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  1. Hello All,

    I'm new to this forum, and would like to seek some help/guidance from other Adler 205-370.

    Earlier this year, I purchased one of the last new 205-370 available from Michel Simard in Montreal. From the very beginning, I've had issues with the stitch-length, or should I say the symmetry of the stitch-length in forward vs reverse. I was told it was normal that the machine would not back-stitch in its holes, when adjusting the rotating knob on the lever. To ensure same stitch-length in reverse, I had to (from Michel Simard's perspective) use the metal (chrome) sliders above and below the lever, and set them to a fixed position where the forward and backward stitches would be equal. I purchased Weaver Leather DVD on the Adler 205, and it's very clearly stated that stitch length should be the same in forward and reverse, solely using the knob to adjust it. I also watched many videos on the 205 and clones, and they all backstitch in their holes.

    After a few visits, this problem was partially solved. However, now, the machine maximum stitch-length went down to less than 8mm (instead of 10mm) when sewing leather. I was told by Michel Simard to test it on a piece of paper, and if it was 9mm long, it was all right. The spec states 10 mm in forward and 10mm in reverse, and my machine used to reach that length before the last adjustment.

    Now, also after the last adjustment, the machine has started to "throw" (for lack of a better word - I'm french-canadian) the leather toward me (the front of the machine) when sewing. The needle and the feed-dog move forward as the presser foot rises. This is possibly one of the reason I loose on my stitch-length. Plus, when sewing in thicker material, it makes the needle break, so I don't want to use my machine anymore.

    It is still under the original manufacturer's warranty, so I need to run this through Michel Simard, but every time, I'm told that it's a normal behaviour.

    So, I'm reaching out to you, Adler 205 owners, to help me determine if I'm crazy and this is all normal, or if you get completely different behaviours from your own machine.

    Also, if anyone of you know a 205-guru that would completely readjust my machine and make it work as it should, I would be very grateful !

    Thanks in advance guys !

    Best regards from Montreal

    Danny

  2. Howdy.

    We have a friend who has 3 sewing machines.

    Consew 18

    Pfaff 130

    Singer 31 15

    Do you have an idea which would be preferable to purchase? I am interested in making leather goods such as chaps, bags, etc.

    Thank you for your time

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    I am looking into leather sewing machines - I want to get into making bags/purses/wallets - My question is what machine is the best for me to purchase? Anyone out there that can give me any advise that would be great!

    Thanks!

    Kristen

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    I have basic skills in sewing but would like to purchase a quality walking foot sewing machine to do leather, neoprene, auto, boat, furniture upholstery for home use. Price would be least than $1000 I hope. What recommendations do you have?

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    Ok, I've been looking for a good skiving machine for a long time. I finally found one, but now I need to get a table and motor for it.

    Please do not tell me to contact campbell-randall. That's just not going to happen. I don't feel like getting into a long, drawn out discussion about it, so I will not do so here.

    I have read on here that people have used two separate motors for these machines...one to run the knife at one speed of their choice.....and the other motor to run the feed mechanism to feed the material.

    Can anyone recommend any machine dealers (NOT the "consew" fake chinese clone salesmen) that would have a table and motor for this machine? The head is a campbell-randall top and bottom feed 81TB.

    Thanks for any leads. If I cannot find a source, I guess I will just get a piece of table and route out a hole for the belt and then bolt the motor to the bottom of the table. I'd really prefer one already set up...I just don't want to get ripped off on shipping and so-called "handling" fees.

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    blog-0780955001441105470.jpgHi Guys I am from Sydney Australia and I am looking for a locking screw for a Tippman Boss Bobbin Shuttle, the head is stripped. The manufacturer only sell the complete shuttle which is cost prohibitive with postage costs to Australia converted to Au dollars. Have visited engineering, machine shows to no avail any help appreciated EV.
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    Does anyone know of a monthly or quarterly leather working magazine. I have been looking around but so far no luck. I was hoping that I would find one like the Wooworkers magazine but as I said no luck. Please let me know if you know of one.

