Handcrank singer sewing machine dating
If it works on a Featherweight, it will work on the Spartan.I suspect, but I do not know for sure, that the Spartan is so heavy because the casting is simpler and thicker.A series of minor modifications were made to the machine during its long production run, the most notable was to the tension adjustment which was changed from a thumb screw on the face-plate to the top of the needle head - alongside the presser and needle bars (c1873).The machine was produced both as a hand crank and a treadle machine with various styles of cabinet work available. If the thing weren't so darn heavy, I might be tempted to go back and get it.Still, it worked when I brought it home, but I did clean it up and oiled it and adjusted the tension, and it was ready to go.The Singer New Family machine was introduced in America c1863 and in Great Britain it seems to have become available c1866.
DATING: The Singer Company still holds the date of commissioning for its machines.
MANUAL: We would like to obtain an original good condition manual for this model New Family Serial No. Made in 1874 at Singers Scottish Bridgeton factory, this machine has the Scroll and Roses Decal which has some minor chipping in places and black japanned balance wheel. This machine came as a chance find at a junk shop and was the machine that really started us collecting!
The slide-plate has a circular hole in the end to assist opening and no less than eleven Patent dates are listed commencing Sept 10 1846 (the famous Elias Howe Patent), through 1849, 1850, 1851, 1854 up to Oct 8 1855. Found on a very bitter December day at a local antique fair we just had to bring it home. It is in beautiful condition with hardly any wear to the decals, note the Singer name now appears on the arm of the machine. Rather than having a bentwood cover this version slides into a paneled box case with a hinged door. The Case of this machine is shown on the Cases & Bases Page New Family (Model 12) Serial No. Dating to 1890, this machine has the wonderful 'Peacock Tail' decals which are in very good condition.
The 192K bobbin is fatter; maybe it holds more thread.
I'll bring it to our local sewing machine repair guy to take a look!