Not ideal for mass production, but small running-stitch machines enjoyed a vogue in the 1860s.
This 1862 Family Gem machine worked on a system of simply gathering up the material and running it through a needle.
Machine is marked with two patent dates of 1862 and 1863.
I found one other incomplete and lesser condition model which sold some time ago – check here:
Sad to say it’s one of those “what’s it worth” sites where you have to pay a subscription to find an auction result.
This example is totally complete with its needle-length adjuster and table clamp. It is in fabulous condition – check out the gold-leaf decoration.
Running-stitch machines were also made by the Demorest Company and even by the renowned Shaw & Clark concern.

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