Singer Sewing Machines

How to Value an Antique Singer Sewing Machine

Antique Singer Sewing Machine

Thanks or dropping by our website about the Antique Singer Sewing Machine.  The purpose of this article is to inform you about that most popular sewing machine that changed the world for the better.  The focus here will be on the story of Singer Sewing Machines from when the company that makes them was started in 1851 to 1900 since only machines made before 1900 are considered to be antiques.

Isaac Merrit Singer invented his famous creation in 1851 andd enjoyed immediate and enduring success with his very practical sewing machine.  Singer developed and interest in sewing machines when he worked in a basement shop repairing Lerow and Blodgett sewing machines in 1850.  Those early machines were prone to break downs and were difficult to operate.  Their operation used a circular shuttle movement and a horizontally angled needle.  He soon came up with his own design that incorporated a straight needle that moved up and down vertically.  His machine was very successful from the beginning.  

Within a few short years of operation the Singer Manufacturing Company had averaged selling 20,000 machines per year and by 1859 its sales attained 180,000 sewing machings and it had registered 22 patents.

The company did not rest on its laurels and contined to improve popular sewing machine with improvements such as:


In 1889 the Singer Manufacturing Company introduced the first sewing machine powered by electricity which within two years led to the general use of electrically powered commercial sewing macnines.

As soon as the first machine was produced in 1851 the Singer Company continually improved its machines with quality and innovation being their guiding principle.  A testament to this company creed is the fact that many early machines still in use today.  
    
That first machine patented in 1851 was the first rigid-arm model and it had a table to hold the cloth. The Cloth was held in place during the upstroke of the needle by a vertical presser foot and the machine was the first to have a foot pedal rather than a hand crank.

Here is a list of sewing machines developed before 1900:

1859 - The Turtleback was the initial machine intended for home use and it was equipped with a a driving wheel and rocking treadle.

1865 - The Letter A Machine. It was an improvement of the Turtleback Model with a wider foot treadle that was easier to use.
    
1867 -  The New Family Machine.  This was the first machine with the trademark black color with the gold scroll design and it introduced the features of a lockstitch and adjustable feed.  
    
The Singer Manufacturing Company helped change the world with its practical and efficent sewing machines that put the capability of making clothes quickly and efficiently in every home.  Antique Singer Sewing Machines are a shining example of American ingenuity and entrepreneuership.


Hunt Antiques