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    I inherited a Singer 15-91 the other day and I am a little baffled. Attached to the pressure relieving thumb screw is a "Revco" release button. Has anyone else seen one of these and do they know the purpose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Damienvon3

    You are lucky to have found the feet/accessories with yours, as they are very hard to come by. They have an unusual way of attachment--back clamping, but the top has a cross on it. I think I have two feet with mine; will probably never find any more to go with it. [/quote

    Oh, that is good news then. I will try to get pictures of the feet that I have if you want. Just let me know.
    That would be great!
    Mizjohnny I have a few of the feet for your sewing machine I will send pic for you to look at and if you want them they are yours.
    I happen to have three of these attachments, two are hemmers and one is a braider
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtapp9
    I seriously may get shot if I mention this to my husband...we have went out the last two weekends in a row and purchased a vintage machine. And I know HE ain't that into them...lol

    http://littlerock.craigslist.org/atq/2316657792.html

    She is supposed to get the S/N for me when she gets home from work.

    Was it common for these to be electrified? And is it hard to turn them back into a treadle? Because it has been modified is it even worth it?
    OOH beautiful Red Eye decals. You can remove the motor with just a couple of screws and then you will be able to drop it into a Singer treadle cabinet and treadle it.

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    thanks much for the information. I treasure it and it works like a charm. Don't know where my mother got it as she was born in 1909.

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    [quote=Damienvon3

    Here they are, I just took out of the box and took a few quick pictures. If you want better pictures let me know.[/quote]

    Anyone else have Phoenix envy?? I do after looking at those accessories!! GREAT find!!

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    [quote=Damienvon3

    Oh the 99 hand crank would be a hoot camping. Can you imagine how many people would stop and watch you in action, might even have a few volunteers to give you a rest. :thumbup:[/quote]

    I've taken mine camping several times, but no one seemed to even pay attention. I think you have to actually know what a sewing machine LOOKS like to be interested!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    If you are going to attend a Ray White advanced seminar, those T&Ss are good to practice changing gears. It's fun to learn even if you don't plan on doing this type of repair very often.
    Some things are fun to do ONCE. I changed the camstack in a Viking 6000 series and the motor pulley in a green Elna Super, both with Ray supervising. I have no plans to do either one again!! I am taking Ray's advanced class again this summer, so who knows what I'll come up with to work on??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Damienvon3

    You are lucky to have found the feet/accessories with yours, as they are very hard to come by. They have an unusual way of attachment--back clamping, but the top has a cross on it. I think I have two feet with mine; will probably never find any more to go with it. [/quote

    Oh, that is good news then. I will try to get pictures of the feet that I have if you want. Just let me know.
    That would be great!
    Mizjohnny I have a few of the feet for your sewing machine I will send pic for you to look at and if you want them they are yours.
    REALLY?? I'm excited!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Miz Johnny, I am going to start working on my Elna Supermatic. When I first got it I tried it, the motor did work but the needle barely moved. I'm suspecting that it's just gummed up from sitting for so long. I have to get a new folding knee controller. What should I do first to get it going? Thanks!!
    If it's the old green Super and if it's really "growly", it will need a new motor pulley. That's not an easy job. Ray White walked me through replacing one, and I will never do it again. It's very time-consuming. If, however, it's just moving slow, try Tri-flow in all of the oil holes and running it until it loosens up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    If you are going to attend a Ray White advanced seminar, those T&Ss are good to practice changing gears. It's fun to learn even if you don't plan on doing this type of repair very often.
    Some things are fun to do ONCE. I changed the camstack in a Viking 6000 series and the motor pulley in a green Elna Super, both with Ray supervising. I have no plans to do either one again!! I am taking Ray's advanced class again this summer, so who knows what I'll come up with to work on??
    Miz Johnny---PLEASE do not scare Tomilu--she has my Viking 52 30 that I am pretty sure needs a camstack! :roll: :roll: :lol:

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    Computer problems--another dup. post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    If you are going to attend a Ray White advanced seminar, those T&Ss are good to practice changing gears. It's fun to learn even if you don't plan on doing this type of repair very often.
    Some things are fun to do ONCE. I changed the camstack in a Viking 6000 series and the motor pulley in a green Elna Super, both with Ray supervising. I have no plans to do either one again!! I am taking Ray's advanced class again this summer, so who knows what I'll come up with to work on??
    Miz Johnny---PLEASE do not scare Tomilu--she has my Viking 52 30 that I am pretty sure needs a camstack! :roll: :roll: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by Damienvon3

    You are lucky to have found the feet/accessories with yours, as they are very hard to come by. They have an unusual way of attachment--back clamping, but the top has a cross on it. I think I have two feet with mine; will probably never find any more to go with it. [/quote

    Oh, that is good news then. I will try to get pictures of the feet that I have if you want. Just let me know.
    That would be great!
    Mizjohnny I have a few of the feet for your sewing machine I will send pic for you to look at and if you want them they are yours.
    I happen to have three of these attachments, two are hemmers and one is a braider
    Awesome!! I would love to have them. I will PM you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    If you are going to attend a Ray White advanced seminar, those T&Ss are good to practice changing gears. It's fun to learn even if you don't plan on doing this type of repair very often.
    Some things are fun to do ONCE. I changed the camstack in a Viking 6000 series and the motor pulley in a green Elna Super, both with Ray supervising. I have no plans to do either one again!! I am taking Ray's advanced class again this summer, so who knows what I'll come up with to work on??
    Miz Johnny---PLEASE do not scare Tomilu--she has my Viking 52 30 that I am pretty sure needs a camstack! :roll: :roll: :lol:
    It can be done. The problem with mine was that once the camstack was replaced and needleswing set, etc., I discovered the reverse was gummed up. I never have gotten that machine to sew a decent decorative stitch!!