    Thank You

    Tony W

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    blog-0764536001438705587.jpgDoes anyone one know the value of this J.D. Randall leather strip cutting machine? I know nothing about it and cant find anything on the internet.
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    my phone number is: 740-577-2028

  4. blog-0961043001436975139.jpgHi.

    I have a Junker & Ruh SD 28 1876 in pristine condition for sale. This machine has been stripped down and completely cleaned, oiled and assembled again, with all its original parts.

    This beautiful machine has been exhibited in a museum in Germany, due manly to the fact that this particular machine is a rarity to come by and is as good as new, in both appearance and functionality.

    This machine is 100% functional and eats its way through the thickest of leather soling.

    Users guide in German & English.

    7 extra needles ( size 7), an extra replica bobbin plus a new spool.

    I am based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    I am open to all serious offers.

  5. Newly here looking for a machine that has power and punch. Industrial servo motor not clutch. I would consider Judi as well

    That,

    Joanne

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    Does anyone have a # 4070 craft aid they would sell me?

  6. blog-0521966001433949385.jpgWholesale leather supplier, Carroll Leather has introduced a new article at their recent trade show. We wanted to share this product with the leatherworker.net community because it is a fresh outlook on a vintage leather. The new pattern is called "Cheyenne", as you can see in the image it is a vintage/distressed article but also has added durability. You will notice a subtle crackle effect in this leather but the unique aspect is it's protective top coat. Most leathers like this will scratch easily or even fade in the sun; Cheyenne will do neither! Consumers are constantly wanting a crackle and distressed look but dislike the fact that it is usually a pure aniline and will scratch and show markings. We have responded to the markets needs by introducing new pattern and making it affordable for all industries. This leather is sure to redefine the market with it's unique finish.

    Cheyenne is created on South American raw material that will average 45 square feet and is a leather that represents vintage art. Each hide is dyed and will display natural characteristics such as brands, healed scars and insect bites. Hides are given a unique wax treatment for the crackled look and feel that will appeal to any leather enthusiast. Cheyenne is finished in Italy using modern tanning techniques which are environmentally safe.

    For more information on Cheyenne please visit Carroll Leather

  7. Art's Blog

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    If you get two or more leatherworkers together, there will probably be three or more opinions on the best stamping tools. Opinions about who made or still makes the best tools are like mothers, everybody has one. It is hard to pay homage to all the toolmakers that have come and gone, but I'll try and list some of them.

    Various saddlemakers. These were custom made tools, often from a nail or if necessary from a piece of tool steel. Almost NEVER signed and seldom marked with anything, they nonetheless could get the job done. Most of these were made circa 1946 or before, but some later. If you see three hash marks at the top of the stamp it was made from a nail, but you won't always find these..

    Dick McGahen made tools or had them handmade by skilled artisans like Ken Griffin, Ellis Barnes, and others. These were quality tools seldom marked. Although this was the beginning of Craftool, few were marked with the maker or Craftool and no two were really "alike". Saddle makers could see what the tool actually was and nobody would look at the numbers if the tools had them anyway. This was in the later 1940s and early 1950s, mainly in California.

    Craftools really brought leather carving and stamping to the masses (that's us). When Craftool started numbering the tools sometime in the 1950s (I think), they were marked "Craftool Co" and the number. This pretty much stayed the same up through 1962. These were handmade as far as I can tell. In 1963, Craftool started adding a letter prefix to the tool number, so now they were marked "Craftool Co", a prefix (for tool type), and then the number. This marking continued until sometime in 1969. To this point, these were really very good tools. In 1969, the marking changed to "Craftool Co. USA" and retained the Letter Prefix and tool Number markings. They eventually changed the name to "Craftool USA" the letter tool type identifier prefix and the tool number until they stopped production in the US in 1999. Even toward the end, they were decent tools, well worth their cost at Tandy. After the demise of Tandy, the production of Craftools moved offshore. Tools that I have seen and used were in my opinion lacking in impression, quality, and plating. Metal under the plating was not impressive, but hey, for the cost, what do you expect. However, the beveling tools are acceptable and a good entry level product. Buy it, if you like it and use it a lot, get a custom maker to make you a better one.

    Ray Hackbarth made tools in the late 1940s and 1950s for the carvers at Porter and also advertised in papers and Magazines in the Phoenix area. Ray made great tools, you see them occasionally, but not often. He made some of the first swivel knives of what we could be called the "modern" design.

    Gomph-Hackbarth Tools, 10754 Martineau Rd. N., Elfrida, AZ 85610 520-642-3891 are neither Gomph or Hackbarth. This company was started by Ellis Barnes who I talked to on the phone a lot. A lot of the knowlege of the history of stamping tools was locked-up in his head and he would spend hours on the phone talking about it. He was one of the original Craftool machinists or makers. I can only wish I wrote all that down when talking to him. Ellis made a line of tools under the Gomph-Hackbarth name in various steels, some 1018, and some stainless. I have about 20 or so of these tools and they are very good. I have one problem with them, I have big hands and they are too short. It isn't an all the time problem, but maul to finger interference does occur, enough that I just keep them in my collection. Ellis passed several years ago, and I miss him now that I have the time to spend on the phone. Lonnie Height was Ellis' assistant, and he took over for Ellis and seems to be doing a pretty good job of producing tools. Try them at a show, you may like them.

    Robert Beard, http://robertbeardtools.scalabledata.com/catalog.html is a custom maker in New Mexico. Bob travels the county and internationally teaching classes, and his time in New Mexico handmaking tools. I say handmake here and that is exactly what happens. The handle of the tool is profiled by his assistant, and then Bob sits with his rotary handpiece and files and constructs the business end of the tool. Bob is the consummate artist, and can make anything you want, but you will have to wait a year or more to get them. His basic tools like bevelers and such are available at shows and if you take one of his classes, tools for that class will usually be available. Bob's tools are usually O1 tool steel, hardened and blued, beautifully blued like on a Beretta shotgun. Are these my favorite tools, yes, most definitely. Bob also makes arguably the best swivel knives and blades on planet earth in addition to a skiving knife I particularly am fond of. His edgers are very good also. Bob also makes videos that when available are excellent. Visit Bob at a show to see the excellent tools he makes and some of his artwork.

    Barry King, Sheridan, WY 307-672-5657, http://www.barrykingtools.com/index.htm is a custom maker of stamping and other leatherworking tools. Barry makes it to most shows and his tools definately have glitz, but that ain't chrome pardner, that's stainless steel. Barry is the grandson of Don King but he's not locked into that era. Barry uses CNC machinery to make his tools and does it himself and with help in his own machine shop in Sheridan where everything from manufacture to quality control is right where it belongs. His tools are perfect and identical which is a good thing, and his geometrics are prized all over the leatherworking community. Barry also makes mauls and mallets for stamping or whatever. I have several of these up to a 96oz one for really whacking things. Again, these mauls are world renowned, and can be seen and tried at any show. Barry also makes some edgers that are pretty fine, and a good nuts and bolts swivel knife and blades that ain't elegant, but it sure works. You would not go wrong if you had only Barry King tools.

    Jeremiah Watt, Horseshoe Brand Tools, Coalinga, CA 559-935-2172 www.ranch2arena.com is another long standing high quality toolmaker. His stamping tools are first drawer, but his saddlemaking and other general leatherworking tools are things of beauty, quality, and function. You can tell this man takes pride in his tools. His findings, or fittings are also first rate and will function perfectly on any saddle or other leather item.

    Jay Gore: Gore Tool Route 1, Box 306-B Caddo Mills, Texas 75135-9801 800-859-8338 who is renowned for his geometrics. I don't think these tools are being produced at this time, they are fine tools.

    McMillen Leather Tool Company 864 Four Waters Drive Sunrise Beach, MO 65079 phone: 573-374-7880, formerly of Kansas City is another excellent tool company. Don't try to make sense of the numbering system. This company has been producing for a long time and builds a fine product.

