Even better, An image of industrial espionage jumps to mind of the former importer running off with the plans of F&R's new machine to Vickers.
Mind you that, in turn, was just a copy of a Singer-with an added reverse stitch anyway They were once again looking forward and it paid off. On the 14th of June 1919 a Vickers twin-engined Vimy Mk 4 Bomber took off from America and made the first successful crossing of the Atlantic.
This little marvel required over 100 separate handling operations to get perfect and it had to be perfect.For the first time the most complete story of a forgotten giant is brought to you by Alex Askaroff.They say that Vickers was once the largest employer in Britain employing tens-of-thousands of workers.With a VS or Vibrating Shuttle machine the tension and smoothness of the shuttle is vital in getting a perfect stitch.By 1916 they were well underway with a copy of Singers model 28 VS machine, a sturdy simple machine identical, except for the reverse and winder, to Frister & Rossmann's own copy of Singers best seller, confused? Although Vickers had started the long setup and manufacturing process of sewing machines in 1914, their first machine was not available to view until 1917. Orders could be placed for the machine that would replace Frister & Rossmann machines from the shops for more than a decade.