Antique STAR TUFTING EMBROIDERY MACHINE 1892 Tool, Box! - (eBay item 290182932108 end time Nov-24-07 20:44:07 PST)
This vintage hand tool is marked, "The Star Mfg. Co. Limited, Washington, PA. Pat. Feb. 2, 92." That's 1892! The instructions are very brittle and fell apart even more after photographing, so we'll provide a photocopy you can read without worry.
The instructions claim this tool is so easy to use any ten-year-old can manage it.
It looks like printed fabric patterns cost $1.00 and something was $4.50--maybe the machine? (That bit of paper is missing.) I don't see what the little star shapes are for.
- With canvas or jute from coffee sacks, load needle with rag strips or yarn and create rugs.
- A pair of driving mittens uses Java canvass or soft crash toweling and Germantown yarn worked two or three strands together.
- Ladies or children's mittens can be made on unbleached muslin or Java canvas with soft Saxony, Germantown or zephyr yarn, clipped or not.
- Lab robes worked in good yarn can wear for years.
- Fancy work uses zephyrs, silks, worsteds, tinsel, etc., for raised and flat embroidery to create stand scarfs, lounge pillows, instrument covers, stool covers, lambrequins, screens, curtains, slippers, cushions, pillow shams, banners, tidies, robes for baby carriages, paper-holders, toilet sets, card, handkerchief and slipper holders, dresser covers, mantle covers, etc.
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