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Singer 72W

72W12 : For ornamenting shirt waists, corners of handkerchiefs etc with 1/16" hemstitch openings in straight or curved lines or circles. Has forward feed. The piercer divides the cross threads and the stitches collect and hold them in the form of bars or spokes, leaving the clear openings in hemstitch work for which this machine is famous.

72W13 : For hemstitching 1/8" opening between intervening bars or spokes in drawn and coarse loosely woven linen work for linen table cloths, doilies, vase mats etc. Has forward or straightaway feed.

72W14 : For table cloths, towels, makes 3/8" openings in drawn work and loosely woven fabrics.

72W15 : For table cloths, towels has forward or straightaway feed, makes 1/2" openings in drawn work. It is also used where a variety of hand finished patterns are introduced and wherever a 1/2" opening is desired.

72W16 : For table cloths, towels etc., has forward or straightaway feed and makes 3/16" openings in drawn work.

72W17 : For table cloths, towels etc has return feed and makes 3/16" openings in drawn work.

72W18 : For coarse linen table cloths, doilies, vase mats etc, has return feed and makes 1/8" openings.

72W19 : For ornamental hemstitching in handkerchiefs, shirt waists, neckties, underwear etc with 1/16" openings. Forward feed.

Instruction Manual

Parts Chart


Serial #W186271

Courtesy of Kelly Pakes

This machine has Industrial decals. The patents were taken out by Wheeler & Wilson in Bridgeport, CT before Singer took over the company in 1905: September 4, 1900 relates to two patents by George H Dimond and Wilbur F Dial (657400 & 657401) and December 6, 1904 relates to two patents taken out by Charles MacKenzie Abercrombie (776821 & 776822).

Serial W503339

Courtesy of Melissa

Later decals.

Hemstitching Samples

Courtesy of Chrys Gunther

Picture 1: Samples of work done on 72W19. On the left with cord overstitched on each side of the opening. On the right with piercer, side plaiting. Tucks are formed with the plaiter and the item is hemstitched in one operation. Lace is stitched to the item and hemstitched in one operation.

Picture 3: On a 72W20, machine fitted with piercer and auxiliary piercer.

Picture 4: Two rows continuous Hemstitching on 71W1 and 71WSV2.