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Steven.w

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I have inherited two sewing machines from my grandma one wheeler&Wilson D-9 and the other a slightly newer singer. Can anyone help me with I formation about them ?

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Welcome Steven.  I can't give you much information other than your Grandmother had beautiful taste in machines.
Others will be along that can tell you more.
You can find some information here as well:
http://ismacs.net/index.html
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Hi , thanks, I'm not into sewing by any means, but I am a carpenter and really appreciate the boxs and carving these machines have, plus I love just turning the handle and watching the machines work, kind of mesmerising in a way lol
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Indeed, that's half the point!
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Welcome, Steven!

I'm not much help on the 9 yet, but there are some real experts here.

Your Singer is a 28K, allocated in a run of 120,000, Jan-June 1902 (per ISMACS).  It is wearing the Victorian decal set, one of the prettiest (imo) and longest running decorations offered (1880s-1940s).

You are very lucky to have these.
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Welcome, Steve W.

Neat hand crank machines. I'm not really familiar with the Wheeler & Wilson #9 but have a Junker & Ruh that has some similarities. It looks like it would be dated between 1892 and 1905 or 1906. I know there are some here that are more familiar with these machines. There is a manual for the #9 and its attachments in the the manual section.

The other is a 1902 Singer 28k4 according to the serial number and https://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Trade-Literature/Sewing-Machines/NMAHTEX/2753/imagepages/image56.htm I'm pretty sure you can get a manual from https://www.singer.com/support just put in "28" (without the quotation marks)for the model number. I can't remember it might have it included with a 27 and if option with a K or without. The are basically the same machine. The "K" indicates that it was made in Kilbowie, Clydebank, Scotland.

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There is no reliable dating lists for that period of Wheeler & Wilson's that I am aware of.  The D9 is one of the very best early machines made.  Handcrank versions are uncommon and desirable.
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Hello group,  Of course I agree with Steve's assessment on the D9.  I read somewhere about a famous seamstress (from New York?) being interviewed about machines and her comment regarding the D9 being the best but darned it I can't find the reference anymore.  My favorite domestic machine is the White Family rotary but that is a later machine that has allot of cues from the D9.  The D9, later W9, was the pinnacle of W&W domestic line of machines being far advanced to many of the other 1800's machines including Singer's intro (only after buying out W&W) of their rotary machines.  Mr. Wilson was a real genius inventing the four motion feed and the rotary hook both huge contributors to sewing machines.  Best regards, Mike 
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I, too, agree with Steve. My first W&W9/D9 was a gift. The previous owner told me I'd love it and he was correct.

I now have at least 6 W&W 9/D9 treadles (including the bookcase cabinet) set up and more in storage. Plus 2 hand cranks and several extra machines just in case. And a Jones Spool in a drawing room cabinet. The Jones Spool uses a different needle from the W&Ws and Singer 9W. Photos of my Jones Spool and a comparison with the Singer 9/D9 are http://needlebar.org/nbwiki/index.php?title=Phyllis 

My favorite is a Singer 9W with a low shank adapter in a Singer tailor style treadle. The machine previously lived in Upstate New York as did the treadle.

-Phyllis


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