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Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
Got a Wheeler/Wilson on 12/13/2011 23:31:49 MST Print View

I was at my mom's this weekend and asked what she was going to do with that old machine that always sits in the spare room in the corner, she said my niece wanted it for decoration, when ever she gets her own place, which may never happen since she's off to collage now. Looks like I have it now! It came with the original trendal cabinet, and as far as I can tell by the ser.# it was built in 1878. I took it to the shop to have it serviced, and to buy a new belt and some needles/bobbins, as soon as I get it back I'll post some pics. They say these are really good straight stitch machines. My mom got it from her brother before he passsed away, I guess he had quite a few of them, he used to do a lot of upolstery/fabric sewing, infact my whole family on my mom's side had a sewing business at one time or another, guess it's in the blood, who knew.

Edited by jumpbackjack on 12/13/2011 23:32:53 MST.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim)

Locale: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Re: Got a Wheeler/Wilson on 12/15/2011 17:04:57 MST Print View

Sounds pretty sweet. Nice score, bro.

HJ
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Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
Have pics now on 12/30/2011 23:45:47 MST Print View

Here's a few pics of the Wheeler & Wilson in the original cabinet. This thing puurrs like a kitten, "I LOVE THIS THING"

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If anyone could help date this for me that would be great, my research shows it was made in 1878, but I could be wrong. It would be nice to get a second opinion.

Thanks, Jack

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Have pics now on 12/31/2011 00:16:13 MST Print View

Jack, this is not my field of expertise, but I think that serial number points to something newer than 1878. Maybe more like 1890-1895. That's still before my time.

I'll bet it doesn't have any plastic gears.

Edit: The serial number plate seems to indicate that it was made after 1892.

--B.G.--

Edited by --B.G.-- on 12/31/2011 00:46:25 MST.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
re wheeler and wilson on 12/31/2011 01:02:43 MST Print View

Thanks Bob. Some of the research I did said that the ser.# didn't always conicide with the date it was built, kind of confusing, but it's old to say the least.

Edited by jumpbackjack on 12/31/2011 01:03:50 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: re wheeler and wilson on 12/31/2011 01:19:56 MST Print View

Jack, you could treat it like an antique, or you could treat it like a modern tool.

Whichever, it needs to be taken care of.

The 1892 date wouldn't show on the plate if it was made prior to then.

--B.G.--

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Got a Wheeler/Wilson on 12/31/2011 10:32:49 MST Print View

Very cool Jack. I've got an old Singer on a treadle base that looks like that. It's been sitting in the garage for a very long time. Been meaning to give it away.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Wheeler and Wilson on 12/31/2011 18:14:50 MST Print View

Thanks Doug, I seen the pics of your dog, and I'm glad she's doing better. When are you going to start making you're own gear?