Sunday, February 7, 2010

Singer sewing machine 15-91 and Singer cabinet #42

Very excited about my new find and love the retro look of the cabinet!
Both the cabinet and sewing machine are in very good condition with just a few bumps and bruises. The machine is a Singer 15-91 and the cabinet is number 42. I have seen several versions of this cabinet and evidently just years apart as the style is such a retro look. This one has the matching cushioned stool. Done in leather and the top comes off. Almost perfect stitches right away, and now the task begins of a good cleaning, both inside and out. Oil and tend to the motor. Certainly has a place of honor in my office!

Question to the experts - There is a small drawer at the top. Inside this drawer is a removable glass bottle of sorts. The lid comes off. What is interesting is there is a "bobble" inside the hole on top. Curiosity is overwhelming! What is this for? Could it be to place old needles? Help!


Giant thanks to everyone in advance!

Happy Sewing,
Charlene

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Charlene --I have this cabinet with a Singer 15 in it. This was a one owner cabinet/ machine from a lady that had worked for a Singer store for years and brought it new. Also have the matching stool. Anyway, my bottle still has dried ink in it and I have the fountain pens to go with it . I believe the "bobble" is to keep the ink mixed. Hope this helps. Sandy in Texas

Charlene - The Sew Box said...

That is fabulous, Sandy. Makes perfect sense. Thank you. Now I just have to find the matching fountain pen. Wonder if it said Singer on the pen?

Aren't these lovely cabinets? I love the look and so much room to sew! Enjoy yours and I will mine.

Charlene

Ruby said...

Wow! I have the cabinet with a ink well but no pen or stool! I read somewhere that at the time Singer brought them out they wanted a nice looking desk. Apparently for someone who is worried about how her house looks! So it doubled for writing notes and letters when not in use as a sewing machine cabinet. I think they are very cool!

Charlene - The Sew Box said...

Now that Sandy told me that was an ink well, I can see how the smaller drawer is perfect for the pens and writing paper. What a lovely desk to sit and write at for sure! Singer did a fab job on this one.
Charlene

zees5 said...

I have that machine in a different cabinet it came in. I also have the stool but the leather is darker. The seat was broken when I got it so I had a new piece of wood cut and the leather re-applied so it is not loose anymore and is really a wonderful chair. When the machine is not in use, my serger sits on the table.

LittleCyndiLou said...

What a great find! I just found the #42 cabinet and fell in love and am looking to purchase one.