Monday, July 31, 2006


I've always been vocal regarding my sewing machine aversion. Today I unpacked an old machine that belonged to my late FIL. I had never looked inside the case, but I kept it around so my girls could have it to learn on. I had no idea it was quite this old. My guess is that it's from the 1950s or 1960s and obviously machines have changed. I have no idea how to thread this, let alone operate it. I'm off to eBay and the Singer site to search for a manual. In the meantime, if any of you brilliant and kind people know anything about how this works then PLEASE, oh please, email me or leave a comment. Thank you!

Stitch selector? Stitch width?


Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow! That really is an antique! Beautiful machine. Sorry I don't have any suggestions for you, but in general I've noticed that older machines are easier to work once you've figured them out.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I sure hope you've had luck, but I'll bet that machine is early '50's or late 40's. If we were just a little bit closer I would probably be able to come over and figure it out. The old manual machines were all pretty basic. Once you got one, you could thread them all. I'm sorry I can't help.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Heide said...

I found the Singer site. This machine was made between 1955 and 1957 in Bridgeport, CT. A copy of a manual for it will be $18.50. I may try and string it up myself first. :)

1:49 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Wow, that old machine is so great. I think you've got a real treasure there. Made in Bridgeport?? That's the town next to me. How weird is that???

1:56 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

well the stitch selector has me stumped (your machine is way newer than mine - mine was made in 1928) but I do know that stitch width works like this: If you want more stitches per inch you choose a higher number, less a lower number. So if you set it at 30 you'll get 30 spi, 8 you get 8spi. I hope that helps.

And getting the manual from Singer might be a good idea...just sayin' If you are a newbie at the sewing thing it will be worth it's weight in gold.

3:33 PM  
Blogger sopranospinner said...

It's probably stitches per inch. But it could be tension. Good luck!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Merrie Cuylter said...

What is the type of machine? I have a Singer Model 66 and I was able to find someone who had scanned in the manual and I was able to print it right off their web site. Might be worth searching for rather than forking out $20 for their photocopy. *hugs*
Karen O

7:00 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Hi Heidi, I can tell you this much without having the machine in front of me. The lever on the front right side is for the stitch length and the levers on the top right are for selecting your stitch type. For the date of the machine it is pretty cool to have a selection of stitches. I wish I could help you with how to thread it but without seeing it in person I can't really help you here. Good luck! I shouldn't be too hard. Teri

11:57 PM  
Blogger marta said...

wow - you've had some excitment and I've been out of the loop for a while. Look what I've missed! The machine is beautiful. I hate to sew and avoid it at all costs. ;-) So...good luck with that! The trip to your folks looks wonderful! Brought vivid memories of annual trips to my own grandparent's country home immediately back. did I miss all your insurance woes?! I hope it's all cleared up. So frustrating for something that should be easy. I used to work for AT&T Wireless - feh! Are all big cellular phone companies like that?! A far, far distant environment from the wonderful company I hired on with run my a "local" of yours - Craig McCaw. He knew how to motivate people and make work seem like home.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Jeff - WeinerToons said...

Hey Heide...I think this is it in a different color, no?

Singer sewing machine owner's manual - 319w

7:51 PM  

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