Improved Family Oscillating Shuttle

The Singer Company started production of the Improved Family machine in 1879, it was, at the time, a major step forward in having an oscillating shuttle and high arm. It was designed for domestic and light manufacturing use. Manufactured mainly as a treadle machine with various types of cabinet work some hand crank machines were also produced.
Although it is the forerunner of the Model 15 its mechanism is different and the bobbin smaller.

DATING: The Singer Company still holds the date of commissioning for its machines. The Singer Company has now put this information online go to Singer Machine Serial Numbers.

On this model the Serial Number is located at the back of the pillar on the bed of the machine.

Model 15

In 1895 a mechanically and cosmetically improved version of the Improved Family - the Model 15, was introduced and although further improvements have been made the Singer 15 was still being produced in 1997. The Model 15 was made as a hand crank, treadle and an electric machine. An industrial version - the Model 16 was also made.

DATING: The Singer Company still holds the date of commissioning for its machines. The Singer Company has now put this information online go to Singer Machine Serial Numbers.

On this model the Serial Number is located on the bed of the machine at the base of the pillar.

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 Singer Improved Family

Improved Family Serial No. 6610407

Manufactured in 1885 this is an example of the unusual hand version of the Improved Family machine. Note how the hand crank assembly is attached to the belt guard, this style of fixing was apparently only used on machines made at Singer's Kilbowie factory.
The second spool pin used for bobbin winding is located on the wooden base to the rear of the machine. This seems to have been specific to the hand versions of the Improved Family machine, on most treadle versions it is mounted on the bed of the machine in front of the pillar.

This machine is in poor condition with most of the decals worn away through use. The slide & needle plates are nickel plated the remaining bright work is bare metal.

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Singer model 15

Model 15 Serial No. J476338

This Model 15 machine has the Sphinx decals and dates to 1904. Surprisingly for this date the coffin lid has the hasp type catch without a lock and the accessory compartment is in the lid, Singer 12 style. Note the low set bobbin winder.