When it comes to Singer, even avid sewing-machine collectors tend not to mince their words. “They were not great innovators,” says Harry Berzack, who owns about 500 sewing machines of various makes and models. But one thing everyone agrees on was Singer’s unprecedented ability to get its machines into the hands of customers. “They were unbelievable marketers,” Berzack says.

That may be why collectors of antique and vintage sewing machines have so much fun collecting Singers—there are a lot of models to choose from. One of the earliest was the Turtleback from 1856, which was only in production for a few years but paved the way for Singer’s New Family machine, which was introduced in the 1860s before being renamed the Singer Model 12. The machine came in hand-crank and treadle versions, and featured decorative gold details on its jet-black body.

An Improved Family machine followed in 1879. This machine is considered a breakthrough because of its oscillating shuttle, but the next year an even more significant development occurred—Singer put an Edison electric motor in one of its machines, a foreshadowing of things to come.

By 1890, Singer had a staggering 80 percent of the world sewing-machine market, and by 1891, that early Edison prototype was being offered to the public. Other models from this era (there were 40 at the turn of the century) include the Singer 48 K, which was manufactured at the company’s plant in Kilbowie, Scotland (the factory would be renamed Clydebank).

The Singer 66 is also of this vintage. It was introduced in 1900 (its portable cousin, the 99, arrived around 1920) and remained in production until the 1950s, which makes this probably the most ubiquitous Singer model available. Another Singer machine that’s popular with collectors (as well as seamstresses and tailors, for that matter) is the Featherweight, which was introduced in 1933 at the Chicago World’s Fair.

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Cordele Dispatch, October 6th

He was also predeceased by his brothers: Jim Dalrymple and S.T. Dalrymple; and his sisters: Lilly Watson and Roxie Dalrymple. Mr. Dalrymple was a retired sewing machine mechanic for Singer Sewing Machines and other manufacturing companies in Crisp ...Read more

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l Singer Sewing Machine Co. Isaac M. Singer established The Singer Co. in 1851 in Boston. Difficulties with Chicago manufacturers in 1864 led the company to offer contract work to businesses in South Bend for the production of sewing machine cabinets...Read more

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For people interested in learning to sew, McKnight recommended purchasing the Simple Singer sewing machine, which can be found at most department stores for around $99. This machine doesn't have fancy embroidery attachments, which makes it easier ...Read more

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