Rumor has it that this may be a "one of a kind." It is not an Improved Family, which commonly came as a Fiddle Bed. How do we know this? The bobbin case is removable. On the Improved Family, it is part of the race. It swings out to accept the bobbin and snaps back in place. This removable bobbin case is just like the one in my 15-90 and my 15-91 and many other end loading class 15 machines.
It clearly was set up for manufacturing. It has the knee lifter for the presser foot. It also was set up for leather work, likely gloves. It has the roller presser foot and a huge wheel feed. I did not know that whole thing was the wheel feed.
I took it off today. It had to be done.
Originally I was planning to clean the machine with kerosene and keep it intact. When I looked at the underside closely and saw all the crud, I changed my mind.
I was very careful. I looked over everything very carefully. I studied the mechanism and determined what should come off first.
It came off easily but I am a bit worried:
Then I unscrewed the front bracket.
That isn't exactly true. I did some other screw removal first.
These screws hold the brackets which hold the feed in its race.
The sucker is dirty.
But not to worry I have my trusty machine
With all that fancy feed mechanism gone, it looks a bit more familiar.
If I don't do any domestic chores tomorrow I should have time to get it cleaned up and back together. Then I can pop it into a treadle stand and see if it sews. I dunked the feed mechanism in the ultrasonic cleaner. I want to take it apart tomorrow and get it really clean. I am not going to go too nuts trying to clean the body. I would love to get it shined up but the decals are gonna go if I am too aggressive. I like the green. If this really is a one of a kind, I should try to keep it preserved. But I cannot believe it is one of a kind.
Gloversville, NY isn't far from here. It is perfectly conceivable that this machine was used there to make, well, gloves. It is small enough for delicate work and the wheel and round feed mechanism, I am told, is for leather.
I believe it must take a 15X1 needle. I took the needle off and compared it to a new one. Seems the same. I hope it does. Another interesting aspect, there are thumb screws on the needle bar. Wonder why?
It's a project, for sure. The ultrasonic cleaner helps tremendously. I am forever indebted to Rain for that. I cannot imagine how I would have cleaned the parts. Tomorrow, I will show you just what I mean.