Singer vintage machine research

Old 05-28-2018, 06:21 PM
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Link to research Singer models
Hello there everyone my name is Jennifer... I just came across this site today as I was starting to look for information on a vintage Singer machine that I've had for several years. I went to one of the postings on this site, that gave me this link for a double-digit model number http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial
It says they're not active or available. does anyone have a suggestion for a place that I can go to for researching my specific model and value and parts for this model?
I believe is a 15-88, as it is a treadle machine and not at all portable. I have the instruction book, multiple parts, and a model number, AF121936. I assume that means it was manufactured in 1936 however I don't know this is a very beginning of my research.
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Good, I see this got moved.

Here is the reply I posted on Link to research Singer models

http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...-database.html has a database for Singer Serial numbers. From my understanding, the dates given for the serial number is the date that the serial. number was assigned and would have been manufactured sometime after that and maybe even shortly after the date the next numbers were assigned for that particular model. I know that others have found some mistakes in the database. Sometimes it is a misreading of the number either on the machine or in the database.

I've seen ads for machines listed as being for a model number because they had a manual for that model number, however the machine shown is not the machine that the manual is for. Evidently, the person posting didn't compare the picture in the manual to the machine they have sitting in front of them.

What parts are you looking for? The domestic model number 15s take standard low shank presser feet. Parts can be found on ebay, craigslist, thrift stores and online stores like https://shop.sew-classic.com

One of the best threads about worth of vintage sewing machines is "How Much Is My Machine Worth?" Question Answered
Bottom line value is what price seller and buyer agree on. I've seen a couple of machines on craigslist that keep getting listed for years on end. Evidently they don't get the message that their machine is not worth what they are asking for it and unwilling to lower the price.

Treadles are fun to sew on and are good straight stitch machines.

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Are you sure the number is right? AF ran from 1938 to 1941, but not up to 7 digits. Check your SN and I can tell you more about what you have.
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According to the Singer chart here - http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_mach...l-numbers.html your machine has an allotment date of Nov. 21, 1938. It is a 15 class machine but these charts don't give the specific model.

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the 15-88,-89 and -90 are the same machine with the only difference being the power type, treadle, hand crank and external motor. the 90 also has a smaller, non-spoked flywheel. The `-91 is the same machine with a different casting to accomidate the potted motor.
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the letter prefix for Singer serial numbers has some meaning, but the rest of the serial number is sequential and has no meaning - IE the "1936" at the end does not stand for anything at all. It is simply the number that fell between 1935 and 1937
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Sorry! I am really blind! I saw an extra 1 in there. Just ignore me!
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