Dating Information

Models: 301, 301A, 401A, 403A, 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, 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; 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 in 1951 when a limited edition of only 10,000 Singer Model 301 sewing machines were manufactured for the Centennial Year Celebration. There are absolutely no production records from 1952 to 1963.

 It is therefore my goal to establish a database of serial numbers for the above models and create an accurate Year of Issue, which is the year of manufacture or year your sewing machine was actually made.

 

Singer - Machine Serial Numbers

  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 models 301, 301A, 401A and 403A. Strangely, it included all "NA" and "NB" serial numbers regardless of model number.

  From April 1996 to 2005 Singer Customer Service used the Sewing Machine Blue Book dates of 1953-1959 for all "NA" and "NB" serial numbers.

  From 2005 to present-day, Singer again changed the dating of serial numbers to a new "Year of Issue" with NA-1951, NB-1956 and NC-1961. You can look at the Machine Serial Numbers: Two Letter Prefix, Click Here

Note: For all other models from 2005-2011 Singer used the "Culture Management Berlin" list. This still seemed to confuse owners because it would show the allotted quantity and allotted date for each model. What owners did not understand was that it was only the allotted date and not the date their sewing machine was made. It could take as much as 2 to 3 months and sometimes longer before the allotted quantity was actual made. Because of this confusion and in the best interest to owners Singer in 2011 deleted all the records and changed it to the present-day "Year of Issue", the same way as all slant-needle models since 2005.

 There is no Singer Vintage sewing machine that has an actual date that it was made, only allotted.

 

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

 On August 12, 2011 Singer launched  www.mySingerstory.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. Click here to see what the Singer Certificate looks like!

  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".

 What this tells us is 1 million "NA" serial numbered sewing machines were manufactured in 1951, 1 million "NB" serial numbered sewing machine were manufactured in 1956 and 1 million "NB" serial numbered sewing machine were manufactured in 1961. This is simply not true! They were allotted in those years and only a selected few slant-needle models were actually made in those years.

 

Anderson, South Carolina

  Singer had one United States manufacturing factory, Elizabethport, located in Elizabeth, New Jersey. All sewing machines manufactured their never had a prefix after the model number. Singer had several manufacturing factories overseas and up to the year 1900 also used no prefix. After the year 1900 all models manufactured overseas now included a prefix after the model number to denote the place of manufacture. Example would be a 222K, manufactured in Kilbowie, Scotland.

  Singer opened the Anderson, South Carolina plant to manufacture the new slant model sewing machines, i.e., 301, 301A, 401A, 403A, 500A and 503A. When the Anderson factory started manufacturing the Singer 301 it did not include any prefix on the Model Tag. This created confusion to where the 301 was actually manufactured and beginning in January 1953 the Model Tag Number now included the prefix "A" to denote it was in fact manufactured at the Anderson, South Carolina, hence the Singer 301A.

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

 

The myth about the 301 being made in Elizabeth, N.J., is simply not true!

The myth about the Anderson factory closing down in 1959, is simply not true!

The myth about the "A" added because the Anderson factory burned down, is simply not true!

 

Submitting your Serial Numbers

 When it comes to figuring out a correct "Year of Issue" for all slant-needle models there was only one way. Gathering information and by acquiring serial numbers to create a database for each model. The database includes, model, color, serial number, original purchase receipts, instruction manual copyright date and revised dates plus other information that is relevant. With this information I was able to create a "Year 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 only manufactured in 1958 and 1959 with a small lot of 1,500 in 1963. There was no Singer 404A but there was a 404G manufactured in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Total Singer 404:  401,500  (1958, 1959, 1960 & 1963)

  • The new Singer 404 sewing machine replaced the Singer 301/301A. The fist allotted batch of 50,000 was on 11 Feb 1958 and a second batch of 50,000 on 2 May 1958. This lets us know that 1957 was in fact the end of manufacturing of the 301A. The Singer 404 was manufactured and sold in 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

 

Singer 301 & 301A Serial Number Database!

 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 "Database of Serial Numbers" that I collected over the years. I also used specific events, assorted reference materials, original owner purchase receipts and instruction manual revised dates.

Here is the "Year of Issue" Serial Number Database Summary!

  • 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 and were manufactured for the Centennial Year Celebration. The first 1,000 had the Blue 1851-1951 Centennial Badge. They were all issued with the Green Cover Instruction Manual, Copyright 1951, (1051), Oct 1951. Original owner purchase receipts confirm they were sold during the Centennial Year, Oct-Dec 1951.

  • 1952 Serial Numbers NA010001-NA186000: These serial numbers were allotted to be manufactured in 1952. There are no original owner purchase receipts that show serial numbers NA010001-NA186000 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 NA186001-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 Database and Original purchase receipts confirms that NA186000 was the last 301 and NA186001 was the first 301A.

  • 1954 Serial Numbers NA353001-NA471000: Database 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 database the 401A starts with NA500001.

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

  • 1957 Serial Numbers NB146001-NB200000: Database 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 NA186000 1952   Anderson, SC  (Start & End of 301) 
301A NA186001 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 the Centennial Year, 1951.
 
Only 1,000 had the Blue 1851-1951 Centennial Badge
 
 Totals : 301 - 186,000  /  301A - 514,000 /  Grand Total: 700,000  from 1951-1957

 

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