can see, she needs it, but everything is in perfect condition so she will clean up well.

    I see only the MW as a 15 clone.
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    Irishrose, your Universal is just like my Mama's which I'm going to get. It's in a desk type cabinet. Can't wait to get her to my house! I'm pretty sure the manual is with her, too!

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    Say hello to My Sweet Ada!

    My 15-91 is a Centennial edition. She was purchased in 1950-51 by my Mom and Dad. I call her My Sweet Ada and I sew on her every day. The cabinet and stool are the originals also.
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    Leslie, that's a very pretty one. How nice that it's a family machine.

    Nanamoms, good, then when I need help with the zz stitches, I'd like to contact you. I don't have a manual and didn't think I'd need one. We'll see. It seems that you have move certain things in certain ways in order to get her to do her thing. When I sewed on my mother's White which was very much the same, I must have stuck to straight stitch sewing or my memory is failing. I'll play after I get the motor back on. The light cord and plug in cord are fine, but the motor cord was totally bare and was attached deep in the motor with solder so I had my appliance repairman replace it. He'd never done a SM, but a motor is a motor.

    Now the MW is sewing very well and is quiet except that the motor is noisy at lower speeds. The machine is quiet and at high speed sounds good. It was not clean. How can a store charge money and not remove the needle plate? It was packed with lint.

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    Universal Manual

    Hi, irishrose, I will be glad to share my manual with (if there is still one there...I think there was). I need to go get the machine and cabinet from my brother's home (it's his now...he bought out our part) so now that my grandson is living with me and has a truck, we can go get it. I will let you know when it gets here!!

    I've got so many machines, I am starting to have trouble finding a place for them all. And I'm constantly on the lookout for more...sad, isn't it??

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Size:  1.30 MBHere is my 15 clone. A blue Morse! I think she is really pretty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Name:  Morse side view 15 clone.JPG
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Size:  1.30 MBHere is my 15 clone. A blue Morse! I think she is really pretty!
    I like that - very nice details on this machine!!! Does she sew as good as she looks?
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    I LOVE the face plate on the Morse! That's too cool for words.
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    Love your 15 clone BoJangles - the decals are fantastic and that faceplate!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Here is my Sew Eze...a true 15 Clone. Still working on the tension assembly...it seems "off" somehow. The little wire is wrong, and it keeps catching the thread coming down from the take up arm. But she'll be a real prize as soon as I can get that worked out.
    jljack,

    The little wire on your machine is NOT wrong. I have two and both of them are that way. There is more than one style of spring. Here is a picture of my HOTHER threaded correctly with red thread.

    To thread the machine:
    The thread from the spool goes to the thread guide on the back side of the face plate
    Then down to the outside of the tensioner
    Under the bottom of the tensioner then up and over the outside of the curved thread guide
    Then under the bottom of the thead spring
    From the spring up to the outside of the thread take-up lever
    Then from the take-up lever down to the faceplate guide
    Then to the guide on the needle arm
    Then to the needle from the outside in, left to right as you're facing the machine.

    I hope this helps.

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    One more comment. As I've been looking at all the beautiful machines I noticed that many of them have the presser foot down on the feed dogs. In many of the owners manuals I have there is a caution to not store the machines with the presser foot down on the feed dogs or to run the machine with the presser foot down and no material under the foot.
    To keep the metal to metal contact to a bare minimum I make a little pad out of denim to put between the foot and feed dogs. You can see this pad in the pic above.

    This is just a suggestion as I've replaced many presser feet that are badly scored by running on the dogs with nothing between them.

    Joe

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    Muv has a video about threading a Singer 15 - it also applies to the Japanese 15 clones!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2tii...re=uploademail get yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    One more comment. As I've been looking at all the beautiful machines I noticed that many of them have the presser foot down on the feed dogs. In many of the owners manuals I have there is a caution to not store the machines with the presser foot down on the feed dogs or to run the machine with the presser foot down and no material under the foot.
    To keep the metal to metal contact to a bare minimum I make a little pad out of denim to put between the foot and feed dogs. You can see this pad in the pic above.

    This is just a suggestion as I've replaced many presser feet that are badly scored by running on the dogs with nothing between them.

    Joe
    good point - where did you replace so many presser feet? I've replaced presser feet with scars from the needle stabbing - I had one that looked like a star it had so many burrs.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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