Saturday, July 27, 2013

Work and play

I've been on travel for work quite a bit lately so I haven't had much opportunity to do things sewing-machine-related. Three weeks in Japan, three weeks at home, two weeks in Japan, two weeks home, then two weeks in Guam (the Guam trip I was able to take my wife along). Soooo, I'm really itching to get back to sewing machine related fun. To get things kicked off, my dear wife and I hit two Goodwill stores today, which happens to be the day we returned from Guam (24 hour travel time from start to finish). Our heads are kind of spinning from the three flights but I can always (usually) make time to hit the thrift stores. I purchased a Singer 328K in really nice cosmetic condition (photos will come at a later date) and an older Singer buttonholer, plus two boxes of Kenmore cams.

The reason for today's blog entry though is to show the machine I passed up at Goodwill, although I may have to finagle my wife into picking it up on the $1.29 Monday event in a couple weeks.

The machine pictured below is a Singer 15-91. Sorry for the lousy photo. You can't really tell if you didn't know, but the machine is mounted to a board with six screws. Someone drilled six holes through the machine bed (!) around the perimeter and put wood screws through the bed and into the wood (you can kind of make out a brass screw head in the lower right of the bed). A couple other minor issues I saw are that the spool post is a piece of threaded rod and the stitch length knob is a regular off -the-shelf screw. Oh, and there was no motor controller. All these things add up to a not-so-ideal purchase.


I couldn't believe it when I saw the wood screws holding the machine to the board. Kind of drops the value. There are a lot of good usable parts on it though, and I'm sure it will still sew fine if someone took the time to oil and clean it up. I'm just not sure I am the right person for the job.

I'll also mention here that I ran across a generic Japanese Class 15 clone sewing machine (labeled Blue Bird) at a thrift store on a US military base in Japan (the trip before Guam) that I just had to snap a photo of. The machine looked to be in great shape and came in a bentwood case with some accessories, but somehow I don't think they will be selling it anytime soon. The price tag was marked $280.

1 comment:

  1. Hello John, I am currently working on updating a 15-91 that a friend gave me. It belonged to her Aunt. It is in the exact same 42 cabinet you show in your video. I have the receipt where she purchased the machine and cabinet for over 200.00 and made payments on it. Can you imagine how much money that had to be for her in 1947? She was a seamstress. My model was made in 1947. The wiring is worn out and I can't use the machine because the wiring is worn due to rubbing gaineset the metal where the top is raised up and down. I was delighted to see your video. I want to do free motion quiliting on my machine once I repair the wiring. I was looking for a video on how to lower the feed dogs. Hot dog, you nailed it to my delight. I hadn't had a chance to check it out and sure enough a knob, not a screw I was looking for. Thank you so much for that video. I know I am going to love this machine. Lamona

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