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The British entrepreneur James Galloway Weir first started in the sewing-machine business by importing Raymond machines from Canada but after disagreements with the manufacturer he introduced his own “Improved” machine. This is an example.
The improvements consisted of lightening the needle bar, introducing a more-sophisticated tension system and replacing the straight-cut gears with single helicals to quieten the operation of the hand wheel.
This particular model is fitted on a cast-iron base which noticeable improves its stability when sewing.
Note the trademark on the stitch plate. For more on Weir, check here:
A copy of ISMACS News featuring the history of the Weir and Raymond sewing machines will be sent with this machine.

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