Dating singer sewing machine cabinets
I don’t know anything about the 31K15 apart from the fact it’s got a knee-lifter, but that back leaf of the table certainly does look handy!
The 29K53 is a fascinating machine that’s often referred to as The Patcher, and its variants always seem to sell for a decent price on Ebay nowadays.
I love the way you can sew in any direction with it, and alternate between treadle and hand drive. For scans of both publications as PDFs, click on the links below.
I did them as two separate files so you can, should you wish, have the catalogue and the price list open at the same time for ease of cross-reference …
There’s no mention of either of these Cabinet Tables (or indeed of the 46 Cabinet) being convertible for use with an electric machine by means of the motor controller 194386 on its associated bracket, so I’m still no wiser as to when that was introduced in the UK. It seems that Singer could never come up with a convincing way of including the lid in a picture, so here we have it on a footstool of just the right size and shape on page 6, and on what I’m convinced is a pair of wheelbarrow tyres on page 7.
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In 1933 you couldn’t yet buy a 201, but a shiny new 66K in a No.46 cabinet could be delivered to your door for a list price of £23 10s 0d (£23.50), which was more than 6 weeks’ average wages before tax.
On page 4, we see that by now the old cast-iron legs of the Cabinet Tables have given way to the new wooden sides.