The Singer Manufacturing Company was an American company that produced and marketed sewing machines and related products. It was founded in 1851 by Isaac M. Singer, a self-taught mechanic and inventor, who patented the first practical sewing machine for domestic use. The company grew rapidly and became the largest manufacturer of sewing machines in the world by 1860. It also pioneered the use of installment payment plans, mass production, and international marketing. The company changed its name to the Singer Company in 1963 and was reorganized as Singer NV in the Netherlands in 2000¹.
Some interesting facts about the Singer Manufacturing Company are:
- The company’s original logo featured a red letter S with a girl sitting on it, which became a well-known trademark throughout the world².
- The company’s first factory outside the U.S.A. was opened in Glasgow, Scotland in 1867, and later expanded to become the largest sewing machine factory in the world at Kilbowie, Clydebank².
- The company introduced the first electric sewing machine in 1910 and the first zigzag machine in 1934¹.
- The company held the Royal Warrant from 1904 to 1956, meaning that it supplied sewing machines to the British royal family².
- The company also produced other products, such as bicycles, typewriters, firearms, furniture, and automobiles¹.
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(1) Singer Corporation – Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singer_Corporation.
(2) Singer Manufacturing Co – Graces Guide. https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Singer_Manufacturing_Co.
(3) Singer Company | Sewing Machines, Textiles & Manufacturing. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Singer-Company.