Many of us still keep “grandmothers” mechanical sewing machines like “Singer” (“Singer” or “Podolsk”). If the first was not in every Soviet family, then the second hand sewing machine is practically for everyone. Some even had her foot version. By the number of operations performed, modern automatic sewing machines will give odds to many old ones, but in terms of quality none of them compare with the same “Podolsk”. Made of high quality materials, covered with good varnish, with a beautiful proprietary pattern, the devices give the manufacturer a desire to do a thing with “soul.” Someone in the attic or in the pantry is gathering dust in a suitcase with sewing equipment of the socialist era, and even in pre-revolutionary times. What do these two seemingly different sewing machines have in common?
On the Web, you can find a lot of ads on the sale of such mechanisms, but antiquaries buy them in large quantities. Why is this happening?
Why is Singer and Podolsk so similar?
The American corporation IM Singer & Co was founded by Isaac Singer and his companion Edward Clark in 1851. Later it was renamed to Singer Manufacturing Company, and then to The Singer Company. In addition to sewing machines. The corporation became famous for becoming the founder of franchising. She entered into a franchise transfer agreement with distributors of sewing machines. Initially, production was in the state of New York, but now it is concentrated mainly in the state of Tennessee.
The sophisticated style of the Soviet “under-hem” was practically copied from the Singer sewing machine. The products of the American company were delivered to Russia as well, but by the beginning of the 20th century it was unprofitable to supply sewing machines from abroad, many competitors appeared for less money. And the management of “Singer” started the production of sewing machines in Podolsk near Moscow. By 1914, the company produced 600 thousand units of products, and the plant became the largest in Europe manufacture of sewing equipment. In that year, the turnover of the enterprise amounted to 63.5 million rubles. This sewing equipment was sold all over the world. The Russian branch of the company has a luxurious office in St. Petersburg on Nevsky Prospect. However, in 1917, the plant in Podolsk stopped. The equipment has gone through a revolutionary time.
Serial number legend
One of the legends says well-known, says that in 1998, the management of The Singer Company promised to pay rewards for sewing machines with a serial number, which starts from one. There is no official confirmation of this statement. But antiquarians began to massively buy sewing machines from this company. It was rumored that the “zingers” are buying for amounts from 30 thousand to $ 1 million. However, the story of the “happy” serial numbers is not over.
It’s all about metal
Another legend tells that the first models of “Singer” contained rare earth metal palladium. It is valued above gold. It is also rumored that the needles of these sewing machines contain “red mercury”, which is supposedly especially valued.
Another legend has it that, with the advent of Soviet power, the inhabitants of the mountainous regions began to melt their gold into the beds of sewing machines.
In any case, if you are a happy owner of a Singer sewing machine in working condition, you should not sell it, if only because it is reliable and durable. Let there be no precious metals in it, it will serve you all your life. It is possible to make the most beautiful little tables other interior items from openwork cast supports of the foot sewing machine.