The New W. & W. Machine

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Wheeler & Wilson

Factory: Crescent Ave, Bridgeport, CT.

Offices: 625 Broadway, New York; 44 Union Square, New York

The New W. & W. Machine

The New W. & W. Machine

The Journal of Domestic Appliances & Sewing Machines - May 1, 1895

A year or so ago it was decided by the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company to introduce a new hand machine, which, whilst being well up to the Company's standard of quality, would be procurable by dealers at a much lower price than has formerly been charged for any of this Company's machines. During the past month the first consignment of the new machine has arrived, and we have had an opportunity of thoroughly examining both the machine and the conditions under which it is to be offered to dealers. For details as to terms we must refer our readers to the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company, 6, Paul Street, Finsbury, London, E.C. As to the new features of the machine, we will at once give a few particulars.

Our readers will observe from our illustration that the new machine, called by the way, the "D 9," bears a striking resemblance to the "No. 9." It is, however, somewhat smaller and lighter, and the hand appliance is more compact. Although the "D 9" can be used with a treadle, the Company specially desire to sell it as a hand machine for which it is eminently suited, being extraordinarily light and quiet.

This machine is invariably supplied with a handsome walnut cover (as illustrated), which cover is held to the machine by means of four bolts [1], two at each end, operated by the ordinary machine key. These bolts also hold the head to the base. The accessories are kept in a roomy walnut box of a size just sufficient to go under the arm of the machine, which box has an ingenious revolving shutter, also rubber feet in order not to scratch the base.

We find the upper part of the machine so far as the feed, tension, the useful tension-release, and the driving mechanism are concerned, to resemble the "No. 9." The thread guide, however, is fitted to the needle-bar in a novel manner. It is attached by a screw which is independent altogether of the needle set-screw, which is a decided improvement, as mechanics will at once recognise. Then as to the needle: whilst the ordinary "No. 9" will answer, it is recommended to use a new needle with a flat shank, which it is only possible to set correctly. Slots are used instead of holes wherever possible to avoid trouble in threading up, and a further improvement is a thread-cutter [2]. This cutter is fitted to the front plate slide in such a manner as not to be in the way, and it not only cuts the thread by holds it until required.

But it is the under-part [3] of the machine where the greatest change has been made, and, in a word, this improvement consists in adapting the mechanism of the "No. 11," a manufacturing machine, to the "D 9," which is exclusively for domestic use. Most of our readers will understand what is meant by the "No. 11" without further details, but our illustrations will enable all in the trade to appreciate the mechanism.

Mr. Joseph Powell, the representative of the manufacturers in this country [Great Britain], is enthusiastic over this new machine, which he considers worthy to rank among the best achievements of the Wheeler & Wilson Company, and we can conscientiously support him in this opinion. We are informed that applications for agencies must be made early, as there is certain to be a rush of dealers anxious to handle it, having regard to the extraordinary terms offered to the trade,

We might add that the "D 9" is sent to dealers packed four in a case, which case is not charged for, not is it returnable.