But I also wanted to find out the model numberwhich at first I thought would be a far more difficult proposition.Luckily, a quick search online yielded several resources that helped me narrow down my Singer's model number.What I mean by "dating" in this context, of course, isn't the romantic prelude to a longer-term relationship but knowing how old something is.And knowing how to date the objects we collect or sell is often easier said than done. Many problems in dating begin with maker misattribution.Before the invention of stainless steel, sterling silver and silver-plated items were found in every home.Even today, silver-plated picture frames and other decorative items are popular gifts.My flat screen TV usually lives on top of the Singer cabinet, so I look at it every day.Perhaps someday I'll refurbish it, and when that happens, it will be important to know a little more about the machine.
Several years ago, I was given an antique Singer treadle sewing machine that has been passed down through my family for a few generations.(Thank you, Monica, at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas.) lately, because the pattern dating at the Commercial Pattern Archive (Co PA) is so comprehensive.However, if you have a vintage Butterick pattern that looks 1920’s through 1970’s and want to date it, my numerical charts at witness2are easy to use.Manufacturers often reproduce pieces from other eras, and some styles, like Shaker wood furniture, never really go out of fashion.According to TLC Home, it's better to look at the construction and finish of the piece instead.