is one of the oldest sewing machines I have, manufactured in 1870. I acquired
the Wilson sewing machine head at a local TOGA in 2007 for only $10.00 (about TOGAs). It was being sold as a doorstop,
because it was so rusted and corroded. However, with a little effort and my
husband’s secret formula we were able to clean and free up the mechanics so
that it is in working order, except for its missing parts.
it had no decals left, we gave it a new coat of black paint. It is missing a
boat shuttle and bobbin, which are very rare, as well as the slide plates that
cover the transverse shuttle area, needle and presser foot, not to mention a
treadle base and cabinet. We improvised a table for it with orphan drawers,
because it cannot stand alone, due to the unusual hand wheel that runs parallel
to the back of the base and connects with a treadle wheel that operates on the
back of the stand instead of on the side like most treadle machines.
Wilson sports its original eagle embossed brass badge, which states that it was
manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio.
| The bed has “Cleveland, Ohio 1870” cast
into the underside. The Wilson Sewing Machine Company moved to Chicago around
here is an advertising brochure from 1871, showing four different models of
“The Wilson New Under-Feed Shuttle Sewing Machine”, a certificate of
warranty, a testimonial from the Plain Dealer and W. W. Williams, an important
notice from the president of the company, W. G. Wilson, and an article from the Cleveland Daily Herald.
reproduced this nostalgic brochure as a delightful 12-page booklet for you to
purchase and enjoy. Just visit the Gift Shop where
you can purchase this, as well as other collectible and useful sewing items.
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