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summerleas

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I have found very few sewing machine manuals prior to 1889, and dated manuals are even rarer.

I am particularly interested in manuals that explain attachments.

So far I have search through the Smithsonian and checked ISMACS and VSS largely without success.

Does anyone have any sources or actual manuals?

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I'm wondering if you are referring to Singer only, which of course were made my others such as Goodrich & Griest/Greist. 

I don't know if you have seen this page for Smithsonian scanned images at https://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/trade-literature/sewing-machines/browse-lists/textiles.htm  Some 'Record Numbers' that might have something of interest are 539, 754, 755, 822, 870, 874.  The Wheeler & Wilson #8, I believe, would have been before 1889. There are probably others.

While it is not technically instructions or manuals, there is a pdf http://www2.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/articles/amd_sewm.pdf that on the bottom of page 15 starts a list of patents for attachments, I think, between 1842 and 1875.  There are some patents listed for presser foot patents at the bottom left of page 14.  On pages 23-24 there are some illustrations of Wilson attachment with instructions.

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The NeedleBar site still has a manuals section up.  Not sure how many of those manuals are of interest to you, but here's a link:
http://www.needlebar.org/main/manuals/index.html

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Looking through my computer and things that I've scanned or downloaded, I have a Singer 27K and 28K manual dated Oct 1896, a puzzle box manual for the first set (Style 1) of attachments dated 1889, a Style 3 puzzle box manual that seems to be dated 1890, another Style 3 puzzle box manual dated Reissue Nov 17, 1891, a Style 7 manual that seems to be an original dated Aug 10, 1891, a Style 8 manual dated Reissue Oct 5, 1893, a Style 9 original dated Sept 20, 1893, a Style 10 manual dated Reissue April 8, 1895.  I also have a Singer Fashion Aids Parts Book that shows blow-outs of many of the Singer attachments, but it's dated 1939, so not the timeframe you're looking for. 

I have a couple of White sewing machine manuals, but they're not dated.  My guess, looking at the attachments section, would be in the 1930s.

Maybe other people have older manuals than I do and will chime in.  But I'd definitely check out the NeedleBar site and see if you can find what you're looking for there.

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