Dating a vintage singer sewing machine
That said, if I had a studio full of modern machines I would most likely not get the same type of attention, so it certainly helps collecting older machines.
It’s something that goes hand in hand with learning about vintage garments – you need to understand the machines that made them if you want your own garments to look as good.
Most denim heads like me, tend to hunt down the older machines.
This is mainly because they make beautiful stitches or imperfections when they sew.
Denim designers working on these old machines (Roy Slaper, Ohio’s Zace USA, Ben Viapiana from Bangkok, or our buddy Navid Dastanai to name a few) tend to become experts in fixing and repairing machines themselves.
I’ve had to teach myself how each machine behaves and the parts that make it run so I know how to fix the problem when something goes wrong.
You may even find a date of manufacture printed on your vintage sewing cabinet. Sewing machines can typically be dated quite easily by serial number and manufacturer.
If your vintage sewing cabinet has an intact machine, this may give you some clues as to the date of the cabinet.
There are three generations of the 43200G and they all have this fault.
Vintage chain stitch hemming machine from 1939 – this is the machine every denim head wants.
On average, these sell on e Bay for ,000 – ,000.
The machine that often gets the bulk of the attention in the raw denim world is the Union Special 43200G chainstitch hemmer (see Self Edge’s above).
We wanted to take a deeper look at some of the equally important vintage machines that are still hard at work making jeans today.denim brand and a confessed sewing machine enthusiast, was kind enough to guide us through the wonderful world of Singers, Reeces, and Union Specials.