Domestic Sewing Machines

This page shows examples of Domestic sewing machines made prior to the company being purchased by White in 1924.

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 Rotary, Type 3, 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