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Union Special Feed Off the Arm Chain Stitch 35700 AL

October 25, 2019

So this is a union special it’s a feed off the arm machine it’s a two needle chain stitch commonly used for flat felling jeans and shirts This particular model the 35 700 al is for shirts and Specifically athletic shirts this has seen a past life making uniforms for Major League Baseball in a factory down in south Missouri when I got it. It was pretty dirty. I wouldn’t call this machine Refurbished but it’s been completely cleaned out Fresh oil new gaskets and adjusted it to sew so here’s what that looks like So it was about this time that the project became somewhat challenging in that it was Quite messy there was a lot of oil this machine is very oddly shaped and there were just a ton of small items that I needed to keep track of and My hands were so oily. I Had to abandon The filming because I didn’t want to trash my camera out so I took a few more pieces off organized small bits and got cleaned up and We’ll start here again So this machine is very cool and Rare, so when I found it, I was thrilled to get it some of these types of machines Have a puller this one does not have that this particular machine saw a long life making major league baseball uniforms so that might give you an idea of the types of material that this machine is ideally suited for Now I am a sewing machine Enthusiast and I love old machines like this But the fact of the matter is when it comes to their operation, it requires some skill and practice when I find a machine like this, I enjoy cleaning it and learning how it operates and Getting it to perform its functions. So I like to see these machines go to the people that can use them and will use them and Get the full benefit out of the machine. I hope you enjoyed seeing this rare old beauty if you haven’t subscribed to my channel Do so give me a thumbs up. It helps a lot and be sure and check out some of my other videos You


  • Reply Alexander Dyer July 28, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you for checking out my video and be sure to check out some more of my videos.

  • Reply Mike Craw July 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Do you have manuals for these old machines, or do you just have enough experience you can go by intuition and memory?

  • Reply Danny L July 29, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Nice find. Thanks for showing it.

  • Reply Betsalel Penya July 29, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    amazing. i love good old strong machines, so much parts and metal for one simple operation it has to do, you know you buy this machine for life time !
    How did you come up with this hobby? how do you know to track your disassemble to be able to reassemble it all together?
    do you have knowledge in Mechanism engineering ? do you have any books recommends to achieve knowledge like this? i like sewing, i sew all kinds – army heavy equipment to clothes and hats but i will never forget my first machine (duerkopp adler 267) i had it first in the army, i had two of the same kind and that's when my roman begin with sewing machines. i was amazed by the quality of it, i loved how this machine was meant to be maintained and parts are replaceable, i loved the forces it can handle. since than i got new plastic domestic machine which i hate but what can you expect its like riding a horse and shifting to a donkey.. 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl Land July 29, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I love seeing old machines. This was really cool to see. Thanks for sharing. LOVE your vids.

  • Reply Robert Murphy July 29, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    So what is the cost of a machine this age. Is price negotiable prior to refurbishment? Sincerely the Naked Tailor.

  • Reply HAMANSUTRA July 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    A legendary Machine. Well Dun Homie.

  • Reply Tommy Brown July 29, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Where's the best place to go to find quality used machines?

  • Reply trackdog90 July 29, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Incredible! Thanks for keeping these old workhorses going, always enjoy your uploads. My guess is that that machine is between 60 and 80 years old, would have loved to see it operate in its work environment.

  • Reply Doug Doty July 30, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Very cool old machine, great video !! You have taught me a ton. I have bought a bargain Consew 206rb and now a used but still new seiko sth-8bld for 1/3 of new price since I started watching. I am doing marine and RV canvas and upholstery. Thanks for the sharing of your knowlage. I got super bargains on my two machine partly because I had learned the ins and outs from you and what was what. I got great equipment that is perfect for what I do now. I still have my 2006 sailrite lsz-1 that has served me well and I like it a lot too.

  • Reply Banjo Livenss July 30, 2019 at 1:49 am

    What is your cleaning fluid in the spray bottle?

  • Reply Extreme A July 30, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Amazing video. Always a pleasure to see you work on these machines. I was wondering where you got the gasket sheet and wicks from? Thank you and keep up the great work. You're an inspiration.

  • Reply thevillageinn July 30, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Always an educational and entertaining watch! Thanks for sharing a bit more of your process. How'd you get started with sewing machines?

  • Reply Terry Ivey July 31, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Amazing job of cleaning ! Have any parts left over?? Lol I certainly would have . As always…loved to see and hear it sew 🙂

  • Reply Gerd Zech July 31, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    you are a genius , how do you know, the all part to install back . Did you make a picture or some note.
    i am a woman ,i like technical stuff, you ideas, are always very didactic. thank you Kamilla Canada

  • Reply Kevin Michaelsen July 31, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    One of my most favorite videos yet. I appreciate the segment on custom gaskets cutting. Where can I get that casket material? Kevin

  • Reply Olivia Mena August 2, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Wow, Cool Machine 💞🧵💞

  • Reply Brainstorming Youtuber August 5, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Exciting to see a serger working so nice and properly 🤗

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  • Reply estigma jeans August 13, 2019 at 6:16 am

    congratulations exelent video this machine like me realy its legendary

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  • Reply Mike Kendall September 13, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Alexander, I have always enjoyed your videos. We have two new old stock Union Special 35800dnu9 machines purchased a while back and another 35800 all set up for jeans with felled folder. I admire this machine….what a beauty. I'm curios is there a reason why you don't use blue loctite in the re assembling process? I saw one of your Merrow 60 class videos and had wondered what you are using for cleaning and after watching this now know it's diesel… move and never heard of others using it they all use kerosene. I'm on the hunt for a Union Special flat lock machine myself 36200 series. They are pretty common. Best regards, Mike

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