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Antique SINGER
Fiddle base Hand Crank Sewing Machine
with Acanthus leaves Gold Rose decals.

1878 SINGER SEWING MACHINES
New Family Models 12




















大山宗伯東洋医学記念館 所蔵
明治期の手回しミシン

Antique SINGER
Fiddle base Hand Crank Sewing Machine
with Acanthus leaves Gold Rose decals.

1878 SINGER SEWING MACHINES
New Family Models 12
Serial No. 2791967 -  561167

Commissioned in 1878 this is another example with Gold Rose decals this time in much better condition.
Note the wooden base is shaped differently to the above machine to accept the slide on/off case.

The Singer New Family machine was introduced in America c1863 and in Great Britain it seems to have become available c1866.
The New Family machine would later become known as the Singer 12 and was manufactured in enormous numbers
with production eventually ending with a small batch of 100 machines being commissioned in 1902.
So successful was the design it was copied by almost every other sewing machine manufacturer.

It is a transverse shuttle machine using a "boat" type shuttle.
A series of minor modifications were made to the machine during its long production run,
the most notable was to the tension adjustment which was changed from a thumb screw on the face-plate
to the top of the needle head - alongside the presser and needle bars (c1873).
The machine was produced both as a hand crank and a treadle machine with various styles of cabinet work available.

The Singer New Family machine was produced with several different styles of decal including one incorporating Mother of Pearl.
The Singer company did not name these decal patterns and over the years collectors have given them various descriptive names.

Follow this link to a FREE copy of the Singer 12K Manual.



     

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