International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society
If your sewing machine, accessory, or ephemera has a name on it, this is the place to start. If we don't have a listing for the name, please use the search function to see if there is any mention of it on our site.
Toy Sewing Machine Information
- ISMACS News Magazine
The International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society is the premiere sewing machine collector's group. A quarterly magazine and access to our annual sewing machine auction are but two membership benefits.
ISMACS Email Digest
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Singer Industrial Manuals
These manuals are scans taken from original Singer manuals that have been converted to Adobe PDF format for viewing/printing. Some of the original manuals are nearly 100 pages and the resulting files can be rather large, even when compressed into PDFs.
If you will right-click the links below and choose "save as" you can store these files on your own system. This is usually better than trying to view them within your browser.
- 13K (3 MB)
- "Singer 13k Medium (New Family) manual, approx. 1890. 12 pages. With instructions for roller feed attachment for boot sewing. Despite its size, it was an industrial machine."
- 17-22 & 17-23
- 31-19 & 31-47
- For the two walking foot versions of the class 31 ("The Tailor's Machine"): "Singer 31-19 and 31-47, Instructions for using and adjusting. (1951), 16pp."
You will need Adobe Reader to view or print these files. You can download it here.
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