Today I was busy in my quilt room when my dad and Builder Bob called me downstairs as a couple packages had just arrived for me. When my 15-91 Singer quit working a week ago (it works fine now) I panicked as I thought it was the motor.
There was a motor on eBay but I missed it so when I saw a couple 15-91’s I
bid on them……I’m glad I only got 2! This first one is a 1951 (same
age as mine) 15-91 Singer. Take a look at what I found when I opened the
I knew I was in trouble when I looked at the cardboard box, it was the thin, flimsy stuff and was smashed on one side. The carrying case was completely destroyed. I was scared to death that the machine was damaged so we propped it up on some wood, plugged it in and I tried it out. Seems to work and the stitch is pretty good. The thread spindle was missing from the top so I went through the packaging and found it. I’ll have to clean it up and put Builder Bob to work building some kind of base.
Next one up is a 1954 15-91 Singer, the corner is busted on one side but that may have been that way on eBay. There was no bobbin case but I put mine in. I turned the tension knob and it acted loose, with a gap compared to mine. I put in a new needle and tried out the stitching. Terrible and it kept breaking the thread.
Since the machines are all alike I got out my manual and took all the tension pieces apart and then carefully put them back together. I’m not an expert….it took a couple tries…but I got it back together and then it made perfect stitches. Of course it is noisy so I know I need to oil and clean it. I dropped the feed dogs but now they won’t come back up so it may be gummy and stuck.
Builder Bob kept saying to leave it alone until he can do a temporary fix on the corner so it doesn’t slip down. He was afraid I would break the base more. That’s okay……I have a few things I need to go back to quilting.
This past week I have read many times about buying on eBay and to be very careful as one of the most common things is that the machines aren’t packed well enough for shipping. I didn’t pay a lot of money for these so I am okay but I am so glad I didn’t get either of the 15-91’s with a bentwood case….that would have been sad if those cases were damaged.
Some of you might be wondering why I bought all 15-91 Singers. Well, that is what I am most comfortable with and I would have been scared to death to take apart the tension (8 pieces) if I didn’t have one right next to it as a guide. I don’t want these machines as antiques…..I want to use them.
My vintage herd is growing……these 2 are in Builder Bob’s shop right now……he sure has great lighting in there and lots of space if he moved “out” some of his wood working stuff……hmmmm.