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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Here's the up close photos you requested, John. Let me know your thoughts and if you need any different angles. Thanks!

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I love those gold motifs - what an awesome machine with such an interesting history.  The artwork is inspiring to me and I'd like to plan a project to free-motion these motif elements - I'm thinking gold thread on black.  But I'll need to build up some skill with lots of practice first.
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podellphotography@gmail.c

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I know, very fun! I would love to see the quilting when you get it worked out!
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Most of the 1885 gold exhibition decal machines are the ottoman decals. This one is RARE for the decals. Thank you for the pictures. A picture of the back side with the access plate shown would be good to see. Sometimes the best definition is on the back too. Nice rare machine.

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Chaly, have you check out Mary t on youtube? She does free motion on Singers embroidery and thread painting. I highly recommend. 

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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Wow! So cool! Here are a few I have and I will post more with the access plate in place when I get them.

Comment on the winder spring? Do you think I need to find a replacement?

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Yes the spring needs to be replaced. You can make it work by just holding it in place against the belt to wind a bobbin, but that is a bit of a pain, but it works.

Just as i thought there is a bit better decaling on the back in spots, very nice. The bottom of the back still has coloring over the gold base. Normally it would be over silver base, but it is obvious it is on gold, and they made it obvious. I wish i could see one that was like new, but i won't hold my breath. This is the only example i have seen so far of this set.
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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Is a replacement spring easy to find? Or does anyone here have one they would like to sell??

Here's the back pics of Mayflower!

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I had a hard time getting a replacement. I was lucky someone here had a spare entire winder. I am presently going to try to do the top tension spring out of guitar string of the right gauge. I have even been trying to get in touch with spring makers, but they do mostly larger ones or you have to have thousands made. I should try asking if i can get little end cuts of wire to try.

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Chaly, have you check out Mary t on youtube? She does free motion on Singers embroidery and thread painting. I highly recommend. 

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Thanks, John - I'll check this out.  I need to start doing some more work on my Singer 27 to see how that compares with my Singer 15-91 and Necchi Supernova for this type of work.  I hear a lot of mixed information about using shuttle mechanisms for free-motion work so I'll just have to see for myself.  It's always good to see this work in action - it is so inspiring to see what some people can do with vintage machines and free motion work -for both quilting and embroidery/thread painting.
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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Chaly, does your 15-91 drop feed dogs?
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podellphotography@gmail.c

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John, guess I'll have to just see if I can make it work. If you find someone that will manufacture, please let me know!
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Chaly, does your 15-91 drop feed dogs?


Yes, the feed dogs drop on the 15-91.  A lot of folks make an issue of this feature on a sewing machine.  For me, it really doesn't matter because if I want to use the machine for any type of free-motion work I can always very easily just remove the feed dogs.  Or, there are cover plates and some even prefer to do free-motion work with the stitch length set to zero with no feed cover - as this creates a small drag that some like for free-motion work.

What's important for me is the harp space and bobbin capacity along with ease to avoid any skipped stitches.  I so far have really liked my Necchi Supernova for this work but the harp space is small and not ideal for me - all other things though just great.  It's hard to find a machine with everything on your list - thus the reason for collecting them!

Sorry - this is a bit off topic.
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Could anyone post a pic of the bobbin winder spring that you need?  I know I have LOTS of parts around here that I have no idea what they go to.  Some of them go to really old machines, but I don't know which ones.

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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Erica...this is the best pic I have at the moment since I'm at my day job!
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Chaly, how do you drop the feed dogs on the 15-91?
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Ericka -- I think that in this album, the second photo and the video next to it to the right show the spring in question in its unbroken state:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/7XCsvMNTqke6pUZ69



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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Ericka...if you have one, how much for it?  C.
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Oh, for stuff like this, I usually just charge a buck or two over shipping cost, but I need to see if I have anything that looks like your pic.  Gimme a little time to dig πŸ˜‰  I'll take a look in just a bit.

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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Oh, I soooooo appreciate it and will cross my fingers! :)
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Well, it looks like I'm going to have to disappoint you.  I went through my springs (which are mostly tension springs or belt guard throw-out springs) and didn't find much that looked like what you're needing.  Then I went to my pile of "I'm not really sure what these things are, so I'll toss them in here in case they turn out to be useful" stuff and still didn't find what looks like what you need.  But, I still took a pic of a few things, just in case.  I think of them is actually a darning spring, lol!  Sorry 'bout that.  On the other hand, I found another brass cabinet insert and I think I found what might be a Chicago plug!  Gotta look up that thread now.

Anyway, if anything looks like it might work, let me know.  Sorry I wasn't more help.

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Maybe you could make one.  The only function of that spring is to keep the winder wheel off the belt to reduce friction and stop the winding when the bobbin is full.  Without the spring you have a small amount of extra friction.

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Chaly, how do you drop the feed dogs on the 15-91?


Here you go:

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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Ericka, thanks for checking!  I'm don't think any of those will work.  
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Chaly, thanks for the instructions...I'll have to try it!  C.
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Could I sauter this back together?

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It will work to hold it in place and that is it. A solder would only break after a few uses max. and most likely break the first time. Brazing same thing. The best bet would be to get a 15-88 bobbin winder spring and bend the long end to fit over the swing arm like the original, but i have not tried this yet and don't know if the 90 deg. angle would be in the same spot on the 15-88 spring to the IF spring. I think, but not sure, it might be called the return spring from the 15-88/15-91.


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podellphotography@gmail.c

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Thanks, John.  I'll try using as is first!  πŸ˜‰
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Chaly, have you check out Mary t on youtube? She does free motion on Singers embroidery and thread painting. I highly recommend. 

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John, can you send a link to this β€œmary t” on YouTube? I am having trouble locating.  Thank you

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Sorry i didn't have her youtube channel name right at all. https://www.youtube.com/c/MarilynLeefabricthreadartist/videos

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Sorry i didn't have her youtube channel name right at all. https://www.youtube.com/c/MarilynLeefabricthreadartist/videos

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I thought you might be referring to Marilyn since I couldn't find a Mary!  Yes, Marilyn is amazing with what she can do and I enjoy watching her.  Thanks for the clarification.
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