Monday, July 21, 2014

1949 Singer Sewing Machine

I brought this baby home with me from my mom's last weekend. It is the 1949 Singer that she bought when she was newly married. It was nine years old at that time. It is the same machine that I learned to sew on for the very first time in the mid 1970's. It had been sitting in her garage for a couple of decades, so she happily gave it to me when I asked if it was still around.

According to this serial number, it is a 15-91. 
It's not worth much on the resale market and it weighs a ton!

But look how lovely her case is...

and the rest of her parts look great as well. 
She sews perfectly and seems to be in excellent shape.
Her little light bulb still works!

After doing a little research online, I also discovered that her manual is still available. 
I think I should order this just in case. I also found this little bit of information...

If I follow this advice, I might never sew again. 
Still, it makes for great entertainment!
I'll have to show my mom, she'll think its hysterical.

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. Lucky you! Singer 15-91s are marvelous machines! They will sew through anything - I use mine for making grocery bags from recycled bird seed bags. The bobbin has a huge capacity. They're great for piecing as well as quilting. The maintenance is straightforward, but if you don't feel comfortable with electronics and motors (I don't!), I would recommend taking it to a sewing machine repair professional for a check up. There is a Yahoo group dedicated to vintage Singer machines (Vintage Singers). Connie at Freemotion by the River uses a Singer 91-15 on a frame for free motion quilting: Enjoy your machine!!

  2. This is a wonderful sewing machine, esthetically and practically! You are lucky! But what is great is the advice from 1949! Too funny!!! It's unbelievable how times have changed!

  3. Oh my goodness!!! I'm laughing hysterically at that "advice"!!! lol!

    Awesome looking Singer machine! I keep hearing praises of Vintage quality over the new stuff of today.... enjoy every perfect lockstitch of that Singer! :-)

  4. Good thing I was not even alive in 1949 nor were my parents (they were born in 1950)! I always sew before the household chores are done, mostly because my hubby is in charge of house cleaning--it is perfect for someone with OCD! Yesterday, I sewed first thing in the morning and did not even bother to get out of my pajamas until 2:00pm when I drove my daughter into town (if I did not go to town, I would have stayed in my pjs until it was time for bed and put on fresh pjs). Wear a fresh dress, yeah right! I am glad you inherited a machine with such great family history and thanks for the morning laugh!

  5. Why great condition! I have the same machine in my garage that needs a good cleaning and has a hole in the wooden case, from my mother-in-law.

  6. Wow - this machine looks like quite a treasure - in such great shape and so many memories for you. Have fun with it!

  7. It had been sitting in her garage for a couple of decades, so she happily gave it to me when I asked if it was still around. remalladora


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