Dating singer industrial sewing machines

27 Dec

Luckily, a quick search online yielded several resources that helped me narrow down my Singer's model number.The best and easiest to navigate is Sandman Collectibles' online Singer identification guide.Several years ago, I was given an antique Singer treadle sewing machine that has been passed down through my family for a few generations.I had no idea when it was manufactured or its model number.The company cleverly managed their production from all factories to coincide with the serial number flow.Very early Singers from the 1850's up until the start of prefix letters in 1900 had two serial numbers.

These beautiful pieces of sewing history are popular with antiques collectors and sewing enthusiasts alike.

There is a lot of controversy over why there were two lots of numbers.

The most likely answer is that the larger number was the total number of machines produced by Singers when they only had a few factories and could keep up with and control the production output from Britain and America.

Alex has spent a lifetime in the sewing industry and is considered one of the foremost experts of pioneering machines and their inventors.

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