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  Alex I Askaroff

Alex has spent a lifetime in the sewing industry and is considered one of the foremost experts of pioneering machines and their inventors. He has written extensively for trade magazines, radio, television, books and publications world wide.

 

 

 

This is a simple guide to dating your early Singer sewing machines.  I do hope you find it useful.

 

Where your Singer has two serial numbers always choose the larger of the two to date your machine.

 

 

Singer machine serial number dating Guide

 

Please note this is only a guide, not gospel! Some people mail me to say they have a receipt from 1950 so how could my guide have their machine as made in 1948 or 1949?

Well, the production runs at factories like Kilbowie were complex and long. The castings were marked with the serial number right in the earliest stage of manufacture. The machines were miles from completion, packing and delivery. Then there is depot storage and shop sales. They all effect the purchase/receipt date, but not the date of manufacture.

For example during WW2 it is a well know fact the Singers were making guns and bullets as well as sewing machines. Only when they could spare the time would they continue with sewing machine production. I have come across a woman who bought her machine brand new in 1946 yet the casting was clearly made in 1939 just before the outbreak of WWII.

All Singers up until 1900 have no letter prefix and came from several factories around the world. The company cleverly managed their production from all factories to coincide with the serial number flow.

Very early Singers from the 1850's up until the start of prefix letters in 1900 had two serial numbers. There is a lot of controversy over why there were two lots of numbers. The most likely answer is that the larger number was the total number of machines produced by Singers when they only had a few factories and could keep up with and control the production output from Britain and America. The lower number may be the total production run up until that number of that particular model range.

Singer's have never manage to shed light on these two numbers especially as many have the last three digits the same!

Note: when two serial numbers are on the machine use the larger of the serial numbers.

Anyway here goes nothing. I do hope you find it useful.

 

Pre 1900 Singer machines using the larger serial number

 

 
 

1850 1-100
1851 101-900 
1852 901-1711
1853 1712-2521
1854 2522-3400
1855 3401-4283 
1856 4284-6847
1857 6848-10477
1858 10478-14071
1859 14072-25024
1860 25025-43000
1861 43001-61000
1862 61001-79396
1863 9397-99426
1864 99,427-123,058
1865 123,059-149,399
1866 149,400-180,360
1867 180,361-223,414
1868 223,415-283,044
1869 283,045-369,826
1870 369,827-497,660
1871 497,661-913,999
1872 914,000-963,999
1873 964,000-1,349,999
1874 1,350,000-1,914,999

 

1875 1,915,000-2,034,999
1876 2,350,000-2,154,999
1877 2,155,000-2,764,999
1878 2,765,000-2,924,999
1879 2,925,000-3,679,999
1880 3,680,000-3,939,999
1881 3,940,000-4,889,999
1882 4,890,000-5,483,999
1883 5,494,000-6,004,999
1884 6,005,000-6,524,999
1885 6,525,000-7,046,499
1886 7,046,500-7,471,599
1887 7,471,600-7,918,999
1888 7,919,000-8,615,499
1889 8,615,500-9,436,999
1890 9,437,000-9,809,999
1891 9,810,000-10,629,999
1892 10,630,000-11,338,999
1893 11,339,000-11,913,499
1894 11,913,500-12,745,499
1895 12,475,500-13,387,999
1896 13,388,000-14,047,999
1897 14,048,000-14,919,999
1898 14,920,000-15,811,499
1899 15,811,500-16,831,099


 

After 1900 all Singers had a letter prefix, before the serial number.

Due to the massive expansion of Singer factories across the globe a letter suffix, after the model number denotes where the machine was manufactured.

For example, Singer model 99k serial number Y6307577 denotes it would have been made in Kilbowie and the serial number Y63... gives the year of 1928.

Singer manufacturing plants and letters

Note: All the letters in BOLD below are letters that come after the model number, denoting place of manufacture. For example Singer 15k, K for Kilbowie. 

 
  A - Podolsk, Russia
  A - Anderson, South Carolina, USA
B - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA
  B - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
C - Wittenberge, (Prussia) Germany
D - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA
E - Podolsk, Russia
  E - Elizabethport, New Jersey, 
F - Clydebank, Scotland
G - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA
  G - Industrial Germany
H - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA
J - Clydebank, Scotland
  K - Kilbowie, Scotland
K - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA
K - Industrial, Clydebank, Scotland
L - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA
M - Clydebank, Scotland
 

 

N - Elizabeth, New Jersey USA
O - No idea?
P - Clydebank, Scotland
  P - Podolsk, Russia
R - Clydebank, Scotland
S - Clydebank, Scotland
S- Podolsk, Russia
  SJ - St Jean, Quebec,    Canada
T - Podolsk, Russia
  T - Taiwan
  U - Industrial, Japan
V - Clydebank, Scotland
W - Bridgeport, Connecticut USA
  W - Wittenberge, Germany
X - Clydebank, Scotland
Y - Clydebank, Scotland

 

 

 

 

Some Singer model numbers made at Kilbowie, Clydebank, Scotland, Great Britain from 1900.

