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Peerless (early)

Coutesy of Claire Sherwell

1870s-1880s. There is a variety of different pictures in the central bed decal on Peerless machines, some are badged with names such as "New York" and "Wright". Serial numbers were always placed on a slide plate. The machine uses a boat shuttle.

By 1881 White was producing models for every type of work. A variety of 12 styles of treadles was offered. Instruction manuals were offered in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Each family machine was guaranteed for five years. The Peerless hand machine, however, was only guaranteed for three years, but was said to be a machine without parallel.

This machine was on sale in Europe at the time that White's London office announced the planned opening of a new depot in Europe and began advertising for salesmen in France.

Peerless (later)

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

1880s-90s. This hand crank machine has the unusual hand crank folding mechanism patented by White. In order for it to fit inside the case the crank unscrews and swivels to the back of the machine (White was known for their unusual style of hand crank mechanisms. See New White Peerless for a different example).

These machines were imported into the UK in some numbers, this one for sale by the London dealer, J Collier, using his Swift Sure and Silent logos. History of J Collier

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

This machine has a low slung hand crank.

New White Peerless (Model B)

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

1890s onwards. This 3/4 sized hand crank model was produced with Lily of the Valley decals. Model 'A' had an iron base and basic hand crank, the cheap model of the range at the time (now sought by collectors). Model 'B' was supplied with bentwood cover and wooden base. Model 'C' was another iron based machine, but with new style, spring-loaded hand attachment. The unusual spring-loaded hand crank design was a complete change from the swivel version used on the Later Peerless model.

Courtesy of Linda Scholten & Claire Sherwell

A comparison of decals on a Prize and a New White Peerless.

White Gem

Courtesy of Rijnko Fekkes

Serial #10528

White Prize

Serial numbers - none

Courtesy of Linda Scholten

A vibrating shuttle machine. A progression and more advanced version of the White Gem, having an enclosed sewing head, larger sewing surface and pawfeet 'skirt'. Shuttle has a 'P' on it. Stitch length adjustment screw on the front, tension controlled by a screw on the faceplate.

The decals were also used on some Peerless models. The machine has a built-in gear drive hand crank and could be mounted on wood using a bentwood cover with raised edges, as shown.

Bobbin Winder Instructions

Courtesy of Kelly Pakes

White VSII

Serial #607482

Courtesy of Sue

This is a Vibrating Shuttle machine from the mid 1880s. The very early versions of this model have a boat shuttle, whereas this slightly later version uses a cylinder shuttle. White's style of this machine was popular in Germany (see Dürkopp's White system Class 3-5, Family A).

The model was also available in a larger size for tailoring (as was the German version). Approximate measurements for the machine are: Front to back - 7 1/2" Side to side - 14 3/4" (measuring from the far left to the far right, in the middle of the machine. It included the section that bows out). Top to bottom (from the inside of the arm) - 5 1/2". Inside bed (measured from the needle) - 7 1/2".

White No. 8

Serial #1835300

Courtesy of Wayne

This model was also known as the Domestic No. 6 and King Vibrator. Serial numbers 1,830,000 and up, model produced from c1928 to c1941. The shuttle and bobbin are not the same as other White models (ie no hole through the bobbin), because the model was originally the Domestic model and the shuttle is referred to as the Domestic King shuttle (#6280). 15x1 needle.

White Embossed (White Rotary 31)

Serial #31x35362

Courtesy of Jess

Dressmaster Rotary 127M

Serial #127M-44467, 1950

Courtesy of Dan

Dressmaster Rotary

Serial #?

Courtesy of Tom Brown

This machine is an updated model of the 127 (which was itself an updated model 41/43). Crinkle green. It has a rectangular bedplate and bakelite handwheel. The bobbin winds directly from the motor.

White Model 7012

Serial #1582, J-C 9, J-A 35

Courtesy of Jess

An electric straight stitch machine, made in Japan and sold as White.

On a plate below the balance wheel, it reads: Guaranteed by Domestic Sewing Mach.Co. Cleveland,Ohio-Toronto, Canada. Made in Japan. The motor label reads: Straight Stitcher / Domestic Sewing Machine Co. / Cleveland 11 Ohio / Toronto 16 Ontario Canada. Behind the faceplate there is MKK in a triple concentric broken circle.

White All Stitch Zig Zag

Serial #632391

Courtesy of Richard

Made in Germany. The markings on the feet and near part numbers are “Original G-K” (Gritzner-Kayser). This machine is Gritzner-Kayser Model 116, also known as the Gritzner VZ (Vera Zwei). Shown here is the later, more angular bodied model.

Instruction manual dated 1940 (in German)