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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.
For the first time the most complete story of a forgotten giant is brought to you by Alex Askaroff. The castings were marked with the serial number right in the earliest stage of manufacture.
In 1869 Jones opened a factory in Guide Bridge Nr Manchester and the firm became incorporated (Limited) on 5th July 1889. SPARES: We have limited spares for SOME of the Jones models shown below including slide plates, shuttles and bobbins. Note the unusual arrangement of the slide plates, the function of the short "extra" one seems to be to lock the shuttle slide plate into place. This is a later handcrank version of the above machine. This machine was designed to compete with the Singer 13 but had a number of advantages including a larger shuttle capable of holding more thread. The machine has a beautiful bouquet of roses as the centre decal and the base lacks an accessory compartment found on later models. This machine was in grim condition when we found it, see the Restoration Page. There is extensive pitting to the bed, but the decals are reasonable and it is mechanically sound, we will probably replace this machine when we find a better one. The colours are brilliant green and turquoise blue, a combination we have also seen not only on Jones machines and those badged for the Co-op but also machines of Jones origin which have been badged as Bradburys.
The cabinet work and stand were refinished many years ago. The decals are worn but still largely visable and it came with shuttle and bobbin. Not much is known about these Medium machines although at least 40,000 were made few examples have surfaced.
After 1900, the machine serial numbers have a single or two-letter prefix.
Singer has asked us to point out that it is unable to provide information on current value of their .
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William Jones started making sewing machines in 1859, and in 1860 formed a partnership with Thomas Chadwick. It simply sat on top of the machine tea-cosy style! Dates to the mid 1930's and from the decals this appears to be a Federation machine produced by Jones.