My 1953 Singer Model 15-91

My Bee buddy Charlotte was given this Singer 15-91, but she decided she didn’t want it. She asked if I would like it! I almost peed myself with excitement! Of course I wanted it! After all…she who dies with the most sewing machines – WINS!

I checked the serial number with Singer and found it was made in 1953, good year, my birth year, must be a good machine.
Singer 15-91
The cabinet is in pretty good shape. I’m going to start stripping it next week.

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First peek, just a little dust. I don’t think this has been opened in 20 years.

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I opened her up and dusted her off a little.

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A little corrosion. I ordered new wiring for the foot pedal and a plug, along with a new rubber wheel for the bobbin winder.

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The serial number identifies it as made in 1953. Go to the Singer website to find your machine age at
www.mysingerstory.com

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I began by removing whatever parts I could. The face plate was real grimy. I began oiling all the moving parts. I lubricated the motor. Sewing machine oil and cotton balls did a great deal to start the cleaning process.

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The Vintage Sewing Machine group on Facebook recommends using GOJO without pumice to clean the grime. Another blogger recommended using TR-3 Resin Glaze. It is an automobile polish. I ordered it from Amazon and it did a really good job without hurting the decals.

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I’m pretty pleased so far. It still needs more cleaning, but not too bad so far. I’ll let you know when I get it re-wired and when the cabinet is refinished.

5 thoughts on “My 1953 Singer Model 15-91

  1. meandmyhouse

    I know this post is almost a year old, but I just found you when googling about cleaning a 15-91. I just got a 1952 one today. It’s not a machine I was looking for, but when it showed up for $15 in working condition, I couldn’t pass her up. I’m so excited! She needs a really good cleaning, but sews well. And I’m sure a cleaning and oiling will improve her. Anyhow, thanks for your info. You encourage me to get started.

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  2. Gail Ernst

    Hi, I just got headed down from my mother, her Singer, Model 15-91! The cabinet looks just like the one that it posted. The foot pedal is different though. It is wired through the cabinet and is a very narrow pedal. I went on Singers site to find the year of the machine to be 1950. This sound about right. I being born in 1955 and know that she got the machine either right before or right after she got married.

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