Wells Street, Oxford Street, London
Edward Ward Machines
Combination Arm and Platform
Patented 1873 by Edward Ward
The most perfect Dressmakers' and Domestic Machine ever invented. It will hem, fell, bind, tuck, braid, quilt, gather and sew muslin or stout cloth; sewing a sleeve, collar, cuff or wristband.
Everyone who has tried to accomplish these feats on a machine, having only a flat table or platform to rest the work upon, knows the difficulty and well-nigh impossibility to move the seam satisfactorily under the needle. The idea of constructing the usual platform in two parts - the one as projecting arm in the centre, containing the shuttle movement; the other a sliding table, easily fixed, and easily removed - is certainly ingenious and answers the purpose completely. Flat pieces of work can be sewn on the table; cylindrical ones, as sleeves, collars, cuffs, or wristband, are slipped over the arm.
Besides this material advantage, Messrs. Ward's machine is supplied with all the newest structural improvements and appendages, and will manage heavy as well as light materails. It works in lock-stitch. To regulate a sewing machine for different stitches requires an amount of experience not often found. As a household implement this machine recommends itself by its strong build, its comparatively simple mechanism and very moderate price.
Courtesy of Claire Sherwell
Patented by Edward Ward.
Courtesy of Dave
The following pictures show a comparison of earlier and later Arm & Platforms. The main difference is in the casting of the base. The older version has lost decals due to the convex edge; it is concave in the later version and the underneath has more supports in the later model.
The earlier machine is on the right of each picture.