Hubby and I went to look at some radio controlled planes and the guy had an Essex miniature sewing machine. At $5 CAD, I could not pass it up. It even came with the original owner's manual and a couple of spare parts. At least, I hope they are spares.
These machines were not sold as toys or decorative machinery. They were (are) working chain stitch sewing machines. Cool. Now I just need to find a place in the house to feature the machine.