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The Hancock machine dates from the 1860s and was the brainchild of Henry J Hancock. It has a tambour-type needle which pulls the thread from below the stitching surface.
This was offered as a serious adult portable machine but later toys using the same system were put upon the market.
There are a couple of links here, one to the Smithsonian’s sewing machine history book, page 92, at https://tinyurl.com/y75x5z6n
And there’s also a similar machine here: https://tinyurl.com/ybufr9bp

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