Back from vacation


We had a wonderful summer break: Celebrated Tom’s Birthday , caught some fish for dinner, and even saw some beautiful wild pitcher plants.

Hope to hear about new and exciting projects 🙂



Every sail in this photo was made in our shop, over a span of many years.

It was nice to see this recent gathering of some of the beautiful sails, made by Sew Tec.

Production Fabric Cutting through the years


Technological change facilitated the trend towards centralized cutting and contract assembly. After the invention of the sewing machine, the development of cloth-cutting devices was the next important breakthrough in the mass production of clothing. Long knives, introduced in the 1870s, allowed several layers of material to be cut simultaneously. By the 1890s, cutters could slice through stacks of cloth using electrically driven blades, greatly increasing the speed of this operation.

Line Shaft Pillow Factory


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


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