Demorest Sewing Machines


I am interested in Demorest sewing machines because they were manufactured in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, near where I grew up. I never heard of them until I began collecting treadle sewing machines, and find it surprising how few seem to be available in northeastern Pennsylvania considering they were made here. When I started searching for information about Demorest sewing machines I did not find much available, so I did some research. I created this page to share the information I gathered. Corrections and additional information are welcome. Feel free to email me

Company History

Demorest sewing machines were manufactured by the Demorest Fashion and Sewing Machine Company, later called the Demorest Manufacturing Company. It was also referred to as the Demorest Sewing Machine Company in advertisements. The Demorest name came from Madame Demorest of Madame Demorestís Reliable Patterns, the Demorest Emporium of Fashions, and Demorest Monthly Magazines fame.

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Demorest Sewing Machines

Demorest sewing machines were produced from 1889 through approximately 1907. All versions appear to have been vibrating shuttle machines with leaf tension and a shield shaped front inspection plate. Later machines had a rectangular base, but the earliest ones had a cutout in the front and back at the center of the bed. Early versions came in treadle cabinets with coffin tops and the name "Demorest" cast into the sides of the irons. Later drop down cabinets did not have the company name in the side irons. Some of these had beautiful gold decals applied to the wooden cabinets.

I am very interested in seeing pictures of other Demorest machines and especially in obtaining serial numbers and dates from receipts and warranties. Please email me if you have information to share.

Below are pictures of some examples of Demorest Sewing Machines.

SN 8956, courtesy of Wolfegang's Collectibles. More pictures of SN9856.

1890 No. 3 machine, SN 30294, courtesy of Wolfegang's Collectibles. More pictures of SN 30294.

Circa mid 1890s machine in The Lycoming Museum. SN not visible. More pictures of Lycoming Museum machine.

SN 109155, Circa early 1900s machine in the The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, Williamsport, PA. It has beautiful gold rose decals on the wooden cabinet. More pictures of this machine.

It appears that Demorest also made badged sewing machines.

So far I have two dated serial numbers:

30294 Warranty June 26, 1890, shipping date June 28, 1890. Pictures above.
81398 Warranty 1900. This is a coffin top machine with "Demorest" in the irons and the split swing out center cabinet drawers.

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