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The Singer Model 185K Sewing Machine: A Brief Overview
The Singer 185K sewing machines were produced in the Kilbowie factory in Scotland between 1958 and mid-1963. These machines were essentially a cosmetically re-packaged electric version of the long-serving model 99K, sharing many of the same mechanisms and parts. Interestingly, in May 1963, the 185 was replaced by the Singer 285, which looked almost identical externally but featured a different underbed mechanism with a rack and pinion to operate the oscillating hook.
Here are some key details about the Singer 185K:
- Size: 3/4 full size (12-1/2" base)
- Motor: Singer BAK or BZK-5 (external with V belt)
- Needle: 15X1 (Flat to right)
- Bobbin: Class 66
- Finish: Tan/Brown (for British 185K) or Green (for US 185 and Canadian 185J