How to Determine the Age of an Antique Singer Sewing Machine

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. We often are asked for sewing machine parts to fit a Singer F There is no reference charts available to tell us the exact model number from it’s serial number. However hopefully this page will help identify your sewing machine model number in conjunction with the other details we have available relating to sewing machine serial numbers..! How to Identify an old machine without a serial number..?

Singer Sewing Machine ~ 1951 (Model 99-13K) ~ She’s BEAUTIFUL!

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After finding my Singer , I thought I was done looking for vintage sewing machines. You ask how to date this machine and how many are made.

As I made mention to in an older post, I got a Singer from a thrift shop seller in an auction. It came complete with a bentwood case but no key and no attachments. This little did though. When I saw the first very badly taken picture I just had to bid even though there were a few machines that had their accessories and their keys.

In the additional pictures the auction site provided I noticed she was vandalized. Notice the two brass nails to the left and right of the number four. My picture is blurry, but to the right, you can see a piece of the delicate Badge metal still stuck on the top left of the nail. Seeing the Singer Badge ripped off the machine broke my heart.

Just for kicks I decided to search for replacement Badges. They then put them up for sale for ridiculous prices and there is no way they can be reattached to sewing machines in the condition that leaves them in. I have nothing against steampunk. I actually think a lot of things people make are beautiful works of art. I Immediately stopped searching for a replacement Badge once I saw how many people were trying to make money by ripping the Singer Badges off machines they came across.

One Etsy Store has a particularly large supply of the semi-mangled Badges.

How Old Is My Singer Sewing Machine?

Although they are often found at garage sales, flea markets, and estate sales with very low price tags, there are several models of antique Singer sewing machines that are highly sought after by collectors. These beautiful pieces of sewing history are popular with antiques collectors and sewing enthusiasts alike. Because of the many technological changes Singer introduced over the years, examining the serial number on any Singer will reveal the time period in which the machine was produced.

To identify and date your sewing machine, look up the serial number on a chart like the free one in this article.

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If you find this site useful and want to make a small donation to support its maintenance and expansion, then please use button below. The Singer 99K sewing machine was introduced in as a response to the growing demand for a lighter more portable domestic sewing machine that did not need to be used in a special table. It used an identical mechanism and many of the same parts other than the basic body casting. The 99K stayed in production until around The Singer 99K was a sturdy and reliable machine that was easy to use.

It became very popular with occasional home users because at 22lbs 10kg , it was more manageable than ‘full size’ machines and it came in a storage case. In the company introduced the option of a Singer electic motor making the 99K the first portable electric machine. The 99K will sew most fabrics from fine delicates to denim or leather and will handle any normal household sewing task with ease. The machines have adjustable tension and stitch length controls. The 99K must always be mounted in some form of base because the underbed mechanism will not allow it to sit directly onto a table surface.

Early Singer 99K’s were sold in wooden bases with a small compartment under the balance wheel to store accessories and bobbins etc. At first they had ‘Bentwood’ polished plywood covers which are now thought of as very desirable.

Find sewing machine model number from serial number

Singer Sewing Machine Light Fits I have included a photo of the two holes you need on the back of your machine for this light to mount properly. Some of the early model 99’s do not have these mounting holes.

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Singer 99-13 user manual

Dating Singer 99K After all Singers had a letter prefix before the serial number. For example, Singer model 99k serial number Y The 99k denotes model 99 made in K for Kilbowie and the serial number Y gives us the year of manufacture as

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I will take photos and post a tutorial on a class 15, Featherweight, and other styles of bobbin cases as opportunity arises. The basic premise is the same, the execution differs somewhat. Raise the needle to its highest position by turning the hand wheel over toward you. Draw the slide plate slightly to the left, then lift its right hand end and draw it toward the needle until it is disengaged from the spring in the bed of the machine.

This assumes that the machine is facing the operator, as if to sew. I like to remove the needle and presser foot at this point, for clearance, and because I try to limit my stab wounds to one a day. Make sure you note which way the flat of the needle sits in the needle clamp. Both of my machines are Needle Flat Right. Next, remove the needle plate. This is done by removing the 2 screws on the top of it and just lifting it out of the way.

An average length screwdriver sits at an awkward angle, and can cause you to strip the head of the screw.

Antique Singer Sewing Machines

Note: You can find a link on how to thread this type of machine down in the comment section. I picked up a Singer Sewing Machine with a wooden domed case at a local auction house over the weekend. This is what I picked up yesterday at lunch time. We tried the motor out and it works wonderfully. After some research this morning I found out she was built in the Kilbowie Factory, Clydebank, Scotland.

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Charts of manufacture dates for Singer sewing machines and average cash costs​. , to (because of date of publication, a date was not indicated).

