National Sewing Machine Company

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National Sewing Machine Company was a Belvidere, Illinois-based manufacturer formed before 1886.[1] The company manufactured sewing machines, washing machines, bicycles, an automobile, home workshop machinery, and cast-iron toys and novelties (under the Vindex Toy Company label).[2]


In 1890,and

Harold D. Neff headed up the Vindex toy division between 1916-1951; Vindex was the name of a product line of National's washing machines.[2] National Sewing Machine Company and Farm Mechanics magazine partnered up, with the magazine offering Vindex toys as incentives to children to sell magazine subscriptions.[2]

In 1953 National merged with the Free Sewing Machine Company but was unable to compete with the imported Japanese sewing machine models and the National Sewing Machine Company closed in 1957[3]


National Sewing Machine Company's "Happy Day" washing machine, circa 1910


  1. ^ List of American Sewing Machine Manufacturers A to Z, David Best, SewMuse, 2011 (retrieved 12 February 2012)
  2. ^ a b c d Vindex Toys, Bill Vossler,, March 2001 (retrieved 12 February 2012)
  3. ^ National Sewing Machine Company, David Best, SewMuse, 2005 (retrieved 12 February 2012)
  4. ^ Bicycle Brands, The Wheelman (retrieved 12 February 2012)
  5. ^ a b From Eldredge to National to Janome, Graham Forsdyke, ISMACS News (International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society), Issue 55, April 1997 (retrieved 11 February 2012)