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Toy Sewing Machines

When I was 10, my grandmother gave me a sewing machine for Christmas. I later learned that she was more excited about it than any other gift. It worked - made a chain stitch.

It's a Singer Model 20.

A few years ago, I began collecting other toy machines. This one came from England in the brown leatherette case. It's another Singer Model 20, but much earlier, probably made in the 1940's. Both of the Model 20 machines work.


Both of the machines below were made in Germany. The one on the left, a Casige, was made in the British Zone, while the one of the right, a KAYanEE Sew Master, was made in the US Zone. Both were made between 1945 and 1949.

Today I got to put them on display at the library branch closest to my home. You have to sign up in advance and I've been waiting a couple of years. They will be there for the entire month.

posted on Mar 1, 2013 8:03 PM ()


Very cool!
comment by jaydensblog on Mar 2, 2013 2:32 PM ()
Thanks Jayden
reply by catdancer on Mar 9, 2013 7:36 PM ()
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 2, 2013 11:01 AM ()
Silly boy!
reply by catdancer on Mar 2, 2013 1:11 PM ()
Ack! That was supposed to be
reply by jjoohhnn on Mar 2, 2013 11:02 AM ()
comment by jondude on Mar 2, 2013 10:16 AM ()
Thanks Jon.
reply by catdancer on Mar 2, 2013 1:11 PM ()
These machines look classy. My mother was a master needle worker and made a lot of clothes for my sister and I when we were little. She had a vintage Singer that she had modified to be electric but she never traded it in. At one point, I tried to learn how to sew with a machine but couldn't stick with it. My friend was teaching me. Mom was working by then as a fur finisher for high-end furriers. I am so uninterested in sewing that a shirt needing a button might well sit in the "to-do" pile for a couple of years.
comment by tealstar on Mar 2, 2013 6:07 AM ()
So you use safety pins? Somehow I can't see you wearing anything with missing buttons, etc. Sewing isn't for everyone. My mother was a gifted sewer and made most of my clothes, hers and things for her sisters and even a dress for her sister-in-law. My aunt still talks about that green dress.
reply by catdancer on Mar 2, 2013 1:11 PM ()
thanks for sharing this and remember this well.
comment by fredo on Mar 2, 2013 5:57 AM ()
Thanks Fredo.
reply by catdancer on Mar 2, 2013 1:08 PM ()
I remember playing with a toy sewing machine. Not sure if it was mine or a friend's. Could have been my sister's. By the time I was fifteen I was in all sorts of sewing classes and making my own wardrobe.
comment by nittineedles on Mar 1, 2013 10:16 PM ()
My mom showed me how to hem an apron when I was 4. She pinned it and laid it out flat and I promptly sewed it to her bed. I got better as the years went by. I made my own clothes, most of my son's, and a lot of things for my husband. Once I discovered quilting, my interest in garment sewing went out the window. Now that's all I do. Did your toy machine work? Mine do chain stitches which makes it easy to rip out the seams.
reply by catdancer on Mar 2, 2013 1:08 PM ()

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