This is a little outside the normal realm of what I post on this blog, but I figured it might make interesting reading. The Backstory. My grandmother was born on the 7th of May, , in Singapore. She was a first-generation Chinese-Singaporean, her parents having migrated to Singapore from southern China. In , she opened her own dressmaking and tailoring shop, in the Malaysian town of Batu Pahat.

When my grandmother opened her shop, she was gifted a beautiful, and brand-new sewing-machine. She used that machine for every single one of the thirty years that she ran her shop, and when my grandfather died in May, , she closed the shop, retired, and immigrated to Australia. She brought the machine with her, and continued to use it almost every single day, up until about She repaired clothes for friends, she took in alterations from her church-group, and she repaired the many rips and tears in clothing that will come from it being worn by two lively grandsons…one of them was me.

I remember when my father purchased her a modern machine, she barely touched it, and went back to using her Singer. She was always a bit set in her ways, and while she was more receptive to other modern technologies at the age of 85, she knew how to use Microsoft Word, type, and print on a computer , she was absolutely dead-set that the only machine she would ever use for sewing was her own.

Around I forget exactly when , my grandmother had to move into a nursing-home. When gran moved to the nursing-home, her sewing-machine was put downstairs in the basement, where it has sat for the past 10 years.

My New (Old) Singer 99-13

Oiling your machine can seem intimidating for the mechanically-challenged, but like most things I’ll cover here, it becomes quick and eas Look up your Singer Sewing Machine Serial Number to find out when your machine was made and identify what model you have. Initial sew test after service of a Singer sewing machine. This is just a check for hook timing, feed dog timing, tension adjustment and general m Singer’s class 99 sewing machine models.

For a rare copy of the original PARTS and machine accessory booklet for this machine, including purchase price for each item back in the day, visit this link

Singer portable electric sewing machine No. I bought it at an estate auction. I have the original book, all original attatchments, knee control, wooden lid.

After World War II, , most sewing machine manufacturers were marketing the same machines they sold prior to the war. Singer with the Models , , , , , and There was a very desperate need for change with not only the family sewing machine but also for educators and high school home economic classes. Fortunately, Singer was already engineering a new machine to introduce for its th Anniversary that would revolutionize the sewing-machine-of-tomorrow with a dramatic departure in design to make home sewing easier and more convenient.

A machine unlike any other in the past years of sewing machine production. On 17 November Singer Manufacturing Company applied for a patent with an invention that relates to sewing machines and it has a primary objective to provide an improved sewing machine which will afford better visibility at the stitching point. The needle-bar and the presser-bar are inclined rearward between eight and sixteen degrees to a vertical plane.

It has been found that if the parts are inclined less than about eight degrees from vertical a clear stitching point is not obtained and the machine elements are located in such a position that they are likely to be contacted by the operator’s head or face when they lean forward. When the parts are inclined greater than 16 degrees, the point of the needle does not always penetrate certain types of materials but tends to be deflected upward, thereby sometimes resulting in the skipping of stitches or in the breaking of needles.

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If your sewing machine, accessory, or ephemera has a name on it, this is the place to start. If we don’t have a listing for the name, please use the search function to see if there is any mention of it on our site. The International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society is the premiere sewing machine collector’s group. A quarterly magazine and access to our annual sewing machine auction are but two membership benefits. You will be greeted by the internet’s finest people and your enquiries will be answered by leading experts.

Singer has recently pulled some of their dating and identification information from their website.

Original Singer Instruction Manual for the legendary Electric Sewing Machine. The simple answer is that pinpointing an exact date for any vintage.

The letters before a serial number refer to the production plant location. Replacement parts often have serial numbers or patent numbers embossed or stamped somewhere, as well. If your machine is missing the serial number, contact Singer Consumer Affairs for assistance in determining its age. You can also email at singer cox.

Singer sewing machines have existed since From the cast iron treadle-operated machines before the advent of electricity, to the iron “modern” machines of the ‘s, many a seamstress has owned a Singer. Identifying the production year of an antique sewing machine may be difficult for some brands, but not for Singer machines. The Singer Company owns detailed logs of sewing machine serial numbers which, when matched with the serial number on your antique sewing machine, can determine the age of your Singer machine.

Turn the sewing machine so the front is facing you. Locate the serial number stamped or embossed into a metal, rounded strip attached or embedded into the base of the machine in the front or on the base below the wheel. Observe the serial number.

Singer Model 99 Parts

I have this machine too, only the electrical stuff on mine was not in good shape,and it was missing the knee control, so I stripped the electrical transformer out of the case, took off the motor, and added a hand crank kit. I love it! I have another 99, which is newer, since it has the reverse lever, and I put a handcrank kit on that as well. I have a Singer Spartan too, still with the electrics. Erika, I just love seeing your sewing machines!

Maybe I can twist your arm to bring one to the retreat so I can play with it a little bit!

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1928 Singer Electric Sewing Machine 99 -13 w/ knee control, Case, light, ANTIQUE


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