    Craft Co. Japan has made stamps since at least 2009. The ones I have seen and used have been of good quality and execution. I have not found a supplier for them recently, but I keep seeing the stamps.

    This is not by any means a list of all the toolmakers. This is just an overview of what you can reasonably expect to get or be able to find. Frank Eberle, Bill Woodriff, Roth, Barnes, Stohlman, and others all made tools but your chances of running across these are slim and they are probably not marked that well anyway. You occasionally run across RBS tools (I mean VERY occasionally) in a bunch of Craftools, Ellis told me they were some tools he and Stohlman made in collaboration with Mr Roth who bought Craftool in the beginning. It is unfortunate that most of these early tools are no longer used but only collected.

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    blog-0565159001432281119.jpgthis machine without hook,so,you don't worry about the back stitch thread will be finished soon.
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    blog-0727378001431387211.jpgI have an old saddle and am curious of what it is and its worth. On the front rigging dee it is is stamped with "EZ RIG PAT MAY 1815". Then on the inside of both rear rigging dees it is stamped with a very small anchor. The last mark that I have found is either a 6 or a 9 which is stamped in the leather underneath the saddle in between the fleece. Other than that I cannot find another markings. It has no maker marking stamped in the leather that I have been able to find. Please let me know if you have any information on it!
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    I am in the market for a used Cobra class 4 stitcher. My cell # is 619-818-0384.

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    I'm looking for either a Cowboy 3500 or a cobra Class 3 . Which one is the best?

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    They’re the cars that have captured our imaginations for decades. We’re talking about famous movie cars. They’re famous for different reasons. Some had starring roles, some had a personality of their own, most were crucial to the plot, but all of them looked awesome which is why they are to this day the most iconic cars in show business.

    1. Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). According to the movie, less than a hundred of these were ever made. It was with great sadness that audiences watched the iconic car meet a tragic demise.

    2. The Batmobile (Batman). There is some debate as to which version of the batmobile is the coolest. But no matter which version of the film you see, there’s no denying that the batmobile in it would be pretty fun to drive.

    3. Ford Gran Torino (Starsky and Hutch). There are rules for driving this car. First and foremost, you never, ever place your coffee mug on top of or inside of this car.

    4. Pontiac Trans Am (Smokey and the Bandit). This car manages to look fast and mean when it’s not even turned on.

    5. Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters). Just about every part of this car was busted (pun intended). But that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the most famous cars to ever grace the silver screen.

    6. Aston Martin DB5 (James Bond). Wearing a tux is a prerequisite for owning this car. That, and having a British accent.

    7. Ford Mustang GT 390 (Bullitt). Steve McQueen drove it, so you know it’s gotta be good.

    8. 1969 Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazzard). It’s not the most practical car in the world (the doors are welded shut). But if you don’t might hopping through the window to get in and out, it’s a pretty sweet car.

    9. VW Beetle (The Love Bug). The most lovable car on this list. While it doesn’t look like it would be particularly fast, it does come in first place.

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    Dear All! I have a beautiful H.S Lebman saddle that is to heavy for me to manage easily!, I am asking for advice on where is the best internet site to sell it, and also what the 'circa' value, It is a 15.5" Saddle in good condition. I am sorry to have to sell it but for long distance rides its 16 kilo is too much weight! any advice much appreciated :)

    The stamp says H.S Lebman, San Antonio, Texas, and in the center of that is S.Flores and under that name I think the number 37.

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    We are a tannery in South Africa that manufacture Veg Tanned leather. Our leather is of high quality using only South African bovine hides.

  8. Hello. I am trying to figure out where I can buy needles for a Durkopp CL 17-1-1 sewing machine. I found a post on here from around 2011 with some very good info on that model, and they said that they were still able to get needles and bobbins for it, but not other parts. The rest of the machine is in great working condition. If anyone can shed any light on this for me, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!