From 1892(?)   to 1905 and beyond


The new features of the new machine are the subject of some recent patents to Wilbur F. Dial, an attache of the company. In brief, the idea of the inventor is to carry the loop around the bobbin without any abrading contact with adjacent parts. To accomplish this the well-known devices for retaining the bobbin and checking the loop are dispensed with and all these functions are performed by the hook in conjunction with the bobbin-case. His aim has been for the highest attainable speed and an ability to use thread that will not stand the chafing and strain of other stitch-forming devices. That he has succeeded in this appears to be demonstrated by the practical tests to which the machine has been subjected. It will be apparent that the relief of the thread from unnecessary strain will greatly enlarge the range of work for which the machine may be used. Especially in the line of white work, where the No. 2 has so long had preference, will the high speed and delicate handling of thread be appreciated. In this line, also, the fact that no oil is used on or about the hook will have great weight and in filling the requirements of this important trade the No. 11 rounds out the general capabilities of the company's manufacturing outfit. The ingenuity of this invention lies very much in its simplicity and the discarded ring slide and loop-check are not superseded by any complication of mechanism. The improved hook, by quick movement placed the loop in a pocket at the back of the bobbin-case, where it remains while being cast off and carried over the front of the case, when it is immediately taken up, completing the stitch before the hook reaches the needle again. The bobbin-case is retained by a flange, permanently, in the hook, without other aid. The devices for convenience that have contributed to popularize their other manufacturing machines have been embodied in this, among which are knee-lifter, reversible feed, etc. The feed movement is also improved and in every respect the machine is up to the company's high standard of excellent design and execution. A considerable number of these machines are already in use in factories and are fulfilling the expectations of the purchasers

from: the Sewing Machine Time 1892


The No. 11 is a medium sized, strongly built machine intended for manufacture of cloth goods, where great space under the arm of the machine is not required. A light running, noiseless machine which can be run fast and continuously in a home, without disturbing any one and will save about one day in three, running much faster than other machines. It excels in stitching with weak and gummy threads and like the other Wheeler & Wilson machines, is free from danger of soiling the work with oil. The feed is positive and may be reversed by the stitch regulating lever, so that the goods will feed from or towards you. This machine gives great satisfaction to those wanting an exceedingly light running machine that can be run at high speed, by foot power, or taken to the factory and placed at work on a high speed power bench. It has a convenient knee presser lifter for rapid work. It is fitted, as ordered, either with loose pulley for foot power, or the change may be made from one to the other. Its perfect work commands the best pay. An ornament to any home.  


US 480.181                            Wilbur  F.  Dial                      August 2, 1892

W&W No. 11

Claim:This invention has for its object the improvement of that class of sewing mechanism wherein a circularly-moving loop-taker engages a loop of needle-thread and without passing through it casts the said loop about an under thread in a wound mass, said under thread being located within a circle traversed by the point of the loop-taker. One form of loop-taker of this class is represented in United States Patent US 420.847, dated February 4, 1890.






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