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.