How Do You Tell the Age of Singer Sewing Machines?

How Do You Tell the Age of Singer Sewing Machines?

Singer sewing machines, which have been manufactured since 1851, feature serial numbers that can date a machine as far back as 1870. The Support and Resources section of the Singer company website has a machine serial number search feature that can determine the original fabrication date.

Singer machines built prior to 1900 have serial numbers with no letter prefix; those built after that year have serial numbers that begin with a one- or two-letter prefix. Between 1871 and 1899, Singer sewing machines had serial numbers between "611.000" and "16.831.099." Beginning in 1900, the machines were given prefixes of M, N and P. From 1924 onward, some machines were given double-letter prefixed serial numbers starting with AA, BA through BY, and JA.