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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Happy Hooligan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2016 at 1:49pm
Originally posted by Redpoint Redpoint wrote:

If anyone is in Omaha there is a load of Singer 111, 211, 69, etc. and Union Special spares for sale on Craigslist. US$100. It would be good if someone could save this lot before someone turns it into "jewellery" or scrap metal. Some of it is NOS. 

I think it would take a few years to organize all that.   LOL 
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I emailed the seller twice and no reply. 

I think some of those gears are made for the Singer 71. They could be stitch count gears which would be an amazing find. 

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Hey guys,
If anyone is in the Kansas City area, I have a Singer 111W-155 I'm going to list.  I need the room and seldom touch it any more.  Can't ship the beast so let me know if interested.
Sorry it's my first post but lurking for a while and just get stuck reading reading old machine threads.
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Shorty- I do not believe they did based on the information I possess.  However, the Converse shoe factory was located in Lumberton, North Carolina, so it was likely a supplier in proximity to their business.  One thing that has been amusing to me to research, including the fabric disassembly and analysis of yarns and threads, has been the fact that the fabric for old Converse and many other athletic shoes during the 1920-1960 period is that the duck/canvas is consistently found to be laminated with a thin cotton plain-weave lining fabric.  Perhaps this was a durability improvement because of the lamination, but it could have also been an early attempt for wicking properties to use a denser fabric to draw perspiration from the sock/foot and out into the looser canvas/duck to evaporate.  

I do know that Converse used its own South American Parva rubber, pressed its own gum rubber outsoles and toe tape, used Bates eyelets in nickel finish, and a 100% cotton herringbone tape for the back stay.  From the fabric analysis of a 1930 sneaker, I found that the lamination bonding agent was an early glue, possibly horse hoof-based.  
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