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Thread: I'm really stuck here folks :-(

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    I'm really stuck here folks :-(

    First and foremost, hello from Thunder Bay Ontario. I'm a new member here :-)

    My wife and I are just in the process of retiring and we are going to part with our Singer but for the life of me, I'm having such a hard time figuring this thing out.

    I have a serial number of J0072593 and I can't seem to find *any* serial numbers in the database that begin with 00.

    I guess my question is, "is there another database of serial numbers that I'm not aware of?

    Anyhow, thanks in advance to anyone who sees this and can assist me.

    Hope everyone has a great day :-)

    Larry (aka Gorilla_Foot)

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    Could you send us pics of your machine and the serial #? they need to be besized to quite small

    Welcome aboard. Always nice to see Canadians.
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    Thanks for the speedy reply. Here are some pictures. Hopefully they are sized ok.
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    It looks if you serial number is JC072593. If it is JC.... it could be from St. Johns, Newfoundland Canada. The rest of the serial number I don't know. Check this site. Scroll down near the bottom. https://sewalot.com/dating_singer_se...ial_number.htm

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    Larry,

    I've read that when you have a serial number starting with 0 you should consider that to have a 1 in front of it. If you look at that number it matches a model 15K from a batch of 135,000 with dates from January to June 1905.
    Karen H

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    several years ago, I downloaded the serial number pages from the Singer website: S/N's JA to JC were made in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada; JC specifically in 1948.
    Liz / Calgary

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    That machine is a late 15 with stitch length lever, so 1930s to 1950s. 1905 is out of the question. but it could be a JC number; 1948 to 1954, and the look of the treadle irons is spot on that date. Maye you can find a red herring here.

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    Mickey too far off huh?
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    Wow.... I don't even know what else to say other than "Wow". What a great resource with an incredible helpful group of people. :-)

    I was concerned that maybe I had something special with that 00 serial number so at least I can now sell with a bit of confidence that I'm not making a huge mistake.

    Thanks so much for all your help folks.

    This is my favourite picture of the machine.

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    BTW you are missing a presser foot and if you want to get rid of that masking tape. soak it in sewing machine oil for a while before you try to pull it up with your fingernails. Probably will take repeat tries. The pincushion around the body tens to leave pin rash under it. Scraped off decals and pin sized gouges in the finish.

    It is a great group. Lots of experience here.
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    And I just have to say it. If you are retiring you may have more time to keep this Siinger working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khogue View Post
    Mickey too far off huh?
    I'm guessing about bout 30 years off for the stitch length lever. A machine from 1905 has a nut and screw type of stitch length adjustment, and I'm imagining more elaborate and fancy decals too. I have a 201 with the same lever, and the 15 was given the same lever with reverse about the same time the 201 was introduced. That's why I remember it. Maybe I was a bit direct with the info, I didn't mean to be rude or anyting.

    The art nouveau decor on the chromed plates dates the machine to about 1950 or older, that's when they striated plates were introduced. There seem to be a bit of overlap a couple of years, but by 1950 (spot on) most have the striated plates.
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    I don't see the thread take-up lever either. Am I missing something? Oh I see it now, right up from the tension. Sorry about that.ha

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    We are moving into an RV and travelling for a while, that's why I was thinking of selling it. That said, I bet someone handy can really restore these nice :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonf View Post
    And I just have to say it. If you are retiring you may have more time to keep this Siinger working.
    That's what I was going to say. Time to buy a second Singer!
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    Maybe a featherweight for the RV.. Or a 3/4 handcrank.
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    Maybe ISMACS got it wrong? That serial # listed on their site shows the result khogue mentioned above: 15K-Jan-June 1905. No clue about the stitch length lever stop. I know my '26 15K has the rotary stop plate like the one shown in the OP's pic. About the irons... doesn't mean this head hasn't been fitted into a different base. I'm going with the ISMACS listing, which has no "JC" prefix in their database- only "J."

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    I have JC788228. It's a 15-91 and says right on top of the machine, in Old English Text:

    The Singer Manufacturing Company
    Made in Canada

    bkay

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    I'm not one of the knowledgeable people here, but enjoy reading how they respond to questions like yours. I always learn stuff.

    Welcome to QB and happy retirement! Hope you'll hang around and catch the vintage machine bug.
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    I concur Liz.
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