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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
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    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...

    Yep!! That's a bobbin...or the casing for it anyway! :)

    Your serial number shows a 15K, indicating that your machine was made in Killbowie, Scotland, 1906.

    You made a NICE find!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    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.
    Lee, for $15, you got an EXCELLENT buy!! :)

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    I just picked up a Redeye in a cabinet for $30. The decals are in great shape. The cabinet just needs some surface work done other that one small spot where the veneer is missing. It was a treadle that someone converted to electric. They removed the pitman and the skirt guard is missing some things to hold it on. Does anyone have a pitman for sale? It was sightly frozen up. Hubby fixed that with a lot of oil. The needle bar was turned the wrong and hubby also fixed that. Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    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.
    Very nice machine you have found. I like the decals on it too.
    You will enjoy this one.
    Glenn

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    The serial # is AA149192 on my last estate buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    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...
    Yep, as Charlee said that is a bobbin case. The bobbin should be in the case - if not they are very easy to get. You can get those Class 15 bobbins almost anywhere! Just be sure to get metal ones, not the plastic ones! That is a 1906 Model 15! One of the rarer of the vintage machines as it is very old - 115 years old, and a Model 15 with a Sphinx decal, which is very hard to find! Not a common machine at all! I think there is only one other on this board - at least there use to be only one - the only other one I have ever seen! You are one lucky lady! Take care of that machine!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by valleyquiltermo
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    Item number: 290617986295 on eBay. What is this Singer item? It's described as a ruffler ..........
    Thats a pinking machine, They sale for upwards of $200.00
    they don't know what they have, LOL
    Thank you ---- have never seen something like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    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.
    Lee that is a Model 128, vibrating shuttle with the La Vincendora decals! Great find! That decal was only used on the 28/128's!

    Nancy

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    [quote=Kathie S.]I just picked up a Redeye in a cabinet for $30. The decals are in great shape. The cabinet just needs some surface work done other that one small spot where the veneer is missing. It was a treadle that someone converted to electric. They removed the pitman and the skirt guard is missing some things to hold it on. Does anyone have a pitman for sale? It was sightly frozen up. Hubby fixed that with a lot of oil. The needle bar was turned the wrong and hubby also fixed that. PS
    We also discoverd that the big wheel that the belt goes around is missing. Does anyone have one for sale?Kathie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Anyone interested in this treadle?

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

    Nancy
    Can you guarantee a win?? :)
    LOL!!!!!!!

    Melinda cool looking machine! I'd of gotten that one! And, I am still looking for a red 15 clone!

    Nancy
    There was one in Phoenix yesterday

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    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.
    Don't be modest, ha ha! :) I think that's great for $15. The knee bar can be hard to find if lost, so that's good. Plus it has those beautiful La Vencindora (sp?) decals. Lovely machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee231
    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.
    I (very carefully) used the cleaning tutorials put up here by Billy. I did have a spot where I tested the Goop, and it did eventually start to rub away some of the decals.

    On the back where it was very, very grimy, I did brush some kerosene on it during its "spa" treatment to see if that would loosen it up a bit. Again, the Goop works, just had to be careful in the spots with the decals and go slowly. I would take some on my fingers and rub it around, working in a small section at a time. Then when the Goop (and my fingers) had picked up some grime, I'd wipe it all off with a cotton ball. I think putting it on with my fingers was a little less abrasive than using just the cotton (but I could just be convincing myself of this). When the decals started to show, I had to be extra careful and not do much more.

    The final sheen came from Billy's suggestion of Liquid Gold. I put one light coat on, waited a day, then put on another coat.

    The silvery pieces were scrubbed in kerosene to remove the brown oily grime. Then I soaked a few in Evaporust to remove some final bits of corrosion. The final step was a polish with the Mother's.

