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Singer Child Sewing Machine Sewhandy 20 Hand Crank 1950s Toy* 301/500-colors Vtg For Sale
Singer Child’s Sewing Machine, SewHandy Model 20
Serviced and Adjusted, See Sewing Video Below
This is a vintage Singer Sewing Machine, SewHandy #20 model, in exceptional condition. It is a 1950s child’s hand crank machine.* It has the rare Singer crinkle finish. As a collector’s item today it is both stunning to look at and fun to sew on. It has been carefully serviced and adjusted. See many photos below including a video of this machine sewing and a comparison of the beige color that is similar to the Singer 301 and 500 tan models.
A complete setup is included with guide, clamp, screwdriver, and a new antique-design, wood case that resembles the shape of the vintage Singer domed wood cases. The following picture shows the full setup you will receive, while later pictures show you close-ups of these same items and the machine sewing.
The Singer SewHandy #20 is a hand crank machine. It is geared for the needle to move several times per crank of the wheel, just like larger hand crank Singers.
I made a video so you can see this machine sewing. This is the best Singer Child’s SewHandy I’ve ever sewn on. It sews smoothly and straight. I put the video on YouTube, so you will not have to download any file. (Use your computer "back" button to return to this page.)
Click Here to See the YouTube Video of This Singer SewHandy #20 Sewing.
Carefully Serviced & Adjusted.
Let me show you why this particular machine sews so well. I’ve sewn on Singers for 55 years and I’ve collected them for much of that time. Fortunately, I was taught by a retired Singer tech 30 years ago how to care, service, and adjust Singers. It is a hobby for me to care for these wonderful vintage Singers, and I carefully cleaned and adjusted this machine for you. I cleaned each grove of the wheel gear and the inner gear and then lightly lubricated them so they move easily.
I cleaned the needle and presser foot bars carefully, so they glide easily. The presser-foot spring is in good condition without rust.
I thoroughly cleaned the tension mechanism. You can see the two discs and the spring are in good condition with no rust. The discs, spring, and thumb screw in this child’s #20 model, while smaller, are very similar to those in the vintage Singers like the older Singer 66 or 221 models.
I cleaned the feed dogs so the fabric moves through smoothly. You can see the feed dogs are the strong grooved type similar to the larger vintage Singers.
I cleaned and timed the hook. It is sharp and catches the thread well. The front bar moves to change the stitch length. As you can see, the mechanisms in this machine are in exceptional condition. The machine retains the original greenish color on the base and the original black color on the bottom of the bed.
The Singer decals on the front and back and the Singer emblem retain their gold color. There a few slight scratches in them, otherwise they remain bright.
Nice Crinkle-Finish 1950s Model.
This is one of the 1950s models with the crinkle finish. Crinkle finish (also called “mat” finish) is one of the rarer finishes Singer used on some of their machines. You can see the slight texture to the finsh on this machine. The shiny bed is in excellent condition.
A complete package of items and supplies comes with this machine. Here is the full setup you will receive, later photos show close-ups of these same items.
Similar to the “big” Singers there is a fabric guide. This is a small, new fabric guide with a slot and gold thumb screw so you can select the distance you want it from the needle or remove it for more room. The bed of this machine is in wonderful condition, so I made a felt pad you can place under the guide if you would like to protect the bed from scratches.
The new2-inch C-clamp secures the machine to the table. I included a new green mat that you can place under the machine to protect your table. I also included felt pads for you in your setup so you can put them on the clamp or machine to protect it if you would like.
Needle Clamp Screwdriver.
The needle is secured with a screw on the inside of the needle bar, so you need a short screwdriver to change the needle. Your setup includes an old, short screw driver so you can change the needle. I included several other items for you. There are two felt spool pin circles. I made these in green and red Singer colors, so you can select the one you want. To keep the tension discs clean, a new brush is included in your setup. Here is a large picture of the guide, clamp, screwdriver, brush, and other items described above.
I’ve tested this machine thoroughly and you will receive my sewing sample.
Needles & Thread.
There is a very nice package of items for this machine. Three new, 24x1, Organ machine needles are included in a reproduced Singer 24x1 needle package. You will also receive 2 spools of thread (one on vintage wooden spool). While these are nice for your collection, it’s best to use new thread for your projects.
I made a dust cover for your machine, so you can protect it, yet remove it easily to display the machine. I selected a red nylon fabric as red (and green) are historic Singer colors.
Instruction Booklets & Tips.
Several instruction materials are included with the machine; these are:
1953 Singer SewHandy instruction booklet is included with diagrams of threading and sewing on this machine (this is a new reproduced copy).
1961 Singer “Things for Little Girls to Sew” booklet with suggested projects for little girls (this is a new reproduced copy).
Diagram sheet that compares different types of vintage sewing machine systems, including the chain stitch system like this Singer #20 model.
My tips for sewing on this model 20; a chain stitch machine is a little different than a bobbin machine.
Advertisement sheet and other items related to the Singer model 20.
Domed Wood Case.
A new wood case is included for the machine. This case is dome shaped in front, similar to the famous domed wood Bentwood cases of antique Singer machines.It is new in an antique look that includes normal scrapes and marks.
With the needle bar at the lowest position, this machine fits in the case. There is space on the right side of the machine for some supplies.
Yes, It Sews.
Yes, the machine sews. Singer said this was not a “toy” but an actual “Child’s Sewing Machine” and yes, it does sew. This is a chain-stitch machine which uses the same thread for both the top and bottom. The chain part is on the underside, so the thread loops make it appear thicker. Singer instructions for child’s machines said you can display the chain stitch side for decorative work as well as using the chain stitch in seams. The child’s Singer sews on different fabrics, even denim. I turned the fabric so you can see both sides of the stitch below.
This was made as a child's machine and it's wonderful to collect and use as a small hand crank machine; however, if I were to do a lot of sewing like quilting large items, I would prefer to use a smoother electric machine like the vintage Singer 201, 221, 301, or 401, or a treadle 66.
Threading the machine is easy. The instructions in the booklet are helpful for threading and my “tips” sheet helps you get started right away. The photos below show the thread path. The thread goes from the left to the right through the needle like the Singer 66 model. I’ve also included a small picture of the threading diagram, so it will be handy. I will thread the machine for you before I pack it, so you will be able to sew as soon as you receive it.
Vintage Machine and Setup.
This is a well-built machine in excellent condition. There is no rust on the metal parts or surfaces. p>There are some small scrapes on the surface where the C-clamp holds the machine, as expected from normal use. These are minimal and less than usual. The bed is shiny and in excellent condition with only a few scratch marks on the surface and edge. While many #20 machines have deep scratches under the guide, this one is in good condition. There are a few light color areas on the bed, which might have occurred in production in the factory as the top coating is smooth and I’ve seen this also on some Singer 301 and 401 machines. There are some minor wear spots on the wooden crank handle and wheel.