The love affair with chain stitching is somewhat eclipsed if you have one of these. The Singer 114w103 is the first chainstitch machine Singer made, starting around 1911. It was 1st used in a treadle table and often called a “Cornely Type”, modeled after Cornely of France’s design that went into production in 1865.
These single needle chain-stitch machines were used to stitch names onto garments, workshirts, handkerchiefs etc... Now most embroideries are done on modern computerised machines, but there something quite amazing using the freehand crank below the machine, while directing your embroidery above, and controlling the speed with your feet.
Roy Slaper of "ROY" has one of these machines, which he, by hand chain stitches the shop / or often his own name in the jean on the pocket bag. check out a video of him using this amazing machine on his selvage duck pants for Self Edge...
Pocket Highway © Roy Slaper
1st 2 images © Grain & Gram - Roy Slaper on his Singer 114w103
© Roy Slaper / SELF EDGE
© Roy Slaper
Finding one has been tricky, they sometimes pop up on ebay, and sell for 300-500USD but theres a guy in japan who re-conditions them, stripes them down, re paints them... and even makes custom boxes for them, ( so you can have the hand crank on top of the main table) and so they can fit on any modern table, with out much modification.. I personally like them with the paint coming off. This will be the next machine i invest in for sure.
Below are some more images of this special machine.....
Above image © The West is Dead - (much respect !)