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Old 06-22-2017, 06:44 AM
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Saw this machine today and the man was asking $25 for it. Wheel turned freely. Looked to be straight stitch only. Did not go into accessories with the man. He said it ran but I did not test it out as no outlet readily available. Does anyone have a working knowledge of the machine? He said it was made in PA but I think it was more likely made in Japan. I love the older machines but have no experience in what to look for. Pass up or go for it?
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I would of bought it.
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If you tilt the head in the case you may see JA stamped into it. I am thinking it could be a re-badged Brother?
I like the fun base for it. Does it have a top too with the same flowers? Maybe a 3/4 size?
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Yes, LOL same flower contact paper on the lid. I think I will go back later or tomorrow morning to check it out further. If it is not there, it was not meant to be. My DH just shakes his head. I'm sure there are other machines "out there" that are a better buy but since I know next to nothing about vintage (except for me LOL), I figure I have to start somewhere. I already have a Singer 401 that I purchased to make some stow/harness bags and seat for a vintage L15 airplane. and a featherweight machine. Two Pfaff's (neither are vintage)
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Ugh! I hate it when people do that to cases. But the machine is a good one. Leon is right, it was built by Brother. It's a full size machine, straight stitch, 15 class, but unlike the clones it threads from the front and needle goes in and is threaded front to back so it's easier to remember. For $25 I would've bought it.

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Why do you say it is a 15 class? It looks like a Singer 66 clone to me.

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Ugh! I hate it when people do that to cases. But the machine is a good one. Leon is right, it was built by Brother. It's a full size machine, straight stitch, 15 class, but unlike the clones it threads from the front and needle goes in and is threaded front to back so it's easier to remember. For $25 I would've bought it.

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Get back and get that machine girl! I am bias, I love the japanese made ones and in all my 25$ thrift ones I've been lucky enough to just change a belt. Be careful it just takes one to start an obsession! They usually sew beautifully. Make husband carry it, haha.
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Why do you say it is a 15 class? It looks like a Singer 66 clone to me.
At first I thought,"are we even looking at the same picture?" I guess we are. I can only give apologies, I don't usually make that kind of mistake, and especially with a machine that I happen to have. It is an an end loading machine but it is not a class 66, it's most definitely a class 15 machine.

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To further show my ignorance...what is meant by class 15 or 66?
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To further show my ignorance...what is meant by class 15 or 66?
Class 15 Sewing Machines feature a low shank and oscillating hooks. They use Class 15 bobbins and 15x1 needles. http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...mpany/p15.html

Class 66 Sewing Machine models feature a low shank and an oscillating hook. They use Class 66 bobbins and 15x1 needles. http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...g-machine.html

I usually think of the class 15 as being a vertical bobbin and the class 66 as being horizontal.

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