Monday, November 09, 2009

Little Girls (or Boys!) Sewing Machine

I am often asked, 'What child's sewing machine would you recommend for my 4-5 year-old?'...

Well, each child is different, of course, and while some may actually be ready to go straight to a regular sewing machine (which I would without-a-doubt recommend the Singer Featherweight 221 for any child's first regular sewing machine!) some little ones need a baby step to get them used to the concept and mechanics of actually sewing. In that case, then I highly recommend the Singer Sewhandy model 20. It is a small table-mount handcrank sewing machine that creates a lovely chainstitch. You will only need to top thread it as there is no bobbin.

If you want to take that suggestion one step further, then the Singer Sewhandy 20-2 is the creme de la creme. It is the electric version to the handcrank and can be operated either way... by hand, or by the touch of a button electrically. And will, no doubt, last a couple more years as your child begins to find the handcrank a bit elementary.

I was asked this morning if the motor was 'original' and indeed it is. Singer really did make a child's little electric machine! Singer advertising was second-to-none when marketing their ingenuity! (Singer had an advertisting budget surpassed a $1,000,000 in the 1920's!) They designed a perfect way to combine the original handcrank design with an electric allowing the child to grow into more experienced (and motorized) sewing.

On that note, did you know the Singer SewHandy No. 20 Sewing Machine was just another way to market 'SINGER' for a life of sewing? Yes... 'tis true. Whenever a little girl would come into a Singer Shop either alone or accompanied by her mother, the Saleswoman would always draw the attention of the girl to the No. 20 Machine, showing samples of the work that could be done on the little machine and ease and simpleness of operation.... and the interest of young people developed in every way as they were all potential users of Singer Machines. Mothers appreciate any attention given their children. (taken directly from an old Singer Employee handbook!)

Where can you find these lovely old little machines? Well, eBay is a great venue but you have to be very careful because as with most vintage and antique things, if not properly cared for they can be irreparable. Make sure you purchase one from a reputable seller who has taken the time to clean, service, test, sample and *guarantee* that the machine will sew properly.

We usually have one about once each year and are currently offering this year's pick on eBay right now. You will also see that we have added a video as proof of a properly working little machine for your child.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mine does not have a motor but it is nice and in working order, u can get needles from ebay also with nice copies of user's manual ( which you can't find here in France or Switzerland). Also have a 70's Singer... Flashy orange colour !