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15N - Made in Taiwan

#NL-J5257157, made in Singer's factory at Taichung, Taiwan. Oscillating movement, glossy RAF decals, plastic base (prone to breaking), plastic knob (prone to breaking) to drop feed dogs.
The original RAF decals were designed in 1931 by William Hopper of Dumbarton in Scotland, who was employed at the Singer plant in Kilbowie near Glasgow.
The name 'RAF' has been applied by collectors because of the similarity of the bed decal to the RAF badge of that era. In Britain in the 1930's the RAF was seen as being at the cutting edge of style and technology. The Schneider trophy monoplane races were producing fast, streamlined plane designs which were reflected in Art Deco design. The RAF was regarded as the most glamorous of the armed forces and were known as the 'Brylcreem Boys'. Hardly surprising that a Kilbowie decal design was produced to reflect this stylistic strand. For a full breakdown of domestic Singer 15 classifications, visit HERE.

The Singer 15KSV/HA is still sold new in Pakistan and the 15ND is still made in India.

These Singers are NOT reproductions, NOT "clones", NOT "replicas" NOR "copies", as is often said in various sewing machine interest groups. As far as anyone is aware the production of this model, the most successful and long running in Singer's history, has never stopped. Indeed the model is still manufactured by Singer and sold as Singer. Although the model has improvements on much older models, the quality is inferior (as with most things these days). Topic 1 and Topic 2.

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