100% AUTHENTIC antique singer sewing machine from 1911 (serial number - F1690771) - model 15k "Sfinx" - made in scotland (clydebank) + bent wood case. The machine pictured above is the same machine you will receive. Machine and case are in very good condition. The Singer Company first started production of its oscillating shuttle, high arm Improved Family machine in 1879. It was designed for domestic and light industrial sewing and came mainly fitted into treadle tables or cabinets, with just a few supplied as hand crank machines.
Some of the earliest models had a fiddle shaped base. In 1895 the Improved Family machine was mechanically altered and the appearance changed, and so the Singer 15 was born. It was to be the most successful sewing machine design ever, remaining in production for over 100 years, although it did undergo several improvements during that time. The original Singer 15's, like all the other early domestic Singer machines came as the usual treadle or cabinet versions or as a hand crank model. Later models were either electric or hand crank machines.A particularly notable feature of the model 15 was the location of the tension assembly. These were built into the faceplate above the presser bar, instead of at the front of the machine. With the class 15 Singer introduced a new design of needle with a flat on one side of the shank. This was given the designation 15x1. This design became pretty much the standard needle used not just in most future Singer domestic machines, but also those of virtually all other makers. Under more modern classification systems the same needle design is also known as a 2020 or 130/705H The earliest Class 15 models used a'long beak' shuttle, but in 1887 the model 15-11 replaced this with a separate removable bobbin case to house a new flat sided bobbin. The class 15-11 bobbin case and hook system has been the standard design used by almost all sewing machine makers ever since.
The class 15 bobbin case also provides an adjustment to the lower thread tension. It loads vertically to the left hand side of the machine, with access from below the slide plate, or from the underneath if the machine is fitted into a treadle or a cabinet.
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