Who Made Arrow Sewing Machines? (Company and History)

Have you heard of the statement your guess is as good as mine? That is because, for the many vintage sewing machines out there, it is anyone’s guess as to who made and what kind of history the maker had. You may come across a badged sewing machine from the early 50s and find nothing about it.

Who made Arrow sewing machines? It is quite possible that this machine was made by one of the many Japanese firms that started cloning the American sewing machine after the war. These machines had all sorts of different English words placed on them and Arrow may be one of those.

To find out if the Arrow sewing machine company is a real company or not, just keep reading our article. The article does its best to dig up any and all information it can but history is not always kind.

Who Made Arrow Sewing Machines


After World War 2, and you will see a lot of different sewing machine histories start this way, Japan received a lot of money to help rebuild its industrial sector. One of the businesses that received a lot of financing was the sewing machine manufacturers.

These companies put out one or two clones of American sewing machines and placed about 5,000 different names on their machines. It is quite possible that Arrow was one of those names as we did not find Arrow sewing machine company in the list of names that held all the American sewing machine brand names.

It is possible that the Arrow sewing machine was a clone of the Singer 15 or other Singer models that the Japanese used to make their sewing machines. But with the lack of records and lack of even an online mention of its history, we cannot come to any decisive conclusion about who made this sewing machine.

Arrow Sewing Machine Company


As far as we can tell no Arrow sewing machine company makes sewing machines now or ever. We did come across an Arrow sewing machine cabinet company and that seems to be all they make.

This company was started in 1943 and has its headquarters in Delavan Wisconsin and it seems to have partnerships with about 7 different companies in 7 different countries in the world.

That company’s focus is on sewing machine furniture only. They do cabinets, chairs, and other sewing furniture items that help make your sewing much more enjoyable. You can read their story at this link.

As for any actual Arrow sewing machine company, history has not been kind to it if it actually existed. The closest we can come to finding a company is that one Arrow sewing machine was called the Toyota arrow but that may not have been the company that manufactured them

Just so you know the exact same machine sold in Australia under the Brand name Pinnock. This is the trouble of trying to track down sewing machine companies that supposedly made vintage sewing machines n the 50s and 60s. They do not exist.

Finding Arrow Sewing Machine Manuals


This we can do as out of our go-to sewing machine manual websites, we found one that had a few of them on hand. The company sells them for about 5 British pounds and there are 5 manuals available at the time of this writing.

Just click here to find that website. We looked at different places that usually are very good for having sewing machine manuals for sale and Arrow was not even present in their inventory.

Since it was the Singer 15 & 99 models that were originally cloned by Japanese companies, we suggest you try the Singer website to see if you can get manuals for those sewing machines.

It is worth a shot and there are plenty of places on the internet that still carry Singer sewing machine manuals so if the company doesn’t have them maybe someone else will.

How to Thread an old Arrow Sewing Machine

Our search for instructions on how to thread an old Arrow sewing machine was not successful. But here are some threading instructions for the Singer 15 just in case your Arrow is a clone of that model.

  • Step one, place the spool on the spool pin.
  • Step two, now turn the balance wheel until the needle assembly is halfway to its highest point.
  • Step three, pull the thread from the spool and put it through the hook on the thread guide at the top of the machine.
  • Step four, next, pull the thread down till you get to the tensioner and wrap the thread around it once. Then take the thread through the tensioner spring.
  • Step five, continue pulling the thread and go under, not through, the thread take up lever. Keep going till you reach the second thread guide. Go through the thread guide and pull the thread down towards the needle
  • Step six, put the thread through the needle’s eye, and you are done.

If your Arrow sewing machine is a clone of the Singer 15 and 99 then parts should be easy to come by as the parts for the Singer work on the Arrow clone. The Japanese didn’t change many parts. They just improved on the quality of the Singer 15 & 99 and made them quieter.

Some Final Words

As much as we would like, there is not a lot of information about Arrow sewing machines. It is one of the many silent sewing machines that had a Japanese maker who slapped any old word on its tag so it would sell to a western audience.

The good news is that there are still some old Arrow sewing machine manuals around to help you fix or thread one. It is good to know you can still get parts for this machine even though its maker is anonymous.

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