Iowa (the boyfriend) and I spent the past week sunning and funning down the Jersey Shore. Part of the ‘funning’ was a trip to our favorite thrift store which, this time, had this baby for sale:
Based on this fantastic questionnaire, I believe it is a Singer 15-30 Japanese knockoff. According to this blog, 15 companies made over 5,000 different brands of machine in the post-WWII years in Japan. There’s almost no documentation on them available. Mine clearly says ‘made in Japan’ and lacks a serial number or any identifying marks other than “Airflute” “Supermatic” or “Deluxe”. It is in excellent condition and despite having definitely-the-wrong-bobbin supplied with it, it sewed well enough to fix my boyfriend’s shorts which had conveniently ripped that day.
It will live AT the boyfriend’s since he has the space and I’m there on weekends, etc. I’m planning to download a Singer 15-91 manual (15-90 manuals seem to be lacking online and I think the 91 is close enough) and purchase new bobbins and oils to appropriate lube my new baby. Exciting!