A website reader named Jeanette recently emailed us about three antique sewing machines that she had acquired from her late father. The sewing machines are of Singer, Domestic, and Eldridge brands. Her father used to upholster furniture and she believed that he used the machines for this task. Jeanette contacted us to help her gather [...]
See if you can identify the antique sewing machines in these pictures. Rare finds from around the world.
We’ve recently received pictures of an old hand cranked sewing machine with a veneered wooden case. The only written information is the word “VEENLOO” which is incorporated within gold colored artistic scrolling on the side. A reader and the owner of the machine, David, would like to know who the manufacturer is. Clearly the machine [...]
A Piece of History: Antique Singer Sewing Machines The Singer Manufacturing Company is, nevertheless, the most renowned sewing machine manufacturer in the world. The company was founded by Isaac M. Singer, the brilliant inventor of the first continuous sewing machine. Because the sewing machines were far above what an average household can afford, the Singer [...]
Singer Company’s Greatest Rival: Antique White Sewing Machine Thought there are a few information about the antique White sewing machine compared to Singer, they are a reputable sewing machine company that have helped people in their love for quilting, sewing and crafting. Second to Singer, White was a large and well know sewing machine company [...]
Where to Find Antique Sewing Machine Parts In today’s modern world, antique items are not a thing of the past but are cherished and sought after. One of the most popular antique equipments that collectors go gaga for are antique sewing machines and their parts. Antique sewing machines play a huge part in our history. [...]
The Durable and Stylish Antique Sewing Machine Cabinet The antique sewing machine cabinet might be a thing of the past but they are still appreciated by numerous people. They are pretty, stylish and durable even after all these years. For lots of people, the sewing machine brings back various memories. It may be of their [...]
The Heavy Duty Antique Industrial Sewing Machine Torn between two well-working antique sewing machine beauties? If you found one for home use and another for industrial use, it could be a tough choice. Numerous antique sewing machines for home use are currently circulating the internet. Though rare, several people may have already owned some wonderful [...]
Some people collect stamps, toys or coins while there are others who collect much bigger things like radios, televisions sets and even sewing machines. You don’t have to be a dressmaker to appreciate the beauty of antique sewing machines. This home equipment is truly a piece of work that you can’t help but admire it. [...]
Antique sewing machines may not be priced that high on the markets today, but it definitely is a feeling to have one. One of the most popular units is the Singer 66 Treadle Antique Sewing Machine. This sewing machine dates back to the 1913-1915. Its serial number on the body confirms this too. This is [...]
Another famous sewing machine maker back in 1860 was Gold Medal. Originating in Orange Massachusettes, Gold Medal introduced its Home Shuttle machine in 1870s. However the unit was frequently improved and redesigned since the first one that they introduced has numerous flaws. By 1970, the company was taken over by Free Sewing Machine who still [...]
Antique sewing machine enthusiasts often go for the looks of the units they find. However, it is definitely a wonderful bonus if the machine is complete in parts and has great working condition. If you want to broaden your collection, you might want to check out the Frister and Rossmann sewing machines. The company Frister [...]
The Antique Sewing Machine: A Blast From the Past
In the olden days, men and women went to tailors to buy clothes. These tailors sew fabrics by hand to make clothes according to the specific measurements of their clients. While handmade clothes are well made, they often take a long time to finish especially if it involves layers and sets of numerous fabrics that are often plush and thick.
French tailor Brathelemy Thimonner was able to develop a viable sewing machine in 1830s that enabled him to create clothes in a much faster and simpler way. However, due to other French tailors' jealousy over Thimonner's new equipment, they ransacked his shop and destroyed his sewing machines. They feared that they would lose their livelihood if their clients prefered machine made clothes over handmade ones. After a few years, the sewing machine was seen as a boon for the textile industry. It allowed mass production of ready-made clothes and employment of numerous people. Because of this wonderful invention, clothing companies made sizable incomes.
Since it was first invented the sewing machine has evolved into a variety of phases. Gone are the bulky, oversized sewing machines. Now say hello to sophisticated and lightweight models. But there are some people who love the feel and appearance of antique sewing machines. In fact, the appeal of these antique sewing machine models is high because they are so rare. If one finds an antique sewing machine that is still in working condition then it is truly a gold mine. Though, take note that not all antique sewing machines are eagerly sought after. Most old models by the company, Singer are not worth that much except for the model #1 Turtleback. Whether you collect sewing machines for a hobby or prefer to actually work with them you can find a great selection of discount fabric online.
Here are some rare antique sewing machine models that are hunted for their beauty and value:
- The brands Wilcox & Gibbs and Wheeler & Wilson are considered valuable antique sewing machines because of their decorator appeal than their significance in history. First models of both of brands bring several thousand dollars depending on their details.
- The Clamp-On and Cute antique sewing machines are an 1870's patent that has an integral clamp and an unusual gearing mechanism. Other antique sewing machines such as those by Charles Parker, the Hancock patents, the Hardie patent, the various Hancock patents which are all portable and small with built in clamp are desirable and collectible as well.
- "New England" style sewing machines were manufactured by a number of different companies and they have slightly different variations in terms of decoration and features. The most distinguished part about these types of antique sewing machines is are their walking presser foot. This presser foot allows fabric movement from above rather than using the typical feed dogs that move fabric from below. Made in 1860's to 1870's, these antique sewing machines have ostentatious open-work bodies and highly decorative bright colored paintwork.
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