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Antique Sewing Machines – Singer 29K

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Ever wondered what the deal is with Singer antique sewing machines and the numbers? They refer to the patents. Isaac Singer got his first patent for a sewing machine, and that was Singer 1, and thus each new model was numbered accordingly.

The Singer 29K was originally made for industrial use and was favoured by cobblers and other sewers working with goods such as gloves and bags. The machine’s narrow arm and revolving foot could sew in any direction. It has no underneath feed, instead a foot that walks the work through the machine. The small container in the middle of the machine was for oil to lubricate the thread.

The machine can be used to stitch leather, canvas, blankets, fabrics and other material such as rubber. The recommended maximum thickness is about 3mm. Parts are easy enough to pick up too, and there are lots of films on YouTube showing you how to use the machine to best effect.

The Singer 29K was mainly manufactured in Singer’s Scottish factory in Clydebank. Singer initially set up a factory in Glasgow in the 1860s. The country was chosen as it has iron-making industries and cheap labour. The first factory was near Queen Street train station, but production soon outgrew the premises. Manufacturing was moved to Bridgeton, but again in time, the buildings didn’t meet the requirements.

singer 29k sewing machine

In 1882, George McKenzie opened what was to become the largest Singer factory in the world at Kilbowie, Clydebank. Built above the plant’s middle wing was an iconic, huge clock tower – 200 feet tall, and with the name Singer clearly emblazoned on the front for all to see.

The completed factory covered almost a million square feet and employed some 7,000 employees, producing an average 13,000 sewing machines a week. As it was so productive, the US Singer company set up Singer Manufacturing Company Ltd as a UK-registered business. At its peak, the factory employed 16,000 people.

The factory closed in 1980, and the buildings were demolished in 1998.

singer 29k sewing machine

The pre-1970s Singer sewing machines were built to last. They were easy to use and straightforward. The Singer 29K machine is still being used in leather workshops and cobblers all over the world – an example of just how amazing the antique sewing machines are.

Sewing4Everyone sells antique sewing machines, vintage sewing machines and refurbished models. We have a wide selection of machines available. If you’d like to discuss a machine in detail, please contact us on 01782 943667.

 

 

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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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