My small collection of old Singer sewing machines, of a bygone era. The fine mechanics of the Singer far exceeds ALL other sewing machines on the market. See why… in my opinion.
Without even realizing it, I started a collection of old Singer sewing machines. It started off with finding a small machine I could take with me, go mobile, so I bought myself a nifty little 99k, and from there it began.
With a collection of 6 little domestic Singer sewing machines and one Industrial Singer sewing machine under my belt, more seem to surface and are drawn to me. People now offer them to me, which is truly amazing. I am going to look at another one tomorrow, so I will keep you posted. I am hoping it is an antique Singer, not anther brand, but did not ask as I am grateful for it either way.
My Collection of Singer Sewing Machines
One of the smallest machines in the Singer Sewing Machine collection. This little one is not as old as the norm, so it is not old, old, but I believe it was in the 1960s. What made this one different to the preceding Singer 99k models, as there were two, is this model was bought out with a stitch length and reverse sewing feature.
The original 99k did not have the stitch length regulator or the reverse sewing feature and is the sole reason I picked up this later model as I wanted to use it. As for the projects I had in mind I needed both of these features for it to be more user-friendly for me.
As I mentioned this machine was bought with the intention of going mobile, which I wrote about here.
Singer 66 Treadle
This little puppy has seen better days, and alas when I started to loosen the screws they snapped off, so an ornament she is. Sitting proudly on my veranda, as I will NOT throw her out!
Check out this old machine…
Singer 120u Industrial
I added this to my Singer collection because it is an industrial sewing machine, and it was a Singer. My semi-industrial Bernina Favorit has been my favorite sewing machine for everyday use, thus far, but it does not like anything of any thickness, so I tend to go through needles, depending on what I am sewing.
The Singer 120u is managing everything that I have thrown at it sew for including lightweight leather, and for this I am truly amazed and pleased. The results mean that I will possibly be using this machine more and more in the future and treating it has my favorite, the more I get used to it.
Singer 201k x 2
Well, one goes and the other does not. It is currently in pieces and is just sitting aside, mainly because I do not have an immediate use for it. One day I will get her going. In the meantime, I have one in pristine condition, which I purchased off of Trademe.
This too is a nice little sewer, with stitch length and reverse functions. The Singer 201k is just your general straight sewer that will tackle all of your sewing needs from netting to lightweight leather.
Another machine that was made to last and it holds its place proudly in my collection.
Where do I start with this beauty? When I got her, she was not in working order… or should I say, it would not stop!
A trip to YouTube and a few Google searches later, I was on my way to getting this machine going. It was then that I realized the big difference with this machine to other Singer Sewing Machines… swing needle, and it was a different size as well.
First things first though. I had bought a machine that had a knee press, and this was the problem. So I removed the little motor that operated that and then progressed to plug it into power, viola… away she went.
Now this needle sizing thing meant that is was back to the drawing board, as all I seemed to be able to do was break needles. I needed to know why this was happening especially after I had gone to the trouble to purchase the right size needles and they were not cheap.
At the time that I had this machines, and as it was not doing what I needed, I put it on the back burner for a while and there it stays until I have the time and patients to have another look at it as I now have a Singer 319k that supersedes this machines, in my eyes, hands down.
My latest purchase, and possibly the best value for money out of all the machines that I have. When I picked this one up, I hesitated as it had no power cord. Knowing what I had at home, and that this was the next model up from the 306k and I had all the ‘fashion discs’ (cams) to go with it, an original Instruction Manual (was with the industrial machine when I bought it), it was a risk I was prepared to take. I knew that if I didn’t I would be kicking myself later.
Well, I got her home, plugged her in and away she went. Purred like a kitten. I attached a cam and played with the patterns and oh my, it is a beautiful machine alright.
Why Buy Old Singer Sewing Machines?
They are a timepiece! They were obviously built to last, and are a preppers dream. You can run these beauties off of a 12v battery if you have not been fortunate enough to pick up either a treadle or crank handle machine.
Also, I found all I needed to know online, from a manual for it to how to clean and fix the timing. I was so amazed at what was available, but also what was missing, as not all the machines I have resources available online.
Are Old Singer Sewing Machines Valuable?
To be honest, they can be. It depends on who is selling it and their expectations of value. Yes, to me they are most valuable, priceless even, but I would not spend much money on buying one.
Tight? Maybe, but people are actually throwing them away in New Zealand. Other countries, they can be hard to come by, so I see. I could possibly make a fortune if I opted to sell my ones internationally, but I won’t.
Where to Buy Old Singer Sewing Machines?
Everywhere, hehe, but yes everywhere. I am surprised at where these seem to surface. I posted on Facebook my latest machine I had picked up from our local secondhand shop, and low and behold, my cousin messaged me saying he had some at work they were going to throw out.
Seriously though, you will find them at antique shops, secondhand shops, and garage sales. You can also find them on online auctions, Facebook community pages, and Marketplace, and so the list goes on.
They are virtually sitting somewhere in the dark until someone decides it is time to part with it… which I won’t, that will be up to my children when I am gone to decide what to do with them.
~Keep on Sewing