British serial number only...

Both M & P produced at Kilbowie in 1900

1900 M-1 - M327100
1900 P-1 - P-404049
1901 P-404049 - P-999999
1902 R-1 - R-704424
1903 R-704424 - R-1388024
1904 J-1 - J-885.839
1905 J-885.840 - J-.905.204 
1906 S-1 - S-1275049
1907 S-1275049 - S-2425059
1908 V-1 - V-499999
1909 V-50000 - V999999
1910 F-1 to F-1.079.124
1911 F-1.079.125 to F-1.987.314
1912 F-1.987.315 to F-3.316.719
1913 F-3.316.720 to F-4.621.564
1914 F-4.621.565 to F-5.915.524
1915 F-5.915.525 to F-6.646.349
1916 F-6.646.350 to F-7.314.979
1917 F-7.314.980 to F-8.147.769
1918 F-8.147.770 to F-8.721.799
1919 F-8.721.800 to F-9.317.989
1920 F-9.317.990 to F-9.999.999
Note Y & F produced in 1920 at Kilbowie
1920 Y-1 to Y-160.700
1921 Y-160.701 to Y-354.390
1922 Y-354.391 to Y-768.330
1923Y-768.331 to Y-1.628.300
1924 Y-1.628.301 to Y-2.344.170
1925 Y-2.344.171 to Y-3.775.310
1926 Y-3.775.311 to Y-4.387.390
1927 Y-4.387.391 to Y-5.658.823
1928 Y-5.658.824 to Y-6.307.594
1929 Y-6.307.595 to Y-7.450.266
1930 Y-7.450.267 to Y-8.375.207
1931 Y-8.375.208 to Y-8.449.942
1932 Y-8.449.943 to Y-8.633.634
1933 Y-8.633.635 to Y-9.162.104
1934 Y-9.162.105 to Y-9.633.846
1935 Y-9.633.847 to Y-9.999.999

 

 

 

Please note these are only for the British Singer's

 

 

EA-000.001 to EA-203.878
EA-203.879 to EA-869.974
EA-869.975 to EA-999.999
EB-000.001 to EB-705.753
EB-705.754 to EB-956.428
EB-956.429 to EB-999.999
EC-000.001 to EC-589.135
EC-589.136 to EC-999.999
ED-000.001 to ED-202.377
ED-202.378 to ED-232.773
ED-232.774 to ED-242.053
ED-242.054 to ED-311.246
ED-311.247 to ED-745.856
ED-745.857 to ED-942.976
ED-942.977 to ED-999.999
EE-000.001 to EE-453.220
EE-453.221 to EE-933.528
EE-933.529 to EE-999.999
EF-000.001 to EF-600.940
EF-600.941 to EF-999.999
EG-000.001 to EG-312.860
EG-312.861 to EG-999.999
EH-000.001 to EH-012.026
EH-012.027 to EH-787.882
EH-787.883 to EH-999.999
EJ-000.001 to EJ-449.138
EJ-449.139 to EJ-999.999
EK-000.001 to EK-123.026
EK-123.027 to EK-992.399
EK-992.400 to EK-999.999
EL-000.001 to EL-999.999
EM-000.001 to EM-015.256
EM-015.257 to EM-999.999
EN-000.001 to EN-970.333
EN-970.334 to EN-999.999
EP-000.001 to EP-771.032
EP-771.033 to EP-999.999
ER-000.001 to ER-999.999
ES-000.001 to ES-238.743
ES-238.744 to ES-999.999
ET-000.001 to ET-179.954
ET-179.955 to ET-999.999
EV-000.001 to EV-019.712
EV-019.713 to EV-602.138
EV-602.139 to EV-999.999
EW-000.001 to EW-005.230
EW-005.231 to EW-020.180
EW-020.181 to EW-024.830
EW-024.831 to EW-030.680
EW-030.681 to EW-038.630
EW-038.631 to EW-045.210
EW-045.211 to EW-054.310

 

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This list can give you an idea for 19th century Singer machines. By the 20th century Singer machines had a letter before the serial number.

 

Here are a few of the Singer factory letters around the world

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Hi Alex.

Thanks to your website, I have been able to date my $2 Trash and Treasure Singer as a 1939 model, manufactured in Scotland. It needed a good soaking in kerosine after I bought it about 12 years ago, but it continues to give good service in my workshop/garage. Thanks for the research you have done.

Regards,

Brian Harris 

Hello Alex,
I have tried a lot of places to date my singer and finally ran into your website. I found mine was made in 1897.  Thank you so very much for all the hard work you put into setting up your page.   
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