VS 1

From NBWiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Singer

Singer VS1

VS1- Lever Spring Tension

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

The "lever spring" pivoted tension block (see arrow) is released by a button to the right of the face plate (not illustrated), as with Singer's little known High Arm. It is regulated by the screw on top of the face plate in the same way as a Singer 12 New Family.

Singer's pre-1900 dating information is a little sketchy and unreliable. Chrys Gunther has conflicting info about Singer dates, collected over many years eg a High Arm in Chrys' database was dated by Singer to June 9, 1885. That's in the middle of other numbers that are supposedly 1884.

Ottoman Carnation decals were registered in 1884.

The "lever spring" tension control was patented in 1885 by Albert D. Pentz on behalf of Singer. Pentz and family went on to patent other inventions, later in the automobile industry.

The VS1 was superseded by the 27-1 (VS2).

See Identifying Singer VS Machines and Singer Decals for further information, comparisons and Kilbowie models.

VS 1 Instruction Manual

Courtesy of Linda Scholten

Please note, the VS1 manual did not have illustrations. Only a few copies have surfaced.

VS1 Instruction Manual

Note: The "VS1 manual" from Kilbowie shown on the ismacs site is a standard VS2 manual, not a VS1 manual at all. Many copies of that manual from the early 1890s exist. Note the tension facing the operator. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the VS1 was ever made in Kilbowie.




VS 1 - Early Model

Courtesy of Chrys Gunther from the late Dorothy Brumleve.

The Vibrating Shuttle No. 1, a fiddlebased VS machine, was manufactured only c1884-86. Treadle only.

It is characterized by a simple, low bobbin winder, kidney shaped rear inspection plate, decals on the faceplate. The VS1 has narrower slide plates than later VS models. Stitch length regulator on the bed of the machine. It uses a 20x1 needle.

This early version has Ottoman Carnation decals and a basic face plate configuration with a simple "lever spring" pivoted tension block, which is released by a button to the right of the faceplate, as with the Singer High Arm. It is regulated by the screw on top of the face plate.


VS 1 - Later

Serial #6376489

Courtesy of Linda Scholten

This Vibrating Shuttle No. 1 has a simple, low bobbin winder, kidney shaped rear inspection plate with decals on the faceplate with narrow slide plates. Its stitch length regulator is on the bed of the machine.

The early version has a more basic faceplate configuration with a simple type of "lever spring" which is released by a button from the right of the faceplate, as with the Singer High Arm. However, this VS1 model has a conventional face plate and tension configuration like a Model 12. Floral decals. 20x1 needle.

VS1 - Later

Serial #6386796

Courtesy of Sissy

The machine also has the later, conventional tension arrangement on the face plate and Ottoman Carnation decals.

The VS1 was superseded by the 27-1 (VS2).