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Thread: Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine for sale

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    Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine for sale

    DH and I went thrift shopping yesterday looking for a specific item. Ran into a Willcox & Gibbs sewing machine for sale. Anyone over the age of 60 was stopping to look at it, probably got sold by now. I took pictures but they are on my IPhone so I have to wait till DH stops cutting grass and tells me where he hid the cord to link it to the computer. We could not see where the bobbin fits in, there wasn't any as far as we could see. It was dandy looking machine though.

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    Willcox & Gibbs do not have a bobbin, or a second thread of any kind for that matter. it is, as they say, its claim to fame...

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    Found out how to put the photos into the computer and download. So there isn't a bobbin, hmmmm
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    hmmm, i like it.... very interesting
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    Just curious -- What price were they asking for it? What would be a good/fair price for it?

    (Something tells me that those two numbers are not going to be the same...)

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    WoW!! I'd go for that one if it wasn't so far away from me.

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    I have 2 wilcox & gibbs machines, they did a chain stitch, and were used to make cloths back in the 1880's 90's
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    The price was $19.99 and it was seniors discount day so if I had bought it, it would have cost me $14.00. I know I am still kicking my butt about not buying it, but honestly, I have no use for any more machines. I still want the Red Eye for sale in St. Louis and I am fighting that urge. This machine was really sharp, all us old people were looking at it, but no-one would buy it. I don't know if they still have it or not, but it was at a Saver's store in Fairview Heights, IL. It's not as heavy as some of the old Singers either.

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    totally worth it!! Those machines were made for almost 100 years. The design was really accepted by the industrila folks for hat stitching. The chain stitch they make is a"locked" chainstitch, i.e. it does not unravel easily.

    id, pay you that + shipping for it... just to have a parts machine.

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    It's a nice machine. You missed a treat. The one I have makes a lovely stitch.

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    Grab it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Less than $20????? I'd pay you that plus shipping too for a parts machine. My W&G seems to run smoothly until you put a piece of fabric under the foot to sew. After a couple of stitches it sucks the fabric down into the workings. Without fabric it does exactly what it's supposed to do -- it's only with fabric that there's a problem. I don't know what I'll have to do to fix this issue. *sigh*

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    I got mine for $40.00 and named her Abby. LOL Guess why!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RavenLunaStitch View Post
    My W&G seems to run smoothly until you put a piece of fabric under the foot to sew. After a couple of stitches it sucks the fabric down into the workings. Without fabric it does exactly what it's supposed to do -- it's only with fabric that there's a problem. I don't know what I'll have to do to fix this issue. *sigh*
    Does changing the stitch length effect the "fabric sucking monster"

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    Steve, Nope. I am really stumped because she seems to work fine without fabric! The hook rotates and holds the thread like it should, I have the correct needles (replaced it too), everything moves smoothly and silently as the W&G is famous for. As soon as fabric is introduced into the mix, after only one or two stitches there is a grinding noise and serious sucking of the fabric which is then hard to remove (with a birds nest underneath large enough for a, uh, raven).

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    so, is it pulling the fabric or the thread to make the nest??

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    It's hard to tell, but I believe the nest is already there before pulling the fabric out -- there is too much under there to have happened just in the removal of the fabric. So maybe there's a larger issue with the hook or something, but it sure doesn't look like it when observing the rotation with thread but no fabric.

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    these machines are open enough I would just put fabric on there and hand rotate it one stitch at a time and observe what can be observed.

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    I don't want to hijack this thread but I tried to PM you with pics but can't upload them into a pmessage so here is what is happening:

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    Now, for the bottom thread:
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    Hook assembly:
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    taking this to PM's..

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    Good grief, Ill buy it from you!

    On another note, today I was looking on ebay and found a chainstitch machine. The seller wrote that the bobbin and shuttle were missing, but otherwise the machine was good. I had a good laugh.

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