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Date: 9/7/11 12:53 PM

Hello! I'm new to the forums, and was hoping someone could help me out. I used to sew quite a bit when I was younger, and recently became interested in sewing again. I just picked up a gorgeous old Singer from the original owner's son. It works like a dream, but having used mostly modern machines, and because it's been so many years since I've sewn anything, I'd like to try to find the manual before I start on any projects. After emailing Singer with the serial number, we were told it was a Model 15 manufactured in New Jersey on March 12, 1935. My problem is, I can't find a manual that is specific to a Model 15. They're all for 15-91, 15-90, etc. I'm not sure which manual to download. I was hoping someone here might be able to help me. I'll include a couple photos of the machine, although they're cell phone photos so not great quality.

Sewing Machine 1

Sewing machine 2

Thanks in advance! I'm looking forward to getting started on some projects
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Date: 9/7/11 1:57 PM

I have this same machine (my Grandmother's), a 15-91, manufactured in 1935 in NJ. The Yahoo group "Vintage Singers" has a wealth of collective knowledge and free copies of many Singer user manuals. Just Google on the group name to get the link. Your machine looks lovely. I need to do some work on mine.

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Date: 9/7/11 4:08 PM

Thanks! I didn't think it was a 15-91, as it does have a belt. I thought the 15-91 didn't have a belt driven motor?

I'll definitely check out the vintage Singer group, thanks!

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Date: 9/7/11 4:34 PM

It looks like a 15-90 from the picture. I don't think there's much difference between the two models other than belt vs gear driven, but the yahoo group could tell you for sure. Here's a link from Ismacs.net to the 15-91 manual. It took a while to download, but I have a slow internet connection.

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Date: 9/7/11 6:55 PM

I could only see the first picture, the second said "this picture is private".

Its a lovely machine and cabinet! The only diff between 15-91 and 15-90 is gear vs belt drive. From the standpoint of operating the machines, they are identical. I have found a free 15-90 manual download online but NOT a 15-91....go figure. For the most part, any manual for a 15 machine will work for you as far as using the machine.

I am a proud and happy 15-91 owner so let me know if you have any questions. They are fantastic machines, either model. Enjoy!

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Date: 9/7/11 7:00 PM

Whoops, fixed that second picture - thanks!

Thanks everyone! I'm starting on my first project on this machine - as well as first sewing project in general in about 15 years - this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes! :-)


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Date: 9/7/11 7:35 PM

I think this is a 15-86 - definitely not a -90 or -91. It uses a different bobbin case, its needle is inserted differently and it threads differently than a -91. It has no reverse, nor can the feed dogs be dropped. I have a 15-96 which is similar, except for the bobbin winder.

If you cannot find a 15-86 manual online, try a 15-96, or even a 15-30. A manual for a 15-88/89/90/91 will only confuse you, since the threading is so different.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 9/7/11 7:46 PM

How can you tell the difference?

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Date: 9/7/11 7:47 PM

I think your bed decal is an RAF...so called because it looks a bit like an airplane. Very nice find. Enjoy your machine.

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Date: 9/7/11 9:07 PM

Yup - listen to Jennifer! I'm not knowledgeable about the details of the non- 90 & 91's, but that machine is neither.

What I'm pretty sure of though, is that your lovely bench is from the coveted (by some of us) #42 deco Singer cabinet. The cabinets seem to be easier to find than the benches, so I would call that a very nice find!

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