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    I found this on my local Kijiji (like Craigslist). What do you all think? There's some rust on the front edge of the machine bed, but the decals look pretty good. Should I offer $5 and see what they say? I've already got a Sphinx model with a cabinet.

    http://lethbridge.kijiji.ca/c-buy-an...AdIdZ321628321

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    You are welcome, but we still need to see a picture of your machine. The Sphinx decal was also used on some very eary 15's. Singer started making the 15's in 1895. If you have one of those with the Sphinx decal, you are in the minority! Those are very hard to find! Does your machine have a shuttle? Or does it have a bobbin? The model 27/127 has a shuttle (vibrating shuttle), the model 15's have bobbins (oscillating)!

    Nancy

    Uh oh - now you have me all excited and nervous too! It does have a bobbin - one like my "newer" old machines. Is that normal? I thought maybe it is newer than I originally thought because I thought all the old ones had those "bullet" type shuttles.

    Here are a few pictures...I'm sad to say someone used this as their coffee table (certainly not me - my Husband would be put out of the house if he dared to put a cup on my sewing machine!) for some time so there are rings. Also the decals are starting to turn a bit silver and one is nearly scratched off. Is there any way to preserve them from any further damage? I do like to sew on this machine, and it's a great one for my kids because the bobbin is one that they are familiar with, but I don't want to ruin it.
    Love your machine! I had the very same question this morning - is there any way to protect the decals? I want to use my 15-30, but I want to protect the Tiffany decals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    You are welcome, but we still need to see a picture of your machine. The Sphinx decal was also used on some very eary 15's. Singer started making the 15's in 1895. If you have one of those with the Sphinx decal, you are in the minority! Those are very hard to find! Does your machine have a shuttle? Or does it have a bobbin? The model 27/127 has a shuttle (vibrating shuttle), the model 15's have bobbins (oscillating)!

    Nancy
    Uh oh - now you have me all excited and nervous too! It does have a bobbin - one like my "newer" old machines. Is that normal? I thought maybe it is newer than I originally thought because I thought all the old ones had those "bullet" type shuttles.

    Here are a few pictures...I'm sad to say someone used this as their coffee table (certainly not me - my Husband would be put out of the house if he dared to put a cup on my sewing machine!) for some time so there are rings. Also the decals are starting to turn a bit silver and one is nearly scratched off. Is there any way to preserve them from any further damage? I do like to sew on this machine, and it's a great one for my kids because the bobbin is one that they are familiar with, but I don't want to ruin it.

    Looks to be a Singer 15 with the Sphinx decals. Congrats!

    I only clean my machines with sewing oil to keep the decals from turning. Others use a protective coat over the decals, but I don't.

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    Sounds like a great idea Billy, you definitely have helped me and I've only visited your area a couple of times, and the paint jobs you have done on machines is just wonderful. I do hope you are feeling much better and improving so we can benefit from you knowledge.

    Debs & Hemi

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    Has anyone used any fun variegated cotton thread for FMQ in their 15-91s that worked well? I made up one of those super fast jelly roll quilts out of left over strips that I thought would be fun to experiment with variegated thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Launie
    Has anyone used any fun variegated cotton thread for FMQ in their 15-91s that worked well? I made up one of those super fast jelly roll quilts out of left over strips that I thought would be fun to experiment with variegated thread.
    Yes, I use Coats and Clarks multicolor machine quilting and crafts in my 15 and it worked well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Anyone interested in this treadle?

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/2646122930.html

    Nancy
    Just imagine the nice stitches you can make once you get the treadle & the slot handle sycronized (sp) LOL
    HAHAHAHA!! Nice idea, Sheryl!! :-)

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    Thanks vintagemotif! The quilt shop hop is tomorrow and FOR ONCE I get to go and WITHOUT children. I am so excited! I have a whole itinerary planned!

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    Well I tried the other treadle but it isn't working. I put a belt on it and threaded it and put the bobbin in. It isn't picking up the bobbin thread.
    I may have it threaded wrong, I don't know about the bobbin. And I don't have a bobbin coverplate.
    I guess maybe I'll start with this one, clean it then figure out the rest.
    Here's a pic and the accessories that are with it. Don't know what some of them are.

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    What are these feet for??
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammydar
    What are these feet for??
    They are a binder and two hemmers for a White or New Home machine... :)

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    Ok here I am - back! I cannot get enough of this thread. Have any of you had any experience with a Kenmore Model 58? My friend wanted to learn to sew today so I came over to see if her machine works. It took us about an hour to discover it has a knee pedal!!! I have never seen one of those. We can't seem to get the presser foot to go down and I'm wondering if there's a trick to it or if it's frozen. She decided it was too much work for her to get into shape so she says I can have it if I want it, and if nothing else I am taking it to "tinker" on. I think it's pretty neat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    I am going to try and to make the ISMACS get together after talking to my wife tonite. She really wants to meet as many folks on here as she can and I want to say thank you to everyone that has supported me during this hard time. And I think Lisa (Quiltaddict) will be there and if that is so we are going to do some serious dumpster diving!!!

