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By checking when the next batch was started, it's possible to get a fairly accurate date of when any particular machine might have left the assembly line.Featherweights having serial numbers that begin with the prefix letter 'A' were made in Elizabethport, New Jersey, whereas those that begin with the prefix letter 'E' were manufactured in Kilbowie, Scotland.all the transfers are in great shape, and the metal bits, while not gleaming, are all clean and free of rust.i could go through the whole thing and make it shine, but simply clean and well-lubed is good enough for me.The dates given below are the days on which those batches were started, together with the number of machines in each consignment.
this resulted in frantic scrambing, because i hadnt actually expected to the auction, so i called freight companies like mad, trying to come up with a plan, and finally ended up realizing that that was just too expensive - so i turned to friends. my friend judith from nyc pulled through like a champ - took greyhound to philly, rented a car, drove to scranton, picked up the cabinet, drove back to philly, packed it all up, and hopped greyhoud back to nyc, and stored it all in her house. brought the head out in jan 2004, and then shipped the rest in mar 2004. of course, right about this time, another mission white came up on ebay, located ever so conveniently in southern california... so i spent the next few months trying to figure a way out of the quandry, until jul 2004, when another mission white popped up on craigslist, in napa.
If you do not find your machine serial number listed in the charts, then further in the text below will be more references and info.
There is a long propounded myth that the Singer Company can pinpoint the very day of manufacture of its machines. The date given as a "birthdate" is simply the day on which vast batches of serial numbers were released to the various factories.
) - corresponding to settings 7 down through 1 on its stitch length regulator.
To date your Singer Featherweight, you will need to locate the serial number on the bottom of your machine.