Singer Memorabilia and Publications

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Isaac Merritt Singer was a master of publicity. His hold on the whole Idea of the Sewing Machine is much like that of Hoover on the vacuum cleaner - I am amazed by the number of machines I see described as "a Jones Singer" or even "a Bernina Singer" on everybody's favourite online auction site. All through the life of the company, items were produced to give away, to reward sales people, and to sell directly to the public. I have a few here.

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M047 Singer Domino Cards. These were regarded as less "sinful" than regular playing cards (not by anyone who has ever sat in a Brixton cafe..) and would have been a gift to a salesman or particularly favoured customer. Very good; £25

EF121 Singer Clothes Brush; £3 each (I have several)

Odd Tools

Some of these are very odd. Electrical items for curiosity value only. Plug in only if you like to live dangerously..

Singercraft Tools

- used to make fringes and rugs with the sewing machine. Easy to use and quite fun... Contain a small blade, so mind your fingers..Come with reproduced full instructions
Singercraft Tool
EF156, plain version; £15
Not shown; EF156a Spare blade and holder for the above, as new; £4
Singercraft Tool
EF154 Silver, no blade; £15
EF167a Spare blade holder for the above , no blades, sorry; £2
Singercraft Tool in action
In action..

SB001 Singer Springy Clamp-on Iron cable tidier-upper; £12.50

Detail of SB001


MA031 Tiny (3-1/2 by 2-3/4 inches) Singer book with coloured photos of the attachments in use. Very charming; £5

MA028 Singer Manual of Family Sewing Machines -
covers all the old style machines; £7
MA029 Another one with a cream cover, slightly smaller (same content); £7

MA145 Singer Illustrated Dressmaking Guide. No date, but illustrations look 1940s. 48 pages, very good condition; £12.50

MA137 Singer Squared Pattern Paper (3 sheets) in original Singer paper bag; £2.50
My address is:-
Helen Howes
Helen Howes Sewing Machines
4, The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU. United Kingdom
01508 548137
From outside the UK dial:- 0044 1508 548137
I'm open 11 till 5 every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays