Street Use

Cobbler’s Machine in Yunnan

Coming up are a bunch of examples of street use technology I saw on my recent trip to Yunnan, China.

This one is a very nice cobbler’s sewing machine used by cobblers to fix shoes on the street. It’s hand cranked, uses heavy canvas thread and has a very long neck allowing you to shove the shoe onto the anvil throat. Very nice machine.


Posted on May 8, 2007 at 5:17 am | comments

  • HighPriest

    I would love to know where I could purchase a machine like this. Actually it is a British design known as a Bradbury; Bradbury is the fellow who invented this design and it is used today in all Claes/Singer 29 Series/Durkopp Adler Patcher/Consew Patcher/Durkopp C1.17-1-1: even so I would like to know if this very basic model is being produced today in China.

  • Alexia Huteau

    you can find it on or with the words “cobbler machine” or “cobbler chinese patcher machine”