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Caroline

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I received a box of Singer accessories today that includes a shuttle marked “SIMANCO USA 8301” and three bobbins that fit inside it perfectly.

Is this a “boat” or a “bullet” shuttle? I found conflicting terms on line while trying to find out more about it.

How do I tell the two - boat and bullet - apart?

Is this the shuttle for a Singer 28 vibrating shuttle machine? Will it fit other machines?

Thank you for any info you can share!

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1974 Singer 252 Fashion Mate;  1954 Singer 15-91;  1952 Pfaff 130-6;  1951 Singer Centennial 201-2; Bernina 230PE, and  Pfaff Serger 4874.

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Is this a “boat” or a “bullet” shuttle? I found conflicting terms on line while trying to find out more about it.
You have a bullet shuttle.  They are later than boat shuttles, and much more common as they were the standard for long bobbin machines well into the 20th century.

How do I tell the two - boat and bullet - apart?
A boat shuttle is closed on both ends (one pointed, one flat) but has one side open - if you set it on its rounded side it looks like a tiny boat.  A bullet shuttle (also called a cylinder shuttle - particularly by the Jones SMC of Guide Bridge near Manchester, UK) is completely enclosed except for the end where the bobbin goes in.  It typically has a tension spring with an adjustment screw on one side.

Is this the shuttle for a Singer 28 vibrating shuttle machine? Will it fit other machines?
The 8301 is for 27/127 - 28/128 class machines.  I am not sure if having the shuttle lifter makes a difference(?).  The other machines I own that can use the 8301 are The Free, and Franklin (the ones made for Sears Roebuck & Co. catalog sales by Domestic).  I think I read somewhere that there are others.

Jon is an expert in needles and shuttles, he can probably fill in a lot more details!
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