The Japanese took Singer's already awesome Class 15 sewing machine and improved it even more by adding a bed-mounted feed drop and an instant-release Patch-o-Matic type sewing foot pressure control. This makes a machine that's great for quilting, darning, applique, and free-motion sewing of all sorts.
The finish was improved, eliminating the failure-prone shellac clear coat that Singer used on their early, black sewing machines, which had a tendency to yellow and peel. The finish on the Japanese machines are proof to water, soap, alcohol, and many other effects that the shellac finish won't tolerate.
They capped the re-make of a fine, proven design with a stronger motor so the Japanese Class 15 machines are fast, strong, and smooth. You'll be able to sew quilts and baby clothes, of course, but you'll also sew multiple layers of denim, canvas, and even garment leather.
Here it is up on the restoration bench. Caution, at 33 seconds into the video, I get the very sensitive microphone a little too close to the machine and it sounds like a diesel truck for a few moments.
This Baldwin is a beautiful example, too, from the gorgeous color to the fine pin striping, from the Aces and Ribbons design on the faceplate to the multi-colored bed medallion, it's just so pretty!
It uses standard needles and class 15 bobbins, the most common bobbins in the world.
Best of all, it's just come off our restoration bench and it's clean, clean, clean, inside and out.
Here at Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machine, we are passionate about what we love doing, which is restoring beautiful vintage sewing machines to the best that they can be, because we are in love with the styling, the quality of the materials, the workmanship that went into these great machines, which just can't be duplicated today.
You, seriously, cannot buy a home sewing machine this good, new, at any price.
So we search out the best of these fine machines, the ones that are very lightly used, and open them up. We disassemble the tension, the motor, the bobbin case, take off the face plate, the gear cases, the hand-wheel, the slide plate, the bottom plate, and the back access plate and get down to where the old dried-on oil and grease are. We clean out the packed-in lint and dust, remove the thread-jams, inspect the hook and the needle plate, and generally look for potential problems.
We take out the needle bar and all it's linkages and the presser foot bar and all it's parts and put them into the alcohol bath to remove the years of sticky oil buildup that bogs down a vintage machine and robs it of speed and power. We take out as much of the stitch pattern forming mechanisms as needed to get deep into each machine to free it up and then lubricate each moving part. The main shafts, bearings, and other parts get cleaned in place to make each machine run as free and light as a new machine.
We use high-quality lubricants in all the right places, getting into those spots that aren't as obvious to the average user, and clean out the old hardened grease from the gear cases, then we test the machines to make sure that they are sewing at their best.
After all of this, each machine is carefully detailed, to bring out it's original beauty. These are some of the finest examples of mid-century styling that you'll find, and we want each machine to be the very best that it can be.
We don't try to hide the scratches or chips that have been honestly earned in service to their craft, and rarely re-paint because we prefer the original paint in most cases. We like the wabi-sabi beauty of a working sewing machine. And if the stickers from the various repair shops they've seen aren't too damaged we leave those, too, so you can see were your new machine has been in it's lifetime.
Finally, because we believe in these wonderful, built-to-last machines and in the work we do, we offer this free Lifetime Guaranty:
If you ever have a problem with one of our restored vintage machines, just bring or send it back to us and if we can fix it, we'll do so for free. You, of course, will pay for any parts or shipping.
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