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Singer 285 & 275 Sewing Machines

The Singer model 285 sewing machine was made in both the Kilbowie, Scotland and St. John's, Canada plants during 1963-1965. The suffixes 'K' and 'J' were added to the model numbers accordingly to indicate their manufacturing location.

Singer 275K

Model 275K

 

Singer 285J

Model 285J (photo courtesy of Erin)

 

The Singer model 285 was a development of the 185 model which it replaced. The 185 had in turn a few years earlier been a cosmetically re-packaged version of the long serving model 99K, re-using many of the same parts as the 99. Although the 285K looks almost identical to the 185K it had a competely new oscillating rack and pinion drive arrangement to the lower hook mechanism under the bed. Unfortunately this 'improvement' was not well received, as it tended to make the 285 machines both noisier and subject to vibration.

Singer 275 Underbed

Model 275K - Underbed Mechanism

 

The Singer model 275K was virtually identical to the 285K except that the foot pedal speed controller was permanently wired in instead of using the normal 3 pin plug and socket.

 

Technical Details

Size 3/4 Full size (12-1/2" base)
Motor Singer BZK-60 (external with V belt)
Drive Belt Simanco Part No. 196389 (32.5cm O.D)
Speed Control Pressed metal foot pedal (Style D)
Needle 15X1 (Flat to right)
Needle Threading Left to right
Bobbin Plastic class 66
Work Light Fitted to rear
Finish Tan/Brown or Blue

Serial Numbers

From Number To Number Quantity Date
       
EV 244017 EV 254016 10000 15 May 1963
EV 588839 EV 598838 5000 20 November 1963
EV 721489 EV 771488 50000 6 February 1964
EV 970199 EV 990198 20000 11 June 1964
EX 065508 EX 085507 20000 14 August 1964
EX 322214 EX 342213 20000 7 November 1964
EX 402915 EX 432914 30000 14 January 1965
EX 501624 EX 521623 20000 30 March 1965
EX 591625 EX 611624 20000 30 March 1965
EX 647237 EX 667236 20000 18 August 1965

The serial numbers for the Canadian built machines are not included (Can anybody help with these ?)

Photos

Singer 275-01

275 - Front

Singer 275-02

275 - Back

Singer 275-03

275 - End

Singer 275-04

275 - Balance Wheel

Singer 275-05

275 - Motor

Singer 275-06

275 - Foot Pedal

Singer 285J Front

285J - Front

Singer 285J Back

285J Back