Monday, February 22, 2010


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 motor.

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!

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  1. That's awesome, man. Can't wait to see what you create with it!

  2. I have sewn for years on all sorts of machines from Phaff to Juki. And I miss my old singer I have had two or three very much like the one you found. I still have visitation rights to my last singer. and travel the 80 or so miles from time to time just to stich on it.

    I am looking this month to buy another for my shop. Good sewing.

  3. That is a roller foot, not a walking foot.

  4. how much did this cost? I'm researching for a friend. we found one but he eventually wants to sell it. I'm just wondering a price range from old to restored.

  5. How did you work out the date of the machine?

    1. since the W serials are lost, I judged it by the motor, the table, the switch, and overall appearance, plus the story of when the machine was used and what for.


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