Sewing machine followed me home

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  1. Kelly W

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    There is an older lady who is often selling at our local flea market. She was there today and had an old sewing machine that caught my eye. I looked at it for a minute, thought it looked cool and she told me 35$. I wasn't too excited and I told her I'd see her on the way out. On the way out she really wanted to sell it. She said she couldn't carry it around and if I would give her 8 bucks she'd be happy. I gave her 8 bucks.

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    Don't no anything about it. It is heavy.

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    It does run and run smooth

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    Gonna blow it out with compressed air and oil it tomorrow.

    If any one has any info on this machine please post it. I appreciate it.

    Will be fun to piece something together on it.
     
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    Very nice machine
     
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    Made in Japan is a good start- all metal gears in those older machines IIRC.
     
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    If it didn't come with a manual, you might try google for one. If you know how to sew, run a piece of fabric through it and see what the stitching looks like. If it looks good, I'd oil it and leave it alone. If it doesn't look right, you might take it to a local sewing machine repair shop and have them give it the once over. Last place I went to charged me $25.00 for a cleaning and tune-up, which I thought was well worth it to make sure my machine was running right.
    Sewing can be both fun and addicting. I'm not sure you save much $$$ making your own gear when you figure your time in, but it can be a great way to pass the time when it's raining out or snowing.
     
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    Those Fleetwood machines were junk. I'll give you $10 for scrap value. :D

    Looks like a nice machine and a great price! Now, let's see what you make on it...
     
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    EIGHT dollars. Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?
    I’ll make you feel better. Bring it to the Oregon GTG in a couple of weeks and I’ll double your money!

    THIEF!
     
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    Got a model number?
     
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    Looks like a great deal to me. joe
     
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    Nice!

    For 8 bucks it don't have to run good for long, and you'll get your money's worth!
    :cool:
     
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    We have or had one almost exactly like that, though a different brand. It will probably run forever with proper care. Sewing machines are a marvel, especially the all mechanical ones. My wife was a seamstress and dressmaker in Thailand 40+ years ago. She had one of the manual treadle machines as electricity wasn't very reliable back then.

    Funny thing was that when she came to the USA, gals would show her a picture of a dress they wanted made. You know, a svelte gal wearing an elegant outfit. My wife could make her own pattern from news print, super-size it and fit it to an old buffalo. Stretch fabric helped.
     
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    You're lucky, last place I went to they wanted 100.00 for a clean and lube.

     
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    I've been searching some and haven't come up with much info. I'll hit it with my best shot tomorrow. I think if I can clean and lube it and get the threading right, it will probably sew. It will be worth 8$ in entertainment. Be something if I wind up with a functioning machine :)
     
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    I'm on my third machine... picked up a mid-90s Singer for $25 of craiglist several years back, acquired a 40s model 99 for free shortly after that. My newer one sorta broke on me a few months back... probably me trying to force it through too many layers of cloth too many times... the Model 99 is ok, but has no removable table (hard to do sleeves/pantslegs), no reverse, and no zigzag... so this afternoon i picked up a new singer... you don't wanna know what I paid... I'll just say it wasn't free, or $8, or $25... but they all work.

    There are plenty of free sites on line that might have the instruction booklet... some will allow a pdf download, others you just have to read from the site. Biggest thing to find is how to properly thread it... misrouting it, or running something left to right that should be right to left, or vice versa, will cause tension problems and odd stitches. still, it's all a lot of fun.

    Good luck with figuring it all out!
     
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    I couldn’t find anything at all for specific info. What little I found said good machine. If you can get it to sew, it will probably do that forever.

    I’m gonna guess that the knob by the bobbin spindle (your third pic) drops the feed dog. Maybe... :p
     
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    Looks like a good one! I have been to scared to try an off brand....
     
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    I have a really good vintage straight stitcher and also have a many-function Phaff. The lady obviously didn't want to carry it any more and ..well...she kinda made me buy it. I'm gonna tinker with it today and hope for the best. Will update if there is a reason..
     
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    https://www.sewinginsight.com/fleetwood-sewing-machines/

    Threading demo

    Also
    OH, you can see a picture of the blue Fleetwood that was sold online at wellpoint.com on 5/18/2007. It threads the same as a Singer 15. Hope this helps. My Vandervoort was made for and sold at a dept. store that use to be in St.Louis.

