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Thread: Please help date my grandmother's Singer treadle machine

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    Senior Member Quiltmaniac2010's Avatar
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    I recently inherited my grandmother's old Singer. She is in need of a good clean up and a new belt, but I'll bet she'll run like a deer! Anyway, the bobbin, or bobbin shuttle case is quite unusual (at least to me) The serial number looks like "G6642870" although it is quite faint. When I looked online, it looks like it was made in 1919 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. But the bobbin case has me a bit stymied. I have seen older Singers with a regular bobbin and bobbin case - one a 1904 model. (unless the owner was mistaken about the age) I am wondering if this bobbin shuttle is specific to a particular year. It has the Egyptian designs on it that I have seen on a lot of old treadles. Thank you for looking!

    Linda

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    I think that is called A bullet bobbin. I have 2 treadle machines and they both have that kind of a bobbin. Mine are not signers machines.

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    Beautiful machine!!

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    I would contact Lostn51 (Billy), he is the expert on the board regarding Vintage Singers. If he can't help you he'll tell you who can.

    The machine is fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    I would contact Lostn51 (Billy), he is the expert on the board regarding Vintage Singers. If he can't help you he'll tell you who can.

    The machine is fantastic!
    I agree on both counts!! :thumbup: :thumbup:
    I have a sweet kitty named Mabel!! lol :D

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    It's a model 127, serial # allocated January 9, 1919, made in St. Jean, Quebec.

    You start with this site:http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html

    Then click on the link for single letter (G), which gets you here:

    http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_1letter.html

    Then you look for the link for the G series, which gets you here:

    http://www.singerco.com/pdf/SINGER_G_nos.pdf

    And you find the bracket containing your number:

    6640371 6665370 127 25000 January 9 1919 St. Jean, Québec

    The 25000 means that 25000 numbers were allocated to that plant on that date for model 127's.

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    What a treasure!

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    I’m not familiar with your machine but she’s beautiful!! So glad she is staying in the family.

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    I have a 1952 machine with a shuttle instead of a bobbin. I was surprised it was made so late with the shuttle, too. Your machine will be very pretty cleaned up.

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    Very nice machine.

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