Singer Factories - Anderson, S. Carolina, USA
There were 2 different gold decals used: It may have a. What many customers did not know at the time was they were really buying an older sewing machine dating as far back as
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Singer never called the color Mocha, only soft or light beige. Singer with "Paperclips" Gold Decal and a "S" design in the center of the sewing machine. A convenient feed throw-out device, which renders the feed inoperative, permits darning and embroidering to be done without the use of the feed cover. It would be the first family sewing machine ever made that was a cabinet and portable all in one. This new motor did not have the lube tube on the end of the motor but did have the same data plate with the "Red S" emblem used from
Completely Enclosed motor and principal working parts insure maximum safety. The Singer Model Slant-Needle sewing machine was unlike any sewing machine ever built. The date of August 12th is used in celebrating Singer's Anniversary, as marked by the issued patent of the first Singer sewing machine by Isaac Merritt Singer on August 12, For Singer's th Anniversary they introduced the new Slant-needle "Singer Model " that would revolutionize the sewing-machine-of-tomorrow with a design to make home sewing easier and more convenient.
The original Singer sewing machine along with the new Slant-needle "Singer Model ", anniversary model, were displayed at the exhibition of new and old Singer sewing machines in New York from September during the th Anniversary of the patenting of the first Singer sewing machine observed by Singer Manufacturing Company and its employees. The exhibition was than on display during the month of November for the th Anniversary being celebrated at Singer's South Bend, Indiana factory, where they crafted wood cabinets for Singer sewing machines.
The South Bend factory gave tours to celebrate the anniversary. The anniversary model consisted of a "Limited Edition" of only 10, Slant-needle "Singer Model " sewing machines that were allotted to commemorate Singer's th Anniversary, , one year prior to its Grand Introduction in October In , Isaac Merritt Singer invented the world's first practical sewing machine.
In , the new Slant-needle "Singer Model " sewing machine was. The "anniversary model" on display is the new Slant-needle "Singer Model ". These 30 machines went through rigorous testing and inspection of parts for several months as it was an entirely new sewing machine. None of these 30 Singer test machines have ever been located, most likely destroyed after testing. The biggest misconception you will hear is almost every owner of a "NA" serial numbered sewing machine say it was "Made in ".
This is simply not true! Yes, 1 million serial numbers! The , A, A and A, all with NA serial numbers, were not manufactured until , , and , respectively. That's all, nothing more and nothing less! For more information see Dating the - click here!
In production started on the Model at the Anderson plant in South Carolina and were shipped to Singer stores prior to the Grand Introduction of the Singer Model in October In the suffix "A" was added to the model number, A, to signify it was made in Anderson, South Carolina. In the last "NA" serial number was used and in the start of the "NB" serial numbers. End of production was in There were , machines made between and 10, Limited Edition Singer 's made in for a total of , Singer Model and A sewing machines.
The Singer was the first model to be manufactured and the Model Number Tag was simply For more information about the Anderson factory - click here! The Singer "is not" a Big Sister, Big Brother or Cousin to the Featherweight, nicknames wrongly used implying they are from the same family. The truth is that the Singer Model was an entirely new Slant-Needle sewing machine that revolutionized the sewing-machine-of-tomorrow with a design to make home sewing easier.
It has nothing to do with the past, but the future, the beginning of the modern Singer sewing machine as it is today. Throughout Singer's history special badges were installed on assorted Singer Model sewing machines for major events: Vintage groups, book writers and some collectors call any Singer sewing machine with a special badge either a "Special Edition", "Limited Edition" or "Anniversary Edition".
Some other kind of change in addition to a Special Badge. They will have a numbering system to verify how many were actually made and sold. Singer installed special badges as a marketing incentive to either introduce a new sewing machine or sell older sewing machines during major events across the country and why they had no limited quantity or numbering system to verify how many were actually made and sold. It was not until Singer's th Anniversary that the new Slant-needle "Singer Model " was on display as the "Anniversary Model" at the exhibition of new and old Singer sewing machines held in New York from September and in South Bend, Indiana during the month of November A "Limited Edition" of only 10, "Singer Model " sewing machines were allotted in to commemorate the anniversary, 1, with the Centennial Badge and 9, with the new Singer Badge, all with a sequence of serial numbers.
