(and I’ve decided she needs a name…one will come to me eventually, just like Scarlett’s did)
Thank you for all your tips on locating the model number. I used the Singer Machine Serial Numbers page first to discover that she was made in 1954.
I also found the Singer 160th Anniversary site where you can also enter our machines serial number and get a cute commemorative certificate.
Next I worked through the questions in this Singer ID website to discover it is a 201K, but I wasn’t 100% convinced becasue my machine looks slightly different to the one shown on their website.
Then I discovered ISMACS International (International Sewing Machine Collectors Society) and their Singer Sewing Machine Serial Number Database, which not only confirmed her as 201K but also told me she was one of 60, 000 made 26 February 1954.
Wow, she’ll turn 58 this year!
A little bit more online snooping taught me that the ‘K’ stands for Singer’s Kilbowie factory in Scotland but mechanically all 201’s are more or less the same and the picture I saw above is most likely a post-1954 model which got a re-styled body and new paint job.
The sub-models for those who are interested are:
- 201-1 (treadle)
- 201-2 (geared machine with potted motor, mostly made in USA),
- 201-3 (external motor and belt)
- 201-4 (hand-crank)
So I think that means my machine is a 201K-3 (because it definitely has an external motor and belt drive) but the good thing is I managed to find a free pdf manual and even a wiring diagram which means her days of sitting in the corner and gathering dust are numbered.
Keep your fingers crossed, one day she will sew again!
PS: all the above links have been added to my Online Resources page for future reference
14/04/2016 Update: All vintage sewing machine related links are now here.
PPS: If you missed this sweetie’s story or want to see more photos you can check out my previous post here.