Toy Singer sewing machine with seven spoke hand wheel

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Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Toy 'Singer' sewing machine with seven spoke hand wheel.
Classification
CH classification TOYS Mechanical sewing machine
Production place
USA
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Media/Materials description
Metal
Signature/Marks
SINGER/THE SINGER MANFG. CO./TRADE MARK/U.S.A.
History and use
The toy sewing machine was originally given to Sylvia Joyce Sheedy (nee Prior), in the 1930s by her mother, Sylvia Mildred Prior, a seamstress from Toowoomba.As a single mother, Sylvia Prior earned a living for herself and her four children by sewing at home. Young Sylvia and her sister often helped with the hand finishing of dresses. Later, Sylvia Sheedy made her own clothes and those of her own three daughters. Unable to afford an electric machine when she was newly married, Sylvia used her child’s ‘Singer’ machine to make baby clothes. She later purchased an electric Singer machine and remained loyal to the brand throughout her life.

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.
Registration number
H49417

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