Early Wheeler and Wilson hand powered lock stich sewing machine, model, c 1885.
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In the late 1860s sewing machines began to be made specially for use in the home. This design of lock stitch machine, by the Wheeler and Wilson Manufacturing Company, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, was introduced in c 1867. Made of polished wood, cast iron, steel and wrought iron.