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Chillin in NC

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This machine has a couple of unique features.  One is the friction drive.  The flywheel spins against a rubber tire wheel  mounted on a drive shaft instead of the usual belt drive.  The other is a double feet presser foot - confused? - which alternately press down to grip and release the clothe feed dog. 

Williams & Orvis was based in Boston and produced 2 models, both which made a 2 thread chain stitch.  There were perhaps 2 - 3000 of the first model and possibly up to 10000 of the model shown here.

These models had a great amount of gilt ornamentation but unfortunately most is often worn away.  For this reason I've never attempted to clean this machine so you're seeing it as I got it 18 yrs ago.

The serial number is stamped on the end of the drive shaft.  Mine is #5092.

This one kind of fell in my lap.  I had purchased a Wheeler & Wilson Parlor from an individual in Maine in March of 2002.  Shipping was not working out well but the seller commented he would be coming south in a month or so.  The month or so actually turned out to be 2 weeks. 

When I met with the seller I helped him unload his van and the first item that had to be moved to get to my W&W was this unfamiliar to me little treadle.  Having never seen a William & Orvis in person it took me a minute to realize what I was looking at.  Needless to say I went home with 2 treadles that day!

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wow!
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What a cool machine!  Did you actually know what it was when you saw it, or did you just know it was "special"?

Does it sew?

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It was one of those moments that when it happening you really don't think it's happening.  [confused]  But once you realize it you just kinda smile and say something brilliant like - cool! 

We've never attempted to make a stitch with it.  However that may change.  I know there's one or 2 parts missing on the tension but I think we can get that figured out well enough to make something work.

But if it doesn't sew it's still cool!  (see what I did there?) lol

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Yup - that is such an interesting machine you can't just look at it but figure it out and get it working!  That's your mission now for having it!
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I love it. That machine would have hooked me on VSMs .
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Yup - that is such an interesting machine you can't just look at it but figure it out and get it working!  That's your mission now for having it!


LOL, we've been saying that for years!

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I love it. That machine would have hooked me on VSMs .


Yes, that is / was a problem! [smile]

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