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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Early pre-war German child's sewing machine with instructions and clamp; very good, boxed condition; plus Vulcan minor, made in the UK c.1950's, excellent, boxed condition with instructions and clamp. (2 items)

'Peter Pan' child's sewing machine, made in Australia c.1940's in very good, boxed condition, with clamp

Singer 20 'Sewhandy' childs sewing machine c.1950s, made by the Singer Manufacturing Company, great Britain, with instruction booklet, needles pocket and accessories

Singer 20 'Sewhandy' child's sewing machine c.1950's, made by Singer Manufacturing Company, great Britain, in excellent, boxed condition with instruction booklet and clamp

Singer child's sewing machine in black, c.1930/1940's, very good condition.

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