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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.


 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.

Singer Improved Family
 Singer Improved Family Rear

Singer Model 15

Model 15 Serial No. J476338

This Model 15 machine has the Sphinx decals and was commissioned in 1904.

The coffin cover 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.

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Singer Model 15

Model 15 Serial No. Y543777

This Model 15 machine has almost identical Sphinx decals as the machine above but there is a slight change to the decal at the base of the pillar and on the top of the arm.

It was commissioned in May 1922 and has a bentwood case and the accessory compartment with metal lid is in the base. It has an improved bobbin winder which is mounted high on the shoulder.

At some point it has been electrified with a none standard motor & light.

Singer Model 15 Centre Decal