Vintage Sewing Machines

I've Added Another Vintage Sewing Machine to my Collection!

"This is the last vintage sewing machine that I'm going to buy". I know I have said it before, but I always mean it... until I see that vintage sewing machine that I just have to have! 

What did I add to my collection this time? A Singer 15-97 with RAF decals and a special badge.

I originally thought that this was a Singer 15-90 or perhaps a 91, but when I checked it out, I found out that it was a 15-97 model. I'd never heard of this model, so luckily for me, the instruction booklet was with the machine. 

The badge was also something I'd never seen before. It is a Canadian National Exhibition badge which indicates that this is a limited edition model that was purchased at the CNE. (If you are interested in information about the CNE, click here).

I also managed to get a few other items with this machine, that I was excited about too.

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see my latest acquisition and the extra goodies that came with it.

If you have information about the Singer 15-97 model, please leave me a Comment below. I'd love to learn more about this model.


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