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Topic: Garage sale find! 1941 Singer Sewing Machine! Now how do I thread it?  (Read 7419 times)
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« on: July 30, 2011 12:10:21 AM »

So, i had a fabulous find today! There was a garage sale going on in my apartment complex and the lady was selling two antique sewing machines. She wasn't sure if either of them worked, but the one I bought is a 1941 Singer Sewing Machine that comes attached to it's own table, with all of the presser feet and attachments. She also threw in some vintage spools of thread with thread on them and the original bobbins that came with it. I'm seriously contemplating going back tomorrow and getting the other sewing machine which she is selling for $100. It's older, but also beautiful. I'm definitely going to take the one I bought in to have it refurbished but I plugged it in and the light turns on! Yay! There is a short in the wire that prevents it from sewing which was expected seeing how old it is. So that's fine since it's going to the shop anyway.

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The absolute best part? I bought it all for $40! Woohoo!

So, I do have a question. As it happens, it did not come with a manual. Does anyone have any idea how to thread this particular machine and how to wind the bobbin? I've seen a manual on ebay but I really don't want to pay that much if someone could just tell me.

Thanks ahead of time!

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011 01:36:45 AM »

If you can take some detailed pictures of the needle end of the machine and number the bits and like wise numbers for the support end I could probably work out some instructions.

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011 05:44:43 AM »

I recently bought an older Singer at a garage sale, although not as old as yours - I got online at the "Singer" site and looked up stuff - It was pretty helpful.  Nice buy!  Cool

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011 10:15:16 AM »

That is a gorgeous machine!  What a lucky find.  I really hope you find instructions for it soon.  I agree, though, contacting Singer may be a good first step.

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2011 10:44:32 AM »

I am definitely going to contact Singer. There's a shop in Sacramento near me that is a Singer refurbishment place and I'll be they know how to do it.

Antidigger - thank you so much! I will see about getting some pictures up of those spots in the next couple of days (I'm working crazy shifts this weekend). Thank you thank you!

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2011 09:11:04 AM »

Nice sewing machine! Here are some ideas on how to locate a sewing machine manual (hopefully for free):

First you'll need to know the model number.  Call Singer (1-800-474-6437) with your machine's serial number and they will  be able to tell you the model number. "On older models this can be determined by the machine's serial number...." That's the number on the gold plate right under the gold (oval) Singer seal. Once you know the model number, I would poke around and see about getting a free copy first. Try these sites:
(1) International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society
(2) Sew Classic blog

Good luck and happy sewing!!
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2011 03:58:47 PM »

I believe that is a 99K, but i'm not terribly familiar with singer models.. so i could be wrong...

if it is a 99K, your manual can be found here:

To find out the date of manufacture, and the model number of your machine for sure, you can go here to find that out based off your serial number


Then you can go here, and put in your model number and you should be able to download your manual for free....


I picked up a 27 treadle machine about a year ago or so, and I got the date of manufacture (i think its like 1912 or something crazy old) and a manual from the singer site... its all very helpful
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2011 06:52:35 AM »

Hmm so over the weekend I found out that my mom still had my great grandma's sewing machine in the basement at my parent's lake house. Since it has been sitting there for years, she didn't mind that I took it home with me! And it happens to look exactly like yours... what letters does your serial number start with? I have the manual for mine and could let you know how to thread it and wind the bobbin if you aren't able to find a free one.
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