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    Jones Hand Machine

    Decided to finally start posting some of my vintage collection. This is a Jones Hand Machine, as it says on the machine itself. I cleaned the surface with sewing machine oil and was dismayed to see gold flecks come off when I was lightly wiping the oil off. I am sorta afraid to touch it.

    Though I haven't located the serial number I believe this to be about a 1891 version since it has the brass badge stamped 'As supplied to H.R.H. The Princess of Wales'. It seems to be very sturdy and my grandkids love to turn its handle. I don't know what type of needles it takes nor have I sewn on it yet. I love it style.

    Photos #6 & #7 show the take lever for the presser foot. It works really well.
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    Linda

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    Wow! I havenever seen one like that.....so beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrishs View Post
    Wow! I havenever seen one like that.....so beautiful.
    Thank you. It is pretty.

    Linda

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    Neat machine! Fun that is was for royalty........
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    Wowwww, I've never seen a machine that style in real life

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    Never seen one like that, almost doesn't look like a sewing machine!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Can you imagine how happy some lady was years ago? No more tedious hand sewing those long seams but what a job it must have been (compared to the machines of later years) to turn the crank and handle the large pieces of material (it wasn't called fabric back some years ago, remember?). But what fun it would be to make small items with this little gem. Thanks for showing and telling us about her.

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    Yes, blueheavenfla, I 'do remember' when fabric was called material AND when it was $2 to $3 for good material.

    DH and I saw a movie once about two English clothing designers who were using this machine on the show and your thoughts are what I thought also. Some on the board here do sew lots with handcranks but i haven't so far. If you notice, there is a groove in the wheel which I imagine means it could be set up to treadle also. As the saying goes, 'we've come a long way baby'!!!!

    Linda

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    What a neat machine, love the curves....

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    This is such an incredible find! You must have an eye for the unusual Linda!
    It was really bringing a smile to my face to picture the Princess of Wales sewing on one. Do you think she turned her own crank? LOL!

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    This is how I found that machine. I found a FW that was in my price range but it was 2.5 hour drive north of us. DH said 'sure' and off we went for a lovely autumn drive north. It happened to be in the area we first met in about 8 years ago... so, it was sorta a romantic trip. We finally found the couples home way out in the woods. They had an exquisitely beautiful, handcrafted wood home. That is handcrafted inside and out. They gave us a tour and history of how it all came to be. The woman took me up to her sewing loft to see the FW. She mentioned that the six handcranks she had displayed on the top of her beautiful wood cabinets were also for sale. I had never seen a handcrank before. My DH works with wood so the husband showed him all of his equipment and wood and mentioned that he would sell this narly (sp) wood for practically nothings. So, we left with the complete FW, case, attachments and all AND returned the next week with our trailer in tow. I bought the two most interesting and unusual handcranks and DH bought the wood. We really enjoyed the couple and all that they shared with us. We truly have met the nicest people through craigslist.

    Linda

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    Cute sewing machine. That one must have been "the cat's meow" in it's day. Even with it being a hand crank it must have ever so much quicker than hand stitching.
    Sweet Caroline

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