Gimbels vintage sewing machines
Gimbels vintage sewing machines are sewing machines retailed by the department store Gimbels before 1987.
Background and Description
Gimbel Brothers or Gimbels was an American department store corporation established in 1887, and closed in 1987. In the 1930s Gimbels was the largest department store corporation in the world.
Gimbels retailed sewing machines produced by manufacturers such as Necchi, Elna, Nelco, and Pfaff, as well as models that they sold with their own name affixed, though these were in fact manufactured by Singer in Japan.
The 1950s Gimbels sewing machines were box shaped and came in colours such as teal, beige or turquoise, and were made of very heavy metal. Earlier models were black, very similar to earlier Singer models.
Collecting Gimbels vintage sewing machines
Gimbels sewing machines were built to last, and are often still in good working order. The manuals however are hard to come by, so it may take some detective work to figure out how to use the machine, if that is a collector’s intention.
They will have a model number as well as the Gimbels logo affixed. Earlier ‘Gimbels’ logos had slanting writing and a crown above the name. Later models simply stated ‘Gimbels’ in bold text.
Gimbels machines are more valuable if they retain their carrying cases and instruction manuals, and if they still work.
Gimbels sewing machines generally sell for $50-100.