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Posted 7 years ago


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I am looking for information about how this machine operates, like some pictures or someone that owns a working sewing machine like this one. If anyone would have a cabinet for this unit to mount in, I would enjoy visiting with them.

Is this older than a Wheeler - Wilson sewing machine?

Thanks, Ernie

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  1. GENA SHIPTON, 7 years ago
    i have seen this on the smithsonian site.
  2. Ernie, 7 years ago
    Thanks for your information. I have since found this is WG Wilson sewing machine. I am still looking for an owner to help me with some parts quesitons.
  3. SewJane SewJane, 4 years ago
    I happened on to a machine very similar to the one pictured above. Directions and Instructions for use manual was in the cabinet, it is in pretty rough shape. I have been trying to research this machine as well. This pic is the first I've come across where the mechanics are to the rear of the machine. The one I have is a Wilson (W.G.) Shuttle Sewing Machine No. 5. I can send pics of the mechanics of the machine if it would still e helful.
  4. Bernadette Bernadette, 4 years ago
    As you have discovered this machine is a W G Wilson, not related to Wheeler and Wilson. The Smithsonian has a couple of manuals although not the exact same model
  5. Bernadette Bernadette, 4 years ago
  6. SewJane SewJane, 4 years ago
    The machine pictured at
    looks the same.
    The one I purchased also has a wooden cover that locks into the cabinet.

    The manuals at
    are totally different.

    The directions and instructions with the machine I have are in better condition than I thought. The instructions on how to use the machine are completely in tact, including how to use the shuttle and attachments. I have made copies so I do not damage the original.
    I am very impressed that the machine is in such great condition, no missing parts! It even has the attatchments that were included with the machine when it was purchased.

    I misspoke to say a no.5 machine, it uses a no.5 shuttle.
    I can not find a date of manufacture anywhere on the machine. Although there are several patent numbers and dates on it.

    Hopefully I will be able to get it working.

    Thank you.

  7. Beckyswilson Beckyswilson, 4 years ago
    would it be possible to get a copy of the instruction book? I just received this machine and it appears to be intact including needle and shuttle. I will post pictures soon but would appreciate knowing how this machine works. The only issue I have seen is that the treadle cable may need to be replaced as one of the attaching hooks isw missing
  8. SewJane SewJane, 4 years ago
    Yes, I could send you a copy of the manual.
  9. Beckyswilson Beckyswilson, 4 years ago
    could you email me at I will reply back with my address or would even been thankful for a pdf electronic file. I have been cleaning the needle plate and the date appears to be 1871.
  10. SewJane SewJane, 4 years ago
    My needle plate has 11 patent numbers, dates beginning June 22, 1852 - July 14, 1870, Last date is Jan 1, 1871 can't make out what is printed in front of the last date. Also has a 6 digit number at top of plate.
  11. Beckyswilson Beckyswilson, 4 years ago
    My machine has the same needle plate with the same dates. My serial number is 176372. I am still trying to clean and polish the plates so that this information is clearer
  12. farmhousesewer, 3 years ago
    I just acquired the same machine, but head only... no shuttle or bobbin or manual. Someone actually painted to tension and handwheel red, so it looks like a fire engine!

    If the manual is in pdf, may I have a copy please.

    Does anyone have pics of bobbin and shuttle? Is it boat or later bullet? Has anyone found Boye equivalent or source? I just came across Wilson irons used as a table.

    Has hinges on right, but bobbin winder is missing. Is it part of the treadle table or machine?
    Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
  13. farmhousesewer, 3 years ago
    The irons we saw were not for sale.

    correction: Machine has hinges on right, but bobbin winder is missing. Is it part of the treadle table or machine?
  14. chrislang56 chrislang56, 3 years ago
    I just bought one of these mounted on what appears to be its correct, original cabinet (or what remains of it). The treadle is marked "WILSON SM Co. CHICAGO U.S.A." the same as on the underside of the head. The face of WG Wilson on the machine is a little clearer on mine than on Ernie's, and I can read a patent date of 1877 there. Mine is missing a piece or two, also, but after a little oiling, it is functional.
  15. SewJane SewJane, 3 years ago
    I can send you a copy of the manual. The manual has pics of the shuttle.
  16. farmhousesewer, 3 years ago
    Thank you, so much! My email address is
  17. chrislang56 chrislang56, 3 years ago
    The Overseers removed my Show & Tell posted yesterday. I'll try to repost without forbidden phrasing. I have more photos of the 1877-ish Wilson SM Co machine & table, etc. than I am allowed to post, so if you want other photos or have other questions, please contact me and I'll try to help out.
  18. farmhousesewer, 3 years ago
    Chris? I would love to see more pictures.

    Jane? Thanks for the copy of the manual. Even with some damaged pages, it is invaluable! Diagram in the manual would indicate a boat shuttle, so I expect it will be even more difficult to find, but I will pursue.

    Has anyone identified the appropriate needle?
    It is unlikely that I will work my sewing machine head any time soon, as there are many others with cabinets on the list of things to do.
  19. chrislang56 chrislang56, 3 years ago
    farmhousesewer, and any others, for that matter...
    If this site allows, here is the link to the 12 photos I have of the Wilson Sewing Machine, posted on Photobucket. Let me know if this does not work, okay? It should not require any password to access the pix.
  20. farmhousesewer, 3 years ago
    Thanks, so much, for sharing your photos. My tension is different, more like the pic in the manual. If I find more info of interest I will share.

    I am off in a day or so, to the AQS Quilt show in Chattanooga TN. On the Way I am picking up what I think is a Wheeler and Wilson #8 Treadle.
  21. Cheesehead, 3 years ago
    I recently bought a complete Wilson Sewing Machine from 1871. It's in very good condition. Everything works and I have extra boat shuttles and feet/accessories. I would like to get a manual and any other information on this unique machine. Can anyone help me out? Thanks, Cheesehead
  22. farmhousesewer, 3 years ago
    Would love to see your machine and accessories.

    I will pass along the compressed manual I received. Send me your email address and I will return it with the manual. ( I do not know if CW has PM capability.)

    If anyone sees or is selling the treadle table in the South East, please let me know.

  23. peacefulplace, 8 months ago
    We have a similar WG Wilson machine. It looks complete and has the boat shuttle and stand with cover. We will restore it. I would love to have a copy of the manual and any history of the machine. I have photos of it in its' current condition but I don't know where to post them.
  24. farmhousesewer, 8 months ago
    send your request to me at
    and I will send the pdf to your personal email. I only ask that you give me your first name.

    I am not sure if Post An Item is the way to add pics or to start a new thread. Sorry I can't help there.

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