12 Best Vintage Sewing Machine

Updated on: July 2021

Best Vintage Sewing Machine in 2021


G Ganen Musical Sewing Machine Music Box Vintage Look (Brown-1)

G Ganen Musical Sewing Machine Music Box Vintage Look (Brown-1)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Singer Heavy Duty 4432 32 Built-in Stitches, Automatic Needle Threader, Metal Frame and Stainless Steel Bedplate, Perfect T Sewing Machine, Gray

Singer Heavy Duty 4432 32 Built-in Stitches, Automatic Needle Threader, Metal Frame and Stainless Steel Bedplate, Perfect T Sewing Machine, Gray
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • HEAVY DUTY METAL FRAME: Adds stability and provides long lasting durability
  • SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES: A variety of accessories are included: all-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, seam ripper/lint brush, edge/quilting guide, needles, bobbins, screwdriver, auxiliary spool pin, and spool pin felt are all conveniently located and stored in the accessory tray. A soft-sided dust cover is also included in the packaging
  • REVERSE STITCH SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER 4432 heavy duty sewing machine has a built-in reverse lever so you can sew in reverse and reinforce stitches
  • Limited 90-DAY Warranty for Adjustments, Belts, Rings, Bulbs, Attachments; Limited 2-Year Warranty for Motors, Light assembly, Wiring, Switches,Speed control and Electronic Components; Limited 25-Year Warranty for Sewing Machine Head

SINGER | Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine with 23 Built-In Stitches -12 Decorative Stitches, 60% Stronger Motor & Automatic Needle Threader, Perfect for Sewing all Types of Fabrics with Ease

SINGER | Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine with 23 Built-In Stitches -12 Decorative Stitches, 60% Stronger Motor & Automatic Needle Threader, Perfect for Sewing all Types of Fabrics with Ease
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • SINGER HEAVY DUTY SEWING MACHINE: The 23 built-in stitches including basic, stretch, decorative, and buttonhole stitches allow you to sew a variety of projects, such as fashions, home décor, quilts, crafts, and more
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER SEWING MACHINE: After following the threading path printed right on the machine, this built-in feature helps you to effortlessly thread the eye of the needle without eye strain or frustration
  • HIGH-SPEED SEWING MACHINE:The Singer 4423 Sewing Machine has a maximum sewing speed of 1, 100 stitches-per-minute, so projects can be sewn quickly. The 60% Stronger Motor provides greater piercing power for thick seams
  • HEAVY DUTY METAL FRAME: The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine is a true workhorse. With a heavy-duty metal interior frame, stainless steel bedframe, extra-high sewing speed and powerful motor, this sewing machine can sew through a variety of heavy weight fabrics and provides long lasting stability
  • SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES: A variety of accessories are included with All-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, seam ripper/lint brush, quilting guide, needles, bobbins, screwdriver, auxiliary spool pin, spool pin felt are all conveniently located and stored in the accessory tray. A soft-sided dust cover is also included in the packaging
  • WARRANTY: SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Portable Sewing Machine has 25 Year Limited Warranty. Note : Refer to the Videos and also the PDF attached below in Technical Specification for Manuals.

Allen Designs Vintage Stitch Sewing Machine Pendulum Wall Clock

Allen Designs Vintage Stitch Sewing Machine Pendulum Wall Clock
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • requires one AA battery, not included
  • approximately 13 inches X 9 inches
  • swinging scissors pendulum
  • cast in resin, finished by hand
  • A Simply Charming Art Home Accent that Doubles as a Wall Clock

Treadle Sewing Machines: Clean and Use an Iron Lady

Treadle Sewing Machines: Clean and Use an Iron Lady
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021

Leoie Vintage Simulation Sewing Machine Music Box Retro Treadle Sartorius Decoration as Gifts

Leoie Vintage Simulation Sewing Machine Music Box Retro Treadle Sartorius Decoration as Gifts
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Eco-friendly plastic material, safe and non-toxic, no sharp points, good and smooth luster.
  • Retro treadle sewing machine design can make people remember their childhood's memories.
  • High simulation degree, music and rotation effects make it more realistic and attractive.
  • It's an ideal gift to your family members, friends and colleagues, or use it to decorate your home.

