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I just found this book, written by the nice folks at Singer in 1914.

The intent seems to have been at least partly to get the sewing machine (or, rather "their sewing machines") into the science curriculum at schools everywhere, as a practical way of helping teach physics and maybe math.  (!!!)

But that questionable goal aside, it contains some excellent mechanical drawings of some of their machines, and some nice graphics showing the stitch action of VS and oscillating and rotating hooks.  (Those start at p.57 of the book.)  There's even a page or two devoted to the Diehl Electric Motor.

The book is here: https://books.google.com/books?id=chkLAAAAIAAJ

The pdf is available for download from there -- use the "gear" icon for the download link.

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Nice. Thanx for the clue on download - they couldn't have obfuscated the link more if they had tried!
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paul, thanks.

Now I have two more things to do this week!
Read this book -and- use various tenses of 'obfuscate' in a sentence.

It's all good.

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An easier way to download is to use internet archive at archive.org. There is an easy download list there allowing you to select the file format to download in. Just type in the title there and it will pull up several related files. Using the google books site is very much geared to the google play ecosystem which can be awkward to bypass if you do not want it. I have used it but if if a book is available on archive as well, I go for that instead.

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What an amazing resource, James.  I have just purchased from the US a 1914 text book via AbeBooks, only to find that I can download it for free!  Of course it will be nice to have an original copy; saying that makes me feel better!

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Indeed -- James, thank you!  I've known about archve.org's internet archive for years, but I had no idea they had all of those library holdings as well.  Great resource.

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An easier way to download is to use internet archive at archive.org. ...
James


Thank you for the reminder. I remember this thread http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/tfsr-org-sewing-machine-manual-gone-8283817 that has the link to http://web.archive.org/web/20161016072826/http://www.tfsr.org/publications/technical_information/sewing_machine_manual/ which has very good pdfs for these old machines.

I also found a neat 1910 "Singer Almanac" for Canada at https://archive.org/download/singeralmanac19100sing/singeralmanac19100sing.pdf

Thank you.

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I was looking up early sewing machine advertisements and thought of Godey’s Lady’s book which was very popular in the 1800s for all things fashion. Internet archive does have some copies on file. The early ones at least do not have advertisements but there is a mention of a sewing machine found on page 127 of the html version of the February 1854 issue at this link.
https://ia802802.us.archive.org/13/items/godeysladysbookv52168gut/52168-h/52168-h.htm#THE_NEW_SEWING-MACHINE
There is a pretty crude drawing of what may be the first production Singer and an explanation of how a sewing machine works.
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