Fabulous working miniature Essex sewing machine made in London , England sometime between 1946 and 1956 . Similar in design to the Singer No 20 these were not made as toys but made to fill a large expanding market after the war years and were popular with adults and children alike . The Essex Engineering Co was making one arm bandits , but after the war saw the opening and produced many miniature sewing machines until around 1956 when the company went back to slot machine making . The Essex sewing machines came in a burgundy colour and produced a single chain stitch. There is a wooden base that it sits on , with clamp to attach it firmly to a table . It also comes with a wooden extendable section that slides on , some spare needles and a copy of the instruction manual . The original carry case is totally functional but does have quite a lot of marks and signs of wear .
The sewing machine measures 21 cms long including handle and is 17 cms high . It's in a full working order and is in a nice condition for its age . There are some marks to the paintwork in places and some scratches and discolouration to the wooden base boards .
This is a wonderful collectable item and would make a great gift for the " Make do and mend " enthusiast . If you are planning on doing an extended and major sewing project there may be better and more sophisticated machines that would suit you better.
Delivery anywhere within Australia is included in the price.