    Looks like a Japanese company (Fleetwood) made licensed copies - then made their own product - a clone of the Singer 15.

    Fleetwood was one of a zillion models made in the late 1950's through the 1960's as a "Japanese Clone". Made at first in post-war Japan, and later in Taiwan, these machines were sold by department stores, independent sewing machine dealers, and other, non-branded sewing machine dealers. (For example, these were not Singer or PFaff, etc...).

    ALL made based on the classic Singer 15 model design - take a size 15 bobbin and bobbin case, and have either a front or side loading bobbin.

    I restore and trade vintage sewing machines and am a quilting maniac...
    For more info on old sewing machines, visit www.ismacs.net or www.needlebar.org. There are several good Yahoogroups for sewing: WeFixIt (do it yourself SM repair), Vintage Singers and others...at yahoogroups.com


    https://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/15/
    all things Singer 15.....
     
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    Just what the Dr ordered! Thank you very much.
     
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    I don't contribute much in the way of original content to the site, but I'm happy for the challenge of finding data in cases like this.

    You are both welcome and thanked for the challenge.

    I run a Model 66 Singer that was converted to electric use back in the '30s.
    To say they don't make them like they used to is an understatement.

    Best of luck with your new to you machine.
     
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    Thanks for the info and please do post more often. There are lots of us ‘sewers’ here. :4:
     
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    It works!! Stay tuned :)
     
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    That machine in working condition, if for no other reason, is a good excuse to play tunes...



    Sigh...

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    Sorry for crappy pics.. I do more axes than sewing machines.

    I set the machine out in the sun while I was doing house chores. Then I oiled it. Then I took the compressed air to it. Let it set in the sun some more and hit it with the air again. Amazing the crap that came out of it. Still needs to be clean more.

    My mother showed up at the house a day early. Not really but I can't keep up with schedules all that good. She is a fabric artist. Momma helped me string it. There is a trick to threading around the spring. Simple as long as you do it right.

    Here it is with thread through the needle and the bobbin

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    First stitches I made with it.

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    Ran a few seams then pulled it.

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    Easier to see the dark thread in the bobbin

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    Top side stitches ok good

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    Gonna hit it with the air again. Wipe it off good. Thread it with like thread, needle and bobbin, do some adjusting if it needs it. I figure I'm going to thread this one in olive. I'll be able to repair most anything I wear.
    :)
     
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    I went by and admired a really nice 50s Ford Thunderbird this morning. It looked just like this sewing machine except it was red.
     
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    A bit hard to tell from your last picture, but it looks like your stitches may not be ending up with both sides of the thread in the center of the layers being sewn. You may have to adjust bobbin tension, or your top thread tension. Usually, it is the top thread tension. Otherwise, looks like you got a great deal on a very nice machine. If it was made under license with Singer, it is probably very well made. I have an Ithaca double barrel shotgun that was made by SKB in Japan under license with Ithaca. The workmanship is beautiful. Made in Japan used to mean crap shortly after WWII, but tell that to someone who has a newer Nikon camera.
     
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    @rbinhood. I appreciate your comments and I'd say you are right on the mark. Not sure about this machine being made under license but it seem very well made and works quite well. I have it cleaned up pretty good. Oiled up. I put a new bobbin tire on it tonight and threaded the machine in like thread. Figured I'd run some stitches and see how it did. 2 layers of denim and I was tweaking the top tension some as I was playing. One thing I still need to do is put a new needle in it.

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    So far so good :)
     
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    That stitching looks excellent.
     
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    Doesnt track very straight thought ;) :54:

    Looking good, I really hate setting tension.
     
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    Looks like it will use Singer low shank feet. If true you can get attachments and feet galore.

    Yup most of what Fleetwood made were Singer copies. The mechanicals of the one you have are a copy of the Singer 15-91 which is the same as the 201-2. So it should use class 15 bobbins and 15x1 needles.

    Here is a link to a pdf for the 15-91 that you can check out and confirm. Ignore the shape of the housing just comparing the control locations and such.

    http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/manuals/15-91.pdf

    @Kelly W
     
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    The government actually gave Japan the rights to build the model 15 singer to jump start their manufacturing after WWII
    There are many clones with many different body styles but mechanical they are the same . I have a Japanese made White model that is a 15 clone
     
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