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KerieInStitches

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The hubby and I came across a Wheeler & Wilson #8 at an estate sale last week. It, along with a White FR treadle, jumped into our truck and followed us home. I was very excited as we dated the W&W to around 1878. It is the oldest machine we’ve been blessed to restore. Much to my surprise, hubby sat down at it and started the clean up process before me! 😁

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ke6cvh

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Great find!  There is a Wheeler and Wilson group dedicated to them.  Mostly they cover the 8's and 9's.  Miller Fulks is the owner of the group and a nice guy.  Best regards, Mike
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Congrats on your excellent No. 8 !  The 8 is one of my favorite machines.

I see you also have a 5-digit serial number (lucky Steve has a 4-digit one).  While you're cleaning, check on the lip under the plate to see if the numbers match.  

W&W under the hood, the numbers match 400.jpg 

Also, there are lots of pictures of W&W machines in the galleries on Miller's group.

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KerieInStitches

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I will check on the number under the plate. I found some needles for it quite by accident yesterday in a drawer. I'm awaiting a shipment of belts from Lehman's.
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ke6cvh

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Hi group,  You have a glass presser foot that looks to be in excellent shape.  If you sew across a seam and the needle deflects it is easy enough to break the glass.  I know that the Singer 107 presser feet will fit the Wheeler and Wilson machines.  I'd have to check if it is a no 8 , 9, or d9 but if I remember correctly they are all essentially the same.  Also, there is an adjustment for bobbin tension and user beware that that adjustment is very finicky and hard to set just right.  There was two styles I'm thinking you may have had the earlier style.  Someone else might want to chime in on it.....

  I'm taking a break right now from testing out a post bed patcher that arrived yesterday new after paying 165 dollars (capable of going up to nm250 reportedly) and getting a cup of joe.  Very pleased right now after testing a 4 strand braided PE .4mm (basically a V138 for all intensive purposes).  Didn't have a dd214 in size 22 so went with a 23 and used a different color in bobbin.  All is awesome with extremely heavy canvas. 

  We have a few W&W machines here.  The no 8 was a top of the line machine in it's day.  The D9 was the best of the best available for domestics and the no 12 when it first came out was the best of the best of industrials in their class when they first came out....hence the reason why Singer jumped on buying them in 1906 along with the giant factory.  Allot of W&W could be seen in later Singer industrial models.

Best regards, Mike
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