$10 antique store find

toy sewing machine

It’s official. At 13-months-old Angela has her first sewing machine.

One of my favorite rainy day activities while on vacation in Shawano, Wisconsin, is visiting antique shops. Usually it is the same stuff year after year. Beer steins, tchotchkes, spoons, more junk than treasures. But occasionally I find something good. This trip it was a toy sewing machine for just $10.

toy sewing machine

It’s not a fancy metal one that is worthy of a collectible, but a plastic version of an antique sewing machine, complete with tiny spools of thread, a sewing box and pin cushion.

The machine is fully functional, with a guard around the needle to keep little fingers from getting hurt. It isn’t robust enough to sew anything large, but it would work well for a doll quilt and other small projects. She’s still too young to start sewing, but in a year or two we’ll get to make use of this $10 antique sew find.

Did any of you learn to sew as a child? How old were you when you started?

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  1. I love this. I learned machine sewing on a peddle style Singer while sitting in my grandmothers lap. I was around 5 or 6 when I learned by machine. I learned hand-sewing around 3 or 4.

  2. Great find! I have an antique full size Singer sewing peddle table like my grandmother had. The sewing machine was not in the unit when I bought it but I set my machine on top and was glad to have all the drawers and storage spots. I love it and still use it. I also have a very small about 8″ long and 5″ high metal Singer sewing machine that works with a hand crank. It worked when I bought it years ago but it has seized up and is rusty. I should have my husband look at it and see if a little WD 40 would get it moving again. My Mom had me sewing at an early age and I enjoy quilting now.


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