I use this machine when sewing together the hat bows and keepers for the hat.
I use this machine to perforate perfect letters into the leather sweatband just as hatters did 100 years ago. By perforating the customer's initials into the leather sweatband this ensures that the customer's initials are permanently inside the hat.
This machine is used specifically for sewing the leather sweatband into the hat. I use this machine to ensure the same high quality stitching that was done nearly 100 years ago.
This conformateur is styled from a version which was manufactured in the late 1800's. The original model was made by Allie Maillard located in France. This device is placed on the customer's head in order to transfer the customer's exact head shape into the hat. A must have device for a custom hat maker.
This machine is used to condense and compact down the fur felt hat bodies after they have been blocked onto the hat block. This machine is essential for my Watson's signature finishes. This allows Watson's hats to release the natural oils in the fur felt which is a large part of the Watson signature finish.
This machine is in full operable condition and is the first industrial sewing machine model made to sew ribbon edge binding around the edge of the hat. Due to gentlemen wearing derbies, top hats, and bowlers in the 1800's this machine was the first treadle hat making sewing machine model ever made for the hat making industry.
Each hat is cared for just the same as the next with precision and respect. At Watson's Hat Shop we offer some of the finest blends of pure beaver, beaver blend, and European Hare (i.e. rabbit fur felt). Also, you will find that we make our hats from the finest panama hat bodies. (hand woven in Ecuador) You can choose from up to 26 different colors of hats, and up to 40 different colors of ribbon with the choice of four different widths. Also, have a custom leather hat band, braided horse hair or custom stampede strings you would like made? Watson's Hat Shop offers custom hand made hat bands made here in the USA. We can even customize the hat band with your ranch logo, racing logo, or a special design. Maybe there is a favorite movie or hat that you would like made? No problem, just stop in and let me know exactly what you would like. If your not sure, what hat may look good on you and fit your face and body features then leave it to me.This is where my artistic ability really comes into play. Together we will customize a great looking hat that you will love and be proud to wear for a long time.
You will find all your western and cowboy hat needs at Watson's Hat Shop.
Pick one of our classic styles or design your own custom one.
At Watson's Hat Shop we offer the finest Panama and Monticristi hats.