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 Domestic High Arm Vibrating Shuttle (VS) sewing machine was manufactured in the early 1870s and 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

Domestic produced a fiddlebase VS machine from 1876-1901. Some characteristics are:

photo courtesy of Linda Wray

The fiddlebase was also sold with "Reliable" decals:

Domestic A and B Hand Cranks

The Domestic A and Domestic B hand cranks were manufactured from the mid-1880's to the 1910s. 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, which was introduced in 1901 and likely ended with rollout of the Domestic D in 1909. Design features included:

photo courtesy of Katie Farmer

Domestic C

The Domestic C was a lower priced model in the 1900s, approx 1903 to 1909.

  • rectangular base
  • leaf tension
  • no access plate on front of machine
  • vertical stitch length control lever on front of pillar (earlier machines) OR on bed in front of pillar (later machines)
  • top clamping feet (early), socket style feet (late)
  • SN located under front slide plate

    photo courtesy of Gail Enos

    Domestic D

    The Domestic D was introduced in 1909 and made into the mid teens, probably 1915.

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

    Domestic Vibrator (King class)

    Domestic Vibrator machines were produced from approx 1915 into the 1930s. They were copies of the Singer Model 27/127 and were made by White after 1924. Some identifying features are:

    photo courtesy of Cathy Jones


    Domestic Rotary, Type 1

    This rotary is very similar to a Standard Rotary (except for fiddlebase shape), 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, and was made from 1919 to 1924. Some identiying features are:

    photo courtesy of Judith Baker


    Franklin VS

    The Franklin was a badged machine sold by Sears beginnging in 1911 and was made into the 1930s (by White after 1924). It was a copy of the Singer 27/127 Design features include:

    Minnesota A

    The Minnesota A was a badged machine sold by Sears beginnging in 1913 and was made into the 1930s (by White after 1924). Design features include:

    photo courtesy of Kate Triplett (pre-1920)

    photo courtesy of Bill in AK (1920 patent date)

    Minnesota H

    The Minnesota H was a badged machine sold by Sears beginnging in 1920 and was made into the 1930s (by White after 1924). Design features include:

    photo courtesy of Katie Farmer

    New Willard

    The New Willard was a badged machine beginning in 1915 and was made into the 1930s (by White after 1924). Design features include:

    photo courtesy of Bernie Pokorski

    Badged machines in advertisements in 1901

    Conquest

    Fireside

    Treasure