My mum kindly gave me this sewing machine a few years ago. I think it is beautiful, I love old Singer machines. It's a treadle-style sewing machine from 1917. In cast iron black enamel with gold filigree detail and engraving. My Mum had it adapted to work on a motor. She has always said what a strong machine it is...she even fixed a 1970s canvas tent with it once upon a time.
I posted pictures of this machine on Flickr and I was told by a fellow Flickr member that by looking at the serial number she could tell me the Singer was issued in 1917 and made in Clydebank, Scotland.
It's amazing people are able to trace the origins of a particular machine from the serial number.
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