Sunday, March 15, 2015

A New Addition to the "Family" and a recipe!

Hi peeps! 

So…can you guess what I just got???

I found this vintage Singer on Craig's List, and my Uncle went to pick it up for me! She was a little bit dusty so I gave her a good clean. The wooden base has that slightly musty smell that wood gets when it is in storage for too long. That doesn't bother me so much, I can always stick a dryer sheet in there, to soak up the smell.

Here you can see most of her decals...they are in excellent condition, and are quite pretty.

Here's a close-up of the decals and her serial number. I had a look online and found a site which can help you date your machine and find out the model number. I think this is a 15-90 model, made in 1948…but I am not totally sure, so I also emailed Singer to see if they could help date her for me.

On the bottom of the foot pedal it says "Made in Canada", but that is probably only where the foot pedal was made.

The box with the accessories in it also said "Made in Canada"…so the mystery deepens! I'm hoping Singer will be able to give me some info on where she was made.

I managed to get her threaded and popped in the bobbin, but the stitches are not completing, so I'm not sure if it is the new needle I put in it, or possibly I threaded it incorrectly. All in all, still a good deal for only $45!!! I don't mind putting some $$ on her to make her run like a dream. 

So many people say how wonderfully these old cast-iron machines run. She sure is heavy though, the Hubs had to oomph a little to get her onto the kitchen table!!!

This recipe was in the Vancouver Sun this past Wednesday,though it is actually from the Portlandia Cookbook. We defrosted a small chicken overnight on Thursday and made the soup on Friday. We all ate a hearty bowl of this soup on Friday for supper and there was enough soup leftover to be an accompaniment to a sandwich on Saturday night for all 3 of us.

Tortilla Soup with Chicken

2 T. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 large Poblano peppers, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped*
2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 t. ground cumin
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
kosher sale and black pepper
4 corn tortillas, cut into 1 inch strips
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
4 cups cooked & shredded chicken(we used a small chicken and it was fine)
1 cup hominy, rinsed & drained**
Sour cream and broken tortilla chips for garnish
*we used a small can of mild green chilies as there were no Poblanos in the store
**There was no Hominy to be found so we subbed in a can of corn niblets

In a large pot, heat the oil and add the onions, chilies, garlic, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until softened-about 5 mins.

Add the broth and tortilla strips, cover and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until the vegetables and tortilla strips are very soft-about 5 mins.

Add the 1/4 cup of cilantro and using a stick blender, puree the soup until smooth.

Add the chicken and hominy and simmer uncovered for 5 mins.

Ladle the soup into shallow bowls and garnish with sour cream, cilantro and broken up tortilla chips.

Note-I would not omit the tortilla chips at the end as they add some needed salt taste to the soup.

This was a fast and easy soup to make and is now a favourite. I hope it will become yours too!


Question of the day:

Does anyone out there own a vintage seeing machine, and if so, which one?also, what shall I name my new-to-me vintage Singer?

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Quilty Huggs, 


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  1. Hi Jacqueline, Yes, you have a Singer 15 model....they always have their tension assembly on the faceplate. is the place to go to date your machine. SInger did have a plant in Canada manufacturing machine. I have multiple vintage singers: a 99K, 128, 328, 301, 500A and a 66 with Redeye decals. There are vintage sewing machine facebook groups that share instruction manuals in their files. Yes, check your threading and your needle position, some needles go in differently than more modern machines. Good luck and have fun. Joanne

  2. Congrats on your find. It would make a nice display in your sewing room if you did not get it working. Also a nice backdrop for photos. Especially if you use any vintage fabric.

  3. Congrats on your find. It would make a nice display in your sewing room if you did not get it working. Also a nice backdrop for photos. Especially if you use any vintage fabric.

  4. Wow I love the Singer and how the decals look on the base plate. I have a cast iron Singer but not as vintage as yours. I have a note that says the first Singer was patent in 1851. have fun.

  5. Beautiful sewing machine and a great price! I have several 15-91s and that is all I used for all of my stitching and free-motion quilting. You just can't beat the old machines. If you can read the serial number on the front of the machine just go to Singer and you can find info on your machine.

    1. Hi Connie,
      Thanks for your comment…I have found out that my machine was made in Canada in 1948 and is a model 15-90!

  6. I've just entered the "vintage" club. I have found a couple of websites that were quite helpful!:
    and This last one is a Singer online database that will tell you exactly what year it was made. They let you print out a certificate as well! Have fun!

  7. Quilting Momma, thanks so much for your comment and the very useful websites. I now have a certificate saved to my computer and know that mine is a 15-90, made in Canada in 1948!

  8. What a beauty... and you certainly got a terrific deal!


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