Friday, June 22, 2012

Made in Japan

 When I learned that some Singer machines were made in Japan after WWII, I started my hunt for a Singer from Japan. I didn't want a cloned Singer. Why? Because I spent four years living in Tokyo in the early 1990s, and I have such wonderful memories of the time spent there.  And I love vintage Singer sewing machines!  Well to my surprise, this week a Singer 224 was posted on CL.  They posted it as a Singer 401, but I knew that it wasn't a 401. At first, I couldn't identify the machine since the Singer 224 machines are rare in the States.




The Singer 224 are designed to be treadled, takes 15x1 needles, and takes the flat cams for the decorative stitching.  No need to bypass a motor to treadle this machine like I have done with my Singer 328 or my Necchi Supernova Ultra.  This machine treadles so smoothly!  Cabinet has the look of duct tape attack, but that should clean up.



15 comments:

  1. I am so glad you were able to get one of these. I tell myself I want one; no, I don't need one; yes, I want one. I think I'll just enjoy the fact that you now have one!

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  2. I love seeing your sewing machine collection. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Fascinating machine, thanks for sharing. Of course now I want one! I've got a 306 to treadle, but those expensive needles keep me from using it much.

    I've got a Japanese 223, an absolute beast of a machine. It does not take cams, but does both zigzag AND a blindstitch, which is pretty cool. I haven't investigated treadling it though.

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  4. Thanks! She treadles so smoothly. Poor Hank the Tank, he will just be sitting off to the side since this machine does the same work. I'm going to save Hank for my son. Everyone should own at least one sewing machine; so, Hank will be his. Now, I just need to teach my son how to sew.

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  5. Have fun with your new machine. So far, I only have strait stitch machines.

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  6. it really would have been cool if the word SINGER was written in Japanese!

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  7. Heehee, Something like this: シンガー
    Although this is the word for a singer.

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  8. Singer or singer in any other name! Bha ha ha

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  9. My friend recently found a Singer 226 that looks very much like your 224, with a few little differences. It was also made in Japan. Do you have a manual for your machine? Do you know if it was originally setup as a treadle? These are wonderful treadle machines!! I made a video of ours... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5GsfYcYqxc

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    1. I looked at your excellent video. Yes, your Singer 226 is like my Singer 224,just that yours has the light and the switch on the side for the pressure bar. No, I don't own the manual, but the machine is simple enough to figure out how it works. Yes, the machine was originally setup to be treadled. This machine treadles so smoothly and makes beautiful decorative stitches. I'm in love with the machine!

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    2. Is there a light on your 224? I see a light reflection in your first photo and it looks like it may be on the back of the machine? I didn't catch the light location difference until you mentioned it.

      My 226 is the smoothest, quietest treadle machine I have. Love it!,

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  10. i from malaysia and i have this singer 224 too...its my mom using this machine about 20-30 years....n now this machine still pending for services.all of part this machine still keep in cabinet..

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  11. i from malaysia and i have this singer 224 too...its my mom using this machine about 20-30 years....n now this machine still pending for services.all of part this machine still keep in cabinet..

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    1. You will have to look for another machine or someone that is selling vintage sewing machine parts on the internet for the spare part. Good luck!

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