Monday, August 16, 2021

The Home Hand Embroidery Machine

Everything old is new again.

Here's a pamphlet from my collection for machine embroidery.  The pamphlet is from the 1890s.

"Saves money on Christmas presents," one ad boasted.

Actually I have a modern embroidery machine that my mother gave me.  She had bought and used it for a few months and then tired of it.  I used it to make some stuffed animals and bags for the kids and now it just sits in a closet.  The truth is I like my embroidery hand sewn.

But surprisingly the instructions from the Home Hand Embroidery Machine are very similar to today's modern versions, including the use of a frame for your fabric:

Here are more instructions:

The company also sold patterns that resemble those we know from Briggs Iron-On Transfers:

I haven't found much online for this product.  If memory serves me right, we've seen some 19th century embroidery that we realized was done by machine but I don't have any photographs.

I don't know when the company folded but I did find that they were in a directory in 1904.

Hope you find this little tidbit of interest.  If you know of any more information, please share it with us!

Have a safe and happy day!


  1. I find this interesting, thanks. I too prefer hand embroidered, but as my hands age it will become less possible. I have a friend who is in her early 80's and she loves her embroidery machine.

  2. So far, I've not been pulled into an embroidery machine. Somehow I knew that the learning curve, the cost of patterns and thread, and how much I'd actually make things with it would not add up. This is an interesting tool - an attempt to modernize and "automate" the punch needle tool.