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(Updated March 2013)

From around the late 1950's on-ward, most Singer Sewing Machines had their Model Numbers clearly visible on the front or base of most machines. Prior to the late 1950's, most Singer machines DID NOT have the Model Number anywhere on the machine, thereby making it very difficult to identify.

Below is a simple procedure to help you identify your old cast metal Singer Sewing machines manufactured prior to 1960. Just answer the simple questions about your machine by clicking on the answer links and hopefully you will be able to identify it. There are pictures along the way to assist you. If you are unsuccessful you can email me with a clear picture of your machine and its serial number.

Begin with question #1 and the answer links will take you to the next question which will appear near the top of your screen. Questions and answers will not necessarily follow a numerical sequence. Keep answering the questions via the answer links until your machine is identified. Have fun and Good Luck!!

START HERE

1CLICK HERE to begin.

 

2.  You have indicated that the Tension Adjustment Knob is on the Left Side of the Head pointing LEFT. You most likely have a Model 15 Series machine but there are several styles which we now have to determine. Check to see how your machine is powered and choose the answer that best describes how your machine is powered.

(a)  Electric Powered using a motor.

(b)  Non-Electric such as Treadle, Hand-Crank, or Pulley.

3.  You have indicated that your machine is Electric Powered. The motor on your machine. should be encased in a squarish type of housing. Check to see what drives the machine as it may be Belt-Driven or Gear-Driven. Is there a RUBBER BELT that connects the motor to the Hand-Wheel?

(a)  YES my machine HAS a Rubber Drive Belt.

(b)  NO my machine does NOT have a Rubber Drive Belt.

4.  With NO Rubber Belt your machine is Gear-Driven and is the Singer Model 15-91. Congratulations you are now finished! Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

5.  You have indicated that your machine HAS a Rubber Drive Belt. Now open the slide plate and look at the Bobbin Case. Locate the Bobbin Position Finger and note in which direction it is pointing. Select the answer that best describes your Bobbin's position.

(a)  The Bobbin Finger points UP and to the LEFT (11 o'clock position).

(b)  The Bobbin Finger points UP and to the Right (1 o'clock position). 

6Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 15-90. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

7Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 15-30. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.
8.  All the Non-Electrics are similar machines, we just have to determine if it is an early Model 15 or a later Model 15. This will be done by determining what PATH the thread takes when winding the bobbin. Does your machine have a small chrome colored wheel on the very front-right corner of the base?

(a)  YES my machine has this little wheel on the base.

(b)  NO my machine does NOT have this little wheel on the base.

9.  Without this little wheel the thread path is across the face of the machine from upper-left to upper-right making this an early Model 15 machine. Very popular with this style of machine was the "Egyptian" style decals. Congratulations you are now finished! Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

10.  With this little wheel in the right corner of the base the thread path is diagonally across the front of the machine from upper-left to lower-right to the little chrome wheel  and then vertically up to the bobbin winder making this a later Model 15 machine. If you have the Treadle it is a Model 15-96 and if it is Hand-Crank it is the Model 15-98. Congratulations you are now finished! Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

11.  The Tension Adjustment Dial/Knob should be facing toward you as you have indicated and here is NO large Knob/Dial in the middle of the arm. Now locate and look at the Slide Plate and Needle Plate. Select the answer that best describes your machine.

(a)  There is ONE Square Slide Plate that slides to the LEFT of a D-shaped needle plate.

       

(b)  There is ONE Square Slide Plate that slides to the LEFT of a Rectangular needle plate.

       

(c)  There are TWO narrow Slide Plates that slide FRONT & BACK.

       

12.  With TWO Narrow Slide Plates you have either the Model Series 27/28 or the Model Series 127/128. The differences between these models is subtle. Locate the Bobbin Winder on your machine and select the answer that best locates its position.

(a)  The Bobbin Winder on my machine is UP and NEAR the Hand Wheel.

       

(b)  The Bobbin Winder on my machine is DOWN by the BED.

       

13.  Most Singer machines have One Large Slide Plate so we now have to focus on the Faceplate. Study your Faceplate carefully and decide which answer best describes it.

(a)  My Faceplate is FLAT.  ----------------------------------------------> 

(b)  My Faceplate is Smoothly Rounded & Rectangular.   -----------------> 

(c)  My Faceplate is Rounded in the middle & Flat down both sides. ------> 

(d)  None of the above.

14.  You selected Up-Near the Hand Wheel. Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 127 or 128. If your machine is the Full-Size model with the 14 to 15 inch Bed (35cm to 38cm) then you have the Model 127. If your machine is the 3/4-Size model with the 12 to 13 inch Bed (30cm to 32cm) then you have the Model 128. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

15.  You selected Down-Near the Bed. Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 27 or 28 or one of their variations such as the Model 28K. If your machine is the Full-Size model with the 14 to 15 inch Bed (35cm to 38cm) then you have the Model 27. If your machine is the 3/4-Size model with the 12 to 13 inch Bed (30cm to 32cm) then you have the Model 28. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

16.  You have selected the FLAT faceplate. Now look at the Sewing Bed. Does the Sewing Bed have a  hinged fold-down Sewing Bed Extension?

(a)  YES my machine has the fold-down extension. 

(b) NO my machine does NOT have the fold-down extension.

17Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 99 or one of its variations such as a 99K or the Model Spartan 192 or 192K. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. These machines are 3/4 and 1/2 size versions of the 66-16. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

18.  You have indicated that your machine has a hinged fold-down extension bed. Now look at the Needle Plate and note its shape.

(a)  My Needle Plate is OVAL.                   

(b) My Needle Plate is D-Shaped.             

19Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 222 or one of its variations such as a 222K. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

20.  You have indicated that your machine has the "D" shaped Needle Plate. Now determine your machine's size. If the Sewing Bed is 14 to 16 inches (35 cm to 41 cm) it is a Full-Size. If the Sewing Bed is 10 to 12 inches (25 cm to 30 cm) it is a Half-Size.

(a)  My machine is a FULL-SIZE.

(b)  My machine is a HALF-SIZE.

21Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 301 or one of its variations such as a 301A. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

22Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 221 or one of its variations such as a 221K or the Model 221-1 or one of the colored versions like the 221J which is a tan colored model. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

23.  You have selected the Faceplate that is Smoothly Rounded and Rectangular. Now check the motor on your machine. It should be encased in a squarish type of housing. Check to see what drives the machine as it may be Belt-Driven or Gear-Driven. Is there a RUBBER BELT that connects the motor to the Hand-Wheel?

(a)  YES my machine HAS a Rubber Drive Belt.

(b)  NO my machine does NOT have a Rubber Drive Belt.

24Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 201-2. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

25Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 201K. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

26.  With NO fold down bed extension you now must look at the front of the machine. On the right near the bobbin winder check to see if there is a large thumb screw that regulates the stitch length.

(a)  YES my machine has this Thumb Screw.     

(b)  NO my machine does NOT have this Thumb Screw.

27Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 99-13. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. This machine is a 3/4 size version of the 66-16. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

28.  You have selected the Faceplate that is Rounded in the middle and Flat down both sides. Most likely it is a Singer Model 66 series. How is it powered?

(a)  Electric Powered using a motor.

(b)  Non-Electric such as Treadle, Hand-Crank, or Pulley.

29Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 66-16. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. This machine is a FULL size version of the 99-13. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

30. SORRY!...but your machine model may not be covered by this Template. This Template covers most of the old cast metal SINGER machines for HOME USE but not all of them. Also, any Singer machines made for INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL use are not covered here at this time. As I work out more parts to this template I will update in the future. You can contact me via email if you need more info about your machine.
31Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 66 or 66-1. The Model 66-1 has the attachments thumb screw at the back of the presser bar instead of the side. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. This machine is a FULL size version of the 99 and many of them came with the "Red-Eye" or "Sphynx" style decals. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

32.  The Tension Adjustment Dial/Knob should be facing toward you as you have indicated. Does your machine have a set of Typewriter-like Keys on the top of the arm?

(a)  YES my machine has these Typewriter-Like Keys.   

(b) NO my machine does NOT have these Typewriter-Like Keys.

33Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 319. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

34.  Your machine does NOT have the Typewriter-like Keys on the top of the arm. Looking at the front of your machine does it have a large Knob/Dial in the middle of the arm?

(a)  YES my machine has this large Knob/Dial. 

(b)  NO my machine does NOT have this large Knob/Dial.

35.  You have indicated that your machine has the large Knob/Dial on the front of the arm. Now look at the front of your machine and just above the large Knob/Dial there may be a 1 inch (2.5cm) Round Chrome Knob  that is used to attach a Flat Cam.

(a)  YES my machine has this round Chrome Knob. 

(b)  NO my machine does NOT have this round Chrome Knob.

36Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 306 or one of its variations such as the 306W. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

37Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 206. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

38.  Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 101. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

39 Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 48K. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

40.   While facing your machine, as if you were going to sew, where is the Tension Adjustment Dial/Knob?

(a)  It is pointing/facing towards me on the FRONT.

       

(b)  It is pointing/facing  left on the LEFT SIDE.

        

41.  In addition to the "cross" shape of the slide and needle plates, is there an additional access slide plate towards the front of the sewing bed like in the picture below?

       

(a)   YES there is an additional access slide plate as above.

(b)   NO there is NO additional access slide plate, just the "cross" shaped slide and needle plates.

42 Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 13/13K. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

43.  Intentionally left Blank.

 

44.  Lets begin by looking at the slide and needle plates of your machine. Are the slide and needle plates very thin and positioned to form a "cross" as in the diagram below?

       

(a)   YES it looks like a "cross" as in the diagram above or very similar.

(b)   NO it does not look anything like that at all!

45.  Intentionally left Blank.

 

46.  We now have to direct our attention to the Bobbin Winder Assembly found at the right hand side of the machine. Does your Bobbin Winder have a Bobbin Thread Leveler like the one in the picture below?

       

(a)   YES my machine has a Bobbin Thread Leveler like the one in the picture above.

(b)   NO. My machine has a Bobbin Winder but NOT the Thread Leveler.

47.  Intentionally left Blank.

 

48 Congratulations, you have a Singer Model 12/12K. Look at the pictures below to confirm your machine's identity. You are now finished. If you need the manual for this machine OR require more information Click Here.

49.  Intentionally left Blank.

 

50.  Intentionally left Blank.

 

 

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