Featherweight 221 Serial Numbers
Everything and Anything you wanted to know about the Singer Featherweight Machine. Friday, January 3, Date Your Featherweight. That you can call the Singer company and get the birthdate of yourmachine. You must have the serial number, of course. The Singer isSINGER Singer Dating, US: AD AE AF AG AH AJ AK AL AM AN or higher - unknown AI Skipped SINGER DATES N The following list is for all Singer "factories". I am using the word factory to describe a location where machines were either built or assembled.
A Anderson South Carolina AP Lagos Nigera B Bonnieres France BE Casablanca Morocco BG Bancock Thailand C Campinas Brazil CH Santiago Chili Cy Ratmalana Ceylon E Elizabeth NJ USA F Taytay Phillipines G Karlsruhe Germany GH Tema Ghana H Karachi Pakistan HC Chittigong East Pakistan J St Jaohns Canada K Clydebank Scotland L Bogota Colombia LM Kinshasha Congo M Monza Italy ML Petaling Malaysia N Taichung Taiwan P Penrith NSW Australia PR Lima Peru Q Johannesburg S Africa R Querataro Mexico T Delhi India TN Tunis Tunisia U Utsunomiga Japan V Buenos Aires Argentinia VN Saigon South Vietnam Y Maltepe Turkey Z Alcenon France There were also "factories" in Wurselen in Germany and Alencon in France but I can find no record of designations for them.
Just before the Russian Revolution Singer built a vast plant in Russia but after the dust settled it was taken over by the Bolsheviks. Whether it was given a designating letter I do not know. The orginal showroom still stands in Moscow. It is now a bookstore. Sat, 24 Feb Jim Wagner jwagner mindspring. Different FW models Hi Fellow Fanatics, I was going to reply to Sheila via E-Mail but I thought this may be of more general interest.
There were four different singer 221 featherweight dating of the featherweight theK4, K5,and K7. It sounds like you have a model K4. That is the only model of FW that Singer made with the switch on the light housing, all the others have the switch on the bed of the machine. Another check you can make to determine which model you have is to check the model number of the motor see the singer 221 featherweight dating mounted on the motor. Each of the four models of the featherweights were originally furnished with a different motor.
Model Model Series 3 Motor Model K4 Model CAK7 Motor Model K5 Model CAJ Motor Model Singer 221 featherweight dating Model CAK Motor Another distinguishing feature of the K4 is it is the only featherwieght model that has R. All that means is that it shouldn't interfere with radio or T. Sorry I don't have any definitave information about date craft dating website colors each of the models were painted.
Jim in Thomaston GA Date: The factory designation, if it was not made in the USA, followed the model number. Thus the K is clearly made in Scotland. The serial number is more confusing. I have in front of me as I write a Singer explanation of serial numbers. For American machines it gives two examples. The first is S The explanation tells us that: The second example is AC the A indicates Anderson, South Carolina the 1 indicates the indicates the day of the year march 2 the C indicates the assembly line the indicates the 27th machine that day.
There are other examples for the plants in Scotland and in Germany. It's probably the above system that the number uses to so-accurately date machines and why they are sometimes multiples of ten years wrong as the 1 in the second example could be61, 71, 81 or Presumably models seldom lasted more than a decade in unchanged form so this wouldn't be too much of a problem. Wed, 28 Feb Singer serial numbers Graham: After looking at the serial numbers of over Featherweights that are on the database, I can guarantee you that there are no encrypted build dates in the serial numbers.
The American serial numbers start at AD and methodically increase singer 221 featherweight dating AM A good example to disprove your explanation would be AK and AL both of which I own, by the way, and I can tell you they are identical, not built years apart. You can see that Singer obviously used a standard progression in assigning numbers. Maybe the explanation you were given by Singer predates or is for machines made later than the 's.
Since your example is forI will guess the latter. Also, I haven't heard of Singer giving out what appear to singer 221 featherweight dating bad build dates on their machines. They do frequently, however, insist that certain machines are different model numbers than what they singer 221 featherweight dating are. The data singer 221 featherweight dating get from Singer in New Jersey is more frequently incorrect for the British machines than with the American.
And there are many serial numbers, the more recent FW's, that Singer is unable to give any estimate of build date on. The source is a book published by Singer in for its reps and dealers and is a photographic record "to provide an easy means of identification of sewing machines sold in the UK from to " Each model is photographed and with a caption giving dates of manufacture singer 221 featherweight dating other details.
Black machines produced in Britain from to when entire K production went over to the pale tourquoise. This ended inK Black only. Made from to So there we have it. No white or mint green. Obviously in '55 the Black K was discontinued and the plant used for Ks with only Pale T Ks surviving the model change. From other information in the book I should be able to pin down the date of all K machines if Singer USA do not have the UK information.
Contribution re DOB of K " I have a pale turquoise FW to me, it will always be mint green with a SN of F then a verrry faint "A" Would appreciate you letting me know its DOB. Singer was no help at all. According to the records I'm using which were rescued from Kilbowie when the factory closed, the Singer Co went from EZ to FB without using FA at all. EZ was used from May '68 to April '70 and FB from April '69 to June ' As far as I can tell the SNs on British machines did not allow a to-the-day DOB until the series started in From what I read on Fanatics the Singer Co in the USA is dating many machines to the day allbeit with a few errors.
I have written to them from ISMACS requesting this dating information and, if it comes they're a funny lot at Singer nowadays it will be interesting to see if there is any info on the K models.