Vintage Singer Sewing Machine 15-91, Fully Restored. Very Rare 1932 model with the nickel plated stitch length plate and Singer badge which are absolutely beautiful. Meet Admiral Nimitz who has a serial number of AD475631 from 1932 (all of my restorations are named after a WWII commanding officer).
It is truly stunning in appearance and runs about as smooth as a 15-91 can run. I guess I shouldn't be surprised given the attention to detail that's been put into it. Here is some of the detail regarding the restoration. All parts were removed so that the body can be deep cleaned inside and out.
Decals were in great shape so he received a body restoration which included. Touched up areas where original japanned finish had been nicked, scratched, damaged, etc. This is done, and can ONLY be done well by using an alcohol soluble ebony aniline dye powder mixed with shellac which will match Singers beautiful original black factory finish. While the decals were excellent, the finish was very bad so I added many coats of wax free shellac (this is the original finish Singer used).
Each time the coats were lightly sanded before another was added. This takes a lot of time and patience but is well worth it. Shellac is allowed to cure for a couple of weeks.
Finally the body is polished with compound and finished with a few coats of carnuaba wax. All were cleaned and polished/buffed to the point that they look better than they probably did after rolling off the assembly line. The key here was to get all the parts that are metal to metal contact to be as friction free as possible so that the machine can operate as smoothly as possible. The motor, light assembly, and foot controller have all been completely rewired. Motor was totally disassembled to be cleaned of decades old grease and carbon deposits.Both motor brushes have been inspected and their brass housing's cleaned. Motor's armature has been cleaned and polished to ensure great conductivity with the brushes. The old grease wicks were trashed and new ones added and properly lubed with Singer motor lubricant (shouldn't need to be redone for decades now). The balance wheel's internal gearing system that mates up with the potted motor has been completely rebuilt and re-lubed.
The bobbin winding assembly was rebuilt and adjusted so that there is equal distribution of thread from side to side with proper tension through the beautiful "school bell" style bobbin tension spring assembly. New bobbin winding tire and red felt spool pin cushions were added.
Finally Admiral Nimitz was completely oiled, adjusted with needle timing set, presser bar height, feed dog height & centering, and all other adjustments in accordance with Singers Adjuster's Manual for the 15-91. Last but not least, the thread cutter located above the presser foot has been polished and sharpened. Some people don't use these but I personally find them to be a very useful and convenient tool--they also have a simplistic elegance to them in my opinion. Everything and only everything pictured is included.The Admiral will be professionally packed and double boxed to ensure safe travels. This item is in the category "Antiques\Other Antiques". The seller is "petste_wadde21" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam.