Dating Information

Models: 301, 301A, 401A, 403A, 404, 500A and 503A

 

Singer only has 3 Years of Issue:

 NA-1951     NB-1956     NC-1961

This is not completely accurate! Please Keep Reading!

When it comes to Anderson factory in South Carolina Singer only lists 3 Years of Issue for all NA, NB and NC serial numbers that include Models 301, 301A, 401A, 403A, 500A and 503A. These years are not completely accurate and are only the years of the entire allotted serial numbers of NA-1951, NB-1956 and NC-1961. What happened to the years 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962 and 1963.

Singer along with the Berlin-based agency "Culture Management Berlin" created a database of Singer sewing machine world productions in 2000 and 5 years later the list was finally finished and published in 2005.

This database is the first and only complete database of Singer sewing machines productions in the world. There is no other list! Copyrights are owned by the Berlin-based agency "Culture Management Berlin". A joint licensing agreement for offering this entire database on the Internet, print media is only between the Culture Management Berlin [Germany] and the Singer Corporation NV [USA]. Licenses can be purchased only through the agency "Culture Management Berlin". You can use the lists for private use. Commercial use is prohibited.

The only production records from the Anderson factory is the "NA" Series Register Numbers in 1951 when a limited edition of only 10,000 Singer Model 301 sewing machines were allotted for Singer's 100th Anniversary. There are no other Series Register Numbers from 1952 to 1963.

It is therefore my goal to establish a database of serial numbers for all Slant-needle models and create the most accurate "Year of Issue" as possible, the year your sewing machine was actually made. The database includes, model, color, serial number, short or long bed, original purchase receipts, instruction manual copyright date and revised dates, other owner information.

 

Made in 1951

The biggest misconception you will hear is almost every owner of a "NA" serial numbered sewing machine say theirs was "Made in 1951". This is simply not true!

  • Up to March 1996 you could call Singer Customer Service with your serial number and they would give you a "Birth-Date" of 29 May 1951 for all "NA" serial numbers. This cannot be true!

  • From April 1996 to 2005, Singer Customer Service than used the Sewing Machine Blue Book dates of 1953-1959 for all "NA" and "NB" serial numbers. This cannot be true!

  • From 2005 to present-day, Singer Customer Service now gives a "Year of Issue" - NA-1951, NB-1956, NC-1961. This cannot be true!

What started all this confusion is the Singer office in Elizabeth, NJ on 29 May 1951 allotted "One Million "NA" Serial Numbers", NA000001-NA999999. The Singer 301, 301A, 401A and 403A all have NA serial numbers but were not manufactured until 1952, 1953, 1956 and 1958, respectively. That means 99% of all "NA" serial numbered sewing machines were not made in 1951.

The 1% that were "Made in 1951" was a Limited Edition of 10,000 Singer Model 301 sewing machines allotted on 25 July 1951 to be manufactured at the Anderson factory. That's all, nothing more and nothing less!

You must be asking yourself, Why did Singer Customer Service for all these years, and even today, give out the incorrect information? The simple answer is they don't know themselves. They are using the Elizabeth, NJ "Year of Issue" of NA-1951, NB-1956 and NC-1961, each having 1 million serial numbers allotted during those years. How Singer can still claim today that all "NA" serial numbers, with 4 different sewing machine models, all being made in the same year, "Year of Issue - NA-1951" is confusing to everyone. It simple is not true!

The only record from the Anderson factory is from 1951, that's all. What happened to the 1952-1963 Series Register Numbers log books is still a mystery, but one story, that just might be true, is they were burned in an office fire. The only 1951 record from the Anderson factory was supposedly sent to Elizabeth, NJ during the 100th anniversary and remained in their files and why it still exist today. Makes sense.

 There is not a Singer Vintage sewing machines that has an actual date it was made, only allotted.

 

For Singer's 160th Year Anniversary they launched a new Website

On August 12, 2011 Singer launched www.mySingerstories.com that offers a facility for consumers to uncover the history of their personal Singer household sewing machine and discover the year it was issued. Singer will issue an acknowledgement certificate that you can print out with your name, serial number and year of issue for all Singer model sewing machines.

If the owner of any Slant-needle model sewing machine inputs their Serial Number they will receive a .pdf certificate, but guess what? If you have a "NA" serial number it will have a "Year of Issue of 1951". If you have a "NB" serial number it will have a "Year of Issue of 1956". If you have a "NC" serial number it will have a "Year of Issue of 1961". For most owners of any Slant-needle model this will be incorrect.

 

Anderson, South Carolina

What is the Story about the "A" after the Model Number

Due to massive expansion of Singer factories around the globe a letter suffix, after the model number, was used to denote where the sewing machine was manufactured. The Singer Manufacturing Company opened the Anderson, South Carolina plant to specifically manufacture the new Slant-needle model sewing machines. The Singer 301 was the first model to be manufactured and the Model Number Tag was simply 301. Not to get confused with Elizabethport, USA, that did not use a letter suffix, starting in January 1953 Singer identified the Anderson, South Carolina factory by placing the letter suffix "A" after the model number, hence the 301A.

After the last Slant-needle, Singer Model 503A, sewing machine was manufactured in 1963 the Anderson plant stayed open for many years afterwards with 3 manufacturing lines: Sewing Machines, Floor-care products (vacuum cleaners) and Power Tools. The "Athena" electronic sewing machine was made at Anderson.

In August 1988 Singer completed the sale of its two South Carolina plants, Pickens and Anderson factories, which had about 2,500 employees total, to Ryobi Limited of Japan. (Ryobi Corporation) This was several years after the Elizabethport factory located in Elizabeth, New Jersey closed down on 1 December 1982.

 

Singer only has 3 Years of Issue:

NA-1951

 (Singer Allotted 1 million Serial Numbers)

The Anderson factory did not manufacture 1 million "NA" serial numbered sewing machines in 1 year, 1951.

"Only 10,000 "NA" serial numbers were manufactured in 1951"

Singer Model 301, 301A, 401A and 403A all have "NA" serial numbers!

 

NB-1956

 (Singer Allotted 1 million Serial Numbers)

The Anderson factory did not manufacture 1 million "NB" serial numbered sewing machines in 1 year, 1956.

Singer Model 301A, 401A and 403A all have "NB" serial numbers!

 

NC-1961

 (Singer Allotted 1 million Serial Numbers)

The Anderson factory did not manufacture 1 million "NC" serial numbered sewing machines in 1 year, 1961.

Singer Model 401A, 500A and 503A all have "NC" serial numbers.

 

Information for Singer 401A & 403A Owners

"Year of Issue" for the Singer 401A, 403A:

Location: Anderson, South Carolina

Singer Model 401A
Singer Model: Serial Numbers: Manufactured Year & Location:
     
401A NA500000 to NA700000 1956   Anderson, SC (Start of 401A)
401A NA700001 to NA900000 1957   Anderson, SC
401A NB300001 to NB600000 1958   Anderson, SC
401A NB700001 to NB800000 1959   Anderson, SC
401A NB800001 to NB900000 1960   Anderson, SC
401A NC000001 to NC100000 1961   Anderson, SC (End of 401A)
Total Singer 401A: 1,000,000 from 1956-1961
  • The Singer 401A was being manufactured in 1956, introduced and sold in 1957. The 1st instruction manual has a copyright of 1957.           

Singer Model 403A
Singer Model: Serial Numbers: Manufactured Year & Location:
     
403A NA900001 to NA999999 1958   Anderson, SC (Start of 403A)
403A NB600001 to NB700000 1959   Anderson, SC
403A NB900001 to NB999999 1960   Anderson, SC (End of 403A)
Total Singer 403A: 300,000 from 1958-1960

  • Serial Numbers: NB200001-NB300000 are unassigned. (Left over from 301A)

  • The Singer 401A and 403A have serial numbers that start with "NA" and "NB". Both of their serial numbers start after the last 301A in 1955 for "NA" serial numbers, and after 1956 for "NB" serial numbers. This lets us know that the Singer 301/301A has a complete sequence of serial numbers.

 

Information for Singer 404 Owners

All Singer 404's have correct records because they have serial numbers from Elizabeth, New Jersey. They were manufactured in 1958 to 1960, with a small lot of 1,500 in 1963. There was no Singer 404A but there was a 404G manufactured in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Singer Model 404
Singer Model: Serial Numbers: Manufactured Year & Location:
     
404 AM837800 to AM887799 1958   Elizabeth, New Jersey (Start of 404)
404 AM891700 to AM941699 1958   Elizabeth, New Jersey
404 AM954511 to AM999999 1959   Elizabeth, New Jersey
404 AN000001 to AN054511 1959   Elizabeth, New Jersey
404 AN075280 to AN175279 1959   Elizabeth, New Jersey
404 AN212995 to AN312994 1960   Elizabeth, New Jersey
404 AN465662 to AN467161 1963   Elizabeth, New Jersey
Total Singer 404: 401,500 from 1958-1960, 1963
  • The new Singer 404 sewing machine replaced the Singer 301/301A in April 1958.

 

Information for Singer 500A & 503A Owners

"Year of Issue" for the Singer 500A and 503A:

Location: Anderson, South Carolina

Singer Model 500A
Singer Model: Serial Numbers: Manufactured Year & Location:
     
500A NC100001 to NC200000 1961   Anderson, SC
500A NC300001 to NC400000 1961   Anderson, SC
500A NC500001 to NC600000 1962   Anderson, SC
500A NC700001 to NC800000 1963   Anderson, SC
Total Singer 500A: 400,000 from 1961-1963

                      

Singer Model 503A
Singer Model: Serial Numbers: Manufactured Year & Location:
     
503A NC200001 to NC300000 1961   Anderson, SC
503A NC400001 to NC500000 1962   Anderson, SC
503A NC600001 to NC700000 1963   Anderson, SC
Total Singer 503A: 300,000 from 1961-1963

  • Serial Numbers NC800001-NC999999 are unassigned.

 

How to Find your Singer 301 or 301A Serial Number

Your serial number is located on the left hand side where the arrow is pointing!

 

Singer 301 & 301A - Registry of Serial Numbers!

With the help of so many owners of the Singer 301/301A I was able to come up with a very accurate "Year of Issue" by making a "Registry of Serial Numbers" that allowed owners to register any Slant-needle sewing machine Information gathered was Model Number, Serial Number, Color, Short or Long Bed. Other information may include original purchase receipts, instruction manual copyright date and revised dates, pictures, other owner information. In addition, a large collection of reference materials was also used.

Summary of the "Year of Issue" from the Registry of Serial Numbers!

  • 1951 Serial Numbers NA00001-NA010000: Singer Sewing Company, "NA" Series Register Numbers for the Anderson, SC factory shows that a "Limited Edition" of only 10,000 serial numbers, NA000001-NA010000, were allotted on 25 July 1951 for Singer's 100th Anniversary. The first 1,000 have the Blue 1851-1951 Centennial Badge and 9,000 have the new Black Band Singer Badge. They were all issued with the Green Cover Instruction Manual, Copyright 1951, (1051), Oct 1951. Original owner purchase receipts confirm they were all sold during the 100th Anniversary, Oct-Dec 1951.

 

  • 1952 Serial Numbers NA010001-NA185750: These serial numbers were allotted to be manufactured in 1952. There are no original owner purchase receipts that show serial numbers NA010001-NA185750 purchased prior to the Grand Introduction of the Singer 301 in October 1952. A very small amount of owners reported that they have the Instruction Manual with the (652) revised date, June 1952. Mostly all owners reported they have the Instruction manual with the (153) revised date, January 1953.

  • 1953 Serial Numbers NA185751-NA353000: We know from Singer, the Sewing Machine Blue Book and ISMACS (International Sewing Machine Collectors Society) that the Singer 301A was first manufactured in 1953. The Registry and Original purchase receipts confirms that NA185750 was the last 301 and NA185751 was the first 301A.

  • 1954 Serial Numbers NA353001-NA471000: Registry and Original purchase receipts confirm these serial numbers.

  • 1955 Serial Numbers NA471001-NA500000: This was the last of the 301A "NA" serial numbers. According to the Registry the 401A starts with NA500001.

