Friday, February 8, 2013
What a toy!
Casige was one of the great German toy makers of the 20th century, although the original company had been founded 50 years earlier and specialized in locks.You can see the company trademark of a great German eagle grasping a key in its talons on this little machine.
The name Casige came from the name of its founder and his hometown- Carl Sieper of Gevelsberg (Westfalen) Germany. Ca-Si-Ge.
I don't believe one could actually sew with it as there is no bobbin or shuttle for a lower thread. However the upper part of the machine looks very authentic as there is a spool pin, a simple tension disc and thread guides for the thread to follow a path to the needle. The presser foot does raise and lower and there are feed dogs to move the fabric through, as you turn the wheel.
There was no needle in place when I got it years ago, and one of "today's needles" does not fit - I have tried! So I guess it is destined to be admired as a "decor" item in my studio... it won't be replacing my hard-working Bernina any time soon...
So - do you own a toy machine? If so, I'd love to hear from you.
"Adults are obsolete children." ~ Dr. Seuss