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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.
"We should understand well that all things are the work of the Great Spirit. We should know the Great Spirit is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains and the four legged and winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that the Great Spirit is also above all these things and peoples. When we do understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear and love and know the Great Spirit, and then we will act and live as the Spirit intends" ~ Black Elk