Dating old singer sewing machines
The Singer model K also had the vibrating type shuttle. The tension unit was directly in front on the needle which in turn threaded from right to left. The Singer K as shown has the sleeve arm or sometimes called tubular bed.
It comes with a variety of optional accessories, such as an adjustable hemmer, zipper foot, and quilting foot. Unfortunately not many parts are available for machines of this age. When the machine was running it most likely was quite noisy because the shuttle moved forward and backwards at great speed, at times it made the machine vibrate. Now to the dating All Singers up until have no letter prefix and came from several factories around the world.
On pre Singer machines if there are two serial numbers, always use the higher, longer, larger, serial number of the two. Originally it may have been hand operated.
The castings were marked with the serial number during manufacture. The lower number may be the total production run up until that number of that particular model range.
The machines were miles from completion, packing and delivery. The slide plate to access the bobbin had a small oblong hole which aided whilst sliding the slide plate to the left to view the bobbin.
Then there is delivery to the depot, storage, sales to the shop, and eventually sales to the customer. The Singer K was the same machine without the tubular bed, it also had the lift up fabric table like the K Both the K and K were tiny machines known as the original Singer Featherweight machines. It had smoothness that other sewing machine manufacturers could only dream about. Only when they could spare the time would they continue with sewing machine production.
When threading the needle it had to be threaded from left to right. There is a lot of controversy over why there were two lots of numbers. The company cleverly managed their production from all factories to coincide with the serial number flow. The simple guide to dating your early Singer sewing machines.
If your sewing machine does not have a model number, but has a serial number similar in location to the image above, use the images below to help identify the sewing machine model number. This image shows even older antique Singer machines dating from way back to to with a fiddle type bed. The stitch length was adjusted via a screw and the machine did not stitch backwards. It always look a neater machine because of its compact size.
The Singer K was cast iron in Black with a round neck body, also made with an Aluminium body which had a square neck. There is no reference charts available to tell us the exact model number from it's serial number. It was manufactured between to the early machines were only Black and Gold with no colour. If you are just looking for a basic machine that can handle hemming, repairs, alterations, and smaller projects, try out a Singer Featherweight sewing machine. However, when it comes to a sewing machine, there are definite advantages to buying an old Singer sewing machine.
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