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    Can anyone tell me any info about the machine i have?

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    It is a Japanese clone of a Singer model 15. It is a little workhorse. You can get a free manual on line. Search for Generic HA-1 15 class sewing machine.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Thanks caroline! Do you know if its a machine i would want to use or keep as a collecters item for value? It is in compleate working order. I am absoultly in love with it and can't wait to use it, but it i don't want to risk breaking it if it is of high value.

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    no reason not to use it! it is a little work horse that will stitch a beautiful even seam- and as long as you maintain it will last for more generations. down load the manual & print off the pages you need- mainly how to clean & oil it- take good care of it & use it.
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    It's not likely to be a collector's item, but it probably IS a fabulous sewing machine!

    If it were mine, I would give it the spa treatment, replace the foot control and cords with a modern electronic set (about $25) and put that beautiful gal to work! She's likely to be a wonderful free-motion quilting machine and very lovely to work with. Have fun!

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    Thank you ckcowl!

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    Thanks thepolyparrot! I am definitely going to take your advice and give it the spa treatment! She's a beauty and i don't want anything to happen to her!

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    Beautiful machine!!!!!!!!!!!

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    mine looks just like yours except it says "sew-master". does beautiful FMQ!! parts are fairly easy to get and there are tutorials on fixing him (or her) yourself. have not been able to find a reliable mechanic near Gretna Va. but with all the turorials and help here you don't really need to pay someone else to do what ever it needs. or figure out what it needs done.
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    only needed the foot pedal replaced and Spa treatment so far and sew weekly if not daily for nearly a year! this is a great machine. I hope your is a gem too!
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    The Precision machines are great. They stitch well, fast, and they are strong!

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    what is a spa treatment.i see it mentioned a few times.is it something i can do myself. seeing that funds are short here.thank you .. debra
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    watch the videos on the 'sticky' thread on the first page of the vintage forum. Then, search for the thread on 'repairing the shellac coat' on your sewing machine.
    make sure you use the right kind of oil...no matter what your husband or anyone else tells you, they are not all created equal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cindypierce View Post
    mine looks just like yours except it says "sew-master". does beautiful FMQ!! parts are fairly easy to get and there are tutorials on fixing him (or her) yourself. have not been able to find a reliable mechanic near Gretna Va. but with all the turorials and help here you don't really need to pay someone else to do what ever it needs. or figure out what it needs done.
    Cindypierce I have yet to find anyone who has one like mine SO EXCITING i would love to see a picture of your machine!

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    You're gonna love it!!!
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    So I detailed and oiled my machine and she looks beautiful! I have been so excited to try it out i couldn't wait to take her for a test drive for the very first time! Not only was this my first time using this machine it was my first time using a sewing machine ever!!!!! I was so scared!!!! After a couple test runs i decided to hem my curtians that i have been wanting to do forever now. So with the help of my hubby the curtians came out nice, a little uneven but nice for my first time.

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    Yayyyyyyyyy! How cool is that????

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    It was very cool! I'm just so nervous when I am using the machine. Its like I'm learning to drive again for the first time. I'm so scared. I'm a beginnner at quilting and sewing but I am so determined to learn! Any advice?

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    Advice? A sewing machine is a de facto extension of your hands. Work with it-and work out what it likes and what it doesn't (two identical machines can act as different as night and day.)Play with it with different threads, needles, adjustments, materials, attachments-there is very little chance that you are going to cause irreparable damage by playing with it, the worst that happens usually is that you have to readjust it from generic specs, and even that isn't the end of the world. Sewing machines by their nature are user-friendly, almost anyone can make a sewing machine "do its duty" when they have to; but to do it well, and with some degree of consistency, you have to study it in action. Does it like to work cloth to one side? Does it have a sweet spot for golden stitching? How does it prefer its bobbins? When does it want its drink of oil? Is there a certain place the machine always wants to stop when you stop giving it juice? Learn these, and you can't help but become a better operator. Operator isn't even the right word, I can't bring the right one to mind. I can "operate" plenty of different machines, but there are three specific machines I am any good on, and all three took some getting acquainted with. It sounds like a cop-out, but do all you can to change the status of the machine from "a sewing machine" to "YOUR sewing machine" Cheers! Chaz

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    I just looked at a similar machine in a second hand store. That machine has "Made in Japan",on the silver medallion below the forward and backward control. It's labelled, " Mercury Electric Sewing Machine. The numbers underneath the machine are ,MODR3l and TA132619. The store says that the machine does work and they are asking $60.00 for it. It has, I believe, the original electric cord. Can anyone tell me if this is a good machine? I want to buy it to teach my granddaughter to sew. I live in MA. Thanks for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat of Abington View Post
    I just looked at a similar machine in a second hand store. That machine has "Made in Japan",on the silver medallion below the forward and backward control. It's labelled, " Mercury Electric Sewing Machine. The numbers underneath the machine are ,MODR3l and TA132619. The store says that the machine does work and they are asking $60.00 for it. It has, I believe, the original electric cord. Can anyone tell me if this is a good machine? I want to buy it to teach my granddaughter to sew. I live in MA. Thanks for any help.
    Here is the thread for my Mercury Electric before going to the spa.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...y-t199702.html

    It would be an excellent sewing machine on which to learn to sew. See if you can dicker/haggle a bit to get it cheaper. Check the wiring and have the seller demonstrate that it does sew.
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    Do you know where I could purchase a manual for thid machine. It comes with just one foot, a seam guide, a few screw drivers and a light bulb. I will also try it out before I purchase it. Thanks again.

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    Those Singer 15 and 15 clones are just about the most common machines ever made. They are good machines but not at all valuable, just because there are so many of them. Some came in beautiful colors, too. They are known to be great for FMQ because of the path the thread takes.

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    just wanted to say love your new machine! i have a 15-91 and got it all cleaned and shiny, but i think i need the electrical replaced. it works, but it looks so ancient i'm afraid it might catch on fire. have fun with your new baby - i think sewing is about the most relaxing thing ever. my best advice for you as a newbie is to just have fun. if you want to make a quilt, start with something like a 9 patch - it's about the easiest and you'll be so proud of your finished product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat of Abington View Post
    Do you know where I could purchase a manual for thid machine. It comes with just one foot, a seam guide, a few screw drivers and a light bulb. I will also try it out before I purchase it. Thanks again.
    You can get a generic manual at the ISMACS link
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ion-manual.pdf
    Sweet Caroline

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