  • 1956 Serial Numbers NB000001-NB146000: According to the Singer website this was the year all "NB" serial numbers were allotted. (NB-1956) Registry and Original purchase receipts confirm these serial numbers.

  • 1957 Serial Numbers NB146001-NB200000: Registry and Original purchase receipts confirm these serial numbers. End of manufacturing of the 301A. This was also the last year of manufacturing for the Singer 201 and 221 Featherweights in the United States.

  • 1958: Although manufacturing of the 301/301A ended in 1957 Singer still had inventory that was being shipped to Singer Sewing Centers during the 1958 year. The new Singer 404 slant-needle straight stitch sewing machine is now being manufactured and sold in the United States.

  • 1959: The Singer 301 & 301A was officially removed from the Singer Price List.

 

Singer 301 and 301A

The most accurate "Year of Issue" you will ever see!

Singer Model 301 & 301A
 
Singer Model: Serial Numbers: Manufactured Year & Location:
     
301 (Centennial Year 1851-1951) NA000001 to NA001000 1951   Anderson, SC  (Centennial/LE)
301 (Centennial Year 1851-1951) NA001001 to NA010000 1951   Anderson, SC  (Limited Edition)
     
301 (Grand Introduction Oct 1952) NA010001 to NA185750 1952   Anderson, SC  (Start & End of 301) 
301A NA185751 to NA353000 1953   Anderson, SC  (Start of 301A)
301A NA353001 to NA471000 1954   Anderson, SC
301A NA471001 to NA500000 1955   Anderson, SC
301A (Start of "NB" Serial Numbers) NB000001 to NB146000  1956   Anderson, SC  (NB-1956)
301A NB146001 to NB200000 1957   Anderson, SC  (End of 301A)
 
Only 10,000 "Limited Edition Singer 301" sewing machines were allotted during Singer's 100th Anniversary
 
Only 1,000 had the Blue 1851-1951 Centennial Badge
 
 Totals : 301 - 185,750  /  301A - 514,250 /  Grand Total: 700,000  from 1951-1957

 

Complete "Year of Issue" for the

Singer 301, 301A, 401A, 403A, 500A and 503A

Singer Model: Serial Numbers: Manufactured Year & Location:
     
301 (Centennial Year 1851-1951) NA000001 to NA001000 1951   Anderson, SC  (Centennial/LE)
301 (Centennial Year 1851-1951) NA001001 to NA010000 1951   Anderson, SC  (Limited Edition)
     
301 (Grand Introduction Oct 1952) NA010001 to NA185750 1952   Anderson, SC  (Start & End 301)
301A NA185751 to NA353000 1953   Anderson, SC  (Start of 301A)
301A NA353001 to NA471000 1954   Anderson, SC
301A NA471001 to NA500000 1955   Anderson, SC
401A NA500001 to NA700000 1956   Anderson, SC  (Start of 401A)
401A NA700001 to NA900000 1957   Anderson, SC
403A NA900001 to NA999999 1958   Anderson, SC  (Start of 403A)
     
301A (Start of "NB" Serial Numbers) NB000001 to NB146000  1956   Anderson, SC
301A NB146001 to NB200000 1957   Anderson, SC  (End of 301A)
Unassigned NB200001 to NB300000  
401A NB300001 to NB600000 1958  Anderson, SC
403A NB600001 to NB700000 1959  Anderson, SC
401A NB700001 to NB800000 1959  Anderson, SC
401A NB800001 to NB900000 1960  Anderson, SC
403A NB900001 to NB999999 1960  Anderson, SC  (End of 403A)
     
401A (Start of "NC" serial Numbers) NC000001 to NC100000 1961  Anderson, SC  (End of 401A)
500A NC100001 to NC200000 1961  Anderson, SC  (Start of 500A)
503A NC200001 to NC300000 1961  Anderson, SC  (Start of 503A)
500A NC300001 to NC400000 1961  Anderson, SC
503A NC400001 to NC500000 1962  Anderson, SC
500A NC500001 to NC600000 1962  Anderson, SC
503A NC600001 to NC700000 1963  Anderson, SC  (End of 503A)
500A NC700001 to NC800000 1963  Anderson, SC  (End of 500A)
Unassigned NC800001 to NC999999  
 

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