Dating a franklin sewing machine
09/22/53 *****limited/transitional production run (150 units) 222K_ EJ 223 …………… The International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society (ISMACS) has published a wealth of information about the Singer Featherweight.
05/18/59 ***** limited production run (1500 units) 221K_ ES 17 …………. 09/02/53 *****limited production run (150 units) 222K_ EJ 219-220 …….. Except for the motors, the mechanical components of all Class 221 models (221, 221-1, and 221K) were fundamentally unchanged from 1933 through 1961.
03/04/53 *****transitional production run 221K_ EJ 21 …………. 11/18/53 *****limited production run (200 units) 222K_ EJ 26-27 ….. The data was condensed into the quick and easy Two Digit Dating System by class221
10/21/53 *****limited production run (400 units) 222K_ EJ 226439-23 ….. The exact number of Featherweights actually produced is not known.
09/22/59 ***** 1st full production run of Red S Badge 222K_ EP 75-76 ….. For example, the birthdate for 221 AD 789994 is not 11/27/1934, but is sometime between 11/27/1934 and 03/18/1935, when the next production run began for Class 221, Model 221’s at Elizabethport.
When a new production run began for a particular model, several thousand serial numbers were reserved for each model.
Two Digit Dating System for Black Singer Featherweights Copyright @2007-2009 class221 Example: 221__AD 884639 Ignore the last 4 digits; then lookup 221__ AD 88……3/18/1935.
This quick and easy method for dating black Singer Featherweights uses only the 2 letter prefix and the first 2 digits of the 6 digit serial number.
At that time, it was re-introduced and sold concurrently with the Minnesota until World War II.
During this period materials were scarce and sewing machines were dropped from the catalog.