Domestic Sewing Machines

Domestic High Arm

The earliest Domestic Vibrating Shuttle (VS) sewing machine manufactured from 1863-1870's was much more modern than its competitors and was the first true "high arm" machine. Some characteristic features are:

photo courtesy of Wolfegang's Collectibles and Chuck Oslakovic

photo courtesy of Donna Kohler (modified with a later version of the bobbin winder)

Domestic fiddlebase

In the 1870's-1890's, Domestic produced a fiddlebase VS machine. Some characteristics are:

photo courtesy of Linda Wray

Domestic A and B Hand Cranks

The Domestic A and Domestic B hand cranks were manufactured during the 1880's-1890's. They were smaller than the treadle heads. Design features include:

Domestic A(?) photo courtesy of Judy in BC (Note top disk tension - this machine does not have "A" in the decal but has the front thumbwheel stich length control like the Domestic A. It has a lower serial number than the Domestic A shown below.)

Domestic A photo courtesy of Marilyn Hale (Note top leaf tension)

Domestic B photo courtesy of Eleanor Beck

New Domestic

The next model was called the New Domestic and was produced in the mid-1890's - 1900's. Design features included:

photo courtesy of Katie Farmer

Domestic C

photo courtesy of eBay seller 24mommyc

photo courtesy of Gail Enos

Domestic D

photo courtesy of eBay seller w-w-stuff-inc

Domestic Vibrator (King class)

Domestic Vibrator machines were produced in the 1900's-1920's. They were copies of the Singer Model 27/127. Some identifying features are:

photo courtesy of Cathy Jones


Domestic Rotary, Type 1

This rotary is very similar to a Standard Rotary, and in fact appears to take the same bobbin. Design features included:

photo by Kelly Pakes

Domestic Rotary, Type 2

This Domestic rotary has a last patent date of 1904, and all of the patents on the slide plate are identical to the dates on the Standard Rotary. Some identifying features of this model are:

photo by Kelly Pakes

Domestic 69 Hi-Speed Rotary

This Domestic rotary has a last patent date of 1919. Some identiying features are:

photo courtesy of Judith Baker


Franklin VS

The Franklin was a badged machine sold by Sears beginnging in 1911. It was a copy of the Singer 27/127. Design features include:

Minnesota A

photo courtesy of Kate Triplett (pre-1920)

photo courtesy of Bill in AK (1920 patent date)

Minnesota H

photo courtesy of Katie Farmer

New Willard

photo courtesy of Bernie Pokorski