01/23/50 *****transitional production run 221-1 AJ 55-59 ….. 10/31/51 *****transitional production run 221__ AK 74-79 ….. A treadle machine has no electronic connection or plastic parts. For example, a Kimball & Morton treadle, first manufactured in 1868, had an eagle and lion design on the treadle end casting, accompanied by the words “Strength and Speed." The Singer name often appeared in cast iron above the treadle.Sometimes treadles hid within ornate parlor cabinets, designed more for show and status than hard work. Singer envisioned the treadle, a cast-iron, foot-powered pedal, as a convenient, marketable device to power sewing machines.Although he did not invent the treadle or patent it, his New Family Model 12 (1865-1902) made the treadle machine affordable for approximately two million customers, according to International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society (ISMACS). This quick and easy method for dating black Singer Featherweights uses only the 2 letter prefix and the first 2 digits of the 6 digit serial number.
A sewing machine by any maker with a serial number of 500 or less would be considered early, desirable and pretty rare.We do not buy, sell, or deal in most later treadle sewing machines.We never buy, sell or deal in electric sewing machines by any maker that are in pieces of furniture or cabinets.The earliest Domestic Vibrating Shuttle (VS) sewing machine manufactured from 1863-1870's was much more modern than its competitors and was the first true "high arm" machine. ) photo courtesy of Judy in BC (Note top disk tension - this machine does not have "A" in the decal but has the front thumbwheel stich length control like the Domestic A.Two Digit Dating System for Black Singer Featherweights Copyright @2007-2009 class221 Example: 221__AD 884639 Ignore the last 4 digits; then lookup 221__ AD 88……3/18/1935.