This is a follow-up to an earlier post about purchasing sewing machines from the now-closed Wolff-Fording Factory in Richmond, Virginia. You can read more about the back story of these machines in our Journal post: Buying Industrial Sewing Machines.
We ended up buying 10 machines from Wolff-Fording – an old Richmond company that used to make dance wear and costumes. We also picked up a couple of straight knives, some staplers, 6o feet of feed rail, 10 tables, 10 chairs, a few trash cans, and a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff. Here are the machines we purchased:
- Union Special 57700B coverstitch
- Juki DDL-555-5 Single needle lockstitch
- Juki LZ-586 ZigZag
- Singer bar tacker 269W141
- Union Special bar tacker P260-9/126
- Lintz & Eckhardt chainstitch embroidery machine
- Union Special 11900 Feed-up-the-arm twin needle coverstitch
- Union Special 54200E multi-needle chainstitch (holds up to 9 needles on the needle bar)
- Union Special Mark IV, 3-thread overlock
- Union Special 4-thread mock safety stitch, AKA Turtleback
Some of these machines are immediately useful to us, while others we may just fix up and sell. The two bar tackers are identical in function, shape and parts, even though one is a Singer and the other is Union Special. Scott found some new cutting knives for the bar tackers on eBay and ordered them, but when the package arrived, the shipper accidentally sent us someone else’s parts instead of the knives we ordered, so now we’ll have to wait a bit longer before the machine is cutting properly after making a bar tack.
The most interesting machine in that bunch is the Lintz & Eckhardt chainstitch embroidery machine. Watching the gears operate is just fascinating, not to mention what the end product could look like if I actually learn how to make the machine work properly. Our friend, Jerry Lee, at Hoosier Built, is a master at chainstitch embroidery and an expert at operating and maintaining these machines. He posted a great YouTube video on how to thread this machine.
The machine I’m most curious about is the feed up the arm twin needle coverstitch machine. So far, I’ve found one video that demonstrates how a properly tuned Union Special 11900 machine should work. We’re still tuning up all the other machines we purchased and haven’t gotten around to this one yet.
We’ll write more later on how each of the machines works. I’ll leave you with a few shots from the studio.