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    Wondering about a singer sewing machine

    I just discovered a older singer in a fairly nice cabinet in a thrift type store for $25 I do not know the name of the machine but the serial number is AK174140 the paper in one of drawers said 15k80 does anyone know anything about a machine like this is it a good buy

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    absolutely a good buy...the singer 15s were not much bigger than a featherweight but are much heavier and totally little workhorses...

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    anytime I could get an older SInger for $25, working, I would jump on it!!

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    I think a 15 for $25 is a good buy. The serial number for the one you saw makes it a 1951 model. If you do get it, I would check the wiring over very carefully before plugging it in. The wiring on these is sometimes deteriorated.


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    You should be able to get many years of good sewing with a 15k as a partner. Good Luck!
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    Jump on it!!
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    for that price, I'd take it.

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    It would already be sewing at my house by now. I have one and I love her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    anytime I could get an older SInger for $25, working, I would jump on it!!
    Oops...in 1985 you could have had my 1980 Singer for free...I would have paid you to take it. After over 10 trips to the sewing machine repair shop, I prayed that it would be stolen from my car....now that I look back, it was a rather strange way of dealing with this problem, when there were so many dumpsters around.....I took a hammer to it in frustration....when I "traded it in" the dealer politely stated, "I'll use it for parts...." ....bet he utilized the dumpster behind his shop....

    If your machine is pre-1980 it is probably wonderful....but the '80's...forgetaboutit....

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    Good find. Got 4 singers myself.

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    Great machine & great price. Grab it and run with it!!
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    I would have bought it on the spot and ran, skipped, hopped, and jumped. thats a good price . Dottie Bug

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    I love my 15-91! really love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffygirl View Post
    I think a 15 for $25 is a good buy. The serial number for the one you saw makes it a 1951 model. If you do get it, I would check the wiring over very carefully before plugging it in. The wiring on these is sometimes deteriorated.
    Pat
    Even if the wiring is iffy, I would still take it. I bought a Featherweight on eBay recently and it's now in the shop. One of the things that it needs is a new plug as the old wiring is taped and not safe. The cost to replace this was $24.
    1951 Singer 301A - "Jean"
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    1951 singer 15 for $25.00 grab it now!!!!

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    I would like to talk to someone who may have a Singer Sewing Machine that also has an extended arm for quilting. I saw one in a store but didn't feel comfortable buying it until I could speak to someone who may have tried it already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmickChick View Post
    Oops...in 1985 you could have had my 1980 Singer for free...I would have paid you to take it. After over 10 trips to the sewing machine repair shop, I prayed that it would be stolen from my car....now that I look back, it was a rather strange way of dealing with this problem, when there were so many dumpsters around.....I took a hammer to it in frustration....when I "traded it in" the dealer politely stated, "I'll use it for parts...." ....bet he utilized the dumpster behind his shop....

    If your machine is pre-1980 it is probably wonderful....but the '80's...forgetaboutit....
    I had a 1970's Singer Futura. It wasn't any good either, so maybe they have to be pre-1970.

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    Sounds good, most likely it is one of the 15 series which have the bobbin on the end and is an oscillating type, makes it easy to load bobbins when quilting. Also the bobbins which have holes all the way around hold more thread. Go for it!
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    even the Singer TOUCH AND SEW was a piece of crap.. put four motors on one till I threw it away. i think it was 1955, plastic gears.

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    This is favorite machine ever! I would buy it, good price too! Just can't beat a Singer 15.

    I have 7 singers, 2 Singer 15's and would buy another 15 if I thought I could
    Last edited by deedum; 11-29-2011 at 07:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMARAS1234 View Post
    even the Singer TOUCH AND SEW was a piece of crap.. put four motors on one till I threw it away. i think it was 1955, plastic gears.
    Those torch 'n throw sewing machines came out in the 60s - I remember the one they gave us for HomeEc - I vowed I would NEVER EVER buy a Singer - at least not a new one. Never have. I've bought a new Janome and regretted it - finally sold it on CL. Those old machines just can't be beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phenry View Post
    I would like to talk to someone who may have a Singer Sewing Machine that also has an extended arm for quilting. I saw one in a store but didn't feel comfortable buying it until I could speak to someone who may have tried it already.
    Hi Phenry,
    I did purchase a Singer Quilter this year.. the Confidence 7469 with a long bed attachment. Got it for a good price.. I did try it out prior and it fit my needs for the type of sewing I was doing. It runs so quietly my DD was quite impressed when she heard it.. have had it almost one year, do my own maintenance/cleaning/oiling and so far, so good.. I didn't pay a lot for it and the long bed was a plus factor as well as the attachments that came with it/walking foot, etc..I know people told me to stay away from the new Singer but this one I liked. And still do.. Hope this helps.
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