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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Nancy,

    It's made by the American Buttonhole Sewing Machine Co.
    Pat can probably chime in here with more info.
    PAT where are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    That looks sort of like Singers's Model 12 or 13, but different? Cathy?

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    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Nancy,

    It's made by the American Buttonhole Sewing Machine Co.
    Pat can probably chime in here with more info.
    PAT where are you?
    What? I never heard of the American Buttonhole Sewing Machine Co! How interesting! I will be looking that one up! What a funny name for a company!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
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    Well, this is what I got today for $30. The gal that had her wanted $40, but she is missing her needle and the screw to hold the needle in! Isn't she cute! Do any of you know anything about this toy sewing machine? She was made by National Sewing Machine Company out of Belvedere, Illinois somewhere in the early 1920's. The lady that had her had been given this machine by her grandmother who got it new and used it to make doll clothes. We figured it out and it had to be made in the 1920's or a little earlier.
    According to Thomas, this toy was advertised in the Sears Christmas catalog of 1936. She estimates the dates of manufacture to be 1920s-1930s, and shows variants badged as 'American Girl' and 'Eldredgette'. (This is from Book II; can't put my hand on Book I. )

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    Pat,
    I'll check book two when I get home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    According to Thomas, this toy was advertised in the Sears Christmas catalog of 1936. She estimates the dates of manufacture to be 1920s-1930s, and shows variants badged as 'American Girl' and 'Eldredgette'. (This is from Book II; can't put my hand on Book I. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    It's made by the American Buttonhole Sewing Machine Co.
    Pat can probably chime in here with more info.
    PAT where are you?
    I think it's 'American Buttonhole, Overseaming and Sewing Machine Co.' (American BHO and Sewing Machine Co), established in 1867 in Philadelphia, which manufactured sewing machines till around 1896. I'm not sure about the model number (would be nice if they'd taken a picture of the front!), but there's a sketch of a similar-looking machine on the Smithsonian site (dated 1874). If 15995 is the serial number, this machine *may* date to 1870.

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...ges/image3.htm

    Here's a nice description (from somewhere around 1870-74):

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...ges/image1.htm

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    Pat,

    I knew you'd have much more info than I had.



    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    I think it's 'American Buttonhole, Overseaming and Sewing Machine Co.' (American BHO and Sewing Machine Co), established in 1867 in Philadelphia, which manufactured sewing machines till around 1896. I'm not sure about the model number (would be nice if they'd taken a picture of the front!), but there's a sketch of a similar-looking machine on the Smithsonian site (dated 1874). If 15995 is the serial number, this machine *may* date to 1870.

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...ges/image3.htm

    Here's a nice description (from somewhere around 1870-74):

    http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...ges/image1.htm

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    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    The "American" is about 3 hours away from me.... I'll pick it up and babysit if you'll pay the gas!!

    I stand corrected on the Damascus toy!! I would have thought 40's... but no matter what, it's a cutie!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    The "American" is about 3 hours away from me.... I'll pick it up and babysit if you'll pay the gas!!

    I stand corrected on the Damascus toy!! I would have thought 40's... but no matter what, it's a cutie!!
    I would have thought 1940s too, but the Sears catalog establishes it to at least before 1936. I will try to track down Thomas I to see if she has anything else.

    Re the American, check to see if it has a shuttle and bobbin! May be hard to find...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Monica, are you talking about the Pfaff the Damascus is sitting on? I love that machine, always have! It is a great comparison! Those TSM's (Toy Sewing Machines) are so tiny, but it is hard to tell how little they are without the comparison to a full sized machine!

    Thank you, that placemat pattern is really simple.

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    No not the Pfaff...... I was asking about the Damascus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    According to Thomas, this toy was advertised in the Sears Christmas catalog of 1936. She estimates the dates of manufacture to be 1920s-1930s, and shows variants badged as 'American Girl' and 'Eldredgette'. (This is from Book II; can't put my hand on Book I. )

    pat
    LOL my coffee just went all over that keyboard.... I read "according to Thomas" and immediately thought are we quoting the scriptures now, and we even have book I & II.

    Ok, I should stay quiet and drink my coffee.
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