1994, I wrote two articles in ISMACS News re. variants of this
machine, the second of which featured a newly-observed complete
makeover. Recently, I acquired original documentation concerning
this model. The sales pitch emphasizes the "straight race"
in this, the "New Little Wanzer". Fig.1 illustrates
the familiar machine, fig.2 shows Wanzer's latter day attempt
to revitalize its long-standing popular model. From the small
numbers that have survived, it would appear the exercise was
Extract from my original article....
machine is late, with patent dates to 1880, and has almost more
in common with its bigger sister, the Wanzer A, than its namesake.
Whilst at first glance it has the same main proportions, it is,
in fact, a totally re-cast design.
The stitch plate support has been pushed backwards to make room
for the redesigned shuttle mechanism. In profile, this gives the
machine a shorter, less "C" shape appearance.
The shuttle is carried in a straight-race back-to-front motion
and the usual cast round stitch plate has a slider in the front
for shuttle access.
The needle-bar head has become an enclosed iron affair, similar
to the Wanzer A, and this gives the machine a somewhat "out
of balance" look.
The top of the "C" frame features a novel form of Howe
tension device instead of the usual two horizontal spring-tensioned
There is a gear guard and bobbin winder fitted, again "A"
style, and the hand wheel has a drive-disengage for dedicated
- Wanzer's original
- The updated version
met with little favour
from the buying public.