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« on: April 16, 2010 09:14:51 AM »

I bought this machine from Goodwill. Everythig works really well.

I thought it was a Singer but it has Sewette on its body. The manual is SInger Type 15. I have contacted Singer for help but am wondering whether anyone here knows about this machine.
 
Since I am new, I cannot post pictures, here are pictures on on my blog.
http://asaaan.com/2010/04/15/i-like-old-things/

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2010 10:05:32 AM »

That is a Badged, HA-1, class 15 sometimes refered to as a "Singer clone".  These were made in Japan by various factories and then "badged" or labled with a variety of brands.  The "brand" on the machine usually ahs absolutley nothing to do with the factory that actually produced the machine.  They were labeled with what ever name the imorter or distributor thaought might aid in marketing/selling the macine or often with store brand names.

I have a full reveiw of this type of machine on my blog:

  It Looks Just Like an Old Singer.. Sort of... Review of The HA-1, Class 15 Clone

I recently serviced a GOLD colored Morse Ha-1.

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2010 04:02:06 PM »

Thanks Jenny. That was very helpful. Funny enough, Singer sent me a reply as well.

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Thank you for contacting Singer.

Please find below, the information that we have available for your Singer
Sewing Machine:
F2512495
MODEL NUMBER               DATE & LOCATION

31                      January-June 1912 / Clydebank,Scottland

Unfortunately, we do not have information on the value of your unit.  You
will need to contact an antique dealer or an appraiser for that
information.  You may also visit one of the following websites.
http://www.needlebar.org/ or www.ismacs.net


Cordially,

SVP Worldwide
Singer Consumer Affairs Department
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2010 06:56:19 AM »

Somebody at Singer is smoking crack.  If that were a Singer from 1912, it wouldn't even have reverse feed.  That came along on later versions of the Singer 15 (1930's).  I bet that if you look closely at the machine- especially at the base of the pillar, on the side facing the needle bar, you will find a "made in Japan" marking.  If not, flip the machine over and look for a "JA" or "JC" mark.  ie:  JA-20 or JA-9, of JC-__, you get the idea.

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2010 08:55:26 AM »

Rofl at smocking crack
I am going to check it later. Thanks for your help!

I am going to take lessons and learn how to use the machine.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2010 05:34:48 AM »

Rofl at smocking crack
I am going to check it later.

Nothing to check- it's possible to tell by looking at the stitch indicator plate that the machine has reverse feed.  Flip the lever up and the machine feeds in reverse (backwards).   

You know I could take a 1975 Ford Mustang and put a 1968 Cehvy Camaro manual in the glove box, and the car would still be a '75 Mustang.

If the machine were a Singer, it would say Singer (not Sewette) on the actual machine not just on the manual.

Taking lesson to learn to sew will be fun- enjoy!
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2010 04:32:00 PM »



Nothing to check- it's possible to tell by looking at the stitch indicator plate that the machine has reverse feed.  Flip the lever up and the machine feeds in reverse (backwards).   

You know I could take a 1975 Ford Mustang and put a 1968 Cehvy Camaro manual in the glove box, and the car would still be a '75 Mustang.

If the machine were a Singer, it would say Singer (not Sewette) on the actual machine not just on the manual.

Taking lesson to learn to sew will be fun- enjoy!

I meant to check for the JA or made in Japan sign. Thanks for your help.  My first lesson is on Thursday. I will come back and let you know how its going.
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