Wilcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine

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Wilcox & Gibbs Treadle Sewing Machine

This Wilcox and Gibbs treadle machine carries a patent date of 1857. We found this machine in Perry, NY at one of our favorite collectible stores.

In 1856 James Gibbs obtained a patent for a sewing machine that would produce a chain stitch. This machine has no bobbin and therefore, makes a chain stitch. Lockstitch machines gained popularity over the chain stitch machines because the stitching doesn't unravel as easily.

We also have a Wilcox & Gibbs with an electric motor connected direct-drive to the handwheel. Jim found this machine in Point Pleasant while on vacation. He thought about buying it, decided not to since he was flying back to Utah, changed his mind and made a call back to his sister, asking her to please go to town and buy the machine.

Wilcox & Gibbs Foot Pedal

The ornate footrest is typical of the early treadle machines. In the center monogram can be seen the company initials WG (Wilcox & Gibbs). The foot pedal is a real work of art and considerably more beefy than current foot pedals.

The cord on the machine is original and we are afraid to plug it in in its current brittle and frayed condition. (We know "in in" looks funny but how would you say it?)

Wilcox & Gibbs Carrying Case

This is the carrying case that the machine can be carried and stored in. We feel fortunate to have the box.

These machines date from 1915.

According to a website we found, the machine uses a Size 14/90 needle (old Wilcox & Gibbs Size 3). Here is a link to that side:

http://www.sewalot.com/willcox_gibbs.htm