This belonged to my husband's grandmother, who passed away about 10 years ago in her 90s. So I'm guessing that she used it for years, maybe in the 30s and onwards?
I love that she "tattooed" her initials MB on the handle.
Wikipedia says "A tracing wheel is an instrument with serrated teeth on a wheel attached to a handle. Used to transfer markings from patterns onto fabric with or without tracing paper, this sewing tool also makes slotted perforations. Such markings might include pleats, darts, buttonholes, notches or placement lines for appliques or pockets. There are two basic types of tracing wheels available to the modern sewer, one with a serrated edge and one with a smooth edge."
But at the moment I'm just using it to add texture to cards. That wheel is pretty sharp, and I'm not sure what kind of surface I would use it on for sewing.
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