A Tiny Addition (to my sewing machine collection)

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I stopped by one of the local antique malls over the weekend, hoping to find some inexpensive, but classy jewelry to wear to my brother-in-law’s wedding.  No luck on the jewelry, but when I stopped to look at a vintage camera (they’re beautiful, I always stop for them), I happened upon the most adorable sewing machine I’ve ever seen.

mini sears sewing machine

When it’s inside it’s case, the machine only measures 8 1/2″ x 8″ x 4″.  That’s tiny.

sears mini sewing machine in case

I tried the machine out, and it does run, which is awesome.  You simply plug the cord in and flip the switch to start it.

sears mini sewing machine

I think I’ve even figured out how to thread the needle, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how or where to put the bobbin on.

mini sears sewing machine

There is a place at the top that looks like it might hold a bobbin, but I would assume that is where the bobbin is wound.  The most natural option is underneath the machine, but I can’t seem to find any place underneath where a bobbin would go.

bottom of Sears Mini Sewing Machine

I’d love to find out more about this machine, even find a manual, but the only identifying marks on the machine besides the Sears Kenmore logo is stamped on the presser plate: “Berlin | Made in Germany | US Zone”.  That makes me think the machine was made just after WWII. If you can give me any information about this machine, or direct me to a manual, I would really appreciate it.


  1. WaggonsWest on February 6, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Hey Andrea, Look for information about chain stitch machines. Most of the ‘toy’ machines that I know of create a chain stitch rather than a lock stitch. It is all done with the top thread and there is no bobbin. I think the mechanics are pretty similar no matter how new or old the machine so you might look at some of the new toys. I know Singer has a battery operated chain stitch machine out there and I’m sure others do to. They will probably give you some clues about how to thread and run yours.

  2. Vera on February 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    That is seriously adorable 🙂 Have fun with it.

    • Andrea on February 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      I hope to have a lot of fun using it. I just need a tension disk for it.

  3. Rhoda on February 8, 2014 at 9:14 am


    Try this link for info on you little machine.

    The second link is a group that is all about old, antique machines. I hope this helps.

    • Andrea on February 9, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Thanks for the links. I’ll be sure to check them out.

  4. Soerra on August 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Did you ever find out any more about this little one? Just picked one up at a local antique store and you seem to be the only other person who has one.

  5. Lynn Helm Nichols on June 11, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    I have 1 but mine don’t show where a bobber would go either.

  6. Sharon Rodriguez on July 19, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    I went to my local thrift store today and on the window they had a machine like yours but with no base, case or manual. I could not help myself with the 50% off day. I had to buy it. I bought it for $7 dollars. The only thing I see is a small sticker on the bottom that says battery operated, and one on the front from Sears. Looking to see if I could find a manual or any info on the web, I found your blog. If you found something, would you share it with me please.
    Thank you so much
    Kind regards Sharon.

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