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Quick Pick of the Week: Singer Sewing Machine

This week we are highlighting one of our most unique and collectible antiquities: a Singer Sewing Machine from 1910. This machine is a piece of American manufacturing history and would make an amazing part of a collection for a pattern maker, tailor, or a Machine Age enthusiast. Our Singer sewing cabinet is in good condition and would make a beautiful addition to an Art Deco themed décor as well.

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Singer sewing machine circa 1910.

Isaac Merritt Singer and New York attorney Edward Clark established the Singer Corporation as I. M. SINGER & CO. in 1851. In 1865, the company was renamed Singer Manufacturing Company before finalizing on the name The Singer Company in 1963. The company is based in La Vergne, Tennessee but their first factory for mass production was built in 1863 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

In 1889 Singer invented the first electric machines. At the end of the First World War, Singer was offering electric, treadle, and hand machines. At first, these new electric machine had a motor strapped to the side, but as technology progressed and more homes gained power, the motor was eventually encased inside the machine.

Singer revolutionized how woman in the early 20th century spent their time. Instead of mending their family’s clothes by hand, they were now able to easy repair clothing and create new outfits where as most people only had two sets of clothes—one for the week, and one for church on Sunday.

The Singer sewing machine is an important part of history for a multitude of reasons. Also, it just looks really chic and industrial! To see this item and more, visit our Antiquities showroom, call us at 212-644-4236, or contact us online.

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