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Here at Waltzing Matilda USA we use a Singer machine from 1906. It was originally made to be a leather sewing machine with the purpose of patching leather together. It has no motor but instead uses a treadle that is operated by using a foot peddle and is placed up on a cast iron stand. It was used most often for repairing boots and shoes and although we simply call it "The Singer", in the 1900's it was also know as the "Boot Patcher" or "The Cobbler". 

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