The Encyclopedia of Early American Sewing Machines

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This book covers the history and development of the sewing machine
industry in America from 1800 to 1900. With more than 350 illustrations
covering almost all known manufacturers of sewing machines up to 1880,
the book is mandatory for anyone who has an interest in early American
sewing machines.

Also included is a chapter devoted to early toy sewing machines,
a detailed explanation of how to restore early machines, typical models
from the early 20th century, and much more.  To aid the antique dealer
and collector, relative rarities and prices are given for each illustration.

REVIEW (by Graham Forsdyke)

It is difficult to imagine just who else could have written this volume.
Carter Bays, a near-obsessional collector of many years standing, has amassed
so much knowledge on the history of the American sewing machine that it would
do future historians a disservice had he not chosen to commit his expertise
to paper.

Page after page of high-quality photographs make machine identification easy.
The guide to restoration takes the reader step-by-step through the minefield
of renovating a machine without damaging its integrity.

This book will rapidly become the American sewing machine collector's Bible.
And rightly so.

Carter Bays, a professor of computer science, has been collecting sewing machines
for twenty years and has amassed what is universally regarded as the finest
collection in the world of early American treadle sewing machines. He began collecting
in 1979 because, "nobody else seemed to be doing it." His goal when he started was
to assemble the finest collection in the world of early American sewing machines while
prices were still affordable. In that regard, he says that his goal was realized,
"in the nick of time."

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