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Thread: Restoration - Wheeler & Wilson 12W

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    Restoration - Wheeler & Wilson 12W

    Ok, so here is the third machine I am attempting to restore.

    This was a local Craigslist posting and was up for about 2 weeks before i went and bought it.

    These folks were kind enough to refuse to sell this to a person who just wanted the irons to make a table...grrrrrrr.

    Once I get this thread under way and with some progress to show i will be inviting them here to watch the process (at their request)

    This is an industrial machine in a treadle base with a knee lift for the presser foot.

    I suspect that the table was an earlier attempt to restore the unit because it has "iffy" routing and no screw holes for the hinges, as well as other areas of workmanship that seem to not be inline with the factory quality we usually see.

    Weird painting of logo. I'll need to do research to find out how it was supposed to look
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    Here you can see the "routing" for the hinges
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    note one side with a drawer top and one side with a dovetailed board (??)
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    LOTS of extras that I am not even sure YET what they are for...
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    Another angle
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    looking into the beast
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    That one is a "Beastie"! With your skills you will certainly turn it into a Prince.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Looks like you have quite a "job" ahead of you. I know it will be worth it in the long run.
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    Wow. Can't wait to see the "after" pictures!!!!

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    In all the photos I've seen of WW irons, none have had painted lettering. There must have been something about the WW decals though. I see more machines that have the decals completely gone than any other kind...and yet we have that lovely outline of where they SHOULD be. Both my WW machines are like that. Such a bummer because the machines are both in good working condition but completely devoid of their decals.

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    I am glad there are restorers like you who value the old sewing machines. I sold antiques for years but never handled sewing machines. I passed up buying one that.... now I know... was a parlor cabinet in great condition, didn't even look inside it. I have learned so much from Quilting Board.

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    Well welcome to the board! Thanks for checking this thread out. You sold Antiques for years, so I bet you have some amazing contacts and resources!

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