Monday, May 16, 2011

Antique Sewing Machine

My husband found this lovely machine for me. Can you believe someone was throwing it away!? The patent marks on the machine are between 1871 and 1883. And some of the accessories have patent marks as old as 1862!
This machine is half the size of my modern sewing machine and weighs about twice a much. The parts still move but I think I am going to use it as a display/art piece rather than trying to sew with it. And yes, that is a hand crank!
It is a Willcox & Gibbs sewing machine and the inventor, James Edward Allen Gibbs, came up with a completely new method of sewing, the chain stitch. He was granted his first patent on this new sewing machine in 1857.
Charles Willcox partnered with Gibbs in 1859 and Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company was born. I addition to domestic hand and treadle machines, the company produced industrial models. The machines were sold in the USA and Europe. The company closed in 1973.

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