Dating singer sewing machine cabinets
The later cabinet which is the same size and shape but has the two doors and the D-shaped swing-out drawer thingies on the back of the left-hand one is the 51, which Elsie and I much prefer.
In our opinion, a nice 51 cabinet with modern castors under it and a properly set-up treadle mechanism driving a 201 on top of is a very fine thing to have in the house.
I love the way you can sew in any direction with it, and alternate between treadle and hand drive. For scans of both publications as PDFs, click on the links below.
I did them as two separate files so you can, should you wish, have the catalogue and the price list open at the same time for ease of cross-reference …
Today, the corresponding figures are £504 a week and around £2.90, so wages have risen faster over the last 79 years than the price of beer has.
Those things were often used in conjunction with the Y-shaped two-way adaptor (a picture of which I couldn’t find), which plugged into a lampholder so that bayonet connectors could be plugged into it.
I suppose the theory was that they allowed you to use two light bulbs in one lampholder, but I never saw one used like that.
I don’t know anything about the 31K15 apart from the fact it’s got a knee-lifter, but that back leaf of the table certainly does look handy!
The 29K53 is a fascinating machine that’s often referred to as The Patcher, and its variants always seem to sell for a decent price on Ebay nowadays.