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    Billy, I hope you can go. Get a room and just take it easy with plenty of rest breaks and use a scooter. Unfortanetly the bank account will not let me go. I have been on the road almost since Sept. 24th. It have been fun trips but still takes a toll on the pocket book.

    I look forward to the day we can go dumpster diving. But last weekend was an easy one. On the drive to Mom's house from the airport told my sister I needed to stretch my legs. So we stopped at an antique mall to just walk around. It is hugh so we never get through the whole thing. We were getting ready to go so made a stop at the restroom. As I was waiting for Sis looked down the aisle and see a familiar silhouette so wandered up to see what it was.

    Now new owner of a Davis VF2. It sewed right off after alittle oil and cleaning of the manual release tension that was so gummed up with dried oil you couldn't get thread between the discs. The fabric does pucker after the seam is sewn. I think it is the old needle not going through the fabric cleanly. So I'm on the look out for a source of Boye 10 needles.

    Oh, want to know what it cost me???? I got it home in my carryon luggage so no shipping cost. Just had to leave the dress from the wedding at my Mom's. So so far I'm out $8.99 plus tax. I think she will jump to the head of the cleaning line. I have a treadle cabinet from my other Davis so that is where she will go. I will post some pictures next week when I am back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammydar
    What are these feet for??
    Two on the right are for making "rolled" hems, I believe. Not sure about the other one. Definitely keep those attachments with the machine since they are back clamping. It makes them a little harder to find. The replacement slide plate for the 66 shouldn't be that hard to find. I think once they are completely off, most people can't quite get them back on and the originals get lost. It will be really pretty once it's polished up.

    EDIT: Ooops! I looked too quick, they are rotary attachments like Charlee noted--sorry, not back clamping. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    You are welcome, but we still need to see a picture of your machine. The Sphinx decal was also used on some very eary 15's. Singer started making the 15's in 1895. If you have one of those with the Sphinx decal, you are in the minority! Those are very hard to find! Does your machine have a shuttle? Or does it have a bobbin? The model 27/127 has a shuttle (vibrating shuttle), the model 15's have bobbins (oscillating)!

    Nancy

    Uh oh - now you have me all excited and nervous too! It does have a bobbin - one like my "newer" old machines. Is that normal? I thought maybe it is newer than I originally thought because I thought all the old ones had those "bullet" type shuttles.

    Here are a few pictures...I'm sad to say someone used this as their coffee table (certainly not me - my Husband would be put out of the house if he dared to put a cup on my sewing machine!) for some time so there are rings. Also the decals are starting to turn a bit silver and one is nearly scratched off. Is there any way to preserve them from any further damage? I do like to sew on this machine, and it's a great one for my kids because the bobbin is one that they are familiar with, but I don't want to ruin it.
    OMG!!!!!!!!! Do you realize what you have????? You have one the earliest Model 15's with the Sphinx decal!!!! I have only seen one other - until I saw that machine I did not even know Singer used the Sphinx on their earliest 15's! How cool is that????????? I can't tell for sure from the picture, but what is the serial number?

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by Launie
    Has anyone used any fun variegated cotton thread for FMQ in their 15-91s that worked well? I made up one of those super fast jelly roll quilts out of left over strips that I thought would be fun to experiment with variegated thread.
    Yes, I use Coats and Clarks multicolor machine quilting and crafts in my 15 and it worked well.
    I use King Tut and Rainbow variegated thread on my 15-88 treadle to free motion quilt all the time.

    Nancy

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    So what do you guys think. Is this machine worth saving? Someone near me is selling it as a parts machine for $25 OBO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Launie
    Has anyone used any fun variegated cotton thread for FMQ in their 15-91s that worked well? I made up one of those super fast jelly roll quilts out of left over strips that I thought would be fun to experiment with variegated thread.
    I have done FMQ with my 15-90 using variegated threads, it worked great and I liked the look too.

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    Grammydar,
    What's your other treadle machine? The Singer 66-1 red eye is pretty. Sometimes a machine won't pick up the bobbin thread because its either not threaded correctly or the needle isn't in correctly.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    You are welcome, but we still need to see a picture of your machine. The Sphinx decal was also used on some very eary 15's. Singer started making the 15's in 1895. If you have one of those with the Sphinx decal, you are in the minority! Those are very hard to find! Does your machine have a shuttle? Or does it have a bobbin? The model 27/127 has a shuttle (vibrating shuttle), the model 15's have bobbins (oscillating)!

