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alwen

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I don't know where it is located, unfortunately, but was just commenting in a reddit thread:

https://old.reddit.com/r/vintagesewing/comments/eqp23w/help_with_a_singer_trying_to_figure_out_if_it_is/
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Hmmmm. What's a type 16 needle?
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The type 16 needle is a round shank industrial needle, about the same as a 15x1 but round shank. Also known as DBx1 (larger sizes as DBx5), or system 287. I have several machines that take them. Also, my Jones Cylinder Shuttle Family hand crank machine likes them, plus they are called for in my Anker zigzag machines (badged New Home) and my 1935 Baer & Rempel Phoenix 81 zigzag treadle machine (based on Wheeler & Wilson 9). 

I just recently picked up a Japanese HA-1 machine, a Universal 700 Deluxe from Shopgoodwill and modified it to take the DBx1 needle vs the standard flat shank 15x1. Not having a flat ground on them, the DBx1 (16x1, etc.) do not have the tendency to bend at the join where the shank flares from the blade like the 15x1 does which makes them better for heavy duty work like denim, canvas and light leather. I also put a Pfaff spool holder assembly on it and a 3 hole industrial type upper thread guide to control thread feed. I use button and craft thread or nylon outdoor thread and sew things like accordion straps and heavy garments with it. I was using my Anker/New Home machines, but they have those deplorable diamond pattern feed dogs on them, so I looked for a machine to modify based on the Singer 15 and found the Universal. I like the light under the arm, too. 

- Bruce Needle comparison - 15x1, DBx1, 206x13.jpg  Universal 700 Deluxe - modified, front.jpg 

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Lots of Singer 78-1 and 78-3 are still around.  They were popular for upholstery back in the day.  This was Singers improvement over the Davis Vertical Feed.  The 16x100 needle for leather is not made anymore so many get retimed.  The 16x99 needle for cloth is still available.

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So you can substitute a 15 for a 16 it looks like?
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