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The stitch regulator has gone bad on my Singer 15-91. It's going to
cost $400 to have it fixed; and I was
thinking I could probably find another 15-91 in very good condition
cheaper than that. I really love that machine.

Anyway, I'm looking at them on e-bay. Nearly every one is listed as an
"industrial" machine. The page
description shows pictures of them sewing through, like six pieces of
naugahyde, or multiple pieces of
denim, or leather or canvas. I was a little miffed by that, as I never
considered my machine an industrial
machine and would never have abused it in that way. It's a little
workhorse, but IMO that's just plain
abuse. I think they were originally marketed to 1950s housewives, NOT
tentmakers and upholsterers.

Just a vent.

Sherry

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It's a common problem.  'Industrial strength' is a lie, and you are
right: to do this regularly with such a machine is sewing machine abuse.

Have you thought of fixing your machine yourself?  Try Cindy Peters or
Helen Howe for parts, or Don Anderson...


http://www.helenhowestextiles.co.uk /
http://myworld.ebay.com/stitchesintime /
http://singera1sewing.com /

Look for some instructions here:
http://www.tfsr.org/publications/technical_information/sewing_machine_manual


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That happens to us, Sherry.  I totally used up a Bernina 1230.  She got
where she'd be stitching along, change her settings and start doing some
really goofy stitch.  Repairs would have been very expensive and parts
seemed to be available only at SM graveyards.  The 15-91 looks like a
treasure; I can see how you would want to find another one.  If you can find
the space, it might make good sense to keep your old friend at least for
parts.  In sympathy, Polly

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That's what she's doing.  She decides the stitch length now.  Was
tolerable
up until sewing a binding on the other day and I think she started
going for
150 per sq. inch. I had to baby her by very carefully feeding the
quilt edge in,
so there was no drag whatsoever just to get it finished.

Sherry

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I hadn't thought of it, but DH is as handy as a pocket on a shirt, as
my granny used to say;
he's really mechanically oriented. It sure wouldn't hurt to let him
have a whirl at it. Thanks
for the links!

Sherry
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Sherry,  I think your sewing machine guy is trying to sell you a new
machine.  Find a guy that is willing to work on older machines.  There are a
ton of parts around for the old machines and they are easy to fix.  I think
your guy is trying to take you.
I get you on the industrial.  It is a way to try and get more money when
selling an old machine.  The tactic is used today too.  My Janome 6600 has
'Professional' marked on the front.  It is a household sewing machine that
probably wouldn't be warranteed for anything else.
Taria
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I hadn't thought of it, but DH is as handy as a pocket on a shirt, as
my granny used to say;
he's really mechanically oriented. It sure wouldn't hurt to let him
have a whirl at it. Thanks
for the links!

Sherry
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http://www.helenhowestextiles.co.uk/http://myworld.ebay.com/stitchesintime/http://singera1sewing.com /
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You mean like the Centennial 15-91 I picked up a few years ago at
a yard sale for $10?  New needle, some cleanup and oil and it's been
doing fine since. Or the half dozen other 15s I've picked off curbs
the night before trash pickup and cleaned up and gave away?  Or
the three others that have showed up in my driveway, ditto?

The 15 machines were among the most copied all over the world, and they're
still plentiful, and still plenty easy to work on.  If you'd like to tackle
the job yourself, you might join the yahoo group "wefixit", where you'll
get lots of encouragement, good advice, and sources for parts.

Parts chart: http://www.parts.singerco.com/CPpartCharts/1_19999/15-91.pdf
Adjuster's manual is in the file section of Wefixit.

Kay


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Whoa. You've been lucky. So far I've found prices to be from $100-
$300. Three hundred being
recently rewired, overhauled, serviced, and guaranteed to be in 100%
working order. The
hundred-dollar ones not so much guaranteed.  You got the mother of all
bargains with
the ten-dollar Centennial. Thanks for the link!
Sherry

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Howdy!

My 15-91 is a beautiful machine in a well-worn cabinet,
$75 at a Dallas junk shop, 6-7 yrs ago.  Works just fine,
light bulb & all.  <g>
Husband has discovered how easy it is to work on, if it ever needs
his services.  I got the manual (free) online.   No one notices the
homely cabinet because the gold detailing on the machine distracts them.

Good luck!

R/Sandy
 


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Everyone's right...probably fixable at $40 or less (NOT $00!) and/or
replaceable at about that price. Check out Cindy Peters, WeFixIt on yahoo,
and the link to the place with the repair manuals for the machines they send
to needy folks overseas. You and/or your DH can probably get your old
machine working just fine again.

First off: THOROUGH cleaning and oil! Maybe some lint has gotten into a
linkage somewhere and is goofing up your feeddogs.

Dragonfly
- who is currently making costumes for "Seussical the Musical" on a 1990
elna serger and a 1960 elna automatic - but would be using the 1926 Jones
Medium CS treadle for the "regular machine" stuff except it has too many
things piled up on it right now.

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You are absolutely right to vent, Sherry.  Those 'Industrial Strength'
sellers go way overboard, in my opinion.  The 15-91 was designed to be
a home DOMESTIC machine, and while certainly more 'heavy duty' than
the Singers availale today is was definately not desgined to regularly
sew - day in and day out - what some of those sellers claim it will.

The ironic thing is, some real industrials are designed to only sew
lightweight fabrics such as lace or cotton and would choke on leather
or sumbrella.  The main difference with an industrial is they do
primarily one task, and only that, all day long, and very fast.  Plus,
real industrials have off-board motors located under the sewing with
an oil resivoir that flushes the motor with oil to keep it cool.

Exactly what is the symptom your machine is having?  I can't imagine
it costing that much money to get it fixed (says Irene, who has about
12 model 15s in her house right now).

-Irene


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Oh gosh. Here is the un-techical version. I don't know much about
machines.
The stitch regulator won't lock into a stitch. I can wiggle it around,
get it where
I want it. But when I throw that lever up that makes it sew backwards,
it
throws it off to a different stitch length when I lower it. I was
getting along
pretty well with that, until...
Now if I try to sewing binding on a quilt, it completely wacks out the
stitch
regulator. I have to make sure there is NO DRAG whatsoever, and feed
the
edge in really carefully. If I don't, I get teeny teeny teeny
stitches.
But except for not being able to control the stitch *length*,
otherwise everything
is great. The stitches are nice, top and bottom. Both layers of fabric
seem to
feed evenly.
Thanks for any tips!
Sherry

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Are the feed dogs worn down?

I have my MILs 15-91 and you can drop the feed dogs, or disengage them
by loosening a thumb screw underneath the machine. It could have
loosened all by itself. The one on my machine had never been loosened
and I had to use Liquid Wrench to free it up.

Just a thought.

Give the "wefixit" group on Yahoo a try, be forewarned that site is
addictive!

Bonnie, in Middletown, VA



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Bonnie, you beat me to the post, that's what I was going to suggest!

-Irene

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