Sunday, October 5, 2014

New toy at our house

Look what my husband bought - for HIMSELF!

Nolan has been watching industrial sewing machines on Kijiji for awhile now and had the opportunity to look at this one when he was away last week. He was looking for a heavy duty machine to sew canvas, etc.  Thank goodness he called guys from the office to help him carry it downstairs as it is HEAVY! 

This what we have figured out so far.  It is a Singer 241-13, and based on the serial number I was able to determine that is was built in 1939.  Thankfully I could download an owner's manual online to find out more.

It is rated for heavy and extra-heavy work, can sew between 5 1/2 to 30 stitches per inch (Why would anyone need to stitch 30 stitches per inch?), and can sew 4300 stitches per minute!!! 

Here you can see the motor.  The motor always runs, and you engage the clutch with the foot pedal to start sewing.  As Nolan put it, it seems to have two speeds - "Fast" and "Damn Fast"!

It has a automatic lubricating system and this is the oil reservoir.  (I think it is due for an oil change!)

After closer inspection at home we have noted that it is missing a few thread guides.  We understand that parts are still readily available for these machines, so I will be searching once we determine everything that is needed.  One good thing is that bobbins, bobbin cases and needles are still sold using the same numbers as in the book.

It would be great to know what has been modified with the machine over the years.  The machine head says "Made in the U.S.A.".

The motor and electronics say  "Made in Great Britain".

And the Bobbin winder was made in West Germany.

 Getting this back for full working condition should be a fun winter project. Maybe if I get over my fear, I'll even give it try.


  1. Cool. This will be a priceless gem once it has undergone Nolan's magic. I can't believe how fast it sews. It is crazy how many countries are involved in its makeup and let's hope it was because they used the best of each country. Have fun and watch your fingers. I am sure 4300 stitches per minute can do a lot of damage.

  2. I seem to recall Nolan referring to our sewing sessions as the 'sweat shop', looks like he wants to start one of his own!

  3. What is Nolan going to make on this monstrosity?