The Jones Sewing Machine Company was a British manufacturer of sewing machines founded in 1860 by William Jones and Thomas Chadwick under the name Chadwick and Jones, which later became known as the Jones Sewing Machine Company. The company produced sewing machines for almost 100 years, before being acquired by Brother Industries in 1968.[1]

Jones Sewing Machine Company
  • Chadwick and Jones (1960)[2]
  • William Jones & Co. (1866)[3]
  • Jones & Co. (1867)[4]
  • Jones & Co. Ltd (1876)
IndustryMachinery, Textiles
FounderWilliam Jones & Thomas Chadwick
Greater Manchester
ProductsSewing Machines


As a master machinist, William Jones started making sewing machines in 1859[5] and in 1860 formed a partnership with his fellow lodger and master machinist, Thomas Chadwick. As Chadwick & Jones they manufactured sewing machines at Ashton-under-Lyne until 1863.[6] Their machines used designs from Howe and Wilson, produced under licence.[7][8] Thomas Chadwick later joined Bradbury & Co.[9] William Jones joined his brother to continue the business, opening a factory in Guide Bridge, Manchester in 1869.[10] In 1893 a Jones advertising sheet claimed that this factory was the "Largest Factory in England Exclusively Making First Class Sewing Machines".[11] The firm was renamed as the Jones Sewing Machine Co. Ltd and was later acquired by Brother Industries of Japan, in 1968.[12][13] The Jones name still appeared on the machines till the late 1980s.

The Jones patent for his popular Serpent Neck model (also known as the Cat-Back and Serpentine model[14]) appeared in 1879. These were manufactured until 1909.[15] The Serpentine machines formed a lock stitch using a reciprocating (i.e., linear fore/aft motion) boat shuttle, while later models used a vibrating shuttle.

The B model received the 1884 Northampton Leather Exhibition prize for the best machine for closing boot uppers and general leather work.[16]

The CS Family model was produced for many years. One version of it has "As Supplied to Her Majesty Queen Alexandra" written along the shoulder and like many Jones machines displayed very ornamental decoration ensuring that many are still kept in good condition as decorative items. You can find Jones machines and advertising with reference to her as "Princess Alexandra" and "Queen Alexandra" and there is a reliable account that while at technical school she did use a Jones machine.

Jones was happy to make machines under different names when ordering over 100 machines unlike Singer which would only produce machines with their name on. The different Jones machines can be found appearing under various name such as CWS (Co-operative wholesale society), Whiteley's universal, Federation (which is another machine for the co-operative wholesale society) which are all basically Jones Family CS machines. The Cat-Back design was also sold under the name Eclipse, and The Favourite.

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  1. ^ Miller, Judith (2018). Miller's Collectables Handbook & Price Guide. Octopus. p. 16. ISBN 9781784725242.
  2. ^ "Chadwick & Jones, Machinists". The Ashton Weekly Reporter. 24 March 1860.
  3. ^ "Sewing Machines: William Jones & Co., Makers, Guidebridge, Near Manchester". The Ashton Weekly Reporter. 15 September 1866.
  4. ^ "Business Notices: Sewing Machines, Jones & Co., Makers, Guidebridge, Near Manchester". The Ashton Weekly Reporter. 27 April 1867.
  5. ^ V, James (20 June 2020). "The Jones Sewing Machine Company History (Value and Review)". Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  6. ^ Darby, Nell (2021). A History of Women's Lives in Oxford. Pen & Sword Books. ISBN 9781526717870.
  7. ^ Jewell, Brian (1975). Veteran sewing machines: a collector's guide. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-7153-6673-8.
  8. ^ "History of the Sewing Machine". Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  9. ^ Journal of domestic appliances, sewing and washing machines and pram gazette (1 April 1885). "Interesting Presentation at Oldham". The Sewing Machine Gazette and Journal of Domestic Appliances [afterw.] the Journal of Domestic Appliances and Sewing Machine Gazette [afterw.] Sewing and Washing Machines and Pram Gazette. [With] the Hire Traders' Guide and Record. 11 (172): 37.
  10. ^ Gilbert, Keith Reginald (1970). Sewing machines. A Science Museum illustrated Booklet. London: Her Maj.'s Stat. Office. ISBN 978-0-11-290090-0.
  11. ^ Askaroff, Alex I. "JONES SEWING MACHINE". Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  12. ^ Brother. "About Brother: History; History of Brother".
  13. ^ Picken, Stuart D. B. (2016). Historical dictionary of Japanese business. Historical dictionaries of professions and industries (2nd ed.). Lanham (Md.): Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442255890.
  14. ^ "Antique Jones Sewing Machines". Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  15. ^ Head, Carol (1991). Old sewing machines. Shire album. Aylesbury: Shire Publ. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-85263-591-9.
  16. ^ Journal of domestic appliances, sewing and washing machines and pram gazette (1 April 1885). "Jones Sewing Machines". Journal of Domestic Appliances, Sewing and Washing Machines and Pram Gazette. 11 (172): 30.