Letters to the Editor

Use for a Birch sewing machine?

| May 2007

  • BirchSewingMachine.jpg

  • BirchSewingMachine.jpg

Here's hoping a Farm Collector reader can identify this sewing machine. I have restored it to working condition, but the belt is not original. One of my buddies told me it was used to sew potato bags. Apparently the burlap came in bales of 4-by-4-foot pieces you folded in two, and then sewed the bottom and one side.

This machine is hand- and foot-powered, and can be moved around sitting on three steel casters. Markings on the unit read "Birch Bros. Somerville, Mass.; Birch Bros. Makers Somerville, Mass.; Coronation; and Birch's Patent."

- Ronald Fournier
124 K&K Drive
North Bay, ONT Canada P1A 3J3