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Sewing Machine - Singer, Electric, circa 1945 Object Reg. No: SH 850337

Electric Singer sewing macine used in a mental health hospital In Victoria, Australia, circa 1945
Motorised sewing machine (31-K-20) on cast-iron stand with H-shaped ends with legs splayed out at bottom with one crosspiece and 2 diagonals at back and one bar across bottom, to which is attached a large oblong treadle to operate the motor. Machine is set in a wooden table protruding on left-hand end under which is attached 1 drawer and a small switchbox. Barrel shaped 1/2hp motor is bolted below table at back on right, linked to treadle by a lever and rod. Rubber flybelt leads from wheel on one end of motor through holes in table, to wheel on machine. There is a subsidiary wheel screwed to table just below machine wheel which can be tilted to connect with flybelt, (purpose unknown). Machine is painted black, with ornate, gold-lettered brand names.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 107.00 cm (Height), 61.00 cm (Width), 72.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: occupational therapy, psychiatric hospitals, recreation, sewing machines, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Occupational Therapy
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Inscriptions: The Singer Manufacturing Co./Manufactured in Great Britain/Alternating Current Singer Sewing Motor 92148/Made in Australia to War Emergency Spec.
Manufacturer: Singer Manufacturing Co., circa 1945
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1950
References: card with exhibit.


Adam Hockey Posted on 20 May 2010 1:25 PM
I was wondering who would could put me onto someone who has some knowledge on singer sewing machine i have been left a sewing machine from 1908?
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 May 2010 1:44 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Adam - If you are able to send us some additional information about your sewing machine, such as the model number, we can pass on your enquiry to a one of the Museum's curators. Please provide us with images and prior to sending us your enquiry, please read our identification guidelines:
Mark Davis Posted on 20 Dec 2010 1:16 PM
The Industrial Singer 31K20 was made in 1920. If you take the serial number from the machine, right front, you will be able to obtain year made from singer australia, online.
William Cook Posted on 20 May 2014 11:28 AM
The "subsidiary" wheel below the machine wheel is the bobbin threader.
Allan Midgley Posted on 23 Jun 2014 11:12 PM
I have one of these but a treadle version, a tough old thing too.

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