Early on in my machine collecting I came across this “very pretty” machine that looked in really great shape.
The price was right….I think I paid $75.00 for it, but it wasn’t until I got it home that I noticed some differences to the other two “original” treadles I already owned.
The cabinet is not solid wood. It’s an inexpensive veneer ---you can tell by the inside of the drawers and the drawer joints:
The grain of the wood is just “cheap” looking…and those white drawer insides? BIG CLUE!
Pull out drawer….
The “inside” of the drawer on a quality cabinet should not be so differently colored than the outside! And they definitely should NOT be press-board with laminate drawer bottoms.
Other clues came from the manual. And I guess I should have been more leary that this machine had ever been sewn on…the irons had never been screwed to the cabinet top! There were no screw holes present on the underside of the cabinet to show that the irons had ever actually been attached ---which means...I'm the first one to really SEW on this machine!
See that CH next to the 15??
The underside of the machine bed.
Made in China.
It is a “Genuine” Singer ---1973.
Is that still vintage? It’s 40 years old, so no spring chicken, but still ---
The manual is interesting! It’s a PICTURE BOOK! There are no words….just diagrams.
It’s not a bad looking machine, and it sews VERY WELL --- and unlike a lot of earlier treadles, this one has reverse. It’s a class 15, so it uses large bobbins, has a great stitch and deserves to be sewn on!
I’ve learned a lot in the process of dealing with machines, studying them, enjoying them, being frustrated by them. Had I known more at the time I would have held out for a “REAL” antique treadle. But it’s still a well-working machine, and I can post it here hopefully to show you what to look for, and to beware of “imitations” – even if they really DO say SINGER on them.
Now for that vacuum!