So Saturday I stop at an estate sale and this was in the garage....
I finally found my dream leather machine! A Singer Walking Foot Industrial Sewing Machine.
This one has a great story behind it too. I haven't cleaned or oiled this one up yet, as I've had a few singers through my workshop the last few weeks...
Original in all aspects as far as I can tell. It was once a treadle machine that probably in the 1930's had an electric engine put on it. Now the story... This was owned by the a man who moved to the US from Europe in 1918. He had the skill of making shoes, and made shoes for the Ziegfeld girls and later Hollywood starlets... I actually bought it from his grandson, who is a television star from the 70's.
This machine was made for sewing leather shoes. Dating this machine is somewhere between 1911-1918. I'll be cleaning it up this weekend....!
A shot of the old GE electric engine. the backside of the machine. an under shot of the older treadle and clutch.
Old deco switch! I can't believe I finally found a walking foot I could afford and with a great history too. So in the next few months you might see some leather items made with the help of this machine... It's definitely vintage gear for guys!