The Davis Vertical Feed is a fascinating sewing machine that does not have feed dogs. Fabric is advanced by the needle and presser foot, see photo at left courtesy of Susan J.

This page was created by the Davis VF Yahoo group as an aid for collectors in identifying their machine models and finding out what versions of shuttles and needles they use.

The following model names were taken from The Encyclopedia of Antique Sewing Machines by Charles Law.


Low Arm Vertical Feed

LAVFLAVF Features:

Top disk tension

Short boat shuttle

Takes Davis Long needles (Boye 10)

Bobbin winder on treadle stand

Open right end, flared pillar

 

Photo courtesy of Jerry in Salem, OR
SN 187424

 

 


High Arm Vertical Feed (HAVF)

HAVF

HAVF Features:

Top disk tension

Boat shuttle

Takes Davis Long needles (Boye 10)

Bobbin winder on treadle stand

Base has sharp square corners

Photo courtesy of Jerry in Salem, OR
SN 325481

 

 

 


New High Arm Vertical Feed (VF1)

VF1VF1 Features:

Top disk tension

Boat shuttle

Takes Davis Long needles (Boye 10)

Bobbin winder on pillar

Early machines have sharp square bed corners.

Photo courtesy of Jerry in Salem, OR
SN 389942

 

 

VF1

Photo courtesy of Kelly in PA
SN 535379

Later machines have rounded bed corners

 

 


 

 

VF1 Portable (VF1 HC)

(no photo available)


VF2

VF2VF2 Features:

Front disk tension with manual release

Bullet shuttle

Takes Davis Long needles (Boye 10)

Bobbin winder on pillar

Base has rounded corners

Photo courtesy of Jerry in Salem, OR
SN 1063694

 

 

VF2 Portable (VF2 HC)

VF2HC

 

Photo courtesy of Jerry in Salem, OR
SN 791504


New Vertical Feed (NVF)

NVFNVF Features:

Front disk tension with auto release

Bullet shuttle

Takes 15x1 needles

Bobbin winder on pillar

Rounded body shape

Base has rounded corners

 

Photo courtesy of Jerry in Salem, OR
SN 2787019