I love old machines.
I love repairing old machines
I love putting old repaired machines back to work.
I have an "Ideal Clicker Model C" that was made in 1942
It's function in life is to stamp out shapes in materials using "dies"
The dies start out as 36" long 1" tall single edged knife blades which are bent into almost any shape and then the ends are welded shut. (Imagine a 900 pound cookie cutter) it hits with 15-20 tons of force allowing it to drive through a stack of up to 5/8" leather in a single "whump"!!
It will also cut other materials like cardboard, fabric, and even some plywood and veneers.
It will do STACKS of fabric. I have made a die shaped like a pennant flag for a buddy who runs a kids soccer program and we can cut through about 10 layers of nylon at one time. We made 500 flags in a couple hours of work. (using the "Clicker" and a serger)
The issue with these machines is that they will cut out in one hour enough leather for 2 months worth of projects and they need to keep in use to keep running smooth.
I am not looking to sell the beastie, but to find additional uses to keep it busy...
Does having quilting shapes mass produced sound like something that could be useful for Quilters?
(I am not one myself, but I have contributed to several others addictions...)