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Antique Sewing Machine – Singer 30K

antique sewing machineAre you lucky enough to own an antique sewing machine? Is it the Singer 30K? Lucky, lucky you…

Before we explore this iconic model, let’s take a look at the man who gave it his name – Isaac Merritt Singer (pictured left).

Born in 1811 in New York, Singer was an inventor, actor and businessman. (And a colourful character by all account as he is thought to have fathered at least 24 children with various wives and mistresses).

Singer is best known for making important improvements to the design of sewing machines and he founded the Singer Sewing Machine Company. His machines were popular because they were practical, suitable for home use and could be paid for in instalments.

Singer expanded into Europe, setting up a factory in Clydebank, Scotland in the 1880s which was controlled by the parent company. Singer became one of the first American-based multinational corporations. By 1885, Singer’s Kilbowie Factory was the largest one in the world. It could manufacture 8,000 sewing machines a week, employed 3,500 people and its machines were sent around the world.

singer 30k sewing machine

The factory was bombed and extensively damaged during the Clydebank blitz in 1941. The factory eventually closed in 1980.

The Singer 30K model is a chain stitch miniature sewing machine which was introduced in 1912, with the company commissioning 5,000 machines from the Kilbowie factory. Another 10,500 were commissioned between January and June 1913, but production then stopped. The antique sewing machine 30k has 75 component parts, all specifically designed for this model. It weighs about 5kg with its cast iron base and is 12 inches long. It takes the same needle as the Singer 24.

The machine is well engineered and solidly built, and it’s also bigger than the other miniature Singer model 20. The basic Singer 30K had a base that could be screwed or clamped to a table. For extra money, people could add an ornamental base to make the machine portable. These are very rare.

There is speculation that the Singer 30K was produced to temporarily fill a gap in production at Singer’s huge Clydebank factory. Singer already produced a chain stitch machine (the 24) so it seems peculiar that they chose to do another one.

singer 30k sewing machine

The factory switched to arms production during the First World War, so this too might have contributed to the cessation in production. Nowadays, the machines are rare – a real example of an antique sewing machine collector’s item

antique singer sewing machine

Singer Sewing Machine Company

Since the early 1850s the name singer has gone hand in hand with sewing and sewing machines. Singer is the spirit and at the heart if practical design and creative innovation and it is that which has characterised the company that it is today and will continue to be as Singer develop new products for the world of sewing.

Singer has celebrated many ‘firsts’ in sewing, such as the world’s first ‘zig-zag’ machine, the first electronic machines and the world’s most advanced home sewing and embroidery machines. Through the years Singer has stayed dedicated to helping people express themselves through the craft of sewing.

Singer celebrated the 160th anniversary of Isaac Singer’s patent on the first practical sewing machine in 2011 and this anniversary seemed to mark an official beginning of Singer and its leadership within the industry, a celebration of a great accomplishment. Over the years since they began Singer have retained their leadership in the industry and have continued their commitment to quality, reliability, innovation and service as the years have gone on.

Singer sewing machines are helping people of all ages and all walks of life unleash their creativity by creating unique garments, home furnishings and other items while enjoying the satisfaction that the sewer has made the product themselves.

First Class Reputation!

Singer work hard to create sewing machines and products that make sewing easy. The Singer sewing machine range offers a sewing machine for every kind of user, from those that are new to sewing to those that are advanced in home sewing and embroidery machines. Whatever you sew, whether it is soft furnishings, clothing, embroidery or quilting Singer will have a sewing machine to suit your needs.

Singer have over 100 years experience of trading in domestic and industrial machines and the current Managing Director at Singer if the fourth generation in the same company. The company, Singer take pride in offering an old fashioned, white-glove service; a service that a sewer can only expect from a company that has gone from strength to strength over a century.

Singer is possibly the most famous name in sewing and it has gone through many changes over the years. The Singer brand has stood the test of time and is still going strong. If you’re looking for a high quality original Singer sewing machine with a great value price tag then why not have a look at the range of Singer sewing machines we have available?

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