Line Shaft Pillow Factory

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Here’s a photo of the line shaft in use, in a pillow factory. We’re thinking it was sometime before WW II. Tom believes the machines are Singer 45-K ( second photo).

I guess people saw better in those days – cause I can only spot 2 tiny electric light bulbs. Maybe they had really big windows ?

Old Line shaft Sewing Factory

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Tom came upon some old photos we thought would be fun to post. They are from a museum in Germany . It used to be a working factory that was turned into a museum. It looks like the sewers just got up and walked away for break time .

The machines were powered by a line shaft,running underneath the tables.This means that all the machines were driven off one motor that was probably outside the sewing room. Each machine had an individual clutch, so that the operator could control their separate machine

Phone out this week 6/15/21

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Well we got the rain we wished for, but wouldn’t you know that it knocked out our phone with it. Looks like it’ll hopefully be fixed by ATT on Friday. So in the meantime please contact us only through e-mail. Sorry for any inconvenience.

I prefer having a land line for good clear communication – BUT the phone down is extra annoying !

New Machine – Singer 153 K103 Cylinder Arm Walking Foot Machine

Pretty exciting – We acquired a new machine to add to our stable.
A Singer 153K103 Cylinder Arm, Walking Foot, Industrial Machine

There are just some jobs that you can’t do without a machine like this.
It will enable us to sew the inside of a heavy bag, that would be near impossible to manipulate on a flat bed machine.

Tom is currently in the middle of building a special table for it , and fitting it with a 3/4 HP servo motor.

I’ll have some more photos when it’s up and running .
Stay Tuned.

Winter Sewing Shop Upgrades

Over our winter break this year, we did a small construction project – building a storage loft over 1/2 the shop.

It turned out really great & I can now store all my jobs in progress & extra materials, someplace other than my work table top 🙂

Also we changed all the fluorescent lights over to ballast bypass LED’s. I really recommend this to anyone that uses standard 4 foot shop lights. Pretty easy to re-wire them, and the LED strips work in any T-8 or T-12 fixture. And for a $ 80 box of bulbs, it re-lit our entire shop.

Coastal Excursion

So we had to go down to Port St Joe to check things out , and onto St Vincent (actually a week later- but the photos are all here)  to check out the beach & salvage what we could.

The ride down was a little depressing – there was miles & miles & miles of broken forest back from the road as far as you could see.
Houses of course and agricultural buildings, mostly with roof damage or destroyed. There is a little town , (Wewa) with a nice little park where we’ve always stopped for the needed pee break on the way to the coast – it was heart breaking to see the park, with all it’s big beautiful trees, all broken and destroyed. The drive certainly humbled us, in that it showed how close the destruction came to our house.


This is a site of a quite large pavilion, at the end of the Port St Joe boat launch jetty. Fortunately the new boat launch looks fine.
The nice airy pavilion in the town park, where the launch parking lot is, was completely GONE.

St Vincent NWR:
  We were the first people out there since the storm – no ranger 4 wheeler tracks- nothing .
The storm completely changed the entire beach .

Tom & I like to collect shells- Well, there were so many shells that Mother Nature came up with the solution for transporting them.
This handy beach cart was a real labor saver, but kind of squeaky, and no WD40 handy.

But shells were only part of what we found, everything imaginable was washed up , and some things you couldn’t even imagine.
It felt like we were on a deserted island , and we were !

We had quite a load by the time we started back- everything including the kitchen sink , which will be installed out in Tom’s shop !

Good thing the wind had dropped by the time we had to paddle all this stuff back over to the mainland.
Sadly, we had to leave our faithful beach cart there, as there just wasn’t room, as the folding mechanism had seen better days.