The "Centennial " is even more special as it had a unique decal change in addition to the Centennial Badge that can be considered as a "Special Edition". Don't get fooled by vintage groups, book writers, or even collectors with this terminology.
If your machine features a centennial badge, this doesn't mean it was actually made in ;. The most asked question is how can a dated machine have a Centennial Badge? There are many opinions from collectors and most are myths and this website is based on history and facts. Singer model series 15, 66, 99, , , and the all had Centennial Badges and most of them had serial numbers dating from All of these machines with a serial number were in fact made in those years because it will be listed on Singer's "Register of Serial Numbers" and there is no way of getting around this, sorry.
To prove this point, for several years, at random, I would choose 10 Centennial Badged machines of different models being sold. Out of every 10 sewing machines "7" would have serial numbers dated between and only "3" serial numbers were dated "Made in ".
The question is, Why so many Centennial Badged sewing machines? We have to go back to the aftermath of World War II and rebuilding. Once the war was over in it did not leave time for new research and development. Singer, like many companies, continued marketing the same machines before the war. Singer came back with the Models and in the low price bracket, Models , and , in the intermediate price bracket, the remained top-of-the-line and the portable Featherweight continued to be the best seller.
Singer kept making these machines and with the war recovery period still on going Singer's inventory was also growing because they couldn't sell them. By , Singer had vast stocks of old inventory and they desperately needed to get rid of these older sewing machines. Singer used a marketing gimmick used in the past of installing special badges; Chicago Centennial in , Texas Centennial in , San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition in , and others, with a simple reason, to attract buyers and sell sewing machines, but most of these sewing machines were made in those years.
For the Centennial year Singer came up with the idea of installing Centennial Badges on all Singer model home sewing machines. The marketing gimmick was to manipulate the appearance by installing a Centennial Badge making a customer believe they were buying a very special "Centennial" Sewing Machine that was made in What many customers did not know at the time was they were really buying an older sewing machine dating as far back as Very Smart, Very Smart indeed.
That's not all Singer had up its sleeve. Singer offered sewing classes in the past but in they ran numerous full page ads to get housewives to take sewing classes at Singer Sewing Centers. Singer felt that if you can get housewives to take sewing classes how can she not buy a Centennial Badged sewing machine It worked so well that it was included in the Singer History timeline:.
In , Singer Sewing Centers train an estimated , housewives. Lead me to the Singer Sewing Center! Singer's marketing gimmick paid off as there were more Centennial Badged sewing machines made before than made in and it reduced most of Singer's overstock inventory. It was such a marketing success that it was also included in the Singer History timeline:.
The Centennial Badges were installed during the later part of and It appears that toward the end of September they stopped adding badges. Singer felt that a buyer in would not purchase a Centennial Badge dated machine, thinking it was an older machine.
Singer had vast stocks of older and different model sewing machines and prior to being released they installed a Centennial Badge. If an older machine was in stock at a Singer Sewing Center they were instructed to install a Centennial Badge. This is why you may have a Singer sewing machine with a serial number dated between that has a Centennial Badge. Would you buy a Centennial Badged sewing machine if you knew it was made in ?
You may question, as I did, if most of these sewing machines are considered a Centennial or not? A true collectable item must happen in the year it is collectable, in this case A "True" Centennial Singer sewing machine is any Singer model sewing machine that was undoubtedly manufactured in and has the Blue Centennial Badge, period.
Towards the end of September , all Singer model sewing machines now had the new Black Band Singer Badge installed. They are not considered a Centennial Singer Sewing Machine, although made in , they simply did not have the Centennial Badge.
A "True" Centennial Singer sewing machine is any Singer model sewing machine that was. For more information on the Limited Edition - click here! Would you like to know just how Super-Rare it is They are virtually impossible to find because of the extremely low quantity that exist today. For more information on the Centennial - click here!
In , Singer changed from the older style Gold Singer Badge to a new Black Band Singer Badge on all Singer home sewing machines allotted to be manufactured starting in June and in stores by September The Singer has a border casting around the Singer Badge, a protruding and more dignified appearance.
The Singer A had the border casting removed, a simple flat looking appearance. All Singer 's have the border casting around the Singer Badge. The majority of A's did not have a border casting around the Singer Badge although a small amount did up to serial number NA, when the change took place.
