Tailor Bird Sewing Machine Company
Richborough Hall, Sandwich, Kent, England
Discussion Topic with History of the Tailor Bird:
Production was said to have begun after WWII and ceased around 1953/4. The machines did not perform well, and were said to be used by sewing machine tradesmen in enticing customers to buy a more expensive machine after trying out the poor performance of a Tailor Bird.
Tailor-Bird Trade Mark
The Tailor Bird trade mark shows the tropical warbler sewing leaves together to form a nest.
These patents were used by the Tailor-Bird machine, patented by Hedley Roy Paine, an Australian, in 1935.
His application was submitted in 1933 and patented in 1936. It covers the feeder mechanism. A bracket pivotally connected to the presser foot bar and having a bent part extending upwardly engaging with a roller journalled on the needle bar.
Serial Number 26731
Courtesy of Ursel Niggemann
The machine's design is intriguing. It is lightweight and compact, folding into its carry case.
The handcrank is operated with a belt. The machine's feeder mechanism was patented by an Australian.
Serial Number FF04244
The top of the machine case attaches to the left hand side of the machine for use as an extension table.
The machine has a flip-down magnifying glass to assist in threading the needle and watching the fabric when sewing.
The feeder mechanism pulls fabric along, rather than using feed dogs. This is a type of vertical feed movement.
The machine was patented in the 1930s.
Serial Number 18766, SL.3 (the 3rd Tailor-Bird version)
Uniso, also known as Unisomac, and also sold by Universal Sewing Machines Ltd of Birmingham, as the Sewmaid, Model S.L.
This model appears to be the last re-incarnation of the Tailor Bird machine, as re-designed by Walter R. Skuse & Partners Ltd.
Gone is the slide-in case, gone are the fold up flaps, no magnifying glass, an even simpler bobbin winder mechanism on a spring, just one solid wheel to drive the external, small sized motor (Featherweight sized) called a Jones' Minor motor.
The machine, case and foot control weighs exactly 14 lbs.
The machine clips into a small wooden base, the bobbin case is plastic and the bobbin too.
The slide plate states that the needle size is 712.