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Authorized reproduction of the entire 1881 book by J. W. Urquhart titled Sewing Machinery a Practical Manual of the Sewing Machine. It covers sewing machines that you would have expected to find in that era. They are the earlier ones like those with curved needles, chain stitchers, vibrating and boat shuttles, oscillating shuttles and there is even some sewing machine history. Some examples of the machines covered in the book are Howe, Singer models 12 and 13, Wheeler and Wilson, Grover and Baker, Little Wanzer and Weir. It is a rare find and there are quite a few nice illustrations in it.
This is a review of this item from Kevin, one of our favorite customers; This book starts out with a very in-depth and fascinating run at telling the history of the sewing machine. The author starts with Elias Howe, moves on to Allen Wilson, and then finishes with James Gibbs. Mr. Gibbs account was provided to the author by Mr. Gibbs himself. This section alone was worth the cost of the book in my opinion. The book covers the basic elements of a sewing machine in great detail, The newer Howe sewing machine is given a chapter which could easily be used as a operators manual for the Howe sewing machine. The W&W early models, including the #4 are given a similar detailed accounting. The W&W 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 machines are also covered, including operating instructions and parts diagrams. The W&G chain stitch machine is also given the same detailed descriptions. The W&G automatic tension is covered in depth here along with how it works and why it works so well. There is a section on adjusting all of these machines, but to the depth you will not find in any singer manuals that I have seen. Polishing, grinding, replacing, adjusting, timing, testing are all covered in great detail. The book also includes a troubleshooting section which covers thread breaking (silk and regular), missed stitches, irregular stitches and noise. The book includes a special section on adjusting the Singer machines, which back in that day comprised of the Family and the Medium size machines. There are also special adjusting and testing sections for the Grover and Baker machines, the Little Wanzer machine, and the Weir machine. The book includes a table of contents and an index.