Thursday, February 5, 2015
1916 Singer Hand Crank Sewing Machine
Side Board in the Red Dining Room
On the dining room side board is a stack of neutral fabrics and a 1916 Singer Hand Crank and Case that I purchased from First Street Antiques in Ishpeming, Michigan, owner Bill Carter.
I first became interested in hand crank machines when my friend Jerry Johnson demonstrated his 1932 Singer model 99 at summer/fall events. Everyone who stopped in at Jerry's booth watched him sew, joining strips of fabric to form 2 lb. balls to loom his great rugs. Jerry's rugs are fabulous.
1916 Singer Hand Crank Model identification:
The serial number plate G4595778 is located on the right hand side of the machine bed.
There are no model numbers on these early Singer machines. However, by answering a series of questions, it is possible to identify the model quickly and accurately.
Question 1: Electric or people powered? - Answer: people power by hand crank
Flywheel and Hand Crank
Question 2: Drop in Bobbin, or Vibrating Shuttle? - Answer: Vibrating Shuttle.
Vibrating Shuttle (bullet shaped shuttle) holds bar-bell shaped wound bobbin
Look at the beautiful gold decals. Antique and Vintage Singer sewing machines and other brands featured beautiful painted and decal designs. My 1916 machine decal pattern is "Victorian."
Question 3: Location of bobbin winding mechanism: top right.
Engraved End Plate is Flat with Rounded Edges
Question 4 - Comparing style of end plate - mine is a decorative engraved flat end plate with rounded edges.
Question 5 - what is the machine bed width? Answer: 12-5/32" wide.
From these answers--my 1916 Singer Hand Crank Sewing Machine is a Model 128. It is a 3/4 size machine.
Note: Model 127 machines have a bigger machine bed width, 14-15" wide.
Singer Manufacturing Co. Logo on the case
1916 Singer Model 128, Hand Crank Sewing Machine
For fun, I put some quilt blocks on the machine--to photograph.
(a quilt I'm working on today)
First Street Antiques owner Bill Carter included an extra vibrating shuttle, and this little container of Boye Needles.
Rolling the container- more information
Thanks for taking look at my new machine.
I plan to take it with me when I do shows this summer to demonstrate.