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During World War Two Singer had back orders for over three millions machines! Now to the dating. All Singers up until have no letter prefix and came from several factories around the world.
The company cleverly managed their production from all factories to coincide with the serial number flow. If you fancy a read on the collapse of Singer have a go at my blog, End of Empire. Why two serial numbers? Very early Singers from the 's up until the start of prefix letters in had two serial numbers. 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.
Date the age of your Singer Sewing Machine as early as the year - present. We will teach you Identify the model number from the serial number on your antique Singer Sewing Machine. This information is helpful when ordering parts and accessories for your Singer machine. No. Singer didn't put the model numbers on their domestic machines before the early 's, hence the need for this chart. The number stamped on the bed of the machine is the serial number; both letters and numbers. 2. My machine isn't black. This page is for identifying older black-coloured Singer machines. 3. My machine is black and has a. The Magic Sewing Machine by Alex Askaroff No1 New Release on Amazon. A tale for all ages. After all Singers had a letter prefix before the serial number. (The letter suffix after the model number denotes where the machine was manufactured). For example, Singer model 99k serial number YThe 99k denotes model 99 made in (K) for Kilbowie and the serial number .
The lower number may be the total production run up until that number of that particular model range. Singers have never manage to shed light on these two numbers especially as many have the last three digits the same! Note: when two serial numbers are on the machine use the larger of the serial numbers.
On pre Singer machines if there are two serial numbers, always use the higher, longer, larger, serial number of the two. Pre19th Century, Victorian Singer sewing machine serial numbers. A tale for all ages. After all Singers had a letter prefix before the serial number. The letter suffix after the model number denotes where the machine was manufactured.
For exampleSinger model 99k serial number Y The 99k denotes model 99 made in K for K ilbowie and the serial number Y gives us the year of manufacture as Singer manufacturing plants and letter s. Note: All the letters in BOLD below are letters that come after the model number, denoting place of manufacture. For example Singer 15K- the K is for Kilbowie.
British serial number only Please note these are only for the British Singers. The knack of fitting the slide plate back on the Singer 66 and the Singer 99 is to do it as shown above. If you find this hint useful mail me and I'll add more pictures: alexsussex aol.
The British Singer 66's were adorned with three different decals. Firstly the Lotus petal as seen below.
Then came the Sphinx which was also used on the Singer 15k and a few other shuttle models. In good condition both these look stunning. In America the Lotus patter was used for a while but the famous red-eye pattern stayed with the machine whereas in Britain the Singer 66 had three decal changes.
The Singer 66k Lotus Petal decoration. Simply stunning when in good condition.
The Singer 66 was sold in all formats, hand, electric and treadle. In Britain the hand machine was the most popular until electric motors became more affordable in the 's. I met a woman once that bought a Singer in and did not finish paying for it until She had spent 15 years paying off her machine.
I have a little of her story at the bottom of the page and it even includes a German bombing raid so it is great reading. The stunning Singer 66 Red-eye sewing machine.
Now, in America the Singer 66 wore different clothes. This was to have a huge effect on its later values. In America the machine became fondly known as the Red-eye for obvious reasons. The machine does look like it has exotic eyes.
Singer has recently pulled some of their dating and identification information from their website. Here you can look up your serial number and find out when your Singer Sewing Machine was made as well as what model you have. No Letter Prefix. AA Series Serial Numbers. AB Series Serial Numbers. AC Series Serial Numbers. AD Series Serial Numbers. Dating British Singer sewing machines The smaller stable-mate to the Singer 66 was the Singer 99 identical except for size and a wonderful performer. Many women became so fond of their 99's they named them. I met one who was called Merlin as it sewed like magic.
The beautiful decoration made it sought after by enthusiasts and collectors. The Singer 66k Sphinx. Circa Similar to the Singer 15 decals. In Britain the Kilbowie machines started off with superb decoration known as the Sphinx above and Lotus Petal but was soon replaced with a pretty but unimpressive basic gold decal as seen below.
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The last Singer 66 in a boring dress. Circa with black side plate. Its days were numbered. This is a fascinating receipt sent in to me. If you think the average wage for a farmer was less than 10 shillings a week the machine represented several months wages. The cost of a new car today!
No wonder they have lasted so well. It was a similar size to the 66 but with greater sewing ability at speed due to its modern revolving hook mechanism and worm-cut gears. It was smooth, almost silent and unbeatable. For the next two decades it dominated the professional market.
The True Story. Annie Pratt, bought her Singer in the 's from the local Singer dealers in Plymouth.
It was to make the christening gown for her first daughter and clothes over the years that followed. She treasured the machine and made many bits and pieces on her, always lovingly cleaning and oiling before putting her away. By the family were living in Alexandra Road in Plymouth. Plymouth is a big naval base on the South Coast of England.
Singer 99 dating
It is where Francis Drake and the British fleet sailed to attack the Spanish Armada in and where Admiral Nelson set sail to get rid of more pesky invaders in Anyway I digress. In Britain was having a pretty bad time with German bombers dropping bombs everywhere, once more trying to invade our little island nation.
The Blitz was not just on London where my English family were but covered many industrial towns as well. One day a German bomber dropped incendiary bombs over Plymouth. She dived under an apple tree along her road as the bombs hit.
She looked up to see her house on fire as the oil bombs spread burning oil over the rooftops. Annie ran along the road into her burning home and pulled out her most precious item, her Singer.
She came out of the house with the arm of her coat on fire but clutching her machine.
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After 15 years of hire-purchase payments she was not going to let anyone get her machine! All Rights Reserved. This web page or any portion of it may not be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of the copyright holder. Model Model 66 or Model or The Model 15 is the only model with the tension control dial 2 on the left side of the machine.
The Models 66 and 99 have a built-in bobbin case and are identical except for size of the base. See table below.
The Models and are the only models to have two bobbin access plates 1. They are identical except for size. Bed Dimensions.
Tension Control Knob Location. Bobbin Access Slide Plates. Shuttle or Bobbin Case.
Manual Source Click for Manuals. Model 15 Manual.