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    Posted 3 months ago

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    I just need help gathering more information for this 1919 singer treadle sewing machine, I recently purchased off of Craigslist. Thank you for anyone that contributes to my research on this genuine antique.

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    1. keramikos, 3 months ago
      Hi, Sewingcollecter91. :-)

      Per the International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society (ISMACS) serial number tables, serial number "G6987450" was one of a block (6939401 through 6989400) of 50,000 serial numbers allotted April 29th, 1919, and all of them were destined to be stamped into the beds of model 66 machines:


      G- 6939401 6989400 66 50000 April 29 1919


      All the G serial numbers were allotted to the Elizabethport factory:

      About that factory:

      Ordinarily, I would say that it'd be blind faith to trust that model number information in the serial number table without seeing a full picture of the machine head, because the serial number tables (which ISMACS got directly from Singer who endorses ISMACS via linkage) are good, but they're not infallible.

      However, I see enough of the decals to know that the set is "Red Eye," and Singer never put that decal set on any model other than the 66 (it was also an exclusively U.S. decal set):

      It still would be good to see more of the machine (you're allowed up to four pictures per post), because we might be able to narrow things down further to a specific sub-model.

      Some basic information about the model 66, along with some information about the various sub-models:

      A 1913 manual for a model 66-1:

      Your second picture looks like the back side of the cabinet, so it's difficult to say for sure, but it looks to me like either a Cabinet Table No. 5 or 6:

      I think those drawer cases on either side of your cabinet look a bit long for it to be either a Cabinet Table No. 2 or 3:
    2. keramikos, 3 months ago
      Hi again, Sewingcollecter91. :-)

      I might as well give you a link to a post that has all kinds of links for vintage sewing machine information:
    3. Sewingcollecter91 Sewingcollecter91, 3 months ago
      keramikos, thank you so much for all that information. That is going to help me so much. Also that’s how the previous owner of the machine and table packaged it for me so it was easier to transport. It is sitting in my storage unit like that and as soon as I can, I will take better pictures of the machine and table for more Analysis.
    4. keramikos, 3 months ago
      Sewingcollecter91, You're welcome. :-)

      I'm not actually a vintage sewing machine expert, but have learned a few things over the last year or two, and that Vintage Sewing Machine Help post is sort of a work in progress.

      Thank you in advance for any further pictures of your machine. Collectors Weekly Show &Tell users do like to see and learn about each other's finds. :-)

      I'll leave you with one of my favorite links to a circa 1934 documentary made at Singer's Kilbowie factoring.

      Starting at 14:17, you can see the machine in action that stamped the serial numbers into the sewing machine beds.

      At 14:43, you can see a stamped bed stacked right side up on top of other stamped beds. The little elliptical serial number cartouche is plainly visible, although the actual serial number itself isn't:
    5. keramikos, 3 months ago
      Ugh. "[F]actoring" should have been "factory."

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