Ups I did it again – I bought another Singer

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I bought another Singer. This time I paid the whopping amount of £10. They are hard bargainers at the local skip. I previously bought a Singer for just £3 at a car-boot sale. The guy promised me that the motor worked – and he was right. This previous Singer has the serial number: F1569002, which means that it is issued in 1911 accourding to Singers website. The model is a 99K and there were 2000 of them allotted in the Jan-June period of 1911 at the Kilbowie Clydebank factory in Scotland. The manual was free to download! Apparently this machine could be either machine or hand operated. Mine is machine operated and was probably rewired at a later stage. The rewire is holding up and I use this machine for all my sewing that is not done by hand. Nevertheless, it can not zig-zag and it can’t sew backwards. I get around this little issue by cutting everything with my zig-zag scissors and sewing the ends in by hand. Luckily, I enjoy hand sewing and mainly use the machine for stitches that are not visible.

Singer sewing machine from 1911

Back to the new machine. The serial number is: EE438412 and from this I can see that it’s a much later model from 1947. I have just discovered this very minute that this machine is also a 99k model (I did think that they looked very similar). There were 10000 of them allotted on the 24th December 1947 also at the Kilbowie Clydebank factory in Scotland. I guess this means that I don’t need to look up the manual as it will be the same as before.The only issue with this newer Singer is that it has not been rewired and the wiring is not good. So alas, I don’t want to give the motor a try before it has been rewired.

Singer sewing machine from 1947

9 Responses

  1. Amanda

    That’s a really great find! Congrats!

  2. Francine McGee

    How is your Singer doing?  They are quite easy to rewire, I have done it several times with no formal traiinging.  Those 99K macchimnes are real workhorses!!  The one in the picture above seems to have a large wheel, which means it may have been converted from a treadle or handcrank.  I have 2 hand cranks.  I used to have 3, I had a TAN #128 that I got from an old Singer dealer.  He said during the war, when they couldn’t manufacture, refurbished and repainted old sewing machines to sell.  Unfortnately, I sold it ane upss managed to shatter the BED of the cast iron machine, without damaging the wood case.  Amazing.  Took me 3 months to get the refund, and the machine is gone.  After the war the Singer dealers would smash old trade ins wtih a stedge hammer so they were out of circulation and people would buy mre new machines.It was nice meeting you@!  Fran  franstuff

  3. Scrapiana

    Oh, how funny! I have a slightly older sibling!… Isn't it brilliant that this Singer data is all freely available online? I've been wondering if other manufacturers' info is also out there, but haven't yet gone foraging. Nice to find your blog!

  4. Eddie

    Hi Sue,

    Sad that they didn't want your old Fristy, but then again not so sad because you get to keep it.

    Old sewing machines are so beautiful, I think!


  5. Sue Bates

    I have an old Frister Rossman and it sits decoratively on the chest of drawers in the dining room. I heard of people abroad needing them and looked on the web site to find that they only wanted Singers! It took some time to placate Fristy that there was no useful Indian / African holiday after all!

    My mother used to have a Singer on a wonderful stand with a treadle. I was too young to be allowed to have a go, but I often rummaged through the drawers and found wierd shaped pieces of metal feet, along with her safe cache of ciggies! Players. If I carefully cut round the faces (Sailors, I think!) on the front, I could make a good chain of them for some reason or another! My misspent youth!


  6. Eddie

    Yes it's so much fun to get something so old and mechanical working. Quite a good feeling.

  7. Jenni

    OMG you are like me in the UK though! I am ADDICTED to old sewing machines! So much fun to fiddle with! 🙂

  8. Eddie

    Hi Stephanie,

    Lovely to meet you too!

    Yeah if the machine is from before 1960, which it sound like it is you just have to find the serial number on the little plate on the front. On this page:
    you can look up the model number depending on whether the serial number has no letter prefix, one letter or two letter prefix. You can also download the complete register and find dates and factories and this sort of stuff. It's quite fun.

    Let me know how you get on with it.


  9. Stephanie

    EDDIE!! Woohoo… it's so nice to meet you! Thanks for commenting on my project over at WR. I wanted to check out what you were up to and stumbled upon this post. I have my grandmothers singer in my studio and have looked it up online with no result but you obviously have done this before. So I can trek back and see what year etc it is from. I think it use to be a hand crank then it was converted. It also has it's own table which it hides in then you can pull it up the top… I think a photo might be better.

    Anyway I am really stoked now as it is what I learnt to sew on!!

    xo Steph