Toy Singer sewing machine with seven spoke hand wheel
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Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875) is credited with designing the first practical and efficient sewing machine. By 1860, Singer was the world’s largest producer of sewing machines. The Singer 20 toy sewing machine, which used a simple chain stitch design, was introduced in 1910. These ‘toys’ could be used by adults as well as children, with advertisements proclaiming their portability and ease of set-up and use.
From its description and images it is likely that this machine is the 1926 model produced by Singer. These were produced with seven spoke hand wheels and tension discs and had numbers stamped on them to indicate the threading path.