Singer Miniature Toy Sewing Machine – Model 20-1
When the Singer 20 Toy Sewing Machine, manufactured in the U.S.A., was introduced in 1910 it was in a league of its own. Although the Singer 20 was of a simple chain stitch design requiring just 40 components, it was very well engineered with a cast iron body. Compared to other toy sewing machines of its era, and indeed since then, it is far more like a miniature adult machine than a child’s toy.
A second version, the Singer 20-1, was introduced in 1914 with only minor changes, from a 4-spoke hand wheel to a 7-spoke hand wheel and tension discs added.