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    Old 05-18-2022, 06:17 PM
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    I got this at an estate auction. The bed of the machine is exactly 12" by 5 1/8 wide and 8 1/2 from the bed to the top of the hand wheel. I have looked and looked everywhere I can think of and can't find any machine like this. I know it was made in Japan, as apparently all Morse machines were. Does anybody have any information on this machine? Any input at all would be greatly appreciated.


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    Old 05-18-2022, 06:41 PM
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    Welcome to Quilting Board. I do not have any Morse machines, but have seen a lot of them here and elsewhere on the web.

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    Old 05-19-2022, 11:31 AM
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    Finally figured it out!
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    Old 05-19-2022, 11:55 AM
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    Nice machine! I would be willing to guess it's a badged machine. Which means it was made by someone else and labeled as a Morse and labeled as a "dial-o-matic" after the fact, as It has no dials. Also, the Morse badge and the dial-o-matic badge are riveted on over the decals, as opposed to being part of the decals. It's not uncommon for sewing machines made in Japan in the 1950's to be sold under different names. The nameplate being riveted is unusual.

    Is it iron or aluminum (does a magnet stick to it)? Do you have the case? I would also guess that a generic 15 manual would serve as a good manual. Janey will know for sure.

    I'm eagerly waiting for someone with more knowledge than me to post.

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    I am intrigued by this machine. Initially it looks like a 3/4 size 15 clone (I just posted about one I recently acquired), but upon closer comparison they have two big differences: the rounded harp space, and the different stitch length adjuster.

    I agree with bkay, looks like a badged machine (too bad someone attached those badges over the decals), but of what is it a clone, if it is a clone?

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    Finally, made it here. It is a "Cinderella" and there is a thread about it at Rescued Cinderella. From what I remember, they are not very good machines and actually are in two parts. They sure are cute, though.

    There was also a Cinderella machine but was made in Germany as seen at Cinderella Hand Crank Sewing Machine

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    Old 05-19-2022, 05:50 PM
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    Originally Posted by bkay
    Nice machine! I would be willing to guess it's a badged machine. Which means it was made by someone else and labeled as a Morse and labeled as a "dial-o-matic" after the fact, as It has no dials. Also, the Morse badge and the dial-o-matic badge are riveted on over the decals, as opposed to being part of the decals. It's not uncommon for sewing machines made in Japan in the 1950's to be sold under different names. The nameplate being riveted is unusual.


    Is it iron or aluminum (does a magnet stick to it)? Do you have the case? I would also guess that a generic 15 manual would serve as a good manual. Janey will know for sure.


    I'm eagerly waiting for someone with more knowledge than me to post.


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    I really appreciate all the information. The magnet does stick. I knew it wasn't aluminum because of the hefty weight. Also, the head has been manufactured in two pieces, with a seam running along the top and underside. Believe it or not I only have wiped it down with a Kleenex. The nickel parts are shiny like new. The decals are in pretty good shape with only one small spot showing some wear. They are bright and colorful. I, like you wish the badges hadn't been put over the decals if they aren't original. I am aware of the history for Morse machines, how they were made in Japan and shipped here to have American brand badges put on and sold as made in America. Until the FTC got wise and they shut down production.

    So apparently this isn't a Morse? As for the case - it did come with one. One that looks like it's been through the war and didn't fair well.. Check the pictures of the pitiful case and the foot pedal. Any comments, advice, would be great. Thanks.
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    Old 05-19-2022, 05:52 PM
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    Old 05-19-2022, 06:33 PM
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    One more question. Should I remove the added on badges?
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    In addition to the link for the Rescued Cinderella I gave above, I found a neat post and there are some followup posts. If you click on Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell and then click the link on the top right of the page that says " Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell" there are some more posts about the three machines shown. (Cinderella, 3/4 size 15 clone and a full size 15 clone)

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