My Grandpa's Singer

My grandpa was a village tailor therefore being one of the most respected men in the community. I've never met my grandpa, he died before I was born. My mom inherited his sewing machine since she was the only one of his three daughters who had the sewing gene. I'm not saying that the rest of the family can't sew, they just don't do it unless absolutely necessary. When my mom died the sewing machine passed down to me. I was too young at the time to keep it with me and my frequent moving would of been complicated with it so it ended up back in my grandma's house for storage. When we left Estonia we only took what we could fit in suitcases and pack in boxes for shipping. My Singer was too heavy and difficult to ship so it stayed behind.

Somehow my sewing gene has kicked in out of nowhere. I want to sew but I don't have a decent machine. I learned to sew on that old Singer and I loved it. It took a while to get going but it sounded just amazing once it was running. It has one of those old fashioned leather belts - you'd have to be careful not to stretch it too much so that it would break. I've done it a few times and finding a replacement for it is a royal pain so we ended up patching it a lot. I mean, a lot!

I've spend a few hours trying to locate the model number of my grandfather's Singer sewing machine. It's a treadle - it does not come in a cabinet nor does it fold under. Instead it's mounted on the top and has a case to go over it. It also only has one drawer on the left hand side for scissors and sewing machine accessories just like the picture on the right. In fact it looks so similar it even *might* be the right model. I know it's made somewhere between 1890 and 1920 but since I don't have its manual I'm not quite sure what model it is.

The reason I'm looking for the model number is to figure out how much it weighs and how much would it cost to get it shipped to USA. Yes, I know, I could go and buy another antique Singer on eBay but I want the one that belongs to me. I probably won't be able to find the exact model since I have a fishy feeling it was only made for sale in Europe as were some other models.

If only I had the machine serial number so I could easily look up its model number...

Last summer HB was researching sewing machines since I've been talking about finding the right one. An old lady on one of the sewing forums explained to him that the relationship between a sewing machine and its owner is like sex - it's either perfect or it just won't feel right. So no, I won't be buying an electric sewing machine unless I really have to:P


The old Singer is beautiful--a functional piece of art in a way. I own it's modern day cousin the electric variety, it's boring appearance is made up by it's fun variety of stitches.
Miss ya!

my parent's have a similar singer! it was always fun to play with the foot pedal when i was a kid :)

Check the ISMACS gallery for your Grandpa's machine

Hi Katie, Check out this page in ISMACS (International Sewing Machine Collector's Society), the table you describe would be a No. 87, and it shows the models that would have come in it (15, 66, 115, 127). They have a gallery so that you can look at the machines and see which one looks like what you remember. It was most likely a machine made at Singer's factory in Clydesbank, Scotland) Aunt Kim

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