Dating a white sewing machine
White merged with Husqvarna Viking, a Swedish firm.
The letters "FR" in your serial number indicate you have a Family Rotary machine.
The first White sewing machine labelled as such was a vibrating-shuttle model introduced in 1876.
A vibrating-shuttle lock-stitch was introduced in 1876.
Q: I found this old sewing machine buried in a dirt cellar in my mother's house. The company moved to Cleveland in 1866 and White Sewing Machine Co. The White Family Rotary model was introduced in the late 1890s.
It says "White Rotary," and there's a metal plate on it with the serial number FR2657168. It was the company's most popular machine and was made until the 1950s. Business declined in the 1950s as foreign-made machines became available in the United States.
The Wilkinson Machine Shop at Templeton, Massachusetts, where Thomas White constructed his first machine-a copy of the New England-type chain-stitch model.It was replaced with an improved version in the 1890s which continued in production into the 1920s.In the late 1890s the company's vibrating-shuttle model was supplemented with a new rotary model, known initially as the "White Family Rotary".This White model was described by a contemporary source as a machine of simple construction with a minimum number of parts, a good amount of space under the arm, featuring a feed on either side of the needle, and possessing a self-setting needle and a self-threading shuttle.An improved version of the White vibrating shuttle was introduced in the late 1880s.
The number by the needle on the same plate is 21190. UPS also broke off a cast iron foot and you can't weld cast iron. This was a nightmare when I found it, and it's almost as bad now.