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Singer 9W Sewing Machine

Although most models of Singer sewing machines share some similarities, the model 9W is obviously completely different. This is because it started off life as a Wheeler & Wilson model D9. After Singer bought the Wheeler & Wilson company in 1905 they kept production of the D9 going at the Bridgeport factory, but badged the machines as Singer model 9W. The most instantly noticable feature of the model 9W is that it has a square section pillar rather than the normal round section pillar of other Singer models of the time. It was not until the 1960's that Singer re-introduced square section pillars in the 239.

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Singer 9W (Photo courtesy of Lynn Kenan)

 

Initially the 9W’s were mechanically identical to the D9’s, presumably whilst they used up the stock of existing components, and to keep the factory busy whilst Singer assessed its future. These early machines had a W prefix to the their serial numbers.

Later, once the new management was established, several changes were made to the 9W to bring it more in line with other Singer models. In particular the size of the bed casting was increased and the hinges relocated, so that it was interchangeable with other Singers machines. This allowed the 9W machines to be fitted into the standard range of Singer cases, treadle tables and cabinets. These later models had plain serial numbers in the same sequence, but without the W prefix. The spool holder was also changed when the original fold over W&H frame on the centre of the arm was replaced by the Singer straight spool pin at the balance wheel end.

Production of the 9W machines ceased in 1913 when the old Wheeler & Wilson factory in Bridgeport was finally closed for good. The 9W was replaced by the Singer 66 which is thought to have inherited many of its features from the 9W.

 

Photos (Courtesy of Lynn Kenan)

Singer 9W-01

9W - Front

Singer 9W-02

9W - Faceplate

Singer 9W-03

9W - Back

Singer 9W-04

9W - Balance Wheel