Singer Cabinets & Cases

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Singer Cabinets & Cases

Other reference sources:

NeedleBar Guide to Singer Cabinets, Treadle Bases & Cases

Singer Cabinets & Cases

Cabinet 47a

Courtesy of Tim Slattery

A recently refinished cabinet 47a that came with a Singer 15-91 in it.


Cabinet 390 & 391

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

Th 390 and 391 cabinets are virtually identical, both finished in a mid-tone teak veneer, but the 390 holds full-sized models, while the 391 cabinet takes "medium-sized" machines (Singer's wording). The 390 and 391 cabinets are 30 3/4" high, 16 3/4" deep and 24 1/2" wide when folded.

This style is commonly found in the UK. It dates to c1966.


Cabinet 430

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

This is a patent drawing largely concerned with the collapsible metal support used with these tables. It was designed by William Batson from Singer's Elizabeth, NJ factory and patented in 1959. It was further improved with the use of Edward Stanton and William's Hofgesang's improved front hinges 1960-1963. The set up was partly based on methods of folding wall tables and other collapsible tables. See Singer 401 and the No. 74 Spinet Cabinet.

Courtesy of BJ Gates

Courtesy of Wayne

Bought in 1958. The surface is a formica type laminate. The insert provides a flat surface or may be used as an extension leaf to the table top.

Courtesy of C D Thayer


Enclosed Cabinet

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

The enclosed cabinet is sturdy and veneered in walnut. Most full-sized sewing machines will fit this cabinet (30 5/8" high, 22 3/4 wide, 16 1/2 deep).

This model had an older look for the 1960s era (1966) and is not frequently encountered in the UK. It was more expensive than the 390/391, but cheaper then the 483.


Cabinet 483

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

The 483 cabinet takes most full-sized sewing machines. It has the "Scandinavian Look" and is finished in light teak veneer that will "take a lot of hard wear and still come up like new". Four smooth-running drawers. The cabinet is 29 3/8" high, 16" deep and 33 5/8" wide.

It was designed to be used as a sideboard or occasional table as well as a sewing centre.

A top of the range model around £29 in 1966, fairly frequently encountered in the UK.