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A Guide to Jones Collectable Sewing Machines

In 1860, a British engineer named William Jones founded a company called the Jones Sewing Machine Company. The company was acquired by the Japanese company Brothers Industries in 1968, but the Jones name still appeared on certain Brothers sewing machine models until the late 1980s. If you’re searching for reasonably priced Jones sewing machine models to add to your collection, you can find both vintage Jones collectable sewing machines on eBay.

Jones sewing machine models

The Jones Sewing Machine Company factory in the British town of Audenshaw produced a variety of machines for both domestic and industrial use:

  • The Jones Model A sewing machine: The Jones Model A was the very first sewing machine manufactured by the company. The balance wheel had a square edge with no indentation for a treadle belt, so it did not spin. The Model A’s base was decorated with a series of convex curves called gadroons.
  • The Jones Cat-Back: In 1880, the Jones Sewing Machine Company began manufacturing a line of machines with a distinctive curved neck. These machines were nicknamed Serpentines. The company continued to manufacture Serpentines until 1909.
  • The Jones Medium Spool: This rotary hook machine was initially patented in 1889. It remained in production until the early 1930s.
  • The Jones Popular Sewing Machine: When the Jones Popular was initially introduced in the 1890s, it was a hand-crack shuttle model. The company continued manufacturing a motorised version of this sewing machine until the 1960s.
What should you look for when you’re buying a Jones sewing machine?

If you’re buying a Jones sewing machine to sew with, find out whether the needle bar goes up and down, whether the handwheel rotates without difficulty, and whether the feed dogs move when the handwheel rotates. Ask for high-resolution photos so that you can examine the machine for obviously broken parts or missing screws.

How do you determine the value of an antique Jones sewing machine for sale?

Sewing machines manufactured before the turn of the 20th century will typically command higher prices than those manufactured at later dates. There are far fewer of these machines, and that comparative scarcity adds to their worth. Machines that still possess their original wooden cases are typically valued more highly than those without. Machines like the Serpentine Jones models that have a great deal of aesthetic value are often highly prized as well.