The Traditional Black color with Gold Decals, called "transfers", has always been a trademark for all Singer Vintage Sewing machines and is a very important part of Singer History. There were 2 different gold decals used: The very early Singer sewing machines had what they called a "Paperclips" gold decal with the center decal that looks like an "S".
Singer 's, after serial number NA, and all A's had what they called a "Prism" gold decal with the center decal that looks like an "8".
Singer with "Paperclips" Gold Decal and a "S" design in the center of the sewing machine. Singer A with "Prism" Gold Decal and a "8" design in the center of the sewing machine. After the last "Centennial Singer " employees installed whatever decals were on the assembly line. It has what they call the "Circle S", a "S" inside of a gray circle, located on the left side of the data plate. Serial numbers NANA have this data plate, In , the start of the "NB" serial numbers, the motor was changed from a lubricating to a "No Lubrication Required" motor.
This new motor did not have the lube tube on the end of the motor but did have the same data plate with the "Red S" emblem used from Singer never called the color Mocha, only soft or light beige. It was the new color for Slant-needle models. The is for use with carrying case set No. It is sold with the carrying case. The used the bed extension. This makes sense because it is supposed to be used in a cabinet. This is the long bed that is 6" in length.
This makes sense because it is supposed to be used as a portable with carrying case. The used the foot controller. This had 2 separate wires. One to had a two pin plug that connects to the bottom of the machine and the other wire has the 3 pin plug to the machine and electrical plug.
Again, this is the cabinet model. It only had 1 wire with the controller and electric plug all together. You simply just plug in the 3 prong plug into the machine and electrical outlet. Again, this is the portable model. The used the 2 pin hole cover plate. This is the plate on the side of the sewing that the 2 pin plug plugs into.
It has a hole in the plate with the plug in it. Again, needed with cabinet use. The used the cover plate. This plate did not have a hole in it for the 2 pin plug. It was one solid piece. Again, this is for portable use so there is no need for a 2 pin plug.
The used the complete wiring harness. This wiring harness consisted of 2 separate wiring leads to make it work as a cabinet model.
The used the single wiring harness. This wiring harness consisted of one 3 prong connector with 2 wiring leads to make it work as a portable model. This would include tables, box covers and drawers. Because South Bend was the center of black walnut production it was an excellent location for cabinet making. In Singer Company established it own cabinet making plant.
By the factory was outgrown and Singer officials advocated moving the cabinet works to Cairo, Illinois. Instead, Singer acquired the site on the west side of South Bend along Division street.
Singer's Division Street plant was supposed to be the largest sewing machine cabinet making factory in the world when it was built. The new South Bend plant covered 60 acres, including 20 acres of lumber yards. By the plant continued to grow manufacturing 10, cabinets per day and was the distribution center not only for the United States but also overseas.
By , the South Bend plant was estimated that three-quarters of all sewing machine cases and cabinets in the world at that time were made in South Bend, with a year output of 2,, cabinets. Not only is the Singer Model and A a portable it can also be used with selected Singer Cabinets providing it has the complete Cradle and Latch assembly installed. There are many different Singer cabinets but the Singer and A will not fit in all of them. As seen below it will not fit in Cabinets No. Above is a Singer Sewing Cabinets advertisement.
I personally have the "Cosmopolitan Style 88" and it fits perfectly with the cradle assembly. Machine Cradle and Latch Complete, If you have want to use your Singer or A in one of the Singer sewing cabinets shown above than you need all of these items to make it work. Listed in Parts Book: Machine Cradle and Latch complete, Nos.
Machine Cradle Part Nos.: Singer has been part of the High School Home Economics for many years with several types of sewing machines like the , , 66, and The new Slant-needle machine would not only be marketed as a "Family Sewing Machine" but also as the "Slant Shank System" to educators and high school economics. Purchase orders were drafted in advance requiring the "Slant Shank System" thereby securing Singer's market share in schools.
The new "Slant-Needle" Singer Model would be the first slant shank system sewing machine in high school home economics in It was an immediate success as teachers soon realized that no matter what students did to this machine it kept on sewing, hardly needing any repairs, and was deemed indestructible. The Singer Teacher's Textbook of Machine Sewing was published in and the front cover has an outline drawing of the Singer Model , a very informative book. In the Textbook the Singer was still be used.
