Though this wasn't the Singer company's first sewing machine to have been produced, it was its first model specifically for home use, which was marketed as "Singer's New Family Sewing Machine." It was produced ca.1858 by I. M. Singer & Company of New York and has since been nicknamed the Turtleback model. The Turteback was available for purchase with two types of bases; a cast iron treadle stand, like the one seen here, or a wood cabinet-like stand adorned with floral embellishments.
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