The Freehand Gang

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These machines have been sitting around for a while waiting to be cleaned and restored. They are the Cornely LTG, Cornely K, and the Singer 114w103 single thread chain-stitch embroidery machine that use a freehand crank below the machine to direct the motion of the stitch using the universal feed ring. The LTG is a twin needle with a few more applications than the other two machines.

Back in the day, these types of machines were used to stitch names onto clothing such as handkerchiefs and work shirts. They were also used to stitch designs on western clothing as well as many concert outfits for people such as Jimmy Page.

Cornely was the company that invented the first freehand embroidery universal feed sewing machine. Both of my Cornely machines date back from the 1870′s.

Resurrecting Old Projects

Pattern-making is taking its toll on me and I have decided to take a break from that and turn my attention back to on old project that was left in the dust. Restoring my Union Special 1200G machine from the early 1900′s manufactured in Union Special’s German plant. This machine is completely frozen due to old machine oil and dirt having gummed up all of the parts. Taking it apart, cleaning and restoring should be quite interesting. There are still a few materials I need to purchase, but hopefully this will take my mind off pattern-making for a while.

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