This model was introduced in 1912 with the Singer company commissioning 5,000 machines from the Kilbowie factory in Scotland between July and December of that year. A further 10,500 were commissioned between January and June 1913 - production then ceased for reasons which are not yet known.
The Model 30 is a chain stitch machine and may have been designed to compete with the Original Express produced by Guhl & Harbeck which was popular in Great Britain at the time or perhaps to cash in on the popularity of Singers Model 20 chain stitch toy sewing machine which had been introduced around 1910.
Far fewer of this model were produced than Singer's Model 24 which was designed to compete with the Willcox & Gibbs chain stitch machine.
DATING: The date of commissioning for Singer sewing machines is available online go to Singer Machine Serial Numbers.
On these models the Serial Number is located underneath the machine hidden by the cast iron base.
Model 30K Serial No. F3670426.
This example dates to 1913 and is in good condition with excellent decals. It has a five spoke hand wheel and is fitted with a heavy cast iron base which appears to be standard for this model (although some sources claim it was an optional extra).