Letters to the Editor

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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

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

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