This week I got a call about an industrial sewing machine that someone was planning put out for rubbish collection. I really wasn’t interested in acquiring more stuff that I don’t really have room for, and especially an industrial sewing machine that I wasn’t sure that I would use.
However, when I got saw some pictures of it I instantly changed my mind. And upon arriving to have a look at it, I was glad I had!
This new machine is a Singer 31K20, which was one of their electric industrial range. It was made in Britain in 1951, and has a lovely little plague commemorating 100 years of Singer sewing machines. It has a foot pedal which engages a clutch motor that then turns the belts to operate the machine.
It is not quite the same as the lovely old Singer treadle machines (which is something that I have always wanted), but never-the-less, to get something like this for free is not something to take lightly!
I used the serial number – EG 651406 – to find the manufacture date, which is May 23, 1951. On this date, 15,000 31K machines were allotted for sale.
It is nice to have a little piece of history in my home!