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Thread: Anyone collect TOY vintage/antique sewing machines? Please Share!

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    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
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    Anyone collect TOY vintage/antique sewing machines? Please Share!

    I never paid them much mind, but enjoy looking at them in the antique shops... but then i saw one that looked like a minature "rockateer" and thought it was so adorable, and since it was plastic and not as old as the rest, was extremely affordable. So it came home with me. I havent gotten a pic of it yet, (bad me). This particular one doesnt even sew, but is a hand crank and has a blade and was meant for cutting paper dolls! it looks like this one:

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    but i was very smitten with the idea of having tiny replica's of existing machines... since you know, i dont really have tons of room to house the real deal... maybe i can have minature replicas of them! so anyone else collect? i'd love to see pics!
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    I don't collect them, but that's sure a cutie. Congratulations

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    I don't collect them either but I know they tend to be worth more than 'real' machines these days. My GF used to have a collectables stall and toys were always worth more than practical things, due to the sentimentality factor: You'd always hear things like "Oh, I used to have that" there. Toys remind us of the good times of being a kid, so folks tend to value them more than more functional items. A great investment.
    My hypothesis anyway
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    I collect these adorable toy and miniature machines. I have about 40 right now. I paid from $12.00 up to several hundred (plus shipping). I love to restore them and get them up and running. They ALL sew - a really nice chain stitch. (I do have one that sews a regular lock-stitch). Beware - this can become extremely addictive. I find I am always smiling when I pass one of these (all are on display somewhere in my home so I can enjoy them).

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    I have 3 --a Singer 20 I think it's called but no clamp --just sits on the kittchen counter for me to play with when I get put on hold on phone. Other is Singer Touch & Sew in bright vinyl covered box case with an extra funny little bobbin. Then last christmas hubby gave me a plastic Singer replica I believe of the new singer anniversay model but it really doesn't sew well but I didn't want to hurt his feelings ---can not put pics because they are in my winter place and I am north in Canada. My brother had a big thick book showing hundreds of these little machines around the world. Germany made many and very intricate too. He found the first one I got but I too don't have room and not as much interest but who knows if I see one . It's like " I see food, I eat " only for sewing machines of all kinds. I even considered selling these little ones.

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    The Rocketeer is so cool! I have one child' sewing machine. Not very old though. I love them and hope to find more as I go along... here's a few pics... it has a cute little case it goes in with a little table the case makes...

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    I have around 50 little machines and there is an album of them on my profile here. Love collecting the big and little older machines! VERY addicting! BEWARE!
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    I have several...my favorite is the Betsy Ross machine...was my mom's. I have been thinking of saving only my favorites, and selling the rest, as I will be moving and downsizing...so hard though to make that kind of decisions...which to keep, which to let go of....I really do like them all...but going from a 4 bedroom house to a (hopefully) 2 bedroom townhouse/condo means I can't keep everything.

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    I am just getting into the "toys". They are just so cute. What you have is adorable. Have fun with it.

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    here is my Hamilton Ross (Sew-Rite)

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    I have the same machine but have to clean the case. what did you use to clean yours up? mine did come with the clamp

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    I have one coming this week like this that I bought. cannot hardly wait for it to get here.

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    I only have 1, but would love to have more! Mine is an "American Girl". (sorry no pic)
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    I don't collect them, but I saw this at an antique store earlier today, and thought of this thread.

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    Kitty, I didn't know they made toy machines with blades! My Betsy Ross looks a lot like Steve's Hamilton Ross. I use it for real sewing sometimes. The chain stitch stretches so it's good for knits. But I need to get a clamp for it because I have to hold it down while I turn the crank. I probably could have fiddled with the tension a bit here.
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    Are the threaded holes on the underside meant for attaching a base?

    It's been a while since I bought the Betsy Ross and cleaned it up, and I forgot about those threaded holes in the bottom. I don't think this machine originally came with a clamp -- it was not mentioned in the instructions I have. Are those threaded holes for attaching a base? This would help to keep the machine stable. As it is I have to hold the machine down with my left hand and guide the fabric with my pinkie. Am I crazy for wanting to sew with a toy?

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    Saw this online and i knew it belongs in this thread http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/...se-instruction

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    Quote Originally Posted by foufymaus View Post
    wow, the case is a mess but it did its job protecting the machine. Look at the little rod for hanging your doll clothes on the upper right! What is the bolt thingy in picture 3?

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    i think it hold it in the case

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheluma View Post
    wow, the case is a mess but it did its job protecting the machine. Look at the little rod for hanging your doll clothes on the upper right! What is the bolt thingy in picture 3?
    The C-clamp is for clamping the machine to a table or other surfaces.
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    I have an old black 20 but the hand wheel is broken, 7 poke, does anyone have a spare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    I have an old black 20 but the hand wheel is broken, 7 poke, does anyone have a spare?
    I have this, and no interest to go with it....
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