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Hooker-Laster

Mount fabric shoe uppers on rotating lasts of machines.

What does a Hooker-Laster do?

Mounts fabric shoe uppers on rotating lasts of machine to produce fabric top shoes with plastic soles: Pulls and stretches fabric upper and hooks hemmed edge over pins protruding from instep and heel of last, using claw-tipped lasting tool, to secure fabric. Taps puckered fabric at toe and heel with lasting tool to flatten it and permit free flow of plastic during molding of sole. Cuts ends from draw string, using ring knife or hook blade of lasting tool. Pulls lever that releases catch and automatically turns and lowers last and closes top of sole mold.