White merged with Husqvarna Viking, a Swedish firm.
You can find out more about old sewing machines by going to the website of the International Sewing Machine Collectors Society. I have a couple antique sewing machines and I would love to know more about them so I can sell them because I am downsizing and moving to Montana. I carefully restored it and gave it to my mom who has been sewing all her life. Thanks, Toni I have a White Family Rotary sewing machine with Patent dates from 1890-1906 and a serial number FR 343653.
The White Sewing machine that I have is on a table with a box over the machine. Now, she gave it to my daughter and we shipped it UPS and parts are broken, and we are confused about how to piece back the cabinet. It is hard to find exact information on these machines. I have two machines, one is a treadle with a Serial # FR173381 and it is missing the the cover that goes one the side of needle plate, the second one is an electric crinkle black electric machine in a Martha Washington cabinet. It works but it smells like something is melting and the cord gets hot. I have looked everywhere for a list of serial numbers to find the date of manufacturing.
In 1879 it cost USD50 to USD125 (USD1097 to USD2744 adjusted) depending on which table or cabinet it was to be mounted in.
The White VS was the first production sewing machine to make use of the vibrating shuttle as a bobbin driver and was introduced in the late 1870s and manufactured with additional improvements up until the early 1900s.
The first machines were manufactured at the small Wilkinson Machine Shop in Templeton, Massachusetts.
White and a business partner pooled together 0 to start their company.The dates on the plate start with Mar 14, 1876 and end with Mar 27, 1877. If I could find an exploded view of cabinet I'd really be happy! I can't find any pictures of the wiring or how and what wire to use. The number by the needle on the same plate is 21190. UPS also broke off a cast iron foot and you can't weld cast iron. This was a nightmare when I found it, and it's almost as bad now. It was called the 'Peerless' and its evolution tracked that of its full-sized parent: used a "boat" shuttle that was comparable to those used in contemporary transverse shuttle machines.In 1886 the shuttle was changed to a bullet shape, with a thin rod in the interior upon which the bobbin rotates.Wilson, who invented the vibrating shuttle 26 years earlier.