SINGER SEWING MACHINES

Model 15, 66, 99, 221, 222


Model 15 Oscillating Shuttle

The Singer Company started production of the Model 15 in 1879, and the early versions have a fiddle shaped base. In 1895 a mechanically and cosmetically an improved version was introduced and although 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.

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 these models the Serial Number is located on the bed of the machine at the base of the pillar.

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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.


Model 66 Oscillating Hook

The Model 66 was introduced in 1900 with production continuing to the 1950's. The machine was made as a hand crank, treadle and electric machine. Various decal patterns were used on these machines, most notably in America a decal pattern known as Red Eye was introduced c1910. This pattern was not available in Europe instead the Lotus pattern was used for machines made at the Singer's Kilbowie factory. The Singer Model 66 is very common in Great Britain.

Model 99

The Model 99 is a smaller version of the Model 66 and was supposed to be more portable. It seems to have been introduced c1920 and production continued until c1950. This machine was made as a hand crank, treadle and electric machine. The hand crank version was originally available with a bentwood case but later this was changed to what appears at first glance to be a suitcase!

DATING: The Singer Company still holds the date of commissioning for its machines. You can email your machines Serial Number to Singer at TalkToUs@SingerCo.com. On these models the Serial Number is located on the bed of the machine at the base of the pillar.



Singer model 66K

  Model 66K Serial No. F861731.
Dated July-December 1918, when we bought this machine the case was locked so we were pleased to find the Lotus decals in perfect condition and the metal work still bright. The side compartment contained the manual, a full range of attachments and spare spools. It only needed a modicum of cleaning and a drop of oil.


Singer 99K

   Model 99K Serial No. Y8532609.
Dated July 12 1932 this machine was manufactured in Clydebank Scotland. This is Lin's every day machine inherited from her Grandmother and has its original attachments and manual. Regularly used for School play costumes, toys and repairs.


Model 221 Featherweight

Although introduced in America in 1933 the Singer 221 was not put into production at Kilbowie Scotland until 1947. It was extremely successful and excellent sales meant it was produced in large numbers but as sales declined in the early 1950's the Singer Company in Great Britain introduced the pale turquoise (white) 221K in 1955, this version was only made at Kilbowie and was not sold by Singer in the USA.
It was slightly lighter than the Black 221, having a shorter extension table, an internal toothed rubber belt linking the top and bottom gears and the later models had a full width foot controller. There is also a beige version of this machine.

Model 222 Featherweight

Made only at Singers Kilbowie plant the 222K was introduced in the mid 1950's and should have been the worthy successor to the Featherweight 221 but so successful was the earlier machine that production overlapped by a number of years. The 222K is a Free Arm machine the casing detaches revealing the arm thus making it a truly versatile machine. The main castings are Aluminum and without all it's paraphernalia weighs about 12 lbs.

DATING: The Singer Company still holds the date of commissioning for its machines. You can email your machines Serial Number to Singer at TalkToUs@SingerCo.com. On these models the Serial Number is located underneath the machine.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following site contains further information about the history of the Singer Featherweight as well as sales of these superb machines Sew - Sales


Singer 221 Featheweight
    Featherweight 221K Serial No. EY847067.
This machine was made in Kilbowie probably in 1967 and came in a two tone blue carrying case unfortunately without its manual or accessories.
The machine is generally in good condition except where the foot controller which is permanently wired to the machine has caused a couple of minor chips. Attached to the front right of the base was a 'Singer Quality Tested' label with the numbers 45. 13. 6 this has been carefully removed and kept.
Featherweight and Case


Singer Featheweight
  Featherweight 222K Serial No. EP543209.
This machine was made in Kilbowie in the Autumn of 1959. Purchased by a sewing teacher in Edinburgh it remained in the same family until it came into our possession.
The 222K is a "free arm" machine with the casing detaching at the turn of a screw to reveal the arm. This machine came complete with case, foot controller, original tray, attachments, manual & bobbins.
Featherweight freearm


Singer
Introduction
New Family
Type 12, 13
Type 48 K
Transverse Shuttle
V.S. 2, V.S. 3
Type 27, 28, 128
Type 15, 66, 99,
221, 222
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