No blogging in quite a while now. It's that darn Life acting up again. Oh, well.
Fortunately we have another posting from our special correspondent Anne Graham.
Here is the second part of the challenge. I thought this would be an
easy one but was a closer round than I expected.
Singer Spartan vs the Singer 15-91
Both Singer machines this time. One is a very low end model and the
other a mid range one.
Made in 1960, this a small and very simple machine.
It does weigh what feels like a ton. Not a feather weight....
Sewing: It does sew very well. I use this when I want a simple non fussy machine either for me or for a new seamstress to borrow. It is hard to mess it up.
The stitches were great. The threading, tension
and bobbin all are easy. It takes all low shank attachments so the
1/4" foot works great on this.
Cons: It is loud and rattles in it's case. The machine definitely
outlasted it and a replacement is not possible. The bed is small so
for larger quilts it would not be be practical
This was made in 1949 and sits in a case.
Sewing: It does an excellent job with stitch quality. It has a smooth solid feel making sewing with it a pleasure. It is quiet to operate. The free motion work is excellent though I did not test it this time, know this to be true from other projects. It takes a quilting foot and walking foot attachments making the job easier too.
Cons: It is a fussy machine. I forget between sessions that it likes
thread on the spool pin just so and the bobbin set just right. It
like new needles and to be oiled each time. That said, these are
small things and if done, it works like a charm. I just get annoyed
with poor performance until I recall these things and do them.
Winner: Singer 15-91
Cheryl at DragonPoodle concludes:
I've got a 15-91 that I'll be reviewing soon. I wish mine was born in 1949 though, like Anne's. Then we would be the same age (me and the 15-91, not me and Anne).