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Treadle Sewing Machine - Singer, circa 1925 Object Reg. No: SH 850241

Treadle Singer sewing machine used in a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa 1925
Treadle sewing machine (31-20) on cast iron stand which consists mainly of 2 curved grillwork ends which taper slightly toward top and have markedly concave sides. Connected by H-shaped piece across centre. Large flywheel, operated by square treadle close to floor is attached to righthand stand-end. Leather fly-belt connects to operating wheel on machine. Machine is set in wooden table top which is screwed to top of stand. Has 1 small drawer under front left-hand side, (inside are 4 bobbins).Table has hinged leaves at back and on lefthand end. Small brass subsidiary cog-wheel screwed to front, right corner of table which can be tilted to connect with flybelt where it emerges through hole in table.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 101.00 cm (Height), 50.00 cm (Width), 98.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: occupational therapy, psychiatric services, recreation, sewing machines, v883659, making history - psych services, 23-4
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: "Singer" painted in gold across back of machine; G1272478; 31-20 PATENTED U.S.A May 1, 1894; Apr 7, 1896; Feb 21, 1899"
Manufacturer: Singer Manufacturing Co., circa 1925
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1925
References: card with exhibit.


Bernadette Posted on 31 Jul 2010 2:06 PM
G1272478 should be a model 31 from a batch of 10,000 May 23 1911. They are a high speed tailoring machine can be used for heavy fabric or light weight leather.
Stefani Loar Posted on 11 Sep 2012 6:01 AM
I have a old sewing machine that I found and need some information if you know anything about it. I can send a picture if needed. It resembles this sewing machine that y'all have from 1925
Suzanne Posted on 29 Sep 2014 5:57 AM
Hi...I would LOVE to know if you know of anywhere I could get 1 of these sewing machines. I remember this machine from my Grandma, and I always loved it. Seeing this machine brings back a LOT of great memories. My Grandma was just the best, and to actually have this in my house would be great, and, to actually sew on it, even better. Please?!
Barbara Posted on 29 Jul 2015 10:36 PM
I know where ! my mother inlaw has one , what are you will to pay

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