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Welt stitcher - Machine

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Obviously a rare thing for an independent to have but they have always intrigued me.

 

Does anyone have one or know of anyone with one?

 

Do you have any experience of operating one on repairs?

 

Do standard engineering sell them anymore?

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are you talking about a machine to stitch the welts on to the shoe or an outsole stitcher as they are 2 differing machines i have used both and the 2 i used must have been a good few years old the outsole stitcher was built in 1939 and the welt machine not much later both beutiful machines far  better than there modern day counterparts ,personally i would rather stitch the welt on by hand 

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I'm talking about a welt stitcher. I have a Standard outside stitcher fantastic machine. But I'm interested to see if anyone has any experience using a welt stitcher for the repair of shoes. Obviously it's good practise but must the shoes be on a last?

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I understand there will hardly be any repairers that have one for the reason you have said but I still like the idea of having one sometime. Do you supply them?
 
Is there any downside to using one on old shoes outside of a factory environment which makes new shoes or does same branded repairs all day long?
 
For example does the machine have to be set up for each pair of shoes causing unnecessary amounts of aggro and fiddling about?

 

Maybe I'm mistaken but look at this video, the machine looks effortless to use. It looks lighter to operate than a blake or goodyear and perhaps even easier to use than a patcher. 
 
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I saw one on the loake factory tour  keiths right fearsome , I also witnessed an awl & needle  change on one of their outsole stitchers ( the speed he changed it was fantastic)  io be honest it was like that scene in waynes world " were not worthy"?

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We don't sell them as there is no demand and is a manufacturing machine. If you managed to source one in Europe, I suspect you would be looking at a price north of £40k.  Stick to hand welting :wink:

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Looks like a Samuel Windsor welt stitch!!

 

I was always taught 8 stitches per inch hand welting, they look about 1.5 per inch!!!

 

8 stitches per inch? you went to a different school to me.!!

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Although time consuming, it's better for the shoe to restitch by hand, using the original holes anyway.

 

I have never seen a welted shoe that had 8 stitches per inch!

Even the old Schol ladies welted never managed that.

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