    Nothing new, just following what others on the board have talked about. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    That is really great but I know someone who good use the irons
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Anyone in Iowa? Look at this very cool machine!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1872...item4aaf7c68fe
    Beautiful!!! Wish I could go for it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Anyone in Iowa? Look at this very cool machine!!http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1872...item4aaf7c68fe
    Sorry for double post!

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    Hi, Is there any hope for this machine???
    Apparently someone dropped it and the bottom part of the case cracked in many pieces. The metal parts on the outside are rusting. The handwheel turns and the needlebar does move but I haven't turned it a full cycle. It's not sitting in the case correctly because of all the cracks. It's also missing the rubber from the bobbin winder, bobbin case and slide plate.
    What should I use to clean the rust spots on the outside of the machine...???
    It's still sitting in the trunk of my car....Our town is having Bulk Pick Up next week and I found it in a trash pile. It does have a few attachments but the cardboard box they came in was so moldy the mold puffed all over the place when I open it up..I had to throw it away...it practically disintegrated! I don't know where to start :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey
    Hi, Is there any hope for this machine???
    Apparently someone dropped it and the bottom part of the case cracked in many pieces. The metal parts on the outside are rusting. The handwheel turns and the needlebar does move but I haven't turned it a full cycle. It's not sitting in the case correctly because of all the cracks. It's also missing the rubber from the bobbin winder, bobbin case and slide plate.
    What should I use to clean the rust spots on the outside of the machine...???
    It's still sitting in the trunk of my car....Our town is having Bulk Pick Up next week and I found it in a trash pile. It does have a few attachments but the cardboard box they came in was so moldy the mold puffed all over the place when I open it up..I had to throw it away...it practically disintegrated! I don't know where to start :(
    Start with research... My sister has a couple of those pretty cool little Singer 185 machines. If it is a 285 throw it out. Parts are available. It looks like it has a drop in bobbin - no bobbin case needed. You can buy the tires from Sew - Classic and she has good bobbins. There is a nice tutorial on here by Muv. She put together some real good videos. Here is a link to one. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-155695-1.htm There are other resources on this board as well. That machine does not need an all out strip down to be made to work. Watch Muv's videos and if you still have questions I would be glad to answer. Her machine is not identical by any means but the principles are absolutely the same. There are a couple other resources available as well.
    Here is one you can print out. http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...achine_manual/ I've learned a lot from them. And here is another. http://vssmb.blogspot.com/ very good information - if you can sew and follow a pattern you can restore that machine. You really don't have anything to lose so why not try?

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    There is a Singer 185 for sale in Phoenix, Az CL no picture though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey
    Hi, Is there any hope for this machine???

    I don't know where to start
    Make a hand crank machine out of it....

    CD in Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags
    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey
    Hi, Is there any hope for this machine???

    I don't know where to start
    Make a hand crank machine out of it....

    CD in Oklahoma
    ThayerRags, love the hand crank!

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    [quote=Kathie S.]
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathie S.
    I just picked up a Redeye in a cabinet for $30. The decals are in great shape. The cabinet just needs some surface work done other that one small spot where the veneer is missing. It was a treadle that someone converted to electric. They removed the pitman and the skirt guard is missing some things to hold it on. Does anyone have a pitman for sale? It was sightly frozen up. Hubby fixed that with a lot of oil. The needle bar was turned the wrong and hubby also fixed that. PS
    We also discoverd that the big wheel that the belt goes around is missing. Does anyone have one for sale?Kathie
    Kathie, your hubby is getting good at sewing machine/treadle repair!

    Are you talking about the treadle wheel? If you are missing the pitman, the skirt guard, and the treadle wheel, I think you just need to find an old treadle base! Then between the two of them, put together a complete treadle!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Melinda cool looking machine! I'd of gotten that one! And, I am still looking for a red 15 clone!

    Nancy

    There was one in Phoenix yesterday
    Miriam are you saying you saw a 'RED' 15 clone in Phoenix?

    I am in the wrong town!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Wish I could convince my sister to go look at the child's sewing machines for me...

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