Willcox & Gibbs Automatic Chain Stitch Model 64 Chain Stitch Sewing Machine

Willcox & Gibbs Automatic Chain Stitch Model 64 Chain Stitch Sewing Machine

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Willcox & Gibbs Automatic Chain Stitch Model 64 Chain Stitch Sewing Machine :

The Willcox & Gibbs Chainstitch Model # 64 Automatic sewing machine in uniquely preserved cosmetic and mechanical condition . One of the marvels of sewing mechanisms with ALL W & G attachments .

The Wilcox & Gibbs model 64 chain stitch sewing machine“…is the stable mate of many collections around the world”.

In 1855 after James E. Gibbs saw a simple illustration of a Grover & Baker machine it triggered the new idea: The rotating hook on the main shaft could enter into the loop formed by the friction from the treaded needle going up through the fabric, elongate it and hold expanded while the feed dog moved the fabric until the needle at the next needle bar down stroke goes through the previously formed loop, getting drawn through it and therefore to form a chain.Then in 1856 after actually witnessing a Singer model # 1 machine in action(patent #8394) Gibbs has come to the obvious conclusion that the machine was too heavy, complicated, cumbersome and way too expensive. He has decided to create a less-expensive and simple type of sewing machine. James Gibbs and Charles Willcox has obtained a few patents(major one # 17,427 on June 2, 1857) and patented the Automatic tension and feed improvements, a few more patents for the method of removing the twists in the thread that caused so many missed stitches on the early models and also a patent for noise reduction on the feed. After that they have formed “Willcox & Gibbs SMC” and the first commercial chain stitch sewing machine has been patented and produced in 1857 and became a great success immediately !

The W & G Automatic Elastic Chain stitch Noiseless nickel plated sewing machine Model 64 was sold for a half price of competitors Grover & Baker and Wheeler & Wilsonsewing machines that were selling for around $110. Of course ,the W&G Machines with very ornamental iron stands with casters,mahogany cabinets and with truly rare unique cover and working table has cost a lot more .The average wages at that time were $3.00 per week .Just imagine - It is 8 mo of wages for sewing machine !

The machine featured for sale today is the later version and it was either produced for treadle and after introduction of affordable motors has been retrofitted with pedal ,motor, stand and case or has been made originally for use with the motor .The original instruction manual with the pamphlet describing how to adapt the machine head to the stand with motor implied that it could be done after actual manufacturing date of this particular machine .The original W & G treadle belt with copper clamp ,original package for that belt and the patented W & G Wing nut which attaches the machine head to the treadle sort of confirming it.

There are a few known methods to determine the W & G # 64 year of manufacturing :

Based on the Serial # A681208 and Method # 1 a presume age of W & G :

681208 subtract 279638 = 401570 . Then divide it by 17500= 22946. Take first 2 digits( 22)and add it to 1877 = 1899.

There is another method :

681208 divide by 8000 = 85.151 , then add 1838 = 1923

The average of these 2 methods is ( 1899+1823) =1911. I could make an assumption that this machine manufactured around 1911 and 102 years old now .

This machine is truly in unique cosmetic condition – it is basically flawless . Yes, I am not really afraid of that word – look at the pics attached . There are only a microscopically tiny slivers of loss paint are located up on the top of the machine’s front arch and base. I personally did not see the 102 years old machine in such impeccable condition .The Complete set of ALL imaginable Original Vintage W&G attachments comes with this machine -and they are all also in pristine cosmetic condition- I do not think they ever has been use at all. The cosmetic condition of original manuals and instructions for utilization of attachments are also almost perfect.

The only serious restoration I have to do was to completely replace ALL electrical wires in Pedal,Motor and Light fixture, cleaned the machine, polish chrome plated parts and to strip all old grime and oxidation from the wood carrying case and to completely refinish it in order to be worthy of such beautiful machine .

Everything I have done was in accordance of original specifications and with due respect to the antique integrity of this truly unique historical piece .

The machine sews very well, electrically safe and together with Unique set of attachments could be the valuable addition to the any serious antique sewing machine collection.

Please note:

I can offer a few options to package this machine and It would depends on the new destination location . The case with the machine inside weight is 40 LBS .

Together with packaging materials /carton(s) it would be ~ 60 LBS Dim - 34"x16"x19" .

1. Take the machine head attached to the steel base with the motor out of the wood carrying case and carefully pack it separately with a lot of force of imp[act absorbing materials ( no no , not the bubble wrap) into heavy corrugated cartons. To packthe pedal , attachments , literature, into the wood carrying case and etc into another separate carton .

2. To do the same process as described above but to pack /ship everything in the same large carton .

3. Or if the destination address would be within the states with the common borders with Missouri , I leave the machine inside the case . Being inserted into specially made to fit wood base inside the case with the separate compartment for pedal it should be pretty stable there .This option is most likely would be the best possible option from the prospective of a safe delivery . All what I want for that service is thereimbursementof a money to be spend on actual gas purchase .

When one purchase a unique and relatively heavy collectors item like this one, a cost of freight is not the issue anymore – the only one issue need to be taken into consideration - safe delivery . Besides, in the worth case scenario nobody want to go through with a litigation process with a freight forwarders and even if an insurance would finally reimburse the costof items , I would not have the same item and you would not have an item you want ...

So, do not rush to pay for the shipping cost of the machine based just on the calculator . Let's talk about these options upon completion of the sale .

