Antique Sewing Machines


The Tri-Cities quilt show had an incredible display of antique sewing machines that were owned by guild members. I wish my photos were better but the lighting was overhead and all I had was a flash. Other than this display, I have never seen a display like this before. It is quite amazing to see what was “new” in the sewing world in the 1880’s as compared to our sewing machines now. It also made me wish (again) that I still had my grandmother’s Singer machine that I learned to sew on when I was 11. Won’t it be interesting in even 30+ years to see what our sewing machines will look like and what they will do?

This first sewing machine is a Wilcox Gibb machine made in 1893. It is a treadle machine that does a chain stitch.

This is a group of antique sewing machines although the “yellow” one looks more current. It looks like a Kenmore that my brother bought me when I was in 6th grade (1966). So does that make it (or me) an antique? Oh, dear…. I’m showing my age now.

The sewing machine on the top of the trunk is by New England from the 1860’s, and does a chain stitch. The sewing machine on the table is from the Jones Sewing Machine Company in England and is dated 1889. It has a hand crank and uses a shuttle and bobbin. This machine is also known as the Cat’s Back Serpentine or the Swan’s Neck.

More quilts and machines tomorrow.