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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wilcox and Gibbs Chainstitch Machine

I went to a yard sale today and saw this treadle.  I had to have it!  Can you blame me?  It is filthy and the top is in terrible condition.  But it was a great price.
I was on my way to the sew in day at the local art gallery.  Judy had asked me to help her convert a 99 she bought, into a hand crank.  The wiring was shot on it.  She had already cleaned it up some and I showed her how I cleaned a machine and the materials I use.  When we started, it did not want to turn, but after cleaning and oiling her, she works like a charm!
While she worked on her machine, I worked on cleaning my new machine.

After three hours of cleaning, this is how she looked.  She still needs some more cleaning, but already looks a lot better!
I can't wait to finish cleaning her up and find out more information about her.
I'm not sure where to find the serial number at.  If anyone can tell me, I would appreciate it!



krislovesfabric said...

What a sweet find, I would take one of those home if I had a chance too :) It is such a pretty little machine!

Linda Swanekamp said...

Congratulations on such a great find! I have seen one working and it is amazing. For something so small, it does a powerful job.

Sarah said...

How fun that you can sew at the local art gallery! Your new machine looks fantastic - enjoy finishing her spa treatment!

Kathy said...

That is an amazing find! Can't help you on the serial number but I sure hope you do a video demo so we can watch it work.

Kathy said...

I just did a quick google search. You may be missing the serial number plate, according to where it's located in the picture at this site:


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

She is looking sew much better! The serial number is below the chain stitch part, underneath. Trust Graham's dating over any other out there. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Willcox_and_Gibbs/conversations/messages

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