During the late 1800's and early 1900's young
girls were expected to learn to sew at
an early age, and small portable
hand crank sewing machines
that could be used by youngsters were also widely
marketed toward adults to use at home for mending as well as while traveling
or vacationing. Many just did a simple chain stitch, if you
could get it to work, and were of dubious worth as real sewing machines.
But that did not keep the manufacturers from touting their usefulness in
search of widening the market. Machines by Smith & Egge with
names like Peerless, Little Comfort, Midget, and others fall into this type.
The Stitchwell TSM / Toy Sewing Machine by the National Sewing Machine Co.
in Belvedere, IL is a well known and well made American TSM that dates from the
20's. It is cast iron and a nice looking as well as nicely designed
machine. It pretty much marks the end of an era, and after this
most cast iron toy sewing machines disappeared as manufacturers turned to less expensive materials like
sheet steel, and then later plastic.
Next came the later "tinny" type machines. Here
is where you will find colorful chain-stitch children's and toy
sewing machines dating from the first part of the 20th century
thru the 1950's or so that we are currently offering for sale.
- Busy Bee (Stitchwell by National) Toy Sewing Machine in Original Box
- Foley & Williams Midget Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Unusual Copper Flash Finish
- Smith & Egge Peerless Automatic Toy Sewing Machine / TSM
- Muller #6 Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Original Box w/ Instructions
- Triumph Patented Toy Sewing Machine / TSM
- Antique Photo of a Child with a Toy Sewing Machine
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These interesting and
highly detailed vintage Singer toy sewing machines are often mistakenly identified
The truth is that they were made and marketed
as toys. Singer realized the importance
marketing their products and their name to young girls
and made their first version, what has come to be referred to as the
4-spoke, in the early 1900's.
Many full-size Singer
sewing machines were undoubtedly sold to young ladies who fondly remembered
the toy sewing machine that years earlier they had first learned to sew on.
Singer continued the tradition of promoting the company in this way
right up to their last model, which they had made for them in Turkey
in the 1980's.
Most all of the earlier Singer toy sewing
machines are considered highly collectible today and are the most popular
machine that we sell. They were so popular in their
day that other toy sewing machine
makers decided to get a piece of the action by copying the Singer design,
and a host of what have come to
be known among collectors as "look-alikes" were produced by assorted
American and foreign manufacturers over the years. For collectors that
means there are many exciting variations to be found, and one could assemble an outstanding collection
of only Singers and the look-alikes just by focusing on all of the different
models, colors and variations in their cases and boxes.
We also always carry a good selection of
Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines
which are a favorite with today's quilters and crafters, and they are
listed on a separate page.
- Singer Model 20-10 Black TSM / Toy Sewing Machine in
Original Suitcase-Style Carry Case
- Tan / Beige Singer Model 20-10 TSM / Toy Sewing Machine in Original Box
- Several Different Black Singer Model 20 TSM Toy Sewing Machines
- Singer Model 20 Electric TSM / Toy Sewing Machine
- First Model 4 Spoke Model 20 TSM / Toy Sewing Machine in Original Box
- Red Singer 20-10 TSM / Toy Sewing Machine in Original Box
The First Toy Sewing Machine Publication in the World
This newsletter / monthly magazine was published from 1990 through 2000. Offered here
are 30 issues, mostly dating from 1994-1999, plus the Special
Singer Toy issue. A wealth of information.
Price: $75 for all
Child Size Toy Treadle
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sewing machines are the most desirable and oftentimes
hardest to find of all TSM's. Below are a
are out of a collection we are selling for the widower
of a collector who had a keen eye and the taste and
means to buy the best when she was offered it.
These unusual machines are seldom seen except in
collections these days, and over the years we have found
just a couple in all of our hunting.
probably about a dozen different makes or models of
these rare machines available. Most are
American but the German maker Muller also made a couple
of different models. Most are quite well-made and
have elaborate cast iron stands just like, or even more
decorative than, most that are seen
on full size machines.
- Patented Daisy Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM
- "Busy Bee" / Stitchwell Toy Treadle by National Sewing Machine Co. on Mission Style Base
- F & W Automatic Toy Treadle on Mission Style Wood Stand
- Muller #18 Toy Treadle Sewing Machine w/ Cast Iron Stand and Decorated Hood
- Slightly Smaller Muller #16 Toy Treadle Sewing Machine w/ Cast Iron Stand and
Please Note: We do not buy or sell all sewing machines.
We can help you sell certain antique and collectible sewing machines.
For info on later Sewing Machines that we do not buy or deal in, and their
values please see this
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To view examples of the types of antiques and collectibles we have previously
sold and are always interested in helping you sell please visit our
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