Singer sewing machine in a travel case.  Inside this sewing machine is the manufacturers certificate and instruction booklet.  Details on the certificate tell us that this machine was purchased in Leeds on May 8th 1944 at the cost of £11. 1. 0.  (11 pounds, 1 shilling & 0 pence).  The new owner was a Mrs L Missen who lived in army married quarters at Strensall Camp, York.  From the writing on the outside of the case the sewing machine travelled with Mrs Missen to both Singapore and South Africa for army postings.

The Singer sewing machine was manufactured in 1850 by Isaac Merritt Singer in Boston, USA.  The handwheel at the side of the machine would be turned manually to move the other components connected to it i.e. the needle.   In 1889 the first electric sewing machine was manufactured by Singer.   Singer sewing machines are still available today to purchase.



More information:

Date 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2010s
Material(s) SteelCast IronMetalWood
Item number MBPO209

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I’ve only ever used a sewing machine when I was at school.  I did not get on with it very well & it took me ages to make a skirt in sewing lessons – Helen

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