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This Transverse Shuttle Family High Arm machine, manufactured only in
Singer's Kilbowie plant, came onto the market in 1900, far later than
similar styled German machines. Unlike most German TS High Arm machines
it takes a self setting 15x1 needle. The needle threads front to back
and the machine uses a hybrid shuttle, with a standard VS bobbin.
Upper tension is adjusted by the screw to the right of the face plate
ie to the right of the needle bar.

48K1 - treadle, black balance wheel
48K2 - portable, black wheel
48K3 - treadle, plated wheel
48K4 - portable, plated wheel

This machine was only produced with Ottoman Carnation decals (and
Ottoman Carnation with Indian Star). : Origins of Ottoman

535,150 48K machines produced between 1900 & 1913.

One major difference between the Singer 12 and the Singer 48 is that the
12 is a low arm and the 48 is a high arm. It doesn't use left over
Singer 12 parts.

Although the Germans were initially late into sewing machine
development, development quickly superseded the low arm machines. After
all, with a higher arm you could fit more sewing underneath. The
Germans largely stopped producing low arm fiddlebase machines: and concentrated more
on the high arms with rectangular bases. The market was flooded with
German TS machines in Europe and the UK, undercutting Singer's prices.

Singer realised the old low arms (Singer 12) were out of date, they
entered the market late with their version of a rectangular based high
arm TS machine. They added a couple of innovations, namely instead of a
boat shuttle, they adapted a hybrid shuttle, the use of a 15x1 needle.
Also the new upper tension control. The majority of German machines
already had shuttle eject before Singer. These rectangular based High
Arm TS machines were
produced cheaply enough to be transported to places like the UK (and
everywhere east eg Russia and the Indian sub-continent) and still
undercut the higher priced Singers. The 48 was never marketed nor sold
in the USA and was intended to compete with the German TS sales in that
price range. The US had taxes (up to 45%) on imports of sewing
machines, to protect the home market, making it uneconomical to ship low
cost machines all that way. As far as Singer models were concerned, the
Elizabethport supplied the majority of machines for the US.

The most commonly found 48Ks have black handwheels etc. That's because
it was more expensive to nickel plate parts and the model was a low
cost, budget option.

Detailed information about the Singer 48K : and
Origins of the Ottoman Carnation Decals :

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