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.

6 thoughts on “A Tiny Addition (to my sewing machine collection)”

  1. 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. 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.

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