Today I’ve been sewing on “Lavinia,” my Singer 15K treadle machine from 1907. First I cleaned her and oiled her, and then we made some Maple Leaf blocks. She sews such a lovely stitch!
I’ve been trying to determine which sub-category this Singer 15 fits into — I know she’s not a 15K80 or 15-96. At first I thought she was a 15K30, but when I saw a photo of that model, I realised the bobbin winder is in the wrong place. The letter K just means that she was manufactured in the UK, at Singer’s Kilbowie factory in Clydebank, Scotland.
Lavinia’s bobbin winder is in the lower position. The 15K30 photo I saw had the bobbin winder in the higher position, near the top of the machine.
I like to think that someone spent many happy hours sewing on this machine. Look how worn her decals are on the machine bed!
I’ll keep looking for her model sub-group, but it doesn’t really matter. I just love to sew with her, and I’m planning to spend many happy hours with her, too!