have won the highest premiums at the fair of the U. S. Agricultural Society, and at the State Fairs
- N. York,
and at the Fairs of the--
- American Institute, N York;
- Mechanics' Association, Boston;
- Franklin Institute, Philadelphia,
- Mechanics' Institute, Baltimore;
- Mechanics' Institute, Washington;
- Mechanics' Association, Cincinnati;
- Kentucky Institute, Louisville;
- Mechanical Association, St. Louis,
- Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco;
- Mechanics' Institute, Chicago;
The Virginia Mechanics' Institute, Richmond, 1860
Gave them a Silver Medal — the highest premium.
Read this extract, from the report of the Examining Committee
(The committee were all thorough machinists, and made a careful examination of the machines submitted to their inspection:)
&Wilson Machine makes what is popularly called the lock
stitch, and in view of the economy of thread required for said stitch, its elasticity, strength, and beauty of appearance, the committee prefer it for the practical
purposes of sewing.
"We find in this Machine, simplicity — all parts being particularly adapted to each other, and to the office which they perform, resulting in a freedom
and need for repairs,
with an ease
not attained in the more complicated contrivances.
In our examination we find in Wheeler
's Machines these advantages over all others.
Its bearing surfaces and parts having a reciprocating motion, are very light, and the more rapid motions are rotary, and continuous, thus economizing
2d. One tension,
which is arranged with peculiar simplicity, and perfection, controls both
The simple manner of controlling the loop
of the needle thread, dispenses with the use of take ups,' so objectionable in other Machines.
"The range of work to which it is adapted, from the finest Swiss
to the heavy negro clothing
make it particularly desirable for general and family purposes."