At the start of the 19th century, clothing was made by hand. Pants, dresses, shirts, everything was stitched together using just a needle and thread. But finally, in 1846, Elias Howe changed the world. He came up with another, faster and more easier way to make clothes. Howe patented the very first sewing machine and the industry that followed made the mass production of clothing possible on a scale never seen before.

Toy sewing machines

Of course, toy manufacturers couldn't stay behind and started producing toy sewing machines. After the second world war, there were lots of toy sewing machine firms and they were mainly in the UK. Unfortunately, by the late 1950’s they couldn't compete any longer with cheaper imports from Japan.

Dolly Dressmaker Seamstress

Typical toy sewing machine manufacturers:


Updated: 19 Sept. 2019

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Comments (7)
Leesa - November 5, 2019
I have am always on the lookout for unique machines
Also search for rare toy sewing machines on this website.
Christy - October 11, 2019
I have a Gozan miniature sewing machine with instructions. Do you have any knowledge on this machine?
Hi, I only know Gozan is or was a Spanish toy manufacturer. If you want to find our more about your sewing machine, search Google Images: Gozan maquina de coser. Maybe you'll find yours.
Betsy - September 19, 2019
Am looking for copy of instructions for 1948 toy Casige sewing machine, made in “ British zone” with red poppies and scalloped base. To make sure I thread it correctly! Thanks.
I'm sorry, I can't find one either... but I think you can use one for a Singer toy sewing machine, they are quite similar. Google 'singer toy sewing machine instructions' and you might find some threading diagrams. Good luck!
Denise - April 29, 2015
Looking for a Cragstan B /O sewiny machine
Linda - February 22, 2015
I have a battery operated Husqvarna 1100 toy sewing machine. It was made by the Frankonia Toys. I would like to find when it was made and if there is a manual that goes with the little machine.Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Pj - December 27, 2014
I just found a green cast metal sewing machine with instruction booklet calling it "The Miniature Sewing Machine." Image searches indicate it might be a Pallitoy manufactured in the 1950s in Japan? Any info would be much appreciated.
Yes, Palitoy made toy sewing machines in the 1950s. There are collectors of these machines and can fetch (depending on state, box, etc.) between 20 to 150 USD.
Joyce - November 28, 2010
I have part of a windup tin sewmachine. It used to have a lady sitting on the seat and the needle would go up and down when it was going. Can you help me find a picture of it, it has LUCKY on the sewing machine.
Maybe you can find your machine on Google images.