Dating a franklin sewing machine
Simple, Elegant, Durable and imitated by many were how the Domestic Sewing Machine Co advertised their models.Using the A B Wilson Four-motion-feed the Improved Domestic Sewing Machine was very similar to the Singer New Family or model 12 and 27 but with a vibrating shuttle, not transverse.Gordon & Gotch seemed a good idea at the time as they had contacts across the Globe from Australia to America.They were the perfect people to promote the Domestic Sewing Machine through their publications much like Orange Judd with the Beckwith Sewing Machine.There were soon dozens of Domestic Sewing Machine models from basic Grover & Baker and New Home copies to Singer New Family copies.In their prime the Domestic Sewing Machine Company sold everything you needed to get you sewing, from the machine to the treadle and even sewing patterns.
The business was not called the Domestic Sewing Machine Company for a few years as it was mainly making parts for sewing machines like Grover & Baker rather than complete machines. Towards the end of the American Civil War the Domestic Sewing Machine Company was formed.
The one above in New York had its own river tributary to bring the wood for the cabinets directly to the cabinet works at the rear of the factory.
The factories were on five or six floors and the huge chimneys belched out smoke all day from the furnaces below.
Over the last two decades Alex has been painstakingly building this website to encourage enthusiasts around around the Globe.
Most of us know the name Singer but few are aware of his amazing life story, his rags to riches journey from a little runaway to one of the richest men of his age.