Posting ID : B1001809918
Date Posted : 2010-06-04
Group : Arts Crafts
This is a 29K70 singer industrial patcher sewing machine ,in excellent working condition, this type sewing machine was first made in the late 1800 and was made primarily for the manufacturing and repairing of shoes and boots ,this machine has been so popular through the years that a machine exactly like this one is still being made today by a company called Tac sew ,it will sew up inside a shoe where other machines can get to ,it has a walking foot type feed that will swivel 360 degrees so you can sew in any direction without having to move the item you are sewing ,this makes it ideal for any type leather work it will sew really thick leather and works great for saddle and harness repair.
Following is some comments made by some of the old boot makers about this machine, D.A. Saguto comments on the Singer 29K60,
"-Proper care and set-up, a Singer 29k class machine will do wonderful finish work, and go more places than a post-bed or cylinder arm. Back when Jim Bowman was still making splendid English-style riding boots, not just lasts, I showed him a pair I did, closing the entire upper on just one 29k with linen thread. His jaw dropped--"You did THAT on a patcher?" he exclaimed. The 29k, and its predecessor the less reliable/less-restorable 29-4 class machines, were *designed* to do finished work, namely sewing in the elastic gores in the sides of "Congress Gaiters" or "Gaiters" [UK: "Spring Side" or "Chelsea" boots]. I've been told many European shoemakers only had treadle patchers for all their uppers closing well into the 20thc.--not everywhere was on electricity you see. One of the old West End trade-closers still has a 29k in his line-up.
And, as DW's said, with nylon thread there's no need for lube. Linen and cotton have more surface friction and drag feeding through, and are apt to throw off tons of lint unless you stitch "wet", only then the oil cup becomes important. Using 100% neatsfoot was a trick Carl Lichte showed me--he used it in his American straight needle. Neatsfoot won't hurt the metal--it's not corrosive like some water-based products. It's worked so well I've never had the inclination to try other lubes, like Solari's. And in keeping with using good old fashioned linen thread, the idea of good old neatsfoot has more appeal than modern mysterious goo.
I guess if the world was coming to an end, the only machine I'd grab would be a tight 29K".