It says "White Rotary," and there's a metal plate on it with the serial number FR2657168. It was the company's most popular machine and was made until the 1950s. Business declined in the 1950s as foreign-made machines became available in the United States. Thomas White began producing sewing machines in 1858 in Templeton, Mass.White also made sewing machines for other companies, including Sears Roebuck. American manufacturers couldn't compete with Japanese companies making cheaper sewing machines, and by 1960 most of the American manufacturers were out of business.White merged with Husqvarna Viking, a Swedish firm.The lever machines also had a reverse stitch function if you lift the lever fully to the top and past the scale.If you want to date your machine here is Singer’s own dating link to their website.In a modern sewing machine the fabric easily glides in and out of the machine without the inconvenience of needles and thimbles and other such tools used in hand sewing, automating the process of stitching and saving time.
Produced from 1911-1962 they were made to fill a need for a lighter, more portable machine that could be used on any table.At the weekend Hubbie took the boys to the local car boot whilst I had to stay at home on the sofa (foot op dictated it) and as usual the boys came back with new bits and bobs they’d haggled for and excitedly told me of the bargains they’d managed to get.Then, quietly, Hubbie came in with a wonderful new little sewing machine. I say ‘she’ out of respect to the many ladies that would have used her over the years. 09/23/35 *****transitional production run 221__ AE 05-06 ….. 06/11/37 *****transitional production run 221__ AE 77-79 ….. 05/24/38 *****transitional production run 221__ AF 07-09 ….. A sewing machine is a machine used to stitch fabric and other materials together with thread.