Raymond Sewing Economy Line

Economy Line Sewing by Raymond Sewing Machines

Economy Line Sewing Machine, antique sewing machine research.  Most sewing manufacturers made a low cost sewing machine as time went on.  Especially, closer to the turn of the century.  After all, sewing machines were 50 years on the market by then.  Raymond Sewing Manufacturing likewise found it necessary to offer a low cost economy sewing machine.  Trends and economy created a need for diversification as a result.

Furthermore, sewing machine pricing had fallen in contrast to advancements of the device.  Eventually, while still a status symbol for some, almost every home maker could afford one.  Creative financing or lease agreements assisted salesman break sales records but mostly to fit a tight budget.

Do you have a vintage or antique treadle sewing machine with any of the following labels?  Yours could be made by Raymond Sewing Manufacturing of Guelph Ontario.

Here is a small sample of Economy Line Sewing machine labels

Econony Sewing machine identification.


Hooray! You are getting closer.

If your machine matches any listed here congratulations on finding this page.  Researching any name listed below is a challenge however.  And Raymond especially, is no different.  Oddly, It is very common to see the same name on two or three completely different machines.  Thus, adding to the confusion and a commonly asked question: “Who made this thing anyways?”.  And now,  the Economy line sewing machines are all antique sewing machines, well over 100 years old. 

Raymond Sewing Economy Line labels identified here:

All lables below are antique sewing machines and getting harder to find each year.  And it doesn’t matter these were a low cost, economy sewing machine. Considered to sew very well and are well made. 

Beaver, Eaton 10, Eaton, 10 or Eaton 12, Windsor, Jubilee, Victor, Princess F, Model C, Model E, Model H, Model M & Model K, Famous, Reliable Challenge, Colonial, The Conley Church (on Madoc treadle stand),
Northern Electric -( portable electric in carry case) Sunbeam, Halifax, Challenge W (on Farmers Supply Co treadle stand).  All of these names are found on Raymond sewing economy sewing machines and I suspect more will surface in time.

To have a look at each machine’s image gallery; each link is provided below.

The Raymond Sewing Machine Factory, Guelph Ontario Canada:

Check out the Raymond Sewing Machine Factory in Guelph Ontario.  The Raymond Sewing Economy line sewing machines were in fact made there.  The main factory is on Yarmouth Street and a factory on Yarmouth and Suffolk Street.  Construction for both date to the 1870’s, although renovated and repurposed, several original structures still exist today.  So plan to visit if you can.  The brown building, seen here on Baker Street, is the cream separator manufacturing building.  Unfortunately, it is no longer standing today.

This colorful image below is from a circa year 1900 post card.  Note, it is an artist conception of the factory, exaggerated in size, for advertising purposes.  Additionally, this illustration is also found in many survivor  operating manuals which were produced from approximately year 1900 on wards.  To think, your antique sewing machine was made here.


Artist rendition of the Raymond Sewing Machine company

And now, I introduce you to Guelph’s local historian, Bonnie Durtnall.  I credit Bonnie for parts of my research as she’s never hesitated to help.  Her page has a wealth of history and I always learn each time I review her site.  Click to enter the page and enjoy Guelph labor history.

The Guelph Civic museum has a great archive but also a Raymond sewing machine collection. Consider visiting soon.