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I have been a collector of antique sewing tools and thimbles for over 30 years. I am also a dealer in this field and sell on eBay under the name -- serengeti2. I am NOT, and I repeat NOT an expert on antique or vintage domestic household sewing machines used for everyday home sewing. I can offer help when it comes to Toy or miniature collectible sewing machines ONLY.

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Thimble Collectors International
SCTC - Southern California Thimble Club
SDTC - San Diego Thimble Club
OTS - Ohio Thimble Seekers
Priscilla Nutmeggers - CT/MA/NH
Dorset Thimble Society - UK
Rund um den Fingerhut - Germany
Cyberthimble on Yahoo


I belong to Thimble Collectors International & I chair the committee 'Publishing/Grants' and oversee the research and publication of booklets relating to sewing tools and thimbles. I have also had articles published on needlework related topics.


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2016-10-18 Toy Betsy Ross sewing machine:

Hello Debbie,    I do have the threading instructions for the Betsy Ross if that will help you.  Almost all of these toy machines sew a chain stitch so the tension is important to allow the needle to catch

2016-10-03 kay-an-ee sew master toy:

Hello Teresa,  Thank you for your query.    Almost all of the toy sewing machines sew a chain stitch.    If you send me an email to:   I will gladly attach the threading instructions

2016-05-04 Thimbles:

Olga,    You can try selling them on eBay or another Internet site.  Even Craig's list.     Thimble Collectors International does have members who will take items on consignment but all charge a fee for

2016-05-04 Thimbles:

Olga,  Much better photos, thanks.    These thimbles were made in Germany and date to around 1985/86. They are cast sterling silver, not machined.  If you look closely, you will be able to see their easily

2016-05-04 Thimbles:

Olga,    Are you able to take clearer photos?  These are too blurry for me to work with.  Thank you.  Irene


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