What you got with a Willcox
Issue No. 35
I'VE OFTEN wondered just how many of the accessories that come with a machine actually started life with the model and how many were added by the proud owner.
A page in a Willcox & Gibbs price guide at least gives me some idea for the future.
When a proud new owner opened up her W&G for the first time she found quite an array of accessories packed with it. She would receive a guide and screw, a hemmer, a gatherer, a quilter, self-sewer and a braider to help with the sewing.
Also in the package was a needle wrench -- presumably the booklet was never re-written for the English market where we would call it a spanner -- an oilcan filled with W&G's own brand "Cosmoline" and instruction book, a packet of 12 needles and a quaintly-named stiletto.
The stiletto is obviously the long ultra-sharp device looking somewhat like a knitting needle which, I guess, was used to pick away at accumulated thread wound around the hook.
I've always found this stiletto to be of such good steel and manufacture that it make a fine scriber for marking out use on steel in the workshop.
Optional accessories, at extra cost, included a variety of different-sized hemmers, fringers, etc, and even special looper scissors and an oil-stone for sharpening needles.