Grover and Baker two-thread chain-stitch sewing machine, 1871.

Made:
1871 in Boston

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Grover and Baker two-thread chain stitch sewing machine, 1871, an improved version of an 1851 model.

Grover and Baker two-thread chain stitch sewing machine, 1871, an improved version of an 1851 model (which was the first double-thread chain stitch machine). The machine is also marked 'Newton Wilson and Co.', they were possibly the UK agents for Grover and Baker; the machines were partly built in America and finally assembled by NW and Co. in the UK. In all, approximately half a million machines of this model were built. The machine made a chain stitch that was secure. It made a bulky seam and used a lot of thread but had the advantage that there was no bobbin to wind as both threads are carried on reels.

Details

Category:
Textiles Machinery
Object Number:
1932-70
Materials:
cast iron, steel and wood
type:
chain stitch sewing machine, domestic sewing machines, double thread chain stitch and stitching
credit:
Mrs. M.R.M. Bone