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Mechanical or electrical machines invented to aid the sewing process, used by seamstresses and dressmakers.
Sewing machines are a very popular item to collect in the UK and they are appreciated by a great many people
Sewing machines can be obtained from a variety of sources, such as car boot sales, collectors fairs, flea markets and jumble sales, as well as antique dealers and antique fairs. The internet is another good source, especially on-line auctions.
Collectors can be of all ages and you are never too young or old to start a collection.
There is no real ability required for collecting sewing machines, collectors just need the appreciation of the object. Whether they think of it as a object of beauty or appreciate it for its design or practicality
The sewing machine has been in existence since the mid 1700s, Singer being a very popular brand name. Sewing machines can make a great variety of plain or patterned stitches. Most domestic sewing machines, as with many industrial machines, use a two thread stitch called the lock-stitch. Some older machine types are chain stitch machines. Modern machines are computer controlled and use stepper motors or sequential cams to achieve very complex patterns.
To build up a collection of sewing machines collectors need to be resourceful in their attempts to obtain items to add to their collection. You must be prepared to spend time rummaging through lots of items to find the one piece of treasure that you need to add to your collection. Much of the fun of collecting is the seeking of that elusive next item, whether it be at a car boot sale which could yield some great finds, or at a dealer where you may have to pay top prices.
Prices will vary depending on age and condition and will range from a few pounds upwards.
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