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Thread: Help me identify this Singer

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    Smile Help me identify this Singer

    A co-worker has a Singer in a cabinet that she says her dad brought home about 1950-51. she says it's black and the serial # is JC719092 I haven't seen it and she's not sure of the weight. From her description it doesn't sound like a Featherweight?? She does say it only sews a straight stitch. She'd like to replace it with a newer model that has zigzag and some other features. I'm interested in a Featherweight and told her I'd buy it if it was one. I can't find any website that shows what this really is. Thanks for your help.

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    ISMACS http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...l-numbers.html doesn't show JC. J would date it to 1905 or so. AJ would be the right time frame but the machine would be a 52, which sound like a pure industrial of one form or the other.

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    My 15-91 has a serial number of JC434333. It was manufactured in 1948 and has a centennial badge. The Singer website says JC was manufactured in 1948 but doesn't give any info about type of machine.

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    Lyncat, thanks. It's always good to have an idea of the limits of a resource.

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    Thank you both! This gets me started. I'm guessing it more likely that is was made in late 1940's as that jives with what she told me. Gives me a place to start. I'm guessing not a featherweight, darn it!

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    According to some sites I visited, JC serial numbers came out of a factory at St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. One site said the JC dates were 1948-1954 and a different site said 1948-1959. I was unable to find anything that correlates a specific serial number to a specific model. Please let us know what model it is when you find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshorttimer View Post
    A co-worker has a Singer in a cabinet that she says her dad brought home about 1950-51. she says it's black and the serial # is JC719092 I haven't seen it and she's not sure of the weight. From her description it doesn't sound like a Featherweight?? She does say it only sews a straight stitch. She'd like to replace it with a newer model that has zigzag and some other features. I'm interested in a Featherweight and told her I'd buy it if it was one. I can't find any website that shows what this really is. Thanks for your help.
    It's definitely not a Featherweight, as the 221s were only produced at Singer's Elizabethport, NJ factory (serial number starting with "A-") and the UK's Kilbowie factory (serial number starting with "E-".) Anytime you have a serial number with a two-letter prefix beginning with "J-," that means it was built at Singer's Canadian factory in Quebec.

    I'm going to guess it's a model 15, as Singer's Quebec plant seems to have produced a lot of those. If it's a 15-91 those are a dime-a-dozen, but if it's a 15-90--distinguished by the belt-driving motor, as opposed to the potted motor of the 15-91--you may want to snap that up, as they're not very common in the 'States. The model 15-90 has all the benefits of the 15-91 (vertical hook, FMQ) with the added convenience of being easily able to convert to treadle.
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    The site below says it was made in 1948. Hope they help! Post and let me know, please.

    http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers/double-letter


    http://www.tandtrepair.com/Singer221/221LGR.pdf---says it is a FW:St Johns, Canada machines JB 1945 to1948
    JC 1948 to 1959JD 1959 to 1963

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    Maybe you could call Singer for some info...
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