I recently added two more pieces of equipment to my growing arsenal of industrial sewing machines. The top sewer is an Adler model 30-70. It’s the largest of the long-armed Adler machines and is commonly used to repair luggage, shoes/boots, and hockey equipment. It has a top fed walking foot that can rotate 360 degrees, enabling the sewer to get into very tight spots without having to shift a cumbersome work piece. The Adler is German-made and has a heavy cast iron hand wheel for precise manual stitching. This machine is also belt driven via a clutch motor with a foot feed.
The next sewer is a 1905 Singer model 29-4. It’s designed to do exactly what the Adler does. I marvel at how little the engineering differs between the two sewers considering they were made approximately 75 years apart. The Singer was given to me by a boot maker who had acquired the machine years ago for $15.00 from a fur trapper who used it to mend pelts. The Singer was coated in dust and grim, but I had a great time cleaning it up and it runs like a top now. Sadly, it will be relegated to a display piece because the Adler’s long arm makes it a much more versatile machine.
Both machines are fascinating to watch run and a great time to sew with.