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ANTIQUE MACHINES & SINGER HISTORY

Since 1851, the name Singer has been synonymous with sewing.The spirit of practical design and creative innovation. that characterized the company at its beginning continues today as we develop products for every level of sewing. We have celebrated many firsts, including the world's first zig-zag machine, the first electronic machines and we now proudly produce the world's most advanced home sewing and embroidery machine. From home déor and clothing construction to embroidery and quilting, SINGER® is dedicated to help people express themselves through sewing.

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Singer Sewing Machine History

In 1850, Isaac Merritt Singer lnvents the first sewing machine

Orson C, Phelps of Boston was manufacturing sewing machines under license from John A. Lerow. The Levow and Blodgett machine was not very practical. The circular "W movement of the shuttle took a twist out of the thread at every revolution.

Isaac Merritt Singer. after examining the machine, noted "instead of the shuttle going around in a circle, I would have it move to and fro in a straight line. In place of the needle bar pushing a curved needle horizontally. I would have a straight needle and make it work up and down."

After 11 days and forty dollars in cost. Singer completed his invention: the wor1d's ?rst practical sewing machine. This machine had a straight eye-pointed needle and transverse shuttle, an overhanging arm. a table to support the cloth. a presser foot to hold the material against the upward stroke of the needle, and a roughened feed wheel extending through a slot in the table. Motion was communicated to the needle arm and shuttle by means of gears.

Singer also conceived the idea of using a treadle similar to that of a spinning wheel: all other machines at the time used a hand crank to generale power.

In 1856 The Turtleback was introduced

Edward Clark originated the hire-purchase plan, the prototype for all installment selling or time payment purchases. As a result, individuals with even meager income could own a Singer sewing machine. Even better, they could increase their productivity, earn more money and improve their position in life.

The "Turtleback" sewing machine was introduced.

Singer patented a tucker and binder.

Branch opened in Glasgow, Scotland.

In 1858 the Grasshopper was introduced

The ?rst lightweight domestic machine, the "Grasshopper," was introduced.

Unit sales topped 3,000 a year. Singer opened three manufacturing plants in New York City. Singer opens an operation in Brazil.

The "New Family" sewing machine introduced.

In 1900 the Singer 66 was introduced

Singer Company was producing 40 different sewing machine models. The "Singer 66" was introduced. Kilbowiei Scotland factory renamed Clyde bank.

In 1921 the Portable Electric, an elecric-motor powered model 99K was introduced

Singer introduced the "Portable Electric," an electric-motor powered model 99K.

In 1933 The Featherweight made it's debut at the Chicago World Fair

Singer introduced its "Featherweight" at the Chicago's World Fair. Factories opened in Monsa, Italy and Bounieres, France.

Singer developed Model 95K capable of 4,000 stitches per minute

In 1952 Singer introduced the model 206 Singer introduced the model 206, its first zigzag machine.

In 1965 Singer introduces the Touch and Sew sewing machines

Singer introduces the "Touch and Sew" sewing machines.

Consolidated sales reached $979.8 million.

In 1975 Singer invents the world's first electronic sewing machine

Singer introduces the w0rid's ?rst electronic sewing machine, the Athena 2000.

n 1978 Singer introduces the world's first computer-controlled machineM

Singer introduced the Touchtronic 2001,1he world's first computercontrolled machine.

In 1989 Singer puts the largest microprocessor ever put into a sewing machine

Singer introduced the 9900 Unlimited with the largest microprocessor ever incorporated in a sewing machine

In 1990 Singer introduced the 9900 Unlimited, QUANTUM, and Magic Steam Ironing Press

In 1990 Singer introduced the 9900 Unlimited which contained the largest microprocessor ever incorporated in sewing machines. The model 9900 had many easy-to-use, timesaving features including a LED message center offering practical advice to the sewer.

Singer introduced the QUANTUM® line, a new series of sewing machines specifically for the professional and avid sewer who demands performance. ease-of-use and state of the art features.

Singer introduced the Magic Steam Ironing Press""_. an at-home version of presses found in most tailor shops and dry cleaning stores. The Quantumlock 4 and Quantumlock 5 overlocks offered exceptional perfonnance with the most stitches available on any overlook.

In 1994 Singer introduced the QUANTUM XL-100 embroidery machine

Singer introduced the QUANTUM® XL-100. its top-of-the-line embroidery sewing machine.

In 1995 Singer introduced the Elegance line of sewing machines

Singer introduced the Elegance line of sewing machines and the Embroidery Unlimited Machine. The new Embroidery Unlimited machine brought professional embroidery and monogram ming to your personal computer

In 1996 Singer introduced the Millennium Series

sewing machines Singer introduced the Millennium Series sewing machines.

In 1997 Singer introduced the QUANTUM XL-1000

Singer introduced the QUANTUM® XL-1000, the most advanced machine in lhe market offering a wide variety of memory cards for serious embroiderers. Singer Sewing Company's consumer products division relocated to Tennessee

Singer celebrated its 150th Anniversary.

Singer again launched the world's most advanced home sewing and embroidery machine: the QUANTU MIJE" XL-5000. The machine offers state of the art features such as a fully automated re-threading system. windin-place bobbin winding system, and the next generation of Professional V l Sew-Ware". making it the most powerful and user-friendly syslem on ihe market