New Singer 31-15

Old 07-20-2015, 06:04 PM
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Found her on our trip to Savannah GA on their local Craigslist. She sews nicely and only needs a little cosmetic work. Her stand is under the carport getting ready for some paint and the top is waiting for a nice wax job. It was a close fit getting her in my sisters car, thought we might have to leave the luggage. But we managed. Her serial number AE600926 dates her to August 10, 1937 I believe.
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Old 07-20-2015, 06:13 PM
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Very nice!
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:02 AM
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Is your stand a foot-powered treadle, or an electric power stand?

I use my 1939 Singer 31-15 in a foot-powered treadle stand.

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Lovely machine, nice big throat on her.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:24 PM
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The stand is not the traditional treadle stand, its an od green thing. It will be black by the weekend. It has a knee control and the treadle pedal but not the flywheel thing. I got the head wiped down and will do a little polishing, but all in all its in great shape. I'm hoping I can have it back together by the weekend, but this heat is a killer.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:35 AM
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I've been seeing a Singer 31-15 on my local CL and was intrigued to see that it has a motor drive, a hand crank AND a treadle. Is this multiple drive options normal for these machines? I know next to nothing about industrial sewing machines. I don't see a flywheel on the treadle, so maybe it is not a drive mechanism. Just curious, as it is not something I am likely to buy or know someone else who would buy it.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:40 AM
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That stand is what I would call an “H-leg Power Stand”. I don’t think it was ever set up for non-electric foot operation using a flywheel. The add-on hand crank would allow hand operation, especially for slower precise stitching of which the motor operation may be too fast.

I believe that the H-leg stand was given the name when the newer “K-leg” stand was introduced, which is now being replaced by the “T-leg” power stand. As far as I can tell, the design changes have been an effort to reduce the knee-knocker incidents of the operator, but that’s just a guess.

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