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    Power Poster miriam's Avatar
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    Will the Real 15 clone please stand up

    You are invited to post a picture of your Singer 15 or a 15 clone here. If what you post is not a 15 clone that is ok maybe someone will help you figure it out. Maybe you would just like to contribute the badge name of your 15 clone and tell a bit about it.

    These mostly can be identified by the tension on the face plate of the machine. The machines can vary WILDLY or be similar but with a different name.

    A bit of info...
    Although not really collectable, the "clones" can be very serviceable simple to use machines.
    They beat the bargain machines sold at discount stores. Here's why...
    inexpensive
    Full reverse capabilities
    Adjustable presser foot pressure
    Feed dogs drop
    Class 15 bobbin, side loading, oscillating hook
    Uses standard home sewing machine needles
    they have more powerful motors so can sew faster and have better piercing ability
    (amperage rated motors (1 to 1.5 amps)
    all metal parts
    common, easy to find, low shank accessories fit them
    parts are available for repairs
    great for free motion
    hems your jeans
    easy to see the needle - the tension is around the corner
    if it wears out you can easily find another one like it but most likely you'll be dead first
    The clones can be easily rewired

    Here are a couple good articles on the Clones if you would like more information.
    http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/12/...-15-clone.aspx
    http://sewing-machines.blogspot.com/...s-and-60s.html

    Potato Head (born in Japan - badged Kingston) motor is marked Brother
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    Universal - a CL rescue - still needs a tension - out of 10 machines that were in a flood, this machine and a Singer 66 were repairable - I wish I had a before picture
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    Federal - blue band is hiding some termite damage in her frame
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    Commander badged by Sears - this one is set up for free motion
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    Can't wait to see more posts. I have a 15-91, but haven't come across any clones since I've been looking.

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    Here is a picture of Gretel, my Singer 15-30 from 1915 with it's Tiffany (Gingerbread) Decals and of my newest, which looks like a 15 clone to me. It's a White Model 65 but it is also labeled J-A15 near the serial number. When I called about the date I was told it was made somewhere between 1958 and 1960. I saw it just 2 days ago and loved the blue and white - it sews really quiet and nice. (Gretel does too!) No name yet for the new machine.

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    Here are two of mine.

    Dressmaker
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    Monarch with matching case
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    Butterfly, a really pretty clone. She's one of the vintage machines I'd like to sell, but way too heavy to ship.

    the real deal, Singer 15-91
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    the Butterfly clone
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    Some really beautiful machines. :)

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    This is mine. Made in Japan. Love the color and fancy faceplate. It was bought around 1953. It says "ElectroGrand Deluxe Precision"
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    This is my 15 singer I don't have any clones.
    Maybe paid $15.00 for her about 20 years ago.
    She still sews like a dream. Shes a centennial.
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    Here are mine.

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    Homestead Clone
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    My International, found it by the side of the road for $20.00, it runs great but the case needs a little TLC.
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    The Fiatelli made in Japan
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    Here are my 15s.

    15-125 Singer
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    15 clone
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    I have that Commander. Great little machine. My first. Given to me by my great aunt when I was 8. about 35 years ago. I've sewed so much denim and leather on it. still sews great. cant kill those machines.

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    WOW there are a lot of different machines! Keep 'em comin'!!!
    The prices vary wildly too - here are a couple examples - none of these are mine though.
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2650374774.html
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2676259980.html
    http://muncie.craigslist.org/hsh/2667279841.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    WOW there are a lot of different machines! Keep 'em comin'!!!
    The prices vary wildly too - here are a couple examples - none of these are mine though.
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2650374774.html
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2676259980.html
    http://muncie.craigslist.org/hsh/2667279841.html
    Wow, those first two prices are high. I paid $15 for mine. I do notice Craigslisters often are way off on value of things! Usually on the high end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    WOW there are a lot of different machines! Keep 'em comin'!!!
    The prices vary wildly too - here are a couple examples - none of these are mine though.
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2650374774.html
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2676259980.html
    http://muncie.craigslist.org/hsh/2667279841.html
    Wow, those first two prices are high. I paid $15 for mine. I do notice Craigslisters often are way off on value of things! Usually on the high end.
    Wow! Gretel - the 15-30 with the Tiffany decals, was $20 on CL and the White was $13.99 at a Goodwill store.

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    For what ever reason these have not caught on like the FW or the Singer 301 - they are a good all around machine. They are easy to work on and you can get parts. Yes there are people trying to get a couple hundred for one - but then you can pick them up for $30 or $40 in fantastic shape - from what I've seen in the $15 range they probably need something worked on. Check the wires to make sure they are not cracked or exposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    WOW there are a lot of different machines! Keep 'em comin'!!!
    The prices vary wildly too - here are a couple examples - none of these are mine though.
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2650374774.html
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2676259980.html
    http://muncie.craigslist.org/hsh/2667279841.html
    OMG How could anybody up there pass up that Coronado machine? That is the most retro thing I have ever seen. Cool.

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    This is my 15 clone that I bought on ebay last year. After I saw Startlite/Jan's post of a similar Compac machine, I started watching ebay, CL, and local sales for a similar machine. I only bought it because I love the color, but it turns out I also enjoy sewing on it and have completed one top using this machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    WOW there are a lot of different machines! Keep 'em comin'!!!
    The prices vary wildly too - here are a couple examples - none of these are mine though.
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2650374774.html
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/atq/2676259980.html
    http://muncie.craigslist.org/hsh/2667279841.html
    OMG How could anybody up there pass up that Coronado machine? That is the most retro thing I have ever seen. Cool.
    I wish i was closer...

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    This is Tillie. I believe she's a clone from the look of her. She's a Kenmore. Tillie is a rescue machine. My son saved her when she was on her way to a dumpster. She likes her new home and gives me trouble-free sewing pleasure.

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    Miriam, I've been trying to PM you back but the board won't cooperate. I've tried twice to no avail so I'll try again later.

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    Well darn. Photos won't upload, and spent over 15 minutes trying, so can't edit original. More bugs to work on.

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    My Riccar 310B is a 15 clone. Love the pea soup green! It always reminds me of Grandad's old Chevy.
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    There's no such thing as too many sewing machines!

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    I have one like valleyquiltermo. Mine is a 15-91 named Fusi. Found her at a garage sale. Love to sew with her, but she is heavy -- like me!
    To make lots of quilts, is to have lots of scraps, and I do, and I do.
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