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Thread: Which Singer model 15?

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    Which Singer model 15?

    How do I figure out which model 15 it is? I need a bobbin case and there are different ones shown for different versions.
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    I have recently gone through the process of identifying my new model 15 Singer treadle. Had quite a time but finally figured out it is a 15-88. It is a treadle, flat side of needle faces left, and threads right to left. The bobbin case hinge opens on the right. Contact Jenny at Sew-classic.com and she will help you with bobbin case and bobbins. I was lucky, mine came with bobbin case and about ten bobbins. Don't try to use Sandman Collectibles to identify your machine. It will misidentify it as a 15-91. I am ordering a belt for mine today and in process of refinishing the cabinet. Can't wait to sew on it, tried it by hand turning the wheel and it makes a wonderfully straight, even stitch with no adjustments. Whoopee!! Good luck with yours.

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    How do I figure out which model 15 it is? I need a bobbin case and there are different ones shown for different versions.
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    So what is the difference between the 88 and the 91?

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    Although there are many similarities, and the needle does face flat left and threads right to left on the 15-91 as it does on the 15-88, the 15-91 is ELECTRIC. And I made a mistake in my earlier answer about identifying this machine through Sandman Collectibles. When you put all of the factors in it identifies it as a 15-96. Go to Sandman Collectibles and try to identify you machine based on your machines parts and structure. See what happens. You can pm me if you have further questions.

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    So what is the difference between the 88 and the 91?
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    So if its a treadle it is a 96?

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    No necessarily. Here are some ways to tell the difference between 15-88 and 15-96:

    15-88 has round stitch length control plate.
    15-88 Bobbin case latch opens on the right. The finger is at 11 o'clock position (part #125291.)
    15-88 Feed dogs drop.

    15-96 has rectangular stitch length control plate.
    15-96 Bobbin case latch opens on the left. The finger is at the 1 o'clock position (part #15277.)
    15-96 Feed dogs do not drop.

    Bobbins for both are the same #2518.

    Both the 15-88 and the 15-96 have flat side of needle facing left and they thread right to left.

    You can also go to The Needlebar website: They have a page for Singer Model 15 comparisons. This should help you identify your machine. Good luck to you. I am ready to order some items for mine tonight from Sew-classics.com (Jenny) and can't wait to start sewing on her.

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    So if its a treadle it is a 96?
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    It's sounding like mine is also a 15-88
    Here are pictures of bobbin area and stitch length control.
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    The 15-88 can also be electric. The difference is whether the motor is directly attached to the upper plate on the back of the machine (15-91) or attached behind the machine with a belt drive (15-88). My mother's 15-88 (someday mine) was purchased new in 1935 as a treadle. Three months later Dad bought the Singer motor for it. Singer offered the 15-88 both with and without the electric motor, but both have the same treadle base. I have verified all this with the original manual, as well as my mother's personal story. I love Mom's/my 15-88 and know you will love yours.
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    Shirley that is good to know. I am almost certain that Mom-6 has a 15-88.
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    What I can see in these pictures looks like a 15-88, although I know nothing about the 15-96 and you appear to. On the 15-91 the rear inspection plate is removed and the motor attaches directly into the machine, I believe gear driven. On the 15-88 the motor sits low behind the column and is held in place with a large screw on the side of the column below the hand wheel (you can see the protrusion in the above picture but I don't know what other models may have that protrusion). The motor on the 15-88 has a small wheel that lines up with the handwheel of the machine and a short belt goes between the two, in place of the treadle belt. There is a rod that attaches to the treadle peddle and goes up to the machine or motor instead of a cord. I don't have a good picture of that part of the machine, but I'm going there next week and will try to get some pictures.
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    An electric 15-88, as promised

    Here are pictures of my mom's 1935 15-88 with motor. Dad bought the machine as a treadle in October 1935. In December the salesman came around trying to get her to trade it in for an electric model. Mom couldn't understand why she should trade in a brand new machine, but when she told Dad about it he thought the electric was a good idea and went to the dealer, bought the motor, and installed it.

    The first picture shows the entire pedal to controller rod mechanism. I believe the rod was originally attached to the flywheel for treadle operation (forgot to ask Mom).

    The second picture is a closer view of the rod attached to the treadle; the third picture shows the rod attached to the motor controller.

    The fourth and fifth pictures show the controller with the rod attached at the bottom and the wire going from the top of the machine up to the motor.

    The last 2 pictures show the motor (white) attached to the column, and the belt from the motor to the hand wheel.

    The white cord and upper bracket in the last picture are for the light which must be turned on for the motor to operate.

    Please feel free to PM or post a reply if you have any questions.
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