My Willcox & Gibbs

Old 06-22-2012, 06:59 PM
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Ya'll are a baaaaaaad influence! Here's my newest addition, a Willcox & Gibbs chainstitch machine. Not easy finding much information but she appears to be made between 1920 & 1924. This history behind is a interesting as the machine. There is only the top thread and a revolving hook to create the chain stitch. I was able to find a threading diagram, which was a good thing cause I would have never figured it out, and hand spun the wheel to watch the stitching in action. Now to get DH to rewire the cord & pedal to see if the motor works
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:08 PM
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ooh I LOVE it!!! Can I blame this board if I bring home yet another machine tomorrow??
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:09 PM
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That's my story and I'm sticking to it
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:32 PM
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Hooray for you! Hope the motor works, but it's a great looking decorator piece anyway! Is that the original carrying case with it? Just love old wooden cases, too!
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:30 PM
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Yes, that's the original oak carrying case, that's what made it too good to pass up. Also included was a couple of attachments, "Improved Ruffler" & something else I can't remember right now, in their original boxes.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:16 AM
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What a great find! And the extra bonus of attachments and original box...

You are a braver girl than me, I would be terrified of that motor, but I'm scared of any machine that plugs in, so I would say that, wouldn't I?

I have a hand machine version of the same model which I need to do a bit of work on. My guess is that you will sort yours out first. Be sure to post pictures...
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What a cool machine.... and with a case and attachments. WoW!
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:43 PM
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Looks like my Abby. Had a friend redo the motor and now she sews like a dream. Came with case(a little worst for wear) Needles, instruction book, little wrench, keys(2) to the case and some attachments. Look on you tube and there is a video(s) on how to thread and some of the things you can do with her. She cost me $40 at the consignment shop and $25 to get her up and running. LOL
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Cool machine, guess I'll have to start looking for one!
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I saw one of these at a Civil War reenactment and it was completely hand-turned to sew. The woman was making clothes for primitive dolls and it was a great little machine!
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