How To Rewire Vintage Sewing Machines

How To Rewire Vintage Sewing Machines
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021

Vintage Sewing Machine Floral Quilting Sewer Quilter Gift PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets

Vintage Sewing Machine Floral Quilting Sewer Quilter Gift PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • The perfect sewing gift for sewer. This vintage sewing machine on a floral pattern with flowers is a great sew accessory for quilter, sewer and anyone who loves to turn fabric into a masterpiece.
  • Add some humor to your smartphone with this cute crafty sewing and quilting accessory. Makes a fun gift for fabric lover, quilting lover and people who love to craft.
  • Collapsible grip provides a secure hold for easier texting, calling, photos, and selfies.
  • Expandable stand to watch videos, take group photos, FaceTime, and Skype handsfree.
  • Advanced adhesive allows you to remove and reposition on most devices and cases.
  • Note: Will not stick to some silicone, waterproof, or highly textured cases. Works best with smooth, hard plastic cases. Will adhere to iPhone 11, but not to the iPhone 11 Pro nor the iPhone 11 ProMax without a suitable case.

Kozart Music Boxes Wood Mixed Plastic Sewing Machine Hand Crank Musical Box Vintage Engraved Antique for Birthday/Valentine's Day Plays Fur Elise to Kids Women Men

Kozart Music Boxes Wood Mixed Plastic Sewing Machine Hand Crank Musical Box Vintage Engraved Antique for Birthday/Valentine's Day Plays Fur Elise to Kids Women Men
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • 100% brand new and high quality.
  • The mechanism movement design, the whole sewing machine can move vividly and meticulously.
  • High quality materials and unique design make it look exquisite.
  • The switch is in the drawer, when it is rolled up, open the drawer and the music will sound.
  • You can get it for your partner, family, marriage,chirldren and friends

Youdiyla 68 PCS Silver Sewing Charms Collection - Mix Antique Scissor Pipe Yarn Clew Button Pendant Metal Supplies Findings for Jewelry Making (HM3)

Youdiyla 68 PCS Silver Sewing Charms Collection - Mix Antique Scissor Pipe Yarn Clew Button Pendant Metal Supplies Findings for Jewelry Making (HM3)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • You will receive 68~70 PCS charms, 14 styles, 5 pieces of each style.
  • Dimensions: 0.6"-2" or 15-50mm.
  • Materials: metal alloy, nickel and lead free, it is safe. They come to China's manufacturers to produce.
  • Perfect for your DIY project (necklaces, bracelets, key chains, handmade jewellery, costume decoration, furniture decoration,room decoration, gift box decoration, other places decoration).
  • Youdiyla---Focus on serving DIY jewelry lovers.

Artyea Artyea-01 Vintage Mini Sewing Machine Style Plastic Music Box Table Desk Decoration Toy Gift for Kid Children, Brown

Artyea Artyea-01 Vintage Mini Sewing Machine Style Plastic Music Box Table Desk Decoration Toy Gift for Kid Children, Brown
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021
  • Features in the shape of a vintage treadle sewing machine
  • With a piece of fabric under presser foot, EZ Pattern on one corner, and a pair of scissors on the other
  • No battery need, just twist the switch by hand, and open the mini drawer, amazing!
  • As music plays, treadle (teeter-totter) moves up and down and spool mouse sitting on top of it goes round and round (thread not included)
  • Size: 173 x 150 x 96mm/ 6. 8 x 5. 9 x 3. 8-inch

Restoration Polish Wax for Vintage Sewing Machines Singer 221 Featherweight 201 15-91 99 pfaff

Restoration Polish Wax for Vintage Sewing Machines Singer 221 Featherweight 201 15-91 99 pfaff
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021
  • Specially formulated for use on vintage sewing machines.
  • Enhances the shine of your machine while adding laying of protection.
  • Easy wipe on wipe off application.
  • Removes light oxidation
  • singer 221, 201, 15, 66, 99 301 pfaff

How to Sew with Vintage Sewing Patterns

Paper patterns for home sewing have been around since the 1860s. These early patterns are extremely rare, but a plethora of patterns from the 1940s to the present day exist.

Paper patterns for home sewing have been around since the 1860s. These early patterns are extremely rare, but a plethora of patterns from the 1940s to the present day exist. The earlier decades are of course rarer than the more recent decades, due to the fragile and ephemeral nature of paper.

These patterns are not simply of historical interest, but can be used today to make clothing that authentically corresponds to a certain era, (for example, World War II) or to add a fresh twist to retro styles. As fashions from different decades come in and out of style, vintage patterns sometimes look as current as anything you can buy in the store. If you are a devotee of vintage clothing, but are frustrated by the lack of clothing in your size or the stained and torn condition of some vintage clothing, sewing from a vintage pattern may be the solution to your problem.

