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    Question Any idea what this beast was used for?

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    This big Singer is at my local thrift store and i just can't imagine what it was for. The table it is on is fairly large and it is a treadle.

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    here is the link for the ISMACS singer model listing for models 1-99
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...sses-1-99.html

    model 78-3 says
    "Walking Foot - One Needle. Max. speed 1600 spm. For lightweight work in imitation leather; upholstery. Automobile tops. Combined upper and needle feed. No under feed."

    and it uses needles "16x99; 16x100; 16x198"

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    Singer's version of Davis Vertical Feed so it should be a good binder and non FMQuilter as well a work described above.

    Jon

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    I've not seen one but years ago someone recommended that I get one to sew on canvas - that or a walking foot. I ended up finding a walking foot.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Another beast:
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/for/4449420462.html
    For stitching books up to 1 1/2" inches thick. Length of stitch 1 to the inch; clearance under presser foot 5/8 inches. Alternating pressers. Drills hole before stitch is made. Speed 80 to 120 RPM.
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    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Thanks Steve, The list of industrial machines is amazing. I got caught up reading it. I really don't need one even though it is under 50.00.

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    you are welcome. I am lucky that it was made after 1901..... (off my radar)

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Another beast:
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/for/4449420462.html
    For stitching books up to 1 1/2" inches thick. Length of stitch 1 to the inch; clearance under presser foot 5/8 inches. Alternating pressers. Drills hole before stitch is made. Speed 80 to 120 RPM.
    Miriam that one is a beast. I know a bookbinder and his machines are amazing.

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    I love the bookbinder! That's awesome. Industrial machines make me swoon though I have virtually no practical use for any of them, just think of the things you could do! Insert SO's eyeroll >here<.
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    I know a book binder in LA that uses a Early Patcher as a book binding tool. Having it on display in the front has been the beginning of many new customer relationships...

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    Miriam,

    That machine is bigger than my sewing room.
    Aurora

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurora View Post
    Miriam,

    That machine is bigger than my sewing room.
    I was thinking if we put it in here the house might collapse from the weight.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    its for upholstery used 1 for when i worked with my in-laws making furniture

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    I don't have the money for it, but I sure like the machine!

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    If it sits in the shop much longer I will be very tempted to tackle it.

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