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Dating a vintage or antique sewing machine, How old is it. Within two years Singer is the leading manufacturer and marketer of sewing machines in the United. Later versions 99K31 had a stitch length up-down lever with reverse stitch and numbered tension dial - Year The Singer 15K is always recognised by its. Look up your Singer Sewing Machine Serial Number to find out when your Singer has recently pulled some of their dating and identification information from .
The treadle provided with series machines has a negative mechanical advantage: The treadle pad is built into the cabinet's base right at the user's feet. A round leather "treadle belt" passes up from the treadle, up through the cabinet, over the handwheel by following the belt groove, back down through the cabinet again, and then back to the treadle.
The belt is joined end-to-end with a clip to make a loop, and can be shortened and reclipped using special "treadle belt pliers" as needed to keep proper tension. Hand crank[ edit ] Model with hand crank Hand cranks provide greater portability at the cost of greater exertion. A hand crank machine fit in a small case, making it a piece of luggage rather than a piece of furniture.
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It also cost significantly less than a full treadle. The crank is geared to give a negative mechanical advantage so that it can crank the machine at high speed. The Singer model K also had the vibrating type shuttle. The Singer k was named the Rolls Royce of sewing machines because it was super smooth in operation thanks to the full rotary hook and precisely made carbon steel gears.
It had smoothness that other sewing machine manufacturers could only dream about. It also had a price tag to match.! The Singer K was cast iron in Black with a round neck body, also made with an Aluminium body which had a square neck.
First introduced in and continued in production up until Despite the differing body shapes and apart from it's smoothness, the K can be recognised by the large disc with the stitch length lever protruding from it. The tension unit was directly in front on the needle which in turn threaded from right to left.
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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. This image shows even older antique Singer machines dating from way back to to with a fiddle type bed. Unfortunately not many parts are available for machines of this age. This one is a vintage Singer 12K sewing machine and was manufactured at the Singer plant in Glasgow, Scotland. My grandmother, the sewer in the family, made many of my clothes on that machine.
She taught me to sew on the treadle and I used it for all of my sewing until I was in my 20's when I purchased an electric machine.
I started sewing at age 8 and am now The old treadle still works, although it is cranky sometimes just like me. It is a Steinway Grand - possibly a badged Damascus.
It was built about - possibly earlier or later - I can't seem to find out much about it. It still works, though it is in bad need of a thorough cleaning and oiling, to put it mildly. Here's a link to the pictures of the machine. I do know that it was sold by the Homer Young Company, but the manufacturer is still somewhat of a mystery.
My mother had a Singer treadle that she used until about when she bought a new Singeran electric that she used until her death several years ago. I currently own the machine and it is in need of new wiring, but otherwise in great condition.
I have the buttonhole attachment for it, plus the bottonhole attachment and hemstitcher attachment that fit the Singer treadle. The hemstitcher also works on the I remember my Mother sewing on that old treadle and wish I had it today.
She taught herself to sew and became a home economics teacher. She taught me to sew on it in the 's when I was a child. I took it to college with me and sewed in my free time. My daughter learned on it and she has it now.
I recently found a slightly newer version at a sewing machine store and bought it. They are such great and reliable machines.
I have my grandmothers treadle sewing maching complete with all the attachments it came with AND the instruction book. I have used it many times on stuff like making a yert look it up on the internet and a shade tent just to name 2. I also have a nonworking machine that I bought before my grandmother died that I will have fixed next year. I acquired her in the 's after a long, long search; she was shipped from Freemont, Nebraska, all the way to Maryland and you can't imagine my excitement when she arrived in a tractor trailer!
Let me know if you can pick her up in Maryland. It was one of two machines that had been in the Eaton's department store basement alterations shop in Winnipeg.
It was put up for sale when the store closed after the chain went bankrupt. They had put it on the second floor where the downtown walk way passed through the store with a "For Sale" sign after the rest of the store merchandise had already been cleared out.
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It was missing a few parts, including the belt, but I was able to get replacements from the Singer dealer in Winnipeg at that time. It sits in my living room with some knick-knacks on top of it, but it is functional.
I figure if the power ever goes out, I will still have a machine to sew on! I got it with money from a summer job while I was in college. I'm not sure how old it is, I did look up the serial number on the Singer site, but it was long enough ago that I don't remember when it was manufactured.