Learn about Sewing Machines

A 1790's patent by the English cabinetmaker Thomas Saint promised to stitch boots and do quilting but was probably never made. Tangible success did not come until the Thimmonier machine patented in 1830 which was used for making French army uniforms in his shop a decade later. The mqachine was destroyed by angry tailors fearing for their livelihoods. The American, Elias Howe, Junior drew on earlier discoveries to develop what is regarded as the modern machine. It was subsequently refined by Isaac Singer of New York and in 1851 he patented and gave his name to, the ubiquitous brand of sewing machine. It is generally held that the sewing machine was the first domestic mechanical aid to be mass-produced.

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A Victorian Singer pedal sewing machine with the original cast iron stand. 114 cm high, 72 cm wide, 47 cm deep.

A 19th century Pinnook high-arm sewing machine, with original instruction manual and accessories

Two vintage miniature sewing machines including Singer together with a novelty sewing machine sharpener

A chromed cast iron Willcox & Gibbs sewing machine on the original cast iron foot pedal base, Circa 1890

A Singer treble sewing machine c.1920 with Egyptian motif to celebrate discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb

A Pinnock table manual sewing machine in working condition. Inlaid case and original lock & key 30 cm high, 48 cm long, 26 cm wide

A late nineteenth century Wilcox & Gibb treble sewing machine in complete and working condition, including original operation manuals 100 cm high, 75 cm wide x 40 cm deep

Singer sewing machine, approx 100 cm high, 120 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A 19th century Pinnook high-arm sewing machine, with original instruction manual and accessories

Cased home Shuttle sewing machine Charles Davis of Hobart

A singer sewing machine floor model with Egyptian motif 52 x 42 x 88 cm

An early Singer sewing machine on cast iron base and oak top, 90 x 43 x 76 cm

A Jones Sewing Machine Co. serpent neck sewing machine, c.1890, the black body decorated with a gilded leaf pattern, complete in box with later Singer decal

Vintage Vulcan child's sewing machine, with original cardboard box,

Made in USA miniature Singer sewing machine, black cast iron hand operated

A child's 'Singer' hand operated sewing machine. Height 18 cm

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