Total weight – 40 LBS w/o outer carton(s)


- 1 1899 W & G sewing machine
- 1 Wood carrying case with 2 compartments

- 1 W & G Steel base for mounting the machine and W & G motor

-1 W & G speed control pedal

-1 W & G Tucker attachment with Original instruction manual , original sewn swatch and all in the original W & G box .

1 W & G Ruffler attachment with Original instruction manual , original sewn swatch and all in the original W & G box .

-3 W & G Hemmers attachments , various sizes , all in the original W & G box .

1 W & G Cloth guide

-1 W & G gatherer attachment

-1 W & G Quilting attachment

-1 W & G Wing nut with washer to attach machine head to the treadle cabinet .

-1 W & G (unknownto me) attachment

-1 W & G Hemmer Thumb Nut

-1 W & G Cloth guide Thumb Screw

-3 W & G needles in the original W & G envelope and original W & G box 3

-1 W & G Leather belt with copper connector with original instruction . For use with W & G treadle

-1 W & G original wrench for inserting /fastening needle and foot .

Please note : Most of these listed above attachments items being sold on separately - each of them for amount $25 -$40 and hardly ever you can find them in the original W & G boxes with instructions .

with this machine it comes as the complete package .

-1 W & G Instruction Manual , 42 pages.Copy

-1 W & G Parts illustration. Copy

-1 W & GCatalog,description book. Copies of Historical data on W & G -all downloaded from and other sources .I could send it to you via electronic files

-1 W & GScrewdriver

NOTE: If you are interested in this item, you may be interested inin my other listings as well. If you are interested in more than one item, please contact me for quotes on combined shipping.

About Myself : I am a retired textile engineer and sewing & Knitting machines has been a part of my job. My background in mechanical engineering combined with some nostalgia, passion and plenty of time on my hands has made the great implication on my current activities – Antique and vintage sewing machine restoration.Over the years I have bought, repaired, serviced and refurbished dozens of machines just for myself and for friends , but now when I am running out of space to store them in accordance with their status, I have decided to begin to offer to you these marvels of old engineering at reasonable price .

MY PROCESS:In order to retain the authenticity of original time-honored design and those fine details which once embellished the antique sewing machines I am trying to avoid , unless it is really required due to the extremely neglected original condition, any repainting of machine metal parts , steel legs and treadles.Hereis the brief description of my process: If required, I am soaking all moving parts in WD-40 to get rid of that stubborn solidified whale oil, clean surface with Murphy’s oil soap, high speed polish chrome plated parts and apply a thin coat of a mixture of Boiled linseed oil & turpentine on the originally painted parts and re-assemble machine. The gear driven machines are being properly cleaned, greased and oiled, the timing is being checked , bobbin case or shuttle are being taken apart, cleaned and oiled for smooth thread draw, stitch adjusted to be equal on both sides. If appropriate for that particular model/class, machine is being tested to sew at slow and fast speeds and in reverse on numerous layers of denim to assure it is sewing with ease. For machines with motor /light /foot pedal control the following steps are being taken to assure that machine is electrically safe to operate: the motor, pedal, light wires, are inspected for electrical safety and replaced (if necessary) from the coils to the connector.The foot pedals are being cleaned and adjusted for smooth speed control. The machines I offer for sale are electrically safe and fully guaranteed to sew very well. Please feel free to ask any questions.

The following information you should know:

  • MO residents must pay sales tax on all taxable merchandise.
  • Return Policy (see below): There is no restocking fee on all returns. The back shipping at expense of buyer.
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  • If payment is not received within 7 days the item will be resold.
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All items are shipped quickly and directly by me from the Midwest . Zip code 63146. Your purchase will ship within 24 hours after receiving your cleared payment via PayPal. As soon I will receive payment I will ship ( More time would be required for special disassembly and packing of treadle and cabinets machines ). Shipments are available at the quoted rate to all 48 states in the Continental United States. Shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, or other US territories may carry higher charges. Please contact me with detailed address information for accurate quotes.International shipping is available for most items upon request. Please contact me prior to the close of the sale to request an international shipping quote. The more address detail you provide in requesting shipping quotes, the more accurate I can make the quote. All items are shipped via USPS Priority Mail, USPS First Class Mail, USPS Media Mail, USPS Parcel Post or UPS Ground. Please view my listing for the shipping details on this particular sale. At buyer’s request I will be happy to provide upgraded shipping or shipping via an alternative vendor . Please contact me promptly to make such arrangements and receive a shipping quote. Combined shipping discounts will be made available whenever possible. If you are interested in more than one of my listings, please contact me for a discounted shipping quote.


I will pack all items with a great care. I will appreciate your input prior the sale on how you want machine to be packed and I will try to satisfy your requirements . As the rule ,I will place the sewing machine’s head into the double-box and will use bubble wrap or rags inside the first box . If it would be a treadle or cabinet sewing machine , I will double-box machine’s head separately . I will disassemble cabinet / irons legs (if appropriate), then I will write the instruction with photo attachment of step-by-step assembly process to avoid any possible confusion during assembly . Or if it would be required, I could even crate the cabinet and will place and secure machine head in the double carton underneath. Please be aware that ONLY in that particular case some reasonable handling charges would be added to cover the cost of a pallet and wooden boards . I want to assure you I will do everything possible in accordance with your requirements to make sure that your purchase would be safe along the way. I put a lot of effort , time and quality materials into cabinetry restoration process and it would be extremely upsetting to me if the finished piece would be broken during transportation ..

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