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    Seems like the only time I post is when I have a question. Am going to try to explain my problem and hope someone can understand what I'm trying to say. Took pictures but it is to shinny and doesn't show what I want. This is about my Singer 15-91. I can sew about 10 inches (did it twice and it did it in the same spot both times) and it will make a catching noise and I look underneath at the bobbin, cause you can't move the material on the top. The thread has wrapped around the hinge that you take a hold of to remove the bobbin.

    I've changed thread on both the bobbin and at the top, put a new 15x1 needle in. Also switched directions that the bobbin lays in it's case (neither way seams to make a difference). Is there anything else I should try or can someone help?

    Charlee--such a pretty machine and congrats on your annv. I can see how these machines can be addictive. If only I had more room!!!!
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    That is a nice German machine you got for your anniversary. Not to many of these machines are in the states. We did not do to much trading with the east back then you know. This is a good example of a cabinet that can be cleaned using my solution I and two on furniture cleaning and reviving. The top could use a little work but not much. Congrates again. Skip
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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    Seems like the only time I post is when I have a question. Am going to try to explain my problem and hope someone can understand what I'm trying to say. Took pictures but it is to shinny and doesn't show what I want. This is about my Singer 15-91. I can sew about 10 inches (did it twice and it did it in the same spot both times) and it will make a catching noise and I look underneath at the bobbin, cause you can't move the material on the top. The thread has wrapped around the hinge that you take a hold of to remove the bobbin.

    I've changed thread on both the bobbin and at the top, put a new 15x1 needle in. Also switched directions that the bobbin lays in it's case (neither way seams to make a difference). Is there anything else I should try or can someone help?

    Charlee--such a pretty machine and congrats on your annv. I can see how these machines can be addictive. If only I had more room!!!!
    Hi,

    Here's an owners manual for your 15-91 so you get the bobbin going the right way. I made up a chart with all the various models I have for bobbin direction and needle threading, seems there all different.

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...uals/15-91.pdf

    Tangles are often caused by faulty top thread tension--I'd give the machine basic maintenance / good going over.

    Good Luck
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    Hi Charlee, What a cute machine, I love the little flowers, so cute. I love the parlor cabinet. What a great anniversary present! I hope you and William had a lovely day celebrating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    Seems like the only time I post is when I have a question. Am going to try to explain my problem and hope someone can understand what I'm trying to say. Took pictures but it is to shinny and doesn't show what I want. This is about my Singer 15-91. I can sew about 10 inches (did it twice and it did it in the same spot both times) and it will make a catching noise and I look underneath at the bobbin, cause you can't move the material on the top. The thread has wrapped around the hinge that you take a hold of to remove the bobbin.

    I've changed thread on both the bobbin and at the top, put a new 15x1 needle in. Also switched directions that the bobbin lays in it's case (neither way seams to make a difference). Is there anything else I should try or can someone help?
    Trying to think of all sorts of things that can cause your machine's problem.....
    Your tension discs could be rusty, had this problem with a Featherweight.
    Check for burrs on the bobbin case. The bobbin goes in with the thread coming over the top toward you; check the bobbin for defects, had some brand new ones that weren't made properly. I use vintage bobbins in my old machines whenever I can.
    I would also check for burrs on the hook(the thingy that surrounds the bobbin case). Make sure that your needle is in with the flat to left and up as far as it will go into the needle bar; needle threads inside to outside. Thread the machine with the presser foot up. Only ever turn the hand wheel forward. Be sure to check that the new needle has no burrs and isn't bent; had both of these things happen fresh from the package.
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    Last edited by purplefiend; 05-31-2012 at 06:35 PM.

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    My 15 clone threads from left to right - wouldn't the Singer 99 do the same? I assume your thread is well seated in both the top and bottom tension springs.

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    Jon---Thank you so much for the info plus I had no problem seeing what they were talking about!!! Saved the file for all future reference. Also will check everything that was mentioned. Will play with the tension this weekend and see if that helps. Thanks so much!
    Last edited by crewsemj; 05-31-2012 at 06:51 PM.
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    15 Class sewing machines are about the most reliable and trouble free Singer ever made. Most likely something very basic. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewsemj View Post
    Jon---Thank you so much for the info plus I had no problem seeing what they were talking about!!! Saved the file for all future reference. Also will check everything that was mentioned. Will play with the tension this weekend and see if that helps. Thanks so much!
    If you put different color threads in the bobbin and top of machine, it makes it easier to figure out which tension needs adjusting.

