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Some errors have still been found in the post ET serial numbers, however, these dates are probably as good as we will ever find.In other words, if you indeed have a Featherweight model but the serial number is not found, it just means that Singer somehow missed the recording of it or it was somehow misapplied to the wrong batch.Featherweights having serial numbers that begin with the letter 'J' were mostly made at the St. Singer Featherweights made outside of the US were also given a suffix to their actual model number.Those manufactured in Kilbowie were modeled given the model number 221 Featherweights manufactured, beginning in 1933Serial Number prefixes beginning with letter 'A' = manufactured in Elizabethport, New Jersey, USASerial Number prefixes beginning with letter 'E' = manufactured in Kilbowie, Scotland, United Kingdom Serial Number prefixes beginning with letter 'J' = manufactured in St.By checking when the next batch was started, it's possible to get a fairly accurate date of when any particular machine might have left the assembly line.Featherweights having serial numbers that begin with the prefix letter 'A' were made in Elizabethport, New Jersey, whereas those that begin with the prefix letter 'E' were manufactured in Kilbowie, Scotland.
The light aluminium frame was only 9-3/4" wide, even with the fabric rest down it still was only 14-1/2"....!
If your sewing machine does not have a model number, but has a serial number similar in location to the image above, use the images below to help identify the sewing machine model number.
The Singer 99k sewing machine is small in size measuring only 12-1/2" wide, this image shows an early version the 99K (99K21 - 26) made between 1924 to 1954. The stitch length was adjusted via a screw and the machine did not stitch backwards.
Using the serial number you can use the charts below to find the date when your machine was given a batch assignment at the factory.
There is a long propounded myth that the Singer Company can pinpoint the very day of manufacture of its machines. The date given as a "birthdate" is simply the day on which vast batches of serial numbers were released to the various factories.