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Which was the top Reported sm in 1951 & 1940 ?
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Date: 1/8/13 1:35 PM

An earlier post by LynneRowe got me thinking which sm was the most recommended /winner of awards in our Vintage special sm kids time? I tried to find it without my success...DH said they only thing he could find said that the White Rotary was a very big seller in 1940 & made extraordinary well. .....
I knew I should have kept that White treadle my very first ever sm ... stupid ex trashed it! .......... anyways................
So in 1951 was any of our Singer Centennials ? Was it Kenmore? Which one?
In the 1940s was it a FW ? Or another sm ?
Inquiring minds you know....
Thank you for helping solve this puzzle. ......... if not too much trouble could you please post where you found the info....
Thanks so very much!

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Date: 1/8/13 2:15 PM

Look in consumer magazines of the period-- Good Housekeeping comes to mind, though perhaps without good reason.

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Date: 1/8/13 2:26 PM

No idea, but I'd bet 1940 was a Singer.


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Date: 1/8/13 2:32 PM

I agree it would have to be Singer if this is any indication.

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Date: 1/8/13 2:38 PM

I'll just throw out opinions here..... In the '40s and early '50s, Singer was still the market leader in the SM biz, at least in North America. And their TOL model from 1935 to about 1954 was the 201. Nobody has the same top end model in their lines for so long anymore. Not saying it was the top seller though. TOLs have always been the most expensive, aspirational models.

Based on the numbers of machines of that vintage still kicking around the resale market, I'd venture that the Singer 15-91 may have been the top seller, with other Singers like FWs and 99s following. I'll bet Singer still sold more machines than everyone else combined. Even though European machines were starting to enter the North American market in the early '50s, they didn't sell in the same quantities as the popular Singers.

Singer was starting its decline by the time the 201 was surpassed as TOL. I'm not sure which Singer replaced it - early Singer zz machines (26/306/319/320) were not big sellers and didn't compete well with the Euro brands. The last great Singer was probably the 401 in the late 1950s.

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Date: 1/8/13 2:54 PM

The best sewing machines may have been imported into the country in limited numbers--too limited to garner market share.
Remember too that the importer handled the electrical conversion, soi there were ample opportunities to mar an otherwise perfect machine.



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Date: 1/8/13 3:08 PM

Quote: andye
Look in consumer magazines of the period-- Good Housekeeping comes to mind, though perhaps without good reason.




Looking up Good Housekeeping is a good idea.

Remember the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?

(My elna had one of those little silver stickers on it!)

GH used to rate sm's... so that might be an interesting journey if you can find info from that time period.

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Date: 1/8/13 3:19 PM

I know the Morse SuperDial was given a GHSA in 1955. It used to be that when the magazine awarded a product this seal they used to refund your money if it didn't perform properly.

I looked up the sewing machine rated by GH in 2011, and I have to say, both the evaluation process and their choices seemed to be performed by people who didn't actually sew.

Also, they divided sewing machines into the categories of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced moronic. Apparently, more advanced sewers need more stitches! And the people with the most skill have embroidery machines, because it takes so much talent and ability to change the thread when the machine beeps.

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Date: 1/8/13 3:27 PM

lol Soolip!
I think they are referring to the functions of the machine rather than the sewists using them!

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Date: 1/8/13 3:28 PM

I know when my Mom got her machine as a junior high graduation gift it was a lightly used Singer 201-2 in a Queen Anne cabinet. That same machine and cabinet is at the top of my stairs and is as handsome as when she got it. At the time she said it was a TOL machine and couldn't get over the fact her Father bought it for her.

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