Wednesday, August 24, 2011

1940's Singer 96K41.

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to have scooped up this 1940 Singer industrial sewing machine. This hefty piece of steel will be my new go to for canvas and wool, as well as hopefully some leather goods.  It chugged away like a locomotive as soon as I pressed on the treadle after powering it up.  The owner said his Dad had owned it since at least the 50's and hemmed many a pants on it.  They were cleaning house and just wanted it gone.  Gladly! The folks at and Bob at Toledo Industrial Sewing Machines have been exceptionally kind in providing info and great deals on parts for setting it up to handle leather and Canvas.  While not designed for leather it should be able to handle up to 10oz of leather.  And using the Google machine I was able to find both parts manual, and instructions for this machine.  Stay tuned for some fine looking goods made on this bad boy!

Here is the operating manual for the 96K10, 96K12, and 96k16. Which is the closest I could find online.


  1. Hello.
    I bought a Singer 96K41 today. Saw that you found both parts manual and instructions for this machine.
    Can you please tell me where I can find them?

    Best regards, Tomas Svensson (Sweden)

    1. Hey Tomas, While it is not the exact instructions for this model machine, it is almost identical. If you email me, I will send the PDF. Damnyak(at)



    2. Hi, do you also have an instruction for me? I also bought a Singer 96K41 recently but don't know for sure how to manage the wire..
      Tnx in advance. Marianne is my email

    3. Hi, could you please send us a copy? We are having problems threading the bobbin. thanks Hannah

  2. hey would it be possible to upload the instructions, since there are many people who want them (including my self, i have a 96k41 and I can't thread the bobbin either) many thanks in advance. today i was thinking to sell it that's why i googled the model, but if i can use it maybe i can keep it! :)

  3. OMG! Thank you so much! I've been trying to figure it out for a while :P

  4. Hi do you still have these instructions Ive just acquired one myself and struggling to find them.

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  6. Hi! Your girl looks in lovely condition. I have just bought one of these, I think that she is a 1951 vintage. I too, would appreciate a clear pdf of instructions. I have some for 96-10_12_16.pdf. but the pics are very blurry.

    Thank you and happy sewing!

  7. hey , can i please also have a copy
    thanks !

  8. Hi,
    My wife has this model and we are in the process of resurrecting it after many years stored in our box room. It would be a great help if we could have a copy of whatever manuals you still have.

    Perth, Western Australia.