Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Toy Sewing Machines

I have a small collection of vintage toy sewing machines displayed in my living room on a shelf above the windows up near the ceiling. Because they're up so high, they're kinda hard to see and appreciate - I need to find a better place to put them. I'm always on the look out for more to add to the collection. My mom has a wonderful tiny Singer that I hope to have some day - she remembers my grandma using it to sew heavy wool coats for the children when she was just a little girl.




A couple years ago my friend Eileen told me about a quilt shop in the tiny little town of Urie Wyoming that has a collection of these little treasures decorating their store. I've been meaning to go see them ever since and Friday turned out to be the day. After a 1-1/2 hour drive to get there, I arrived and got to look around. I was surprised at how large the shop was and how up-to-date their fabric selection was.

This display case had quite a variety of old machines.



And here are a few more.











The plastic machines made in the 60's, 70's and 80's were displayed on a long shelf on the back wall of the store. It was hard to get pictures of them without standing on a chair so I just held my camera high above my head and hoped for the best.




The next day I was looking through magazines at the grocery store and saw that the newest issue of Quilter's Home has an article about toy sewing machines with lots of pictures too, so I thought that was very serendipitous!

What about you? Do you have any vintage toy sewing machines? I'd love to see you share pictures of them on your blog too!

15 comments:

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
I just love those toy sewing machines! I don't have any, but in years past I bought 2 or 3 of them and gave them to my sister as gifts. I especially love the old black Singer models.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Barb said...

I truly enjoyed seeing all of those vintage sewing machine....what fun to actually own some too.

Shakerwood said...

What a wonderful collection!! I don't have any myself. I gave one to Dear Daughters for Christmas one year when they were little (mid-80's) but I am sure that one is long gone.

katie said...

Great collection. I've never seen one anyplace.
Hope you get to add to yours along the way.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Your post reminded me that there used to be one at my mom's ~ wonder what happened to that little black Singer ~ I sure wish I had it now!! Your collection is very nice, by the way!

Sandi said...

I'm the proud original owner of a toy Singer sewing machine. I've also picked up 3 or 4 other toy sewing machines that I need to photograph.

Unfortunately I can't get at them right now due to a brokend foot, but one day soon I'll share pictures along with some other antique sewing machines I own.

Loved seeing your photos.

Sheila said...

How fun....thank you for sharing!
I have one little Singer....I will have to blog it one of these days. :)

ingeborg said...

hello,
this toy sewing machine collection looks wonderful to me! i believe, i´ll go start a collection too...maybee jsut blue ones :)))next time when i visit fleamarkets i´ll open my eyes for those pretty machines. they also remember me of my childhood. i had one a red one.
greetings from germany to you - inge

ingeborg said...

sorry, i made so many mistakes in my above writing!!!
inge

Lori said...

I don't have even one, but I sure enjoyed seeing yours. The little shop looked very cute with all the machines.
The wooden shelf (is it called a cornice?) is lovely. Did you make it? It's a nice way to display things.

The Wooden Acorn said...

Fantastic pictures.....I love the toy sewing machines!!!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Love all your little sewing machines. I love vintage toys like that!

I enjoyed looking through you blog. Your rug hooking is amazing. It's been awhile but I took a class to learn and had a great time!

Sherry said...

I just went to count mine. I have an even dozen in my collection. I started my collection a VERY long time ago!!! Then the prices got out of site and I didn't get anymore.One Mother's Day my daughter took me to lunch and to Walmart.Then she got a call on her cell phone that we needed to come home and soon as we could!!Our son and kids were there,which meant our 2 yr.old grandson was being his wild self.1st I must say that everytime I bought a sewing machine,I taped a note to the bottom of where,when and the price I paid for it.Well on that Mother's day,my grandson REMOVED ALL the tags!!! I couldn't replace them because I didn't remember anymore.But I do remember that the biggest splurge that I had on one was $28!!! Never saw one that cheap again!! Your's are great!! One day I should get mine on my blog too!!!
From Sherry's Heart

Mimi Sue said...

They are so cute! What a great idea for a collection. Mimi

Angie Berry said...

How fun! I love your collection but I agree... get those cuties down where you can see them better!