This brown Singer 319W is not very pretty. In fact, we think it is on the ugly side but it will sew about anything you can get under the presser foot. This appearance of our unit is partly due to the brown crinkle paint. It is difficult to remove the old dried lubricants used over the years. When we get the time, we plan to sit down with it and a small scrub brush (such as a sacrificed tooth brush) and a mild detergent. Fortunately, Singer didn't decorate the finish with scroll work as was done on earlier machines.
When we acquired the 319 it had no Fashion Disks. We ordered over 20 disks from a source in Canada during December 2006.
Notice the balance wheel extends beyond the wood base. A wood base is required for the machine to sit level if it is not installed in a cabinet. This unit resides in a carrying case designed for it with a built-in adapter to store the foot control.
We were told by a dealer that the 319 was a "bust" for Singer because of its complexity. Apparently seamstresses were a bit intimidated by all the levers, dials and cams. The rotating external cams were something she didn't want to get her flaxen hair caught up in. It also was apparently a point of interest for little boys with curious minds. This probably accounts for the relatively short period of production-- from 1955-57. Made in Bridgeport, Connecticut at the old Wheeler & Wilson facility (hence the "W" designation in 319W). We have seen other 319Ws in green and black.
You need 206X13 needles and bobbins that are listed for a Riccar Rotary. The standard needles for a Singer 319--the 206X13--is still being produced and can be ordered from a number of sources. Buy enough to last as long as you plan on owning the machine. The 319 also uses a twin needle 306X3 which we were told and are no longer made and may be hard to find.
We like the machine for the seam it sews. It is a heavy and quite substantial unit and built very well. It would appear that it was the Edsel of its day.
Below is a table showing the various Fashion Disk Patterns.