The Jones Factory
The Jones Factory 1930's

William Jones started making sewing machines in 1859, and in 1860 formed a partnership with Thomas Chadwick. Trading as Chadwick & Jones they manufactured sewing machines at Ashton-under-Lyne. This partnership was short lived and in January 1864 Thomas Chadwick joined Bradbury & Co.  In 1869 Jones opened a factory in Guide Bridge Nr Manchester and the firm became incorporated (Limited) on 5th July 1889. It survives today as Brother UK Ltd.

SPARES: We have limited spares for SOME of the Jones models shown below including slide plates, shuttles and bobbins. Please contact us for availability and further details.

MANUALS: Simple photocopied Manuals are available for all these machines except the Jones Hand.

Jones Family

 Jones Family Transverse Shuttle. Serial No. 30082.
This machine was Jones's equivalent to the Singer 12 and it is thought would have been produced in the 1880's. Jones Family

The decals are generally worn but the centre decal is largely intact. Note the unusual arrangement of the slide plates, the function of the short "extra" one seems to be to lock the shuttle slide plate into place.

Jones Family Logo

The cabinet work and stand were refinished many years ago. The table and stand are the same as used in the later versions of the Jones Medium machine which gives a large work area.

Jones Family Transverse Shuttle

Jones Family Transverse Shuttle. Serial No. 42398.
This is a later handcrank version of the above machine. The decals are worn but still largely visable and it came with shuttle and bobbin.
Not many of these machines have come to light and we would be grateful for any further information on this Model.

Jones Medium

     Jones Medium Transverse Shuttle. Serial No.12502.
Probably dates to the early 1880's. This machine was designed to compete with the Singer 13 but had a number of advantages including a larger shuttle capable of holding more thread.
Not much is known about these Medium machines although at least 40,000 were made few examples have surfaced. We are fortunate to have three slightly different versions. Jones Medium

The decals are sightly worn as is the woodwork. Instead of a drawer there is an accessory box with hinged lid mounted on the table top to the right of the machine. The bobbin winder has the Patent Number 2864 and another number - 98651 the meaning of which eludes us. The Companys Trade Mark is stamped on the shuttle slide plate.

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Cases & Bases Page

Jones Medium

     Jones Medium Transverse Shuttle. Serial No. 20296. Probably made three or four years later than the previous machine. The decals are in really good condition as is the wood work, it looks like it has hardly been used. It came complete with oversize shuttle and seven bobbins. It has a drawer mounted beneath the table and the head is offset to the right.

Centre Decal

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Cases & Bases Page

Jones MediumTransverse Shuttle

Jones Medium Transverse Shuttle. Serial No. 33774.
Another example of this superb machine but this time it has a central drawer with recessed knob and the woodwork has a very attractive colour. See also
Cases & Bases Page
The decals are slightly worn but the paint on the stand is in very good condition. It came with shuttle, 6 bobbins, a couple of nickle plated hemmers and an original if somewhat tatty manual.
We would be grateful for any further information about this Model.

Jones Brass plate

   Jones Hand. Serial No. 35259.
The Jones Hand was introduced in 1879. It was made in large numbers and remained in production for some 20 years with only cosmetic improvements.
This machine would date to around 1883 and has a brass plated needlebar cover. The Vine Leaf decal can clearly be seen on the pillar, but the remainder are heavily worn. On later machines (1891 onwards) the centre decal was replaced by a brass boss.
The cloth plate has the Companys stamped Trade Mark, on machines made from 1891 onward a second stamp -
'As supplied to H.R.H. The Princess of Wales' also appears on the cloth plate.

jones hand with green shield decal

   Jones Hand. Serial No. 91279.
Dates from around 1890 and came complete with shuttle and bobbin insitu and a bobbin still in the winder! This machine has a nickle-plated face plate. Although the decals are worn, the centre decal which reads 'Jones Hand Machine' is largely intact. The cloth plate has the Companys stamped Trade Mark.

Jones hand

  Jones Hand. Serial No.97101.
Dates to 1891. The decals are almost invisible on the base of the machine but are still evident on the curved arm & shoulder.

The base has an inlaid metal badge depicting a Gryphon. There is a stamped badge on the round cloth plate with 'As supplied to H.R.H. The Princess of Wales' and another 'Jones & Company Guide Bridge Nr Manchester'
 Hand Centre Boss

Jones Medium spool

    Jones Medium Spool treadle Serial No.14692.
Our very first purchase, long before collecting became a passion! It is a copy of the Wheeler and Wilson No. 9 and is a full rotary hook machine. They were manufactured from 1889 up to the 1930's. This particular machine probably dates to 1890. The local SM shop - now closed- was raided for all its 'old Jones' needles.
Medium Centre Boss

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Cases & Bases Page

Thank you to Alan Quinn for his information regarding this machine

 Jones family c.s.

    Jones Family C.S. Serial No 21572
The Jones C.S. was introduced in 1893 and the patent date March 29th 1893 appears on the slide plate. This machine was probably made around 1895.
The inspection cover on the needlebar is engraved with "Jones Sewing Machine Comp'y Limited" and bears the Companys' Gryphon Trade Mark. The machine has a beautiful bouquet of roses as the centre decal and the base lacks an accessory compartment found on later models. Note the early style bobbin winder.
This machine was in grim condition when we found it, see the
Restoration Page.

 Jones family c.s.

    Jones Family C.S. Serial No.234882
This has 'As supplied to Her Majesty Queen Alexandra' on the shoulder decal and was probably manufactured around 1914. There is extensive pitting to the bed, but the decals are reasonable and it is mechanically sound, we will probably replace this machine when we find a better one.

federation family

C.W.S. shoulder decal C.W.S. Federation Serial No.341636
Jones produced machines with badging for various retailers in this case for the Co-operative Wholesale Society. Dating to around 1925 it has beautiful floral decals and a scrolled C.W.S. Federation badge to the bed.

jones c.s.

     Jones Family C.S. Serial No.420743.
Dated to about 1929 with Black diagonal across the shoulder decal and across the centre base decal. The machine and decals are in very good condition.


    Whiteleys Universal Serial No.514594.
Probably made around 1934. A very plain machine with no decals apart from "Whiteleys Universal" on the arm and "British Made" on the bed. Whiteleys was a Department Store in London.
We bought this machine without a base but it sits nicely in a base from a Jones machine. The metal work is still bright and mechanically it hardly makes a sound!


     Empress. Serial No.486238.
Made around 1933. Very similar to the Whiteley's Universal down to the 'British Made' across the bed. The machine is in good condition and sits in a short base with the handcrank assembly overhanging the end. This machine is missing its cover which would have been made of fabric, shaped, with a pocket for accessories/manual. It simply sat on top of the machine tea-cosy style!


    Federation Serial No.522569.
Dates to the mid 1930's and from the decals this appears to be a Federation machine produced by Jones. Machines with similar decals have badging for the Co-operative Wholesale Society with Federation across the arm.

Federation shoulder decal     A close up of the Federation decal on the shoulder. The colours are brilliant green and turquoise blue, a combination we have also seen not only on Jones machines and those badged for the Co-op but also machines of Jones origin which have been badged as Bradburys.

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