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  1. Negatory Red Rider. A #150 needle is about equal to a #22.5. It lies between a #22 and a #23 in diameter.
  2. Size 150 needles are perfect for #138 thread in leather!
  3. Upload some photos of your clutch purse, Renata.
  4. New to the site and the craft

    Get left toe and right toe zipper foot sets, welting feet for whatever diameter welts you might want to sew into seats and bags (1/4 inch is average) and spring edge guide feet for 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" from the needle. Buy matching colors of thread in all sizes your machine supports. I usually buy two of each so I can wind a matching color spare bobbin as I sew. Get a quart of oil and a couple of small precision oilers to load up. Get packs of needles to match the thread sizes you buy. I recommend sizes 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23. If you plan to sew mostly leather, get leather point needles. Round points are for cloth and webbing. Thread snips are a must have and are cheap. Get a dozen empty bobbins. Make sure you get a bright flex light. That's all.
  5. Techsew2700 breaking thread

    I prefer a #23 needle with #138 thread, top and bottom.
  6. Starting a new stitch line

    Double stitching into the same hole pulls two lockstitch knots up into the layers, tightly against each other, filling the hole. In my experience, those knots are forever locked in place unless you get a grip on the bottom thread and yank the bottom knot out. If your top tension and hole size is just right, you won't see the knots from either side and they won't move at all. I do this mostly on holsters where a second row of #277 or #346 stitches might be unsightly, or the reverse sewing might not line up perfectly with the starting stitches. It does require a little more foot pressure to ensure that the leather stays down on the second upstroke in the same hole. It also requires a little practice to set the stitch lever in the zero position.
  7. Sewing Kydex?

    The plastic used in saddlebags is not Kydex. You search this forum by pasting or typing the phrase Singer 112w140 into the search box in the upper ad section of each page. Select This Forum to get the best results about industrial sewing machines. If you are using a phone, the search box becomes a magnifying glass icon that is at the very top of the screen, on the right of a dark nav bar, next to the three lines navigation menu icon. Touch the icon to open a search box.
  8. In this case, aside from asking for opinions and suggestions here, why not package up some samples of your work in flat rate boxes and ask industrial sewing machine dealers if they will have time to sew off your samples on this or that machine (with this or that thread)? Mail them out and check the sewn results.
  9. singer patcher on battleship Scharnhorst

    In one close-up shot you can plainly see ADLER on the upper body of a patcher.
  10. New to the site and the craft

    Tandy Leather stores often put on workshops on Saturdays. They usually employ advanced customers to instruct newbies. There are leather trade shows a couple times a year, during the spring and summer. The biggest is in Sheridan, Wyoming. You can get bi-monthly tips and techniques from the Leather Crafters and Saddlers Journal. They have information about trade shows and equipment and supplies vendors. We have a section of the forum called How Do I Do That, and one called Resources, and another named Suppliers. These are excellent places to peruse or ask your own questions. Finally, this sub-forum is not for general leathercraft questions. It is dedicated to industrial leather sewing machines. If you have questions about your industrial sewing machines, ask them here. Questions about hand or machine sewing techniques, thread and needles belong under the Sewing Leather forum. We have lots of sub-forums. Explore them and enjoy your new craft!
  11. PFAFF 1245 thread tension

    You will see the difference when you install each of those needles and sew test strips. There is nothing to be gained from me spouting off my opinion before you have a chance to try it for yourself.
  12. Starting a new stitch line

    Sometimes, if I only want one set of stitches to show, I set my stitch lever to zero and simply run two stitches into the same hole to start sewing. Then I drop the lever to the preset length until I reach the end. I usually do the same trick at the end of these jobs.
  13. PFAFF 1245 thread tension

    Once you get the smaller needles the bottom appearance will improve. You will also be able to tighten the top thread for a tighter lay on the surfaces. Did you order leather point needles?
  14. Sewing Kydex?

    I don't own a CB3200. I have a CB4500. I repair all kinds of leather and non-leather items, including