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DH (Ziggy), just asked me to ask all of you if the metal parts of any of the machines, this one is a 15-91 from 1948, would have been nickel-plated?

Reason asking, he's wondering if the coloring on this one is the patina of nickel-plating (if that is what it is and if so not touching it) or if it's just wood smoke, grime, a little bit of rust, etc.

Thank you!  Ziggy say thanks too!
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Some 15s did have a shiny silver stitch length plate. I believe it was nickel. Uncommon. I am unsure if the handwheel or nose plate were also nickel for those editions.

Nicotine also lends a patina.

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I believe the parts on the Singer 15 were nickel plated at least into the early 1950s if not all the way through. My Singer 15-75 (1956) has chrome plating, I think. If you can compare machines, the nickel with have a darker, mellow silver color whereas the chrome plating is brighter with a slightly bluish cast to it. Easy to see side by side. 

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Lori, after looking at the metal parts, we think it is just grime, nicotine, wood smoke.  Just wanted to make sure. Ziggy had a moment of "oh ****"!  I'll try and get some better photos and post them.
Thank you for information!
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Carol, you have a standard edition 15. I don't think that's nickel.
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Lori, I figured it was, I just wanted to make sure.  Thank you.  The reason I got this machine was because I didn't want to have to do a deep restoration, just a good thorough cleaning and oiling.  The sooner to sew on it, the better.  Especially now that there's 2 others that need a slow, gentle cleaning and not sure what else  😉  I'm still too new to this!
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Bruce, I didn't see your post earlier.  Ziggy was looking at some restoration blogs (I told him to check here first, of course), and he came across the info about Nickel-plated metal parts.  He didn't want us to take off the patina, if that's what it was.

We'll do a side-by-side look, per your suggestion, and see what we discover. I have a feeling it's probably just wood smoke and nicotine, since it is a standard 15, like WI Lori said.  

Thank you Bruce and Lori!
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Take a little steel wool to it.  (Grade #0000)  It won't hurt nickel or chrome or plain steel, but it will take everything else right off.

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Paul,  That's good to know.  I've added it to my first aid kit!  Thank you

Carol
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