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    [quote=Miz Johnny]
    Quote Originally Posted by Damienvon3

    Oh the 99 hand crank would be a hoot camping. Can you imagine how many people would stop and watch you in action, might even have a few volunteers to give you a rest. :thumbup:[/quote

    I've taken mine camping several times, but no one seemed to even pay attention. I think you have to actually know what a sewing machine LOOKS like to be interested!!
    That is the problem with todays society, people can't even slow down camping and enjoy the days gone past! I would for sure have stopped and been a pest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Well, here is my newest machine - a Morse, 15 clone made in Japan. I got it at a yard sale on Saturday for $20. The case is in pretty good shape too.

    Billy what do you think? It sure is a pretty machine! Is this one of the better made 15 clones from Japan?

    Nancy
    I think that was made by Brother, I have worked on a couple of those and one was a Brother and had the exact bed decals as yours. Brother badged machines for others so it is very possible and yes that is a VERY nice Japanese 15!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    I inherited a Singer 15-91 the other day and I am a little baffled. Attached to the pressure relieving thumb screw is a "Revco" release button. Has anyone else seen one of these and do they know the purpose?
    Yep I have a bag full of them right now!! Revco was the aftermarket kings in the sewing industry. They had items like your "Quick Release" presserfoot tensioner to the "Reverse Switch" on the machines that did not have the back tack feature.

    I happen to love them because after I use a machine I just hit it take the tension off of the presserfoot and Store the machine. It keeps the spring from loosing any preload or strength while its sitting around doing nothing. In fact I always take the pressure off of the presserfoot no matter what.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    I believe you have a Singer Tiffany. Your mother may be able to give you the serial number on the front so that you can get the exact date of manufacturing from Singer
    http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html

    Here's another website that you can identify the model type if you do not know the serial number: http://www.sandman-collectibles.com/...r-machines.htm

    You might also be able to gather information from Ismac's website: http://www.ismacs.net/faq.html

    Hope this is helpful :)

    Judy
    Thanks so much!
    I had already looked up the serial number (1917 birthday) but sandman's site had all the info to identify it.

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    If anyone wants a cheap black longbed 301, there is one on yahoo group SewItsForSale for $125. She says she never could get the tension right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    If you are going to attend a Ray White advanced seminar, those T&Ss are good to practice changing gears. It's fun to learn even if you don't plan on doing this type of repair very often.
    Some things are fun to do ONCE. I changed the camstack in a Viking 6000 series and the motor pulley in a green Elna Super, both with Ray supervising. I have no plans to do either one again!! I am taking Ray's advanced class again this summer, so who knows what I'll come up with to work on??
    You better get busy collecting project machines. I had more than I needed, so let some of the guys have a Singer to change out all 5 plastic gears. They had a blast and learned a lot. I agree, once is enough for some repairs. I have a Viking 5230 that the owner says she thinks is a broken camstack. We shall see. And why are we up so early????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    I inherited a Singer 15-91 the other day and I am a little baffled. Attached to the pressure relieving thumb screw is a "Revco" release button. Has anyone else seen one of these and do they know the purpose?
    Yep I have a bag full of them right now!! Revco was the aftermarket kings in the sewing industry. They had items like your "Quick Release" presserfoot tensioner to the "Reverse Switch" on the machines that did not have the back tack feature.

    I happen to love them because after I use a machine I just hit it take the tension off of the presserfoot and Store the machine. It keeps the spring from loosing any preload or strength while its sitting around doing nothing. In fact I always take the pressure off of the presserfoot no matter what.

    Billy
    Thanks Billy for the explanation. Makes perfect sense :) So when you store your SM's - how do you take the presser off the presser foot? I have always stored mine with the presser foot down and folded muslin underneth the foot.

    Judy

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    my singer feather weigh 221 is in shop hoping to get it by next friday found at a pawn shop made in 1955 hope to get by next friday waiting to do some quilt piecing on it folks on this board say it is great for that had been wanting one for some time has any one hear done any piecing on a featherweight would like to hear from you thanks billy for the site about old machine today people think new is better not always so sometimes old is better made better

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    Jljack

    thanks for the reply. I will email them. I got a domestic rotary for $7.00. With shipping the total was $20.95. I am anxious to see how it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chergram
    my singer feather weigh 221 is in shop hoping to get it by next friday found at a pawn shop made in 1955 hope to get by next friday waiting to do some quilt piecing on it folks on this board say it is great for that had been wanting one for some time has any one hear done any piecing on a featherweight would like to hear from you thanks billy for the site about old machine today people think new is better not always so sometimes old is better made better
    They are great to piece quilts on. I have made several.

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