Sewing from vintage patterns could be cheaper than buying new patterns, depending on where you get them. If you find them for a quarter at a thrift store, or for free in grandma's attic, it is definitely cheaper. There are also many vintage patterns available on Ebay and Etsy.com (make sure to pull down the search menu and select "vintage"), at higher prices which depend in part on how collectible the pattern is . Buying from these sources may be preferable, however, even at the higher price, because you can search for the style you want and the size you need, and usually the seller states whether all the pattern pieces are present.

Buying patterns at a thrift store, where it is unlikely anyone has checked the pattern for completeness may mean you get home with a beautiful dress pattern missing a vital piece. Ten cents or a quarter isn't a huge risk, however, and if you are really concerned, don't be afraid to do a quick piece count in the store.

The brittle paper of the pattern envelopes and instructions often degrades at a faster rate than the tissue paper of the pattern itself. A pattern from 60 or 70 years ago that has a yellowed, disintegrating envelope may still be perfectly usable. Don't be afraid to run a iron (set on the lowest setting) over the tissue paper pattern pieces to make them easier and more accurate to use.

Perhaps the biggest initial difference between sewing with vintage patterns and sewing with modern patterns is the sizing. Size numbers are arbitrarily set by the fashion industry, and thus have changed several times over the years. Sizing in home sewing patterns, even modern ones, and ready to wear clothing differs, as well. The important numbers to go by are not the size numbers, but the bust, waist, and hip measurements. It is easier to alter the waist and hip measurements than the bust measurements of a pattern, so if you cannot find a pattern with all three that match you exactly, your best bet, especially if you are not experienced with altering patterns, is a pattern that matches your bust measurement, within half an inch. If the pattern is for a skirt or pants, of course, and not a dress or blouse, the bust measurement does not matter. The important measure there would be either waist or hips, whichever you think would be harder to change (consult sewing manuals such as Vogue Sewing or The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing for information about altering patterns. These books can also usually be found cheap at second hand stores, and much of the basic information has not changed over the years.)

Vintage patterns in larger and plus sizes are rarer than smaller sizes. It may take a lot more searching to find them.

Sewing with a vintage pattern is not necessarily harder than sewing from a modern pattern. A lot depends on the age of the pattern. The instructions on vintage patterns tend to be less involved than the instructions on modern patterns, and the older the pattern, the more this is apparent. Sometimes they take for granted that you know certain techniques, and do not explain them step-by-step. Here, again, a good sewing manual is invaluable. The patterns may also call for interfacing that is sewn in, not fusible. You can easily substitute fusible interfacing without altering the look of the pattern. There may be other notions called for that are not as commonly used now. When you come across something unfamiliar, look it up in your sewing manual or on the Internet, and make an appropriate substitution if necessary.

Vintage patterns are also different from modern patterns because they are often (up until the late 1970's and well into the 1980's) available only in one size per envelope. This is a contrast to patterns available today, which usually come in at least 4 sizes in an envelope. Having only one size to cut out (or having the pieces already cut out by a former user of the pattern) simplifies matters, reducing the probability of cutting on the wrong line. I especially like Simplicity patterns from the 1970's, where all the printed lines are in thick blue ink, visible and plain.

Not everyone is aware that sewing patterns have not always been printed. Printed tissue patterns did not come into use until the mid 1940's, and continued to be used into the 1960's by some smaller mail order pattern companies (There are vintage patterns available from many pattern companies that have since gone out of business, including Advance and mail-order pattern companies such as Anne Adams). The pattern marking are a system of holes, with different sizes or numbers of holes signifying different things. For example, three holes in a row on the edge of a piece usually means that that piece goes on the fold. Each pattern has a key in the instruction sheet that explains the markings. These unprinted patterns may be easier for intermediate to advanced sewists than for beginners.

Web Resources For Vintage Sewing

www.sewretro.blogspot.com - a group blog for vintage sewing enthusiasts to show off their latest projects.

www.dressaday.com - a blog done by a fantastic writer that showcases vintage dress patterns and talks about her own experiences sewing vintage dresses

www.patternreview.com - a site that allows users to post reviews and photos of patterns they've made, vintage or modern, and discuss their tips and tricks for sewing

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