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Sewalot Main Index. Alex I Askaroff. Alex has spent a lifetime in the sewing industry and is considered one of the foremost experts of pioneering machines and their inventors. He has written extensively for trade magazines, radio, television, books and publications world wide. Most of us know the name Singer but few are aware of his amazing life story, his rags to riches journey from a little runaway to one of the richest men of his age.
The story of Isaac Merritt Singer will blow your mind, his wives and lovers his castles and palaces all built on the back of one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century. For the first time the most complete story of a forgotten giant is brought to you by Alex Askaroff. Available instantly on Amazon and in paperback. The simple guide to dating your early Singer sewing machines. Where your Singer has two serial s always choose the larger of the two to date your machine.
Singer machine serial dating Guide. Brace yourself it's tricky! For example during WW2 it is a well know fact the Singers were making guns and bullets as well as sewing machines.
Only when they could spare the time would they continue with sewing machine production. I have come across a woman who bought her machine brand new in yet the casting was clearly made in just before the outbreak of WWII. 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 flow. If you fancy a read on the collapse of Singer in Britain have a go at End of Empire. Why two serial s? Very early Singers from the 's up until the start of prefix letters in had two serial s. There is a lot of controversy over why there were two lots of s.
The most likely answer is that the larger was the total 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.
The history of singer sewing machines
They would order machines in batches say, 1, or 10, from Kilbowie, Elizabethport and elsewhere. Singers have never manage to shed light on these two s! Note: when two serial s are on the machine use the larger of the serial s.
Anyway here goes nothing. I do hope you find it useful.
On pre Singer machines if there are two serial s, always use the higher, longer, larger, serial of the two to date your machine. Pre19th Century, Victorian Singer sewing machine serial s. A tale for all ages. News Flash!
All Alex Askaroff's books are now available instantly on Amazon. Time for a treat! After all Singers had a letter prefix before the serial. The letter suffix after the model denotes where the machine was manufactured. For exampleSinger model 99k serial Y The 99k denotes model 99 made in K for K ilbowie and the serial Y gives us the year of manufacture as Singer manufacturing plants and letter s.
For example Singer 15K- the K is for Kilbowie. British serial only. Please note these are only for the British Singers. This list below can give you an idea for 19th century Singer machines. By the 20th century after all Singer machines had a letter before the serial. Here are a few of the Singer factory letters around the world.
These letter are before the serial s. Read the note below these letters Jean sue Richelieu. No1 New Release Amazon A magical tale for all ages. The Magic Sewing Machine. Albert Cade, Sylko, his one-eyed dog and three naughty shop mice, Stinker, Squealer and Ragtail all live in a small tailors shop in Eastbourne.
Albert is an old tailor with a secret, he has a magic sewing machine! All his work is perfect and every stitch a dream. She made dresses for duchesses and queens and tales say she even made a dress for a little cleaning maid that became a princess called Cinderella. The books is crammed with wonderful characters including the fearsome Lady Iris Pratt, the awful mayor of Eastbourne, Arthur Crown, a group of singing pigeons and a local terror of a pub cat, Ophelia Dappleheart. Albert and Sylko on the best adventure of their lives.
This story with enthrall readers of all ages with fun and excitement, even a little touch of danger. Hi Alex. Thanks for th e research you have done. Where your Singer has two serial s always choose the larger of the two to date your machine Singer machine serial dating Guide Brace yourself it's tricky! Please note this is only a guidenot gospel!
Some people mail me to say they have a receipt from so how could my guide have their machine as made in or ?
Let me explain. T he production runs at factories like Kilbowie were complex and long. The castings were marked with the serial during manufacture. The machines were miles from completion, packing and delivery.
Then there is delivery to the depot, storagesales to the shopand eventually sales to the customer. Now to the dating All Singers up until have no letter prefix and came from several factories around the world. Note: On pre Singer machines if there are two serial s, always use the higher, longer, larger, serial of the two to date your machine.
The letter suffix after the model denotes where the machine was manufactured For exampleSinger model 99k serial Y Regards, Brian H arris Hello Alex, I have tried a lot of places to date my singer and finally ran into your website.
I found mine was made in Thank you so very much for all the hard work you put into setting up your. Alex I Askaroff Alex has spent a lifetime in the sewing industry and is considered one of the foremost experts of pioneering machines and their inventors. Pre19th Century, Victorian Singer sewing machine serial s 99, , , , , , , , , ,, 1,, Barbara Well that's it, I do hope you enjoyed my work and found it useful.
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