Davis Sewing Machine Company

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The Davis Sewing Machine Company began in 1868 in Watertown, New York, and moved to Dayton, Ohio around 1890.[1]


Davis sewing machines had conventional four motion feed (invented by Allen B. Wilson and used in most other machines). The machines also had the needle bar and presser foot that moves the cloth forward; they were often referred to as walking foot or vertical feed machines.

Around 1892, Davis started manufacturing bicycles. The Dayton Daily News indicated that the bicycle business was so successful that Davis gradually phased out production of sewing machines. The Huffman Manufacturing Company was formed as a sales outlet for Davis parts.

In 1924, the Davis Company's assets were liquidated. At that time, the company employed 1,800 workers.