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By Alex I Askaroff

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Dating Singer Sewing Machines From Serial Number

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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.

This is a simple guide to dating your early Singer sewing machines. I do hope you find it useful.

Where your Singer has two serial numbers always choose the larger of the two to date your machine.

Singer machine serial number dating Guide

Please note this is only a guide , not gospel! Some people mail me to say they have a receipt from 1950 so how could my guide have their machine as made in 1948 or 1949?

Well , the production runs at factories like Kilbowie were complex and long. The castings were marked with the serial number right in the earliest stage of manufacture. The machines were miles from completion, packing and delivery. Then there is depot storage and shop sales. They all effect the purchase/receipt date , but not the date of manufacture.

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 1946 yet the casting was clearly made in 1939 just before the outbreak of WWII.

All Singers up until 1900 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 number flow.

Very early Singers from the 1850's up until the start of prefix letters in 1900 had two serial numbers. There is a lot of controversy over why there were two lots of numbers. The most likely answer is that the larger number was the total number 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 lower number may be the total production run up until that number of that particular model range.

Singer's have never manage to shed light on these two numbers especially as many have the last three digits the same!

Note: when two serial numbers are on the machine use the larger of the serial numbers.

Anyway here goes nothing. I do hope you find it useful.

Pre 1900 Singer machines using the larger serial number

Due to the massive expansion of Singer factories across the globe a letter suffix, after the model number denotes where the machine was manufactured.

For example , Singer model 99k serial number Y6307577 denotes it would have been made in Kilbowie and the serial number Y63. gives the year of 1928 .

Singer manufacturing plants and letter s

Note: All the letters in BOLD below are letters that come after the model number, denoting place of manufacture. For example Singer 15K- the K is for Kilbowie.

B - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA

C - Wittenberge, (Prussia) Germany

E - Podolsk, Russia

F - Clydebank, Scotland

G - Industrial Germany

J - Clydebank, Scotland

K - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA

L - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA

P - Clydebank, Scotland

R - Clydebank, Scotland

S- Podolsk, Russia

SJ - S ain t - Jean -Sur-Richelieu , Quebec, Canada

U - Industrial, Japan

W - Bridgeport, Connecticut USA

X - Clydebank, Scotland

Some Singer model numbers made at Kilbowie, Clydebank, Scotland, Great Britain from 1900.

Both M & P produced at Kilbowie in 1900

1900 P-1 - P-404049

1902 R-1 - R-704424

1904 J-1 - J-885.839

1906 S-1 - S-1275049

1908 V-1 - V-499999

1910 F-1 to F-1.079.124

1912 F-1.987.315 to F-3.316.719

1914 F-4.621.565 to F-5.915.524

1916 F-6.646.350 to F-7.314.979

1918 F-8.147.770 to F-8.721.799

1920 F-9.317.990 to F-9.999.999

Note Y & F produced in 1920 at Kilbowie

1921 Y-160.701 to Y-354.390

1923Y-768.331 to Y-1.628.300

1925 Y-2.344.171 to Y-3.775.310

1927 Y-4.387.391 to Y-5.658.823

1929 Y-6.307.595 to Y-7.450.266

1931 Y-8.375.208 to Y-8.449.942

1933 Y-8.633.635 to Y-9.162.104

1935 Y-9.633.847 to Y-9.999.999

Please note these are only for the British Singer's

EA-869.975 to EA-999.999

EB-705.754 to EB-956.428

EC-000.001 to EC-589.135

ED-000.001 to ED-202.377

ED-232.774 to ED-242.053

ED-311.247 to ED-745.856

ED-942.977 to ED-999.999

EE-453.221 to EE-933.528

EF-000.001 to EF-600.940

EG-000.001 to EG-312.860

EH-000.001 to EH-012.026

EH-787.883 to EH-999.999

EJ-449.139 to EJ-999.999

EK-123.027 to EK-992.399

EL-000.001 to EL-999.999

EM-015.257 to EM-999.999

EN-970.334 to EN-999.999

EP-771.033 to EP-999.999

ES-000.001 to ES-238.743

ET-000.001 to ET-179.954

EV-000.001 to EV-019.712

EV-602.139 to EV-999.999

EW-005.231 to EW-020.180

EW-024.831 to EW-030.680

EW-038.631 to EW-045.210

This list can give you an idea for 19th century Singer machines. By the 20th century Singer machines had a letter before the serial number.

Here are a few of the Singer factory letters around the world

(Note JA to JE above should be St John Quebec)

Isaac Singer the first capitalist by Alex Askaroff

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.

Well that's it, I do hope you enjoyed my work. I spend countless hours researching and writing these pages and I love to hear from people so drop me a line and let me know what you thought: alexsussex@aol.com

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Thanks to your website, I have been able to date my $2 Trash and Treasure Singer as a 1939 model, manufactured in Scotland. It needed a good soaking in kerosine after I bought it about 12 years ago, but it continues to give good service in my workshop/garage. Thanks for th e research you have done.

I have tried a lot of places to date my singer and finally ran into your website. I found mine was made in 1897. Thank you so very much for all the hard work you put into setting up your page.

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