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    I am a collector of a lot of things but I love anything connected to sewing. My mom got me two antique toy sewing machines for my birthday to add to my collection.


    Here are my two new ones and the ones I have already. The red metal one is from the 50s. It was mine as a child.

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    1950s Sewette this one was mine as a child
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    These are a Holly Hobbie my mom got at a yard sale several years ago. It even has a little foot peddle. The white one isn't too old but it is in my collection so I put it in the pics.

    The little ones are pencil sharpeners my mom found. You can see how little they are.

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    One of these days I will get around to taking pictures of all the sewing things I have collected. Mostly old and collectible stuff.

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    Wow Rhonda - I want to come over to your house and play! I love things like this! :D

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    Oh those are so cool and the little mini's are awesome. Just like your mini blocks.

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    Those are so neat!!!!
    I just love them Rhonda.

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    How neat. I have an old toy sewing machine. It is red and in its own box that turns into a table when you open it. I don't remember where I got it but have had it since I was a child.

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    What a cute collection!

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    I have some Singer Books from the 1920's, SHORT CUTS TO HOME SEWING, HOW TO MAKE DRAPERIES, SLIP COVERS, CUSHIONS. Then I have a lot of things from my grandmothers like rick rack and trims still in original package, buttons still on the original cards, AND a card that has thread samples. Then of course a lot of old thread on wooden spools. For years I have wanted to make a collage and get these into a shadow box hanging on the wall to be enjoyed. Now that we can make such good color copies, can also copy things from various pages and include these. Just thought this might give you ideas and at the same time inspire myself to get the move on and get this project off my list of things I want to do.

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    I am glad you all enjoy these as much as I do. My mom has been an antique dealer and I grew up with her collecting for the someday when she would open her own shop which she did. A couple of years after my dad died she closed the shop and we now live in that building. I collect collectibles more than true antiques but I love it.

    I have a lot of old singer attachments and some other brands. Probably 6 or 7 of them in their original cases. Old wooden thread spools / a card with snaps and the pictures on the card are little angels( circa 1940s) I have old scissors / sewing machine manuals/ and I can't remember what else. It is something fun to do to go antiqueing and pick up this or that. And it isn't all that expensive a hobby.

    Thanks everyone!

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    How fun! Here's a picture of the sewing machine "toy" my mother played with. She's now 81....... It has a place of honor in my quilt room.

    [IMG]http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n...Machine002.jpg[/IMG]

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    rhonda those are sew way cool.thanks for sharing them

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    AG your mom's machine is so beautiful! It looks so much like the one I use for real. I have a 1950s repro of an 1850s Singer. It is what I use to sew on. It's black with the gold.

    You are really blessed to have it!! I think these are so much fun!

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    Thanks Bev good to see you on here!

    Lorretta I don't know about auctions. But when I was trying to research the Kay EE I online I ran across some online auctions that had one in them. You might do some searches online if you are interested.

    My mom happened on these at a yard sale. The guy she bought them from said his mom had over 200 of them and decided enough was enough and she weeded out some to get rid of. So I was blessed that Mom was in the right place at the right time!

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    Oh I just love old sewing stuff. I have tons of the old sewing accessories, needle cases, sissors and of course buttons. Your machines are just the cat's meow! I loved getting to see them.

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    Red We would love to see what you have if you want to add pictures here!! I will add mine as soon as I dig out what I have for accessories.

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    really cute, those miniautures, Rhonda! Just my size too :wink:
    Have you got a tiny stool to go with? I do get tired standing up.
    Did your childhood machines really work?
    I love red.
    I got a sewing machine when I graduated and thought it was the berries.
    DD has that one now. I love to see these things. I don't have any more room for collecting....but I'll make hubby sleep outside, if I come across something good, lol!
    well, on second thought, he's looking a little 'antiquey' himself, better let the poor dear keep his spot on the bed :wink:

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    Those are so cute. I had one for my DD when she was little. I don't know where it went. I sure wish I had kept a hold of it.

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    The Gateway Jr is the machine I had as a kid.........

    Thanks for posting......... enjoyed seeing the machine again

    Scrap Quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrap quilter
    The Gateway Jr is the machine I had as a kid.........

    Thanks for posting......... enjoyed seeing the machine again

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    ScrapQuilter do you know any history on this machine? I am curious as to when it was made. Thanks and I am glad you enjoyed seeing it again. I had never seen one before.

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    Awesome treasures!!!! 8) 8) 8)

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    WOW!! Lucky you!!!! I got one on Xmas Day a long time ago. I remember sewing on my mini Singer...till I moved to my moms bigger model. My sister still has my little machine...hey why does she have it and not me?? LOL Does that make me an antique????

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    LOL my mom was just asking me where they were. She was less than impressed that they are sitting on my work table covered in fabric cause when I am working things go everywhere!! She didn't think that was too cool!! They should be sitting on a shelf not sitting on my table!! I just haven't figured out where I am going to put them to show them off. I have several display shelves above my table but I would have to move something to put them there. Oh well I will decide where they will live soon!

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    Rhonda---those are really neat. I had one as a child too---but I have no idea what ever happened to it.

    Amandasgramma---I love your old machine too---how neat that it was your mother's!!

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    Thanks for bringing back a sweet memory...my mom used to have a pencil sharpener that looked just like that when I was growing up! I had forgotten about it. I love your toy sewing machine collection!

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