Vintage Sewing Machine

1928 Willcox & Gibbs Automatic Sewing Machine with original manual

While in Seattle this week visiting my sister, I took some photos of this beautiful Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine, a family heirloom purchased new in Boston in 1928 by our great-aunt for $118.00.

The machine is tiny by today's standards - the pencil gives an idea of scale

The manual makes reference to use of a treadle – this model has been updated with an electric motor.

Pages from the original manual name the parts and show quilting set-up

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CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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