Production Fabric Cutting through the years

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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

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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.