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Date: 7/10/10 1:19 AM

Cute!

For when you travel and sew.

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Date: 7/10/10 1:29 AM

No, wait! It's not a miniature travel machine...it's a child's toy!

Cute too!

I'm so glad I am NOT getting into antiqe and vintage sewing machines, coz I'm already confused.

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Date: 2/19/13 9:22 PM

just saw one on ebay. Cute do they do a chain stitch

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Date: 2/19/13 9:36 PM

I have the black and the red :D

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This one, that one, and a bunch of other ones!
(though the herd is getting more streamlined)

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Date: 2/19/13 10:50 PM

Quote: Chas.
...Cute do they do a chain stitch?

In theory, yes. For all practical purposes, they don't do it very well. I would not bother taking one along when traveling, if I actually wanted to sew while away. I've heard it said that generations of kids were totally turned off sewing by trying to learn on these toys. I have one myself, a Singer 20 from the 1920s, and I've yet to get it to make a stitch (and I have 15+ yrs experience refurbishing antique SMs). But they are VERY collectible, and usually attract much higher prices than real functional full-size machines.

It's a funny world, when you consider how some folks assign values to things....

Jennifer in Calgary
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Date: 2/19/13 11:24 PM

Yeah, they are cute, they make great shelf decorations.. but as far as sewing goes... they suck

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This one, that one, and a bunch of other ones!
(though the herd is getting more streamlined)

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Date: 2/20/13 11:17 AM

Mom got me started on this little Singer I still have, sewing straight lines without thread, then curves, then little doll blankets and such.
Don't know if they will keep appreciating, as in the future you will probably program a pattern into a computer like emb. and then...??

There are a lot of sad and lonely vintage SM's in the antique stores here and nobody bids on them at auctions, except for the decorative frame. Wish they could all find an adoptive mom to make them purrrr again.

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Date: 2/23/13 1:39 PM

Agreed. I think the smallest chain stitch machine I've seen that actually does a reliable stitch (besides the W&G and its various clones), is a Kenmore model that was originally made by Sew Easy. It's not easy to come by but you can get them now and again on ebay. I got my Kenmore first and it needed some parts. Luckily, I found a Sew Easy version of it a couple months later and it, while also lacking parts, had all the parts that the Kenmore lacked. And it had the instruction manual (page). Between the two, I got the Kenmore working.

Recently I took it to a local sew-vac shop and they replaced the original controller for me. It works REALLY well and I just love it. It's a couple inches longer than a dollar bill.

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