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Old Singer I'm Trying to recall
My great grandmothers model
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Date: 10/8/12 7:06 AM

I lost my great grandmother's sewing machine in the first war (my divorce). It was a huge, heavy beast that was black and shiny, had some gold trim. It did only a straight stitch, and the bobbin loaded vertically - was not drop in. It looked a lot like the 15-91 and the 201. Which could it have been? Probably purchased between 20's and 50's. She was a seamstress and school teacher for a living.

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Date: 10/8/12 7:42 AM

I'm almost positive it was a 201, but I just don't remember there being a drop in bobbin. I remember that design (the gold trim design), though and a scrolling type design on the face plate.

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Date: 10/8/12 8:19 AM

Could be a 15-30. Mine was made in 1916. It was originally a treadle but somewhere in its life someone added a motor (inelegant but thoroughly useful!). I dragged mine through two wars -- gave up the china but saved the SM! Here's the girl:



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Date: 10/8/12 10:31 AM

A vertical bobbin would be the 15-91 (or 15-90 if it had a belt), the 201 has a drop in bobbin.
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Date: 10/8/12 11:40 AM

You are a woman after my own heart.

My car was worth $500 (probably around 1990) when I plunked down $1250 plus tax to buy a used Bernina (and fell in love with DH all over again because he agreed!)

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Date: 10/8/12 12:04 PM

Quote: marymary86
I plunked down $1250 plus tax to buy a used Bernina (and fell in love with DH all over again because he agreed!)

Now I need a DH!

Could be used.

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Date: 10/14/12 2:11 PM

I have a 15-91 and it has a drop-in bobbin.

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Date: 10/14/12 2:46 PM

My 115 has a vertical bobbin.

My 115 - better picture.
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Date: 10/15/12 10:51 AM

I never heard of a 15-91 with a drop in bobbin. I thought all 15-91's were the same - oscillating hook, vertical Class 15 bobbin.

Have I missed something???

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Date: 10/15/12 10:58 AM

Okay, besides the bobbin type (and still, as far as I know, the 15-91 always has a vertical bobbin, I have never seen one otherwise), another quick way to tell the difference between a 201 and a 15-91 is that the tension assembly is on the faceplate of the 15 whereas on the 201 it is on the front of the machine (facing the operator.) Also the 15's usually (always?) have the light in the back and the 201 usually (always?) has the light in the front.

HOWEVER, to the best of my knowledge - which I admit is limited so I may stand correction - the 66 has a similar configuration to the 201 as far as drop in Class 66 bobbin and tension on the front, but has a light in the back like a 15. (further adding to the confusion!)

There may be variations among these, I don't know - there are experts here who could tell you for sure. But for most models I've seen, that is how I identify them. You can also look ON THIS SITE to try and identify your Singer model by various features. Very helpful.

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