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how old is my singer?

kaitydid | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

i have a singer machine i think the model is stylist 416, but i’m not sure. it weighs about 20 pounds. idk if that helps..lol. it has like 3 stitches. and a 4 step buttonhole. i think it might be from the 60s or 70s but i’m really not sure. obviously it’s not an antique, but knowing how old it is would be nice. i do know my grandmother owned it before i did. so…anyways. if y’all could help me out i’d appreciate it!


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    If you do an internet search with "Singer sewing machine date," you'll find websites for the sewing machine collectors' association which include instructions on how to send the Singer company your machine's serial number to be dated.

    Also, you can find online sites that will sell downloadable or print copies of your exact machine so that you can learn to use all its features.  Many of the older machines are powerful and versatile, but none are particularly valuable, as so many were made and kept by so many people.

    Have fun with your new pal!

    1. kaitydid | | #3

      after doing a lot of searching, i have discovered that my machine is from 1972-78. actually kind of younger than i thought it was.

      1. Teaf5 | | #5

        The seventies were a great time for sewing machines, especially those that were still made mostly of metal rather than plastic.  They usually had a few very useful stitches--zizag, stretch, and mending--but not so many that they were over-engineered or overcomplicated.

        My 1972 Kenmore is still going strong.  Enjoy your new baby!

  2. marymary | | #2

    Go to singerco.com and look under "Customer Support".  You will find a selection titled "Machine Serial Numbers".  You should find the information you are looking for.

    Edited 6/7/2008 8:56 pm ET by marymary

  3. Ckbklady | | #4


    I just wanted to add that I've bought lots of old Singers along the way, and have always been grateful for the Singer Company's serial number lookup. It's helped me date machines from the 1930s up to the 1950s, and recently, it helped me date my beloved "new" handcrank Singer 12 to 1887!

    Singer rocks. I have machines by Elna and Necchi and love them too, but NOTHING is as lovely as a Singer.

    May you enjoy your Stylist - that's a sought-after machine, and was VERY hip in its day. Retro is cool, so it's hip again!!

    :) Mary

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