Beauty in the detail

I recently found an old singer sewing machine at a Christmas fair. I’ve been looking for one to use for a while, so my keen eye spotted it when I was browsing some of the other stalls at the fair. As I was there all weekend, with my own stall, I kept popping back to have a look, and debated it right till the end of the Sunday, when my friend Elli persuaded me that I really should buy it!

The first of these details is the serial number. With this number, and a couple of great websites I was able to find out that it was made in 1904 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA.

The serial number also tells me that the model is 28. This particular model is a vibrating shuttle model. The bobbin and shuttle are very different to other models, with the bobbin being housed in a shuttle case. The design of the shuttle case is beautiful, I think it resembles a bullet!  
The detail of the end plate is also exquisite.

There are also beautiful decorations covering the machine and base. Although the machine’s case is very plain, a simple dark wood curved case, that lifts over the machine, but beautiful in it’s simplicity. And, this particular one still has it’s key so that the case can be locked!

Although the real beauty is in the engineering and the design of the mechanics of the machine, and the care and detail that went into manufacturing these machines. This shows in the fact that this machine still works, despite being more than 100 years old!!

If anyone is interested in researching their own machine, or need a manual for one, here are a couple of links that will help you. singer sewing machine company serial-numbers database singer sewing machine company manuals

and last, but not least, these are the lovely people that I bought the machine off. If you are looking for one it’s worth dropping them an email to see what they have, as they regularly have various ones, and not just Singer’s either! 😉
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1 Response to Beauty in the detail

  1. Lou Blakey says:

    Such a lovely machine! Youve found a treasure there! X

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