Machine covered in this manual were the Model , 66, 15 and Only the new Slant-needle Singer gives you so many exciting features to make sewing easier! Did you notice anything strange about the and advertisements? None of them displayed a traditional black color Singer The advertisements were also getting housewives ready for the new two-tone, Light Beige-Oyster White color.
Only the original sales brochure showed one picture of a traditional black Singer When a Singer or A was sold they were issued the most current Instruction Manual. Copyright , , , , , , and The Singer is an entirely new style of electric family sewing machine, embodying many exclusive features that simplify operation, make sewing a pleasure and assure a life-time of satisfactory service. It can be easily removed from the cabinet and used as a portable machine, a hinged handle, built into the top of the arm, making it convenient to carry.
It has a concealed, built-in electric motor which drives the machine through gears at any desired speed. It has reverse feeding mechanism which enables you to sew either in a forward or backward direction, making it easy to "back tack" and to fasten the ends of seams. A wide range of material and thread can be handled and bulky work is readily accommodated on the spacious bed.
A convenient feed throw-out device, which renders the feed inoperative, permits darning and embroidering to be done without the use of a feed cover plate. In addition to plain sewing, a large variety of pleasing effects such as hemming, binding, edge stitching, shirring, ruffling, etc.
These attachments and other popular Singer Fashion Aids will enable you to obtain the much desired tailored appearance of professionally-made garments and to add the new fashion touches demanded by swiftly changing styles at a fraction of the cost of ready-made garments. There is also a instruction manual Copyright , Revised You can download this "Free" at:. A product of the matchless skill and engineering ability of Singer craftsmen, the Singer is an outstanding addition to our long line of unexcelled Sewing Machines.
You have a machine revolutionary in design, but made with the same care and craftsmanship that have been the hallmark of Singer Machines for more than a century. We are acutely aware that Singer Sewing Machines have become an American tradition and are intensely proud of, and determined to continue this heritage. Your Singer "" is the product of this pride, determination and the unsurpassed technical skill of Singer.
This smooth running machine-of-tomorrow will amaze and thrill you with its versatility and ease of operation. Utilize all the advanced features, combine them with you own skill and discover a new world of sewing enjoyment. Exclusive dresses for yourself, clothing for your family and a multitude of items for your home will be yours - all at a fraction of their ready-made cost. Along with the Green Cover Instruction Manual in you also received this pamphlet: As a New Singer Owner You are assured complete service and a complete course in home sewing.
Inside the pamphlet it shows the lessons that you will receive. Singer made some very good sewing machines over the past years, , but the Singer would be the first sewing machine to start a new century and they wanted a very special sewing machine. They took years of engineering knowledge that would revolutionize sewing machines of tomorrow with an entirely new style of electric family sewing machine.
Some people say that the Singer is the best sewing machine ever made or the Singer featherweight is the perfect portable machine, but the Singer is like having both sewing machines combined into one. Singer stated - the Singer represents the "Ultimate" in sewing machine design.
In other words the Singer was the end of a process, of the best achievable or imaginable of its kind, the highest in degree or order. When it comes to straight stitch sewing or quilting the Singer offers lightweight portability, carrying handle, full size for cabinet use, vertical rotary hook and bobbin case, drop feed for free motion, up to stitches per minute and most of all the perfect lockstitch, Stitch Type The most simple machine specifically engineered for precision with the fewest amount of moving parts will always make work easier and the best made machine.
I have read many comments from owners who have stated repeatedly that the Singer is "The Best Straight Stitch Sewing Machine" and that their sewing machine repairman suggested the Singer because it is one of the best sewing machines you could ever buy. I can attest to these statements as I have a , and but in all fairness I have to say the "Best Sewing Machine" is the Singer It truly is Amazing. Statements from sewing machine repairmen, collectors, owners all say the same thing:.
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The anniversary model consisted of a "Limited Edition" of only 10, Slant-needle "Singer Model " sewing machines that were allotted to commemorate Singer's th Anniversary, , one year prior to its Grand Introduction in October
The most asked question is how can a dated machine have a Centennial Badge? In the last "NA" serial number was used and in the start of the "NB" serial numbers.
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