Toy Stitchers Biennial Convention

October 14 – 16, 2016
The Inn at Opryland — A Gaylord Hotel
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

We have changed the location for the 2016 convention because we were able to negotiate a much better contract for Toy Stitchers International with this facility. The Inn at Opryland, a Gaylord hotel and Marriott property, is located in a vibrant Music City suburb.

The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to popular area attractions including the historic Grand Ole Opry and Opry Mills Mall, Nashville’s premier shopping and entertainment complex. The world famous Opryland Hotel is within walking distance and well worth seeing. There are many restaurants close by too. More information will be published in the Winter 2016 issue of The Toy Stitcher.

Meet fellow collectors

The conventions hosted by Toy Stitchers International create the link for sharing invaluable knowledge and excitement about collecting toy sewing machines. More importantly, our organization provides an opportunity to meet fellow toy sewing machine collectors, which often results in the development of lifelong friendships. Attending the convention is a great opportunity to continue to learn, visit with friends, and meet the new members of our organization.

Toy sewing machine trends

Many toy sewing machine collections have grown and improved in quality, desirability, and value. Thanks to the Internet and particularly eBay, the market exploded over the past 15 to 20 years. This trend allows us to view and buy many toy sewing machines we would have otherwise never had the opportunity to even encounter!

Market Changes

Yes, the market has changed drastically, and we have learned a great deal along the way. One good example is how much we now know about which of those toy sewing machines are exceptionally rare and valuable, and those which were thought to be rare but are not.

Toy Stitchers turns 25

Toy Stitchers turns 25 this year. Claire Toschi started it all on September 1, 1990, and as she says, “with 15 toy sewing machine collectors, one typewriter, and a bottle of correction fluid.” Our deepest gratitude and thank you to Claire Toschi.

Past Conventions

2014 – Austin, Texas
2012 – Lake Barkey, Kentucky
2010 – Tulsa, Oklahoma
2008 – Walnut, Ohio
2006 – Seattle, Washington
2004 – Houston, Texas
2002 – Las Vegas, Nevada (Reorganization)
2000 – Nashville, Tennessee
1998 – Millbrae, California
1995 – Branson, Missouri