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Travel / Toy & Child Size  Sewing Machines

We buy, or can help you sell your antique or collectible TSM's or
Toy Sewing Machines!

Sewing Machine Consignment Sales

We are active, knowledgeable, experienced, and specialized dealers in both rare and Antique French TSM Toy Sewing Machine historically important American patented sewing machines and child size or toy sewing machines also known as TSM's.  Full size early Patented Sewing Machines have their own page on this site.

We are always interested in helping you sell "good" sewing machines through the Antique Consignment Sale Program we offer.Cupid Childs Treadle Sewing Machine Please see the FAQ page and the other informational pages at this site for further info or Contact Us

You are currently at, our antique buying and informational website.  Past Sales for many antique sewing machine can be found by clicking this link or finding the appropriate link in the right column. We conduct our antique TSM Toy Sewing machine sales, and those for antique and vintage sewing machines, including Singer Featherweight 221 and 222 sewing machines from our sister Website  We are currently selling a collection of close to 300 toy and child size sewing machines from one sewing machine collection, and have some early and nice patented sewing machines listed there for sale as well.  Please do visit that site if you are in the market to buy antique sewing machines.


Below are a series of pictures that graphically illustrate some of the types and vintage of antique toy sewing machines (TSMs) Antique Spenser Sewing Machinewe actively deal in.  There are also numerous past sales results and more information about these types of sewing machines in the Past Sales archives which are linked in the right column. 

Many small antique sewing machines were marketed as travel or mending machines, and at other times they were sold as children's machines.  Very few of these small antique sewing machines utilized a shuttle and made a lockstitch. Most of these "child size" antique sewing machines were designed to make a simple single thread chain stitch, hardly suitable for mending or regular use. This would indicate that their true market was as toys and that the rest was marketing ploys.

American Hand Patented 1868 Sewing MachinePatented American Hand Sewing Machine

This is a prime example of the  type of antique sewing machine that we are actively seek and can help you sell.   It resembles a pair of scissors, and you operate it by squeezing the arms together like you would a scissors.   It is commonly referred to as a "sewing shears-style machine".  Another example of this style machine carries the name Goodbody and was made in Bridgeport, CT.  A third one was patented by a fellow named Hendricks.  These were marketed as travel machines, not toys and are very hard to find.  Note that similar things are still being marketed today in novelty catalogs and on late night TV for the American consumer with insomnia

Hancock Patent Sewing Machines

Any antique sewing machines with built-in or integral clamps such as the one pictured on the left are good.  There are a whole Hancock Patent Sewing Machine series of early patented sewing machines commonly referred to as "Hancocks"  after the original inventor / patent holder.  The patent was granted in the 1860's. These sewing machines were sometimes marketed under other names, such as the "Household Pet", Lake Patent, and others that were similar in design. They are almost always missing their needle which was an odd design in itself.

We know of three or four different variations of these sewing machines with different tables or thread positions or body styles. Other names of "integral clamp" sewing machines machines are Bartlett, Novelty, Cute, Beckwith, Boynton, Hook, and a few others. All of these early patented American small handcrank sewing machines are sought for addition to our sales pages.

The Hook Sewing Machine Hook Patent Sewing Machine


This wonderful small cast iron sewing machine measures just 4" tall and was patented in the early 1860's.  It was only manufactured for a very short period of time.  It is referred to as the Hook and is very similar to the Hardie, another early patented sewing machine which is slightly larger.  This machine also has a built-in clamping mechanism and is another example of a desirable antique sewing machine from the mid 1800's. Although functional, it would hardly be useable. That is one of the reasons they are so rare and sought after.

Smith & Egge / Little Comfort Chain Drive Sewing Machine

This is an example of a mass produced cast iron child size toy sewing Little Comfort TSM Toy Sewing Machine machine that dates from near the turn of the 20th century. This is the type antique sewing machine that can often be found in near mint condition in their original boxes. These early sewing machines originally sold for a dollar or two, and were sold as both toys / child-size machines and as travel / mending machines through large distributors like Sears & Montgomery Wards and the like. 

Double marketing was a ploy to sell as many as possible.  They are relatively common and in today's market on eBay generally sell for 200 unless mint in the box or a unusual variation.  Other similar TSM sewing machines carry names like Spenser, Universal, Pony, Triumph, Gem, Tourist, F & W Automatic, American Gem, and more. Harder to find variations include round models in both wood and metal.

Singer Toy Sewing Machines

Singer made a line of toy or child-size sewing machines starting in the 'teens and continuing through today. These sewing machines aresinger_childs1.jpg (33616 bytes) often mistakenly called "salesman sample" sewing machines.

All of the different Singer Model 20 small sewing machines were marketed solely as real sewing machines or toys for girls, and often given away to help implant the Singer name in the mind of the future sewing machine buyer or junior seamstress of  tomorrow.

In general, the values for most of these small toy Singer sewing machines runs from under $100 to $500 or more for a few of the rare variations / colors that have surfaced.  Most fall into the lower end of that range. We currently have a good selection of these for sale on our sister sales site

German Toy Sewing Machines

The next style of  toy sewing machines, which generally dates a bit later, and spans up into the 1960's or so, are the toy machines Westphalia Toy Sewing Machinewhich are usually referred to as "tinnies" or sheet steel models.  There are examples of this style machine from the US and all over the world.   Some of them were produced in great numbers and are quite common, while others are considered quite rare and desirable.

Many of these were made in Germany prior to and after WWII. There are hundreds of different variations and many are pictured and discussed in the now out of print books by Glenda Thomas.   The leading manufactures names were Casige, and Mueller. Both of these companies also made Cast Iron toy sewing machines, some of which are considered to be the rarest and most desirable of all TSM's that can be found.

The above sewing machines are examples of the caliber, condition and quality of antique sewing machines that we are primarily interested in and can help you sell.  Past sale archives for many early sewing machines can be viewed by clicking the links.  Past sales results for other antiques can be seen from links in the right column

If you have quality antique sewing machines similar to those that you see on this page that you want to sell,  please contact us at  If you have additional questions about our consignment sales program please see the FAQ page

To see examples of antique sewing machines that we currently have for sale, please go to our sister site at and visit the sewing machine sale pages you will find there. 

Thank you!!
Larry & Carole

Madame Demorest Sewing Machine Patented May 18th 1862 Herron Patent Sewing Machine

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