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    Is this a sewing machine or a cake? LOL. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/hsh/3049845209.html

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    Thanks everyone for the anniversary wishes! It was a good one...I have a good man that does his best to keep me happy!

    Skip, I heard that not many of the post war Köhler machines made it out of East Germany. Just in my imagination, those that did most likely went out through West Berlin, as there just wasn't a lot of post-war export from the occupied East Germany.
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    update on viking and singer

    Redo of the Viking and cabinet. What a mess it was but now cleaner, rewired, and sews beautifully. Took off all the crack varnish on the cabinet, left it natural as it was originally and sealed the wood with tung oil.Name:  DSCF0632.JPG
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    Thanks for all the help the last couple of days for this little cutie. Had no idea on the knee control...low and behold right in the top cover. Cleaned up, lubed and oiled, sews beautiful stitches. Anyone know where I can find a manual?Name:  DSCF0634.JPG
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    here is a cute little child's treadle with a hefty price. this is my 1st time seeing a child's treadle version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
    here is a cute little child's treadle with a hefty price. this is my 1st time seeing a child's treadle version.
    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/atq/3004295114.html
    You could flip that on ebay for a lot more than what they're asking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaba View Post
    Redo of the Viking and cabinet. What a mess it was but now cleaner, rewired, and sews beautifully. Took off all the crack varnish on the cabinet, left it natural as it was originally and sealed the wood with tung oil.Name:  DSCF0632.JPG
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    Thanks for all the help the last couple of days for this little cutie. Had no idea on the knee control...low and behold right in the top cover. Cleaned up, lubed and oiled, sews beautiful stitches. Anyone know where I can find a manual?Name:  DSCF0634.JPG
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    Glad the knee lever is there...you'll like this little machine.

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    I also love that green Viking in the beautiful cabinet!! Nice job on that one, Jaba!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaba View Post
    Redo of the Viking and cabinet. What a mess it was but now cleaner, rewired, and sews beautifully. Took off all the crack varnish on the cabinet, left it natural as it was originally and sealed the wood with tung oil.Name:  DSCF0632.JPG
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    WOW I'm drooling over that handsome Viking. Never seen one like that before in my wanders of the internet.
    You rewired it, but looks like it could be treadle too- if you have treadle. That's a handsome machine!!!!
    You did a beautiful job cleaning up the cabinet. I just love the look of the this cabinet and wood. How well does that Viking sew? It kind of has the look of the dark, green Berninas.

    Thanks for posting the photos.

    That cutie machine is a Singer 99, correct? Here is link to manual for a 99 from Sew-Classic, just scrool to bottom of page: http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/11/...ne-review.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    If you put different color threads in the bobbin and top of machine, it makes it easier to figure out which tension needs adjusting.

    Now, why didn't I think of that. I am having trouble with my FW's tension. I will have to try that. Thanks.

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    Here's a very nice, clean Davis NVF in a nice cabinet in MO...at only .99, no reserve, 9 days to go on the auction. Someone could get a great deal on this machine!!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Davi...item1e6ea619f2

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    Jaba, that vicking just jumps out at you looks like and husky machine. Bet you can sew anything.
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    Where is everyone today? Off playing without us???

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Where is everyone today? Off playing without us???
    They must be!! Altho I've had a busy day myself...
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    We just got back from taking out old man cat to the vet. He's got something wrong inside to the point he bloated up like a pregnant female.

    On the way back we hit every antique and thrift store we could find looking for sewing stuff. Wife found some patterns at a Starvation Army store but nothing else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Here's a very nice, clean Davis NVF in a nice cabinet in MO...at only .99, no reserve, 9 days to go on the auction. Someone could get a great deal on this machine!!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Davi...item1e6ea619f2
    I'm thinking of placing a bid on that one. 99 cents for the machine and $400 in gas.

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    I thought I would get some sun and work out in the garden. I have to tell you I had a Rice Pudding ice cream bar. It was like eating Rice Pudding on a stick, so good!!
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