Singer's first Zigzag: Model 206, 1953; Singer 206K. I'll keep looking into this Singer machine; although I referred to it as a "Zigzag," Singer initially referred to it as a "Swing Needle" machine. The word "zigzag" was coined sometime after its launch in 1937, although I'm not sure when. Maybe this article will help me figure out when.
In case you're wondering what a "Singer" is: It's how you say "Gemini" in sewing terms. A "zigzag" stitch is what they used back in the day when nobody had ever heard of a sewing machine quilter. Nowadays, most modern sewing machines have this feature built-in.
But if your machine doesn't have a swing needle, there are some alternative methods for creating zigzag stitches, such as using multiple smaller straight stitches or using a special zigzag foot. Those techniques are useful if you need to create a lot of zigzags in a row, but a standard straight stitch will do in a pinch if you don't have a zigzag function on your machine.
That makes sense because that's exactly what a "zigzag" stitch is used for: to join two pieces of fabric together.
The red-eye Singer 66 The mass-produced machine was introduced to the globe in late October 1902, when it first came off the assembly line in America. Following its success abroad, the plant at Kilbowie, Scotland, was retooled, and the first all-British Singer model 66 sewing machines were released in 1907.
Singer was a well-known brand name in sewing machines during the early 20th century. It was owned by the White Sewing Machine Company from its inception in 1902 until it was acquired by Stanley Works in 1956. Singer was one of the first companies to sell electric appliances as well as sewing machines and they continued to develop new products over the next few decades. In 2002, they sold their last sewing machine under that name but still manufacture other domestic appliances and industrial equipment including motors, generators, and power tools.
The man who created the Singer 66 was Charles S. Singleton. He was born on August 4th, 1867 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. His father was a minister who later became an Episcopal bishop. Singleton got his education in schools across the United States before moving to Chicago where he worked for several firms including Armour & Co. He eventually formed his own company called the Chicago Manufacturing Company which made sewing machines before being bought out by Singer in 1902. After working for Singer for four years, he set up his own company called the C.M.S. Corporation which manufactured refrigerators and air conditioners.
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 1851 Singer Corporation/Established Singer sewing machines have a long and illustrious history, dating back to 1851. These exquisite devices have developed over time but continue to survive the test of time. Collectors and sewing aficionados alike prize some of the older models. Today, Singer is one of the world's largest producers of sewing machines, operating out of its headquarters in Boston.
Singer was founded by Elmer A. Singer. He had been working on developing a better type of hand-powered sewing machine when he came up with the idea of attaching a motor to the armature shaft to provide power for the machine. This new technology was very innovative at the time and many companies made similar machines. However, only Singer sold their machines with his design and they are now known worldwide for their quality products.
The Singer class 99 sewing machine was produced in 1911 in response to the rising desire for a lighter, more portable household sewing machine that did not require a separate table to be operated. It is considered the first affordable home sewing machine for the general public.
It was also one of the first electric machines available to the public. The motor was mounted on the bottom of the unit, with two spiral wire brushes driving it. A single 9-volt battery was all that was required to power the unit, which could sew up to 110 stitches per minute! It is estimated that about 5,000 units were sold in its first year on the market.
Features included a drop-in bobbin case, easy-to-use mechanical controls, and a price of $59.95. These factors allowed many amateur sewers to have their own homemade outfits.
In addition to homes, schools began using the 99 to sew student uniforms. This would become very popular during World War II when men were away from home for long periods of time. The 99 continued to be manufactured after the war, even though electric sewing machines had become widely available. In fact, over 100,000 units were sold between 1911 and 1954.
Today, these old sewing machines are quite valuable and often sell for hundreds of dollars.
Singer began mass-producing his invention, perfecting the design while making the machines less clunky and far less expensive than the first model. The Singer Company expanded fast once it began to accept trade-ins and installment payments for sewing machines, making its goods more affordable to a wider range of homes. In addition, by advertising the ability of women to do their own sewing with this new machine, Singer was able to dispel some of the negative myths surrounding women's work.
Also see what else is so amazing about Annie Oakley: she was one of the first female gunfighters. And she was good! Her shooting skills were so renowned that when President Theodore Roosevelt wanted to show off his own skill as an archer, he invited Annie to come shoot him at Camp Tumwater in Washington State. Although the president was better shot, Oakley beat him easily every time they shot together at a target.
Finally, Annie was famous for her loyalty to friends and family, especially if you gave her a chance to make money. She often took jobs without pay just so she could save those who needed it, like a poor black girl who was injured while working on Oakley's ranch. Annie never turned her back on anyone who needed help, which is why we remember her today as one of the most courageous people in American history.
Jaguar/Maruzen in Japan manufactured the 158 series machines for Sears. They are, in my opinion, the Singer 221 Featherweight on steroids. If you're a quilter, I think the 221 is the holy grail of straight stitch quality and mobility. The Jaguar/Maruzen models are no slouch either - they're very well built machines with excellent stitch quality.
The first model was released in 1972 and used 40-40 cotton thread. In 1973, a second model was released using 50-50 cotton thread instead. In 1974, a third model was released that included a zigzag function as an option. In 1975, the maximum needle height was changed to provide more visibility when working with tall threads or heavy fabrics. In 1977, a fourth model was released with a different motor and other minor changes. In 1978, a fifth model was released with larger dials and other improvements. In 1979, the manual feed was deleted from the line completely. In 1980, the price of the Jaguar/Maruzen models were increased by about $100 each. In 1981, the sixth and last model was released called the "Master Series". This model included many improvements including a higher speed motor, larger bed, drop-in replacement needle assembly, and aluminum body panels. It also came with two new color combinations: antique silver with black trim and antique gold with white trim.