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Closet Gem - Trying to Find Information

Old 04-30-2017, 08:57 AM
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Hey there!

I found this beautiful piece of art in the back of my closet last night and wondered if anyone might be able to help me figure out what she is and maybe fill in some history on it:

Isn't she BEAUTIFUL????

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Here's a shot of the emblem:
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And the tag on the motor:

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From what I've been able to gather through Google searches I'm thinking it's maybe a Singer refurbished by "Great Eastern" but not really sure.

Anybody know anything about it?

PS - there's a paper label inside the case lid that says "Regent Sewing Machine Model 100 Distributed by Great Eastern Equip. Corp N.Y.C"

Looking forward to your responses!

Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:29 AM
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There are lots of info on these on the web. If you search for " model 15 clones", "Japanese 15 clones" or similar something is bound to turn up. After WWII the Japanese made a lot of sewing machines modeled on Singers original model 15 (later version with the stitch length lever and reverse). They gradually added a few new features like feed dogs settings, and sometimes a hinged bobbin lid. By the 50s they gradually developed their own zigzag machines too, we know them as Janome and Brother today. Here is a link with some info, and here is another. I'm guessing yours is quite early as it's identical to a model 15 with the stitch length lever and a belt driven motor. Sometimes these machines were imported with out any electrical parts and fitted with US made motor and lights. Much the same happened in Europe too. Some like these machines a lot, with others they are not the favorite, but trust your own judgment once you know the different between the brands.

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Old 04-30-2017, 10:02 AM
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Hello Mickey!

Thanks for the information and the links. Does the "Regent Sewing Machine Model 100" label in the case lid mean anything to you?

Thanks again!
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Old 04-30-2017, 10:24 AM
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Welcome ttist25, The 15 clones are generally a good machine. There is a thread here with lots of them - http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html

You are correct that Great Eastern Equip. Corp did rebuild some early Singer machines as evidenced at this link http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect.../sil10-204.pdf They probably later came to be importers of the Japanese machines. Yours is a Japanese 15 clone.

You may find a JA and/or JC number on the bottom of the machine. They could be cast or stamped into the metal. If so the number after JA or JC might indicate the Japanese company that actually made the machine. However, there are some that are unknown as the Japanese records aren't very good.

That sure is a nice looking machine.

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Old 04-30-2017, 10:36 AM
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There is a manual here http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Trade-Literature/Sewing-Machines/NMAHTEX/0179/index.htm

http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...ion-manual.pdf



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Old 04-30-2017, 01:11 PM
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What wasn't mentioned is that the same machine, made by the same manufacturer, can have several different labels on it. What I mean is that it might be a Montgomery Ward machine, a Morse, a Standard, a Johnson and a Smith. In the late 40's and 50's, things were either acquired from a local company or from Sears or Montgomery Wards. Today's version of that is a machine you can buy on Amazon is the same one you can buy from a dealer, but they have different model numbers and/or brands.

It's a pristine looking machine. It probably sews very well.

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Post a pic on the clone page.
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I am rather surprised to see a GM Delco motor on a sewing machine. I've seen lots of brands, but this is one I haven't seen.
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Originally Posted by leonf View Post
I am rather surprised to see a GM Delco motor on a sewing machine. I've seen lots of brands, but this is one I haven't seen.
I've never seen this either, but it's not surprising to me. After all, Chrysler built a sewing machine.

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Beautiful machine. How does it sew?
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