Well, I never particularly sought this machine, they always appeared to be complicated with weird dials and levers (although it's electric, this machine looks totally Steampunk!) Someone gifted me one, however, so here she is. This machine is quite the change of pace from anything I ever sewed with before. Think of a cross between a 201-3 and a 15-90 (this one has a vertical rotary hook) and add zigzag, and this is what you get.
|15x1 needle top 206x13 needle bottom|
|That large screw hanging down on the right hand side is used to drop the feed dogs.|
|Correct hook/needle orientation|
|There seems to be some fraying, but fellow VSM enthusiasts on Facebook concur that it is best left alone.|
And, there you have it. Kind of an oddball Singer - ahead of its time, maybe, but a little less than user friendly because of the unusual controls, harder-to-find needles, bobbins, and belt, plus its finicky timing issues.
*(NOTE: There is a work around for the special needle requirement which involves modified timing and a different bobbin case. I don't go into that here, but just want to mention that it's a thing.)