    Nancy

    Uh oh - now you have me all excited and nervous too! It does have a bobbin - one like my "newer" old machines. Is that normal? I thought maybe it is newer than I originally thought because I thought all the old ones had those "bullet" type shuttles.

    Here are a few pictures...I'm sad to say someone used this as their coffee table (certainly not me - my Husband would be put out of the house if he dared to put a cup on my sewing machine!) for some time so there are rings. Also the decals are starting to turn a bit silver and one is nearly scratched off. Is there any way to preserve them from any further damage? I do like to sew on this machine, and it's a great one for my kids because the bobbin is one that they are familiar with, but I don't want to ruin it.
    OMG!!!!!!!!! Do you realize what you have????? You have one the earliest Model 15's with the Sphinx decal!!!! I have only seen one other - until I saw that machine I did not even know Singer used the Sphinx on their earliest 15's! How cool is that????????? I can't tell for sure from the picture, but what is the serial number?

    Nancy
    Ok - I don't want to get too excited until I know for sure, but how awesome is it if that is what I actually have?! :) Now I went back and looked at the serial number, I DID make a mistake there. The S is worn and old and looked like a 3, so I thought it had no prefixes but I was wrong, it has one. The serial is S722420. I don't see the number on the Singer website, unless I'm reading it wrong.

    Oh, and is THIS what you mean by a bobbin? These old machines have odd names for things so I want to make sure I understand correctly. Here's a pic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins
    So what do you guys think. Is this machine worth saving? Someone near me is selling it as a parts machine for $25 OBO.
    If all the parts were there, I'd offer $15 and see if she will take less. My sphinx is in worse shape that that one, decal wise, that is.

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    I just loosened a lift lever by taking the pressure off by removing the thumb screw and taking the spring and shaft out. Oiled (Penetrating oil will work) everything that moves the lever, and let soak in. The lever moved the next day. Do not put much pressure on the lever or it may break. If you can get inside move with a screwdriver.
    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    Ok here I am - back! I cannot get enough of this thread. Have any of you had any experience with a Kenmore Model 58? My friend wanted to learn to sew today so I came over to see if her machine works. It took us about an hour to discover it has a knee pedal!!! I have never seen one of those. We can't seem to get the presser foot to go down and I'm wondering if there's a trick to it or if it's frozen. She decided it was too much work for her to get into shape so she says I can have it if I want it, and if nothing else I am taking it to "tinker" on. I think it's pretty neat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    You are welcome, but we still need to see a picture of your machine. The Sphinx decal was also used on some very eary 15's. Singer started making the 15's in 1895. If you have one of those with the Sphinx decal, you are in the minority! Those are very hard to find! Does your machine have a shuttle? Or does it have a bobbin? The model 27/127 has a shuttle (vibrating shuttle), the model 15's have bobbins (oscillating)!

    Nancy

    Uh oh - now you have me all excited and nervous too! It does have a bobbin - one like my "newer" old machines. Is that normal? I thought maybe it is newer than I originally thought because I thought all the old ones had those "bullet" type shuttles.

    Here are a few pictures...I'm sad to say someone used this as their coffee table (certainly not me - my Husband would be put out of the house if he dared to put a cup on my sewing machine!) for some time so there are rings. Also the decals are starting to turn a bit silver and one is nearly scratched off. Is there any way to preserve them from any further damage? I do like to sew on this machine, and it's a great one for my kids because the bobbin is one that they are familiar with, but I don't want to ruin it.
    OMG!!!!!!!!! Do you realize what you have????? You have one the earliest Model 15's with the Sphinx decal!!!! I have only seen one other - until I saw that machine I did not even know Singer used the Sphinx on their earliest 15's! How cool is that????????? I can't tell for sure from the picture, but what is the serial number?

    Nancy
    Ok - I don't want to get too excited until I know for sure, but how awesome is it if that is what I actually have?! :) Now I went back and looked at the serial number, I DID make a mistake there. The S is worn and old and looked like a 3, so I thought it had no prefixes but I was wrong, it has one. The serial is S722420. I don't see the number on the Singer website, unless I'm reading it wrong.

    Oh, and is THIS what you mean by a bobbin? These old machines have odd names for things so I want to make sure I understand correctly. Here's a pic...
    Wow - you have a bobbin - and the slide plate! Those things seem to go missing. Super machine!

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    Picked up a vintage machine at estate sale last week. Not sure what model. The decals are OK, has the shuttle and two bobbins, got the knee bar with it. Lite has the singer name embossed on the shade. It's OK for the $15 I think.
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    Bennet,
    What do you use to get the machine to look so good? I've got a two spool that I started to clean and the decals came off when I cleaned it, luckily it was on the back side. The problem is the shellac is really dull and loose. TIA.

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