I purchased this from eBay in March 2014. My eagle eyed husband spotted it, and I set to work on the bidding when there was about an hour left to run on the auction. I spent a little more than the budget he gave me, but still managed to obtain it for about a quarter of the same one that was available locally, inclusive of postage from the States. Still a bargain, I thought!
|Fresh out of the box!|
|The same machine that I found in a local antique shop|
These machines don't have any serial numbers (do you know of any toys that do?), so I don't have a definitive date on this machine. It's a standard black model which were quite common, and has a 7 spoke handwheel. These handwheels were introduced in 1922, and in 1926 numbering on the threading path was introduced, which this machine does not have, so that dates it anywhere between 1922 and 1925.
I'll give you a quote from the eBay ad on some specs.
"This is a very nice Vintage Singer Model 20 Sewhandy Crank Sewing Machine...Has original felt on bottom, that's worn...Sewing machine is 7" long, 7" high and 3 1/2" wide. Weighs 2 1/2 lbs."
It takes a 24 x 1 needle, which I have still to purchase (they are available here) and I found a threading diagram for the machine here. It sews a simple chain stitch.
This model was simply known as a Model 20, until 1950, when this style of machine was named the Sewhandy.
Work Done on This Machine
This machine is in excellent condition considering it's age, and has obviously been well taken care of in it's life. It had been cleaned up beautifully before we got it. It didn't come with a manual, the table clamp or the seam guide, and it's missing a screw on the bed, so I've been trying to source these. It did have a needle attached, but the end had snapped off, so I'm looking for some of those too.
When the machine arrived, we couldn't move the hand crank all the way round. To fix this, I set the husband to work on it to find a solution. The needle bar wasn't 100% straight, so he took to that with a hammer and straightened it out so it now moves. He had a bit more of a fiddle with it, and the crank goes all the way round, but is still very hard to move. He has taken it apart to give it a once over (don't ask me what he's going to do to it, as long as there aren't any parts left over at the end!)
I'll be sure to let you know how it goes when we get it working.
Keep an eye out for a detailed look at my other Singer machines:
Overview of my Singer sewing machines
1900 Model 27 Treadle
1950 Model 99K Electric
1937 Model 66K Treadle
1953 Model 201K Treadle
1953 Model 221K Featherweight
Do you have a Singer Child's Sewing Machine? I'd love to see more! Feel free to leave the link to your related blog post in the comments below.