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Since 1851, SINGER® has been at the forefront of American sewing and they are celebrating their 160th anniversary with the launch of MySINGERStory.com! From their first prize win at the 1855 World’s Fair to their introduction of the first electronic sewing machine in the 1970s, SINGER® has a rich history in the sewing and craft world and now they’re giving you the opportunity to share your sewing story for the chance to win one of their fantastic new SINGER 160™ machines!

Head over to MySINGERStory.com to share a little bit of your history, or enter your machine’s serial number to receive a commemorative certificate and learn all about the story behind your make and model. Plus, stay tuned to BurdaStyle all month long as we bring you exclusive sewing stories from our BurdaStyle members and staff to celebrate the monumental anniversary of one of our favorite sewing machine brands!

Show and tell time! We want you to share photos of your sewing inspirations, your machine, or your personal history with sewing to celebrate this important anniversary. Simply submit photos to susan@burdastyle.com with the subject line “mySINGERstory” and wait to see if your shots appear in our photo slideshow section!


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    Aug 22, 2011, 10.20 PMby notoes

    My Mom had an old, cabinet Singer that I have now since she passed and she never had to even grease it up in over 30 years and still runs fine. I have an 11 year old model 5050 and even though I’m not gentle in the least to it (I’ve broken the needle plate and the bobbin case before), it still runs like a champ. Best $200 I ever spent and wouldn’t take $2,000 to give it up.

    But there is something people don’t know – Singer went bankrupt a couple years or so back. Another company bought it and now makes the machines in China! So the Singer of today IS NOT the Singer we all grew up with. So if you want a good one expect to go over $100 at the very least for the high end ones or buy an older, used model. I can vouch that the old ones still run just fine even used. I priced a used model 5050 just like mine and it’s well worth the $75-110 for one.

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    Aug 19, 2011, 12.44 AMby di-di

    My mom passed her old singer (came with 8 disks for zig zag type stitches) down to me when she replaced it with a Kenmore in the 70’s. I think she always regretted it, but knew I LOVED that machine. My husband bought me a fancy computerized Pfaff in the 90’s that I’ve learned to love, but it will never fill my heart like that Singer machine! I still have it and will never part with it. One of the things I love most, is that I can do repairs by myself if I can get the part, and so far that’s never been a problem. Heck, I’ve hardly ever even had to! What a work horse!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 01.51 PMby lakaribane


    I signed up to the RSS feed to the MySINGERstory.com website so I could read the stories on my Google Reader and I noticed something worrisome: each and every story lists the EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE POSTER.

    I immediately emailed Singer about this but I just want you all to know the inherent risks. Don’t post your personal email ie your real name or the one you use for online purchases. Caveat emptor!

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      Aug 17, 2011, 04.05 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey lakaribane,

      Thank you for alerting us to this issue. We just sent this message to SINGER. We’ll let you know when we hear any updates.

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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      Aug 17, 2011, 06.42 PMby rachelnyc

      Update – SINGER is in the process resolving this issue!
      Thanks again for catching this and notifying us.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 10.49 AMby takenotice

    My mother always had a singer which she would not allow anyone else to use . She said it just didn’t feel right once someone had use it. . She bought me a matching singer to hers when I was 4 or 5 but mine was child size and used batteries . I would sit next to my mom for hours and pick up the scraps and sew dolls clothes. This was the early sixty’s. I don’t know what model it was. .

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    Aug 17, 2011, 03.32 AMby kokofyre

    I first learned to sew with a 60’s model in a light green cabinet – it was my mother’s and she was a wonderful teacher. Before I could even touch the machine I had to sew doll clothes by hand – my stitched had to be perfect and even or I would have to do them again, at 12 I did not like my mom very much, I wanted to sew but not like they did in colonial times! Mom and I shared an addiction to fabric and patterns – mom has passed away now and I surely miss having someone to sew with and did not sew for several years after her death – I am now looking for a new machine and can’t wait to get back to sewing.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 02.27 AMby Maxine Funk

    I learned to sew on my grandmother’s treadle Singer that my mom had when I was very young… My older sister and brothers use to make paper money and our mom talked to us about sewing machine needles like most moms talk about their good scissors. I, now, have a collection of sewing machine and about 4 of them are Singers including a Featherweight.

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    Aug 16, 2011, 08.51 PMby An Boeks

    My first boyfriend his dad sold singer sewing machines. Sorry that’s all.

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    Aug 16, 2011, 08.30 PMby lauraj-1

    mySingerstory.com isn’t working. The page builds and goes blank! I have a collection of Singer Touch ‘n Sew machines (600 series machines). I have four. Three need a little work, but I’ll get to them. I’ve also got a borrowed one from my Mom. She has another one in a cabinet. I didn’t have the money for it, but it had all it’s parts and the book! In a beautiful cabinet. I had a 211 in a cabinet. One of the first Singer zig-zag machines. It still looked like a treadle machine complete with ornate artwork. I loved that machine and should never have sold it. It was a true workhorse. I’ve also had a Singer by Merit serger. It may not have had the most features, but it was a solid runner and I still prefer it to my fancier replacement. That little machine always plugged away, problems eaasily cleared up. I can’t say that about this Babylock.

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      Aug 16, 2011, 10.09 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey lauraj-1,

      It’s too bad the site isn’t working for you! Be sure you are going to the correct site: www.mysingerstory.com.

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Aug 16, 2011, 08.15 PMby Victoria5487

    My first sewing machine was a Singer portable in a wooden cabinet that I bought at a farm auction for $20. I made many outfits for my two daughters on that machine. I sure wish I had it back!! What was I thinking when I sold it?

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    Aug 16, 2011, 02.06 PMby Anna Nguyen

    Amen! Even my “portable” circa-1978 Singer Fashion-Mate weighs 30 pounds!!

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    Aug 16, 2011, 01.57 PMby Ruth Brown

    My favorite machine is my vintage Singer treadle. They were certainly built to last!

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