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  1. Alan; A walking foot machine is more capable of climbing up and down different layers of material. This is because the inside and outside feet alternate up and down. A compound feed walking foot machine also has a needle that moves forward and backward with the inside foot and the feed dog, providing superb feeding of slippery and difficult materials. This combination of coordinated motion keeps the layers from slipping out of alignment from drag of the presser foot. Both of the machines you listed have a fixed presser foot (with a very heavy duty spring) and needle. The only feed is from the feed dog teeth. The machines in the topic are clones of the ancient Singer 45k series. It was meant to sew horse blankets and tack, where the tooth marks on the bottom were unimportant. Most of these machines can sew up to 7/16 inch of harness leather, with #346 thread. They use system 216 or 328 needles, which are typically not available in leather point under size 23 (160). IHTH
  2. You should be able to edit your post. Are you or aren't you able to edit it? If not, just post new photos in your reply. Some websites frown on hotlinking to their copyrighted images.
  3. How wide should the round straps be? I can try making one at my shop tomorrow.
  4. The technique of creating a rolled or round strap is known in the saddlery trade as "round reins," which gets its name from its usage in horse reins. Some old school leathercrafters (like me) have a special bench mounted tool that is used to force folded bridle leather into a round shape. In doing so, the stitches are buried inside the leather. It is not trivial, nor cheap to make these round rein straps. But, to look at a perfectly round strap afterwards ..... ah.
  5. Can you apply the top finish after you sew? It is a clear coat, right? Oh, I forgot to mention that you can order titanium needle on eBay, or from Toledo Industrial Sewing Machines. or other dealers, and have them mailed to you.
  6. I think that titanium needles will make a difference. I have to use them on both patchers and my walking foot machine because I use leather tape all the time.
  7. Are you saying that this doesn't happen if you sew raw veg-tan of the same thickness? If so, does it include glued or taped raw veg? Have you checked the thread spool to ensure that the windings are not criss-crossed, or falling under the spool, or twisting over the thread guide on top of the thread stand? Have you looked at the thread that goes around the upper tension disks to ensure that it is staying down around the center? Make sure that you cut the thread off flush with the holes in the bobbin. A stub sticking out can mess with the tension. loosen the bobbin tension spring and blow out any thread residue. After all of these steps, change to titanium coated needles whenever you sew through basting tape or glue.
  8. Contact Sailrite for a set of already smooth bottom feet for your mini walker
  9. You will need to set your sights much higher than a shoe patcher to use #277 thread in a machine. The bottom entry right now that doesn't have teeth on the feet or feed dog is the Cowboy CB3200
  10. I second the emotion. A top notch guitar can make you money in a bar when all else is failing. I know.
  11. I own two Singer 29k series patchers (small and large bobbins; short and long arms) and neither is a very good holster sewing machine for double leather portions. If it sews your thickness the tooth marks will be a major pain to smooth out. But, if you have to sew on a belt loop/clip tab, or a circle holding a Chicago screw or snap onto the back side after the holster has been sewn closed, only a patcher will have a remote chance of sewing it on over the narrow arm. Note, that if you get a patcher that has a tight feed cam mechanism, it will sew up to 5 stitches per inch, into about 8 to 10 ounces of leather. The maximum thickness they can sew is somewhere between 1/4 and 5/16", depending on the particular model, how tight the feed mechanism is and how well it is adjusted. I have never been able to exceed 5/16" on my long arm, big bobbin patcher. Another consideration with patchers is that most of them balk at sewing with anything thicker than #92 bonded thread. I have been able to load #138 into the top and bobbin on my big bobbin machine, but not the small model. But, the machine has to be adjusted to the T's.
  12. I hear you Mike. As a part time web developer I have learned to resize and reduce images and compress codes to reduce bloat for people on metered Internet connections. It's not just mobile phone users either. In the USA there are people on satellite ISPs and still some on dial-up modems. When I got into web design I was on dial-up. So, I resized and reduced until my own web pages loaded in a reasonable time. I also write my own scripts and host them on my server. The only external scripting comes from Google ads.
  13. Mike; You can deactivate all or some notifications through your control panel on LWN. There are separate categories for browser notifications and email notifications. As for the default settings, they are standards set by the software developer. They leave it to sys admins to alter the universal templates affecting all selectable board options. In our case, this is an ongoing slow process.
  14. When I made the video of me zipping around the rifle slings at 15 stitches per second, I was using an edge guide, had lots of practice and was doing it on a piece work basis in my "free time" after working in my friend's leather shop all day. When I sew anything requiring precise stitch lines, I go fairly slow, mainly around curves, slots, gun shapes, etc. Belts get pressed against the edge guide, the dial gets spun to full speed and I floor the pedal. The heat helps melt the knots inside the leather.
  15. It definitely will sew wallets. I may sew 9-10 oz belts. I probably won't sew holsters. You are limited to 1/4 inch under the feet and #92 thread. It is primarily sold to boat people for onboard repairs to vinyl and duck cloth sails, Bimini covers, seats, windscreens, tarps, etc. Whatever veg-tan leather it sews will have tooth marks on the top and bottom. You will need to upgrade to the Monster II Wheel to punch into leather over 10 ounces thickness.