Singer treadle machine dating
The records contained herein is all that Singer provided and Featherweight historians obtained.
You can refer to the ※ The dates provided cannot be guaranteed, of course, but are probably as good as we will ever find.
To distinguish between the variety of table or cabinet styles, and also the different wood finishes available, a 5 letter Ref Code was introduced.
Where known, these codes are shown after the type of wood in the table below.
A Featherweight 221 is a 221 is a 221; the suffix does not change or alter the model classification.
Moreover, the dash or "-1" indication on some years actually remains unknown.
Sometimes you might find a rogue 221, for example, in a batch of 50,000 99K machines.
That simply means that there were some Featherweights within that group of numbers, but it doesn't indicate with which number the group started or ended or how many 221 machines were involved.
This page is a guide to some of the Singer woodwork that has been produced over the years.Some of the fine details are officially inconclusive (serial numbers were either misrecorded, applied to the wrong batch or the records were lost/destroyed with the old factories).Graham Forsdyke worked with the Singer Company directly to remove some of the errors and fix the anomalies in the old chart records, but some have still been found, especially in the post-ET serial number sequences.The date is given as a "birthdate", however, is simply the day on which vast batches of serial numbers were released to the various factories.The dates given below are the days on which those batches were started, together with the number of machines in each consignment.