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Singer Child Sewing Machine Sewhandy 20 Hand Crank 1950s Toy* Mini 401-color 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. I had two in my collection and this is the second one that I am offering. This one also has a domed case and other items. It is a 1950s child’s hand crank machine.* It is a tan color with shiny finish similar to the tan 301, 401, and 500 larger Singers. 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. It would make a nice Mother's Day present, so I'll have it packed and ready to send soon after the sale ends. See many photos below including a video of this machine sewing and a comparison of size with the tan Singer 401 model.
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 Singer decals on the front and back and the Singer emblem retain their gold color.
The emblem is a bright gold with no tarnish and the wording above “Made in Great Britain” remains clear.
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. 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.
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 tan faux-suede fabric to coordinate with the gold decals on the machine.
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 Bentwood cases of antique Singer machines.
With the needle bar at the lowest position, this machine fits in the case (I’ll make a light chalk mark on the bottom for best machine placement.) 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 many fabrics including cottons and 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 15, 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. I had to look very closely to find any spots to show you. There are some small scrapes on the surface where the C-clamp holds the machine, as expected from normal use. These are minimal and much less than usual. The bed is nearly perfect with only very light scratches. The wheel has a few very small chips on the edge.
This machine is being sold as a collectible miniature sewing machine for adults only. *Although it was marketed by Singer in 1950s as a child’s machine and some call it a “toy” machine, it is not a toy in the current 2013 year requirements because of the moving parts. When I’ve used the word “toy” in the title and the description, I am referring to it as a adult-toy, not a child’s toy. Adults will find this a great machine to collect and a fun machine to use.
This is a very small machine. It is about 7" wide, 6 3/4" tall, and 4" deep. It is cast metal machine and weighs about 2 pounds.
While it has similar basic features to the portable Singer 221 featherweight and 301 models, like an adjustable tension, bed thread guide, and nice sewing surface, it is considerably smaller. The following photo shows my personal Singer #20 SewHandy model in front of my Singer 401. My personal machines from my collection are for demonstration of size only and are not included in this sale.
All photos of the child’s Singer in this listing, except for the one of my collection above, are of the actual Singer model #20 machine and setup you will receive.
I like to wrap the machine and case separately to protect each and then add extra padding to secure them inside the shipping box similar to the packing example below. The package will ship at about 6 pounds. It is ready to ship right after confirmed payment. I respect the vintage quality of this machine and I pack all items with great care. See the comments in my response regarding good packing and fast shipping.
Shipping: U.S., Canada, U.K., or Australia only. will calculate shipping for your zip code or country. Pay at sale end, and I usually ship the next day.
International Fees: Canadian/International buyers are responsible for all import or country tax fees, if any. Buyer is responsible to check any import requirements or fees before offerding. Import and tax fees are country fees and are NOT included in the sale price or shipping costs in this listing.
International: I’m happy to send to an international buyer who is a patient person (USPS shipping can be very slow) and who knows their country import fees which can be imposed by your country at delivery. I am happy to save you money by offering USPS International First Class which is the cheapest way to ship internationally but it is VERY slow (~4-6 weeks, select this if you don’t mind waiting), so I have also offered International Priority Mail which is faster (~4 weeks) and Express Mail which is faster but can still take weeks. Canadian/International buyers should contact their customs office to determine country fees before offerding; import and customs fees are country fees and are NOT included in the sale or shipping price.
Payment: PayPal from U.S. Canadian, Australian, or UK. PayPal accounts only. Shipping only to confirmed PayPal address. Payment due within 3 days of close of sale listing. If you pay PayPal by credit card or your balance, I can ship right away. If you fund PayPal by an e-check, PayPal will hold your e-check for about 5 business days and won’t allow me to print your shipping label ship until it clears.
Questions: If you have questions, please email me before offerding.
buyer warrants that he/she will use this miniature sewing machine in a safe manner and by adults only. *This is an adult collectible item, not a “toy” for children. Liability is limited to the price of the item, unless restricted by law. Vintage machine sold “as is.”
response: If you have any questions or concerns on this item after sale, please email me, so we can resolve them to your satisfaction.
Returns: Satisfaction Guaranteed! If you are not totally satisfied, email first for return address and return the items in the original operating condition and packed in the same manner and materials as originally shipped within 3 days of receipt. Full refund of purchase price, minus shipping charges.
Communication: I treasure good communication. Watch your email after sale, so you can reply promptly, if I have questions while preparing your package.
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Singer Child Sewing Machine Sewhandy 20 Hand Crank 1950s Toy* Mini 401-color Vtg: $154