In 1866 The decision was made to relocate to Cleveland, Ohio as this was felt to be more central to their markets.When it was incorporated in 1876, the company changed its name to the White Sewing Machine Company.Although they are often found at garage sales, flea markets, and estate sales with very low price tags, there are several models of antique Singer sewing machines that are highly sought after by collectors.These beautiful pieces of sewing history are popular with antiques collectors and sewing enthusiasts alike.The Wheeler and Wilson company was the largest manufacturer of sewing machines in the 1850s and the 1860s. In 1861, the company introduced the famous glass presser foot, patented on March 5 of that year by J. The glass allowed the seamstress to observe the stitching and to produce very close-edge stitching. Wilson; from 1852 to 1856 it was the Wheeler, Wilson & Co., Watertown, Connecticut; and from 1856 to 1876, it was Wheeler & Wilson Mfg. The style of the head changed very little during these years (see figs. Both a table style with iron legs and a cabinet model were made: the head was usually mounted to stitch from left to right. The presser foot was made of metal but shaped like an open into which was slid a small glass plate, with a hole for the needle descent. 8 machine was introduced and a new series of serial numbers was initiated.
The machine may date from 1880, and does have some value, but it would almost always be as a decorator item and not as a collectible with a steady demand and known value from sewing machine collectors.Most of us know the name Singer but few are aware of his amazing life story, his rags to riches journey from a little runaway to one of the richest men of his age. Cindy Heagy been looking for information about my Singer. Stephen V Abilene, Texas Most of us know the name Singer but few are aware of his amazing life story, his rags to riches journey from a little runaway to one of the richest men of his age.The story of Isaac Merritt Singer will blow your mind, his wives and lovers his castles and palaces all built on the back of one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your humor. The story of Isaac Merritt Singer will blow your mind, his wives and lovers his castles and palaces all built on the back of one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century.Instead of a circular shuttle movement and a horizontally angled needle, the Singer machine used a straight needle that worked vertically.This made it comparatively easy to use and inexpensive to produce, and "Singer" rapidly became a household name in sewing.