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I know I won't have the oldest machine in service but I'd sure like to know who does.  Post your oldest so we can all see what's out there?

My oldest is a 132K6.  The serial number was assigned in December 1947 in a group of 1000.  I'm curious how it got to the US.  Wondering if it wasn't part of an effort to rebuild the UK economy after WWII?

 

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Singer machines from the UK and US and elsewhere were spread worldwide before and after the war (or both wars).

I even have found wartime manufactured machines from the UK in Germany but I guess they came here after the war.

I think my oldest is the Singer 51w. Unfortunately I cannot look up the serial number. I assume they used left over W&W parts from the transition time when Singer took over W&W. But who knows for sure...

https://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/86292-singer-51w-sv-2-post-bed-machine-restoration

Before I got this one I had a Singer 34K from 1905 or 1910 which ran like a dream. But the 51w is a lot more convenient for me.

 

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Oldest are patchers, 29k31 from 1910 and her older sister from 1898 currently in bath

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My oldest Singer is a 15K from a block of January - June 1915. Next oldest is a 15K-30 from a block in June 1937, then comes my 99K from a block in October 1956

Whilst not 'pure' leatherworking machines they sew the thin stuff I work with.

 

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Just because there may be an older one here doesn't mean you shouldn't post your oldest :-)

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My Singer that we use for the most difficult of the areas on heavy textiles is from the late 1800s and my grand-grand-mother-in-law used it before the end of that century, to stitch trench coats. Still runs like new.

My aunt has another one like it, complete with a cast-iron base. It's my grand-grand-mother's, and she used it back around 1890, to stitch for the whole family. Still runs like new.

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I have a Singer 96-10 from 1925. It does duty as a table. It runs, I just decided I really have no use for a machine. I handstitch everything.

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The smallest Singer in the front dates to 1958 the next one is 1864

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Patent Elastic patcher. Probably from around late 1890's. It sews great, nothing broken.

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My oldest is my 31-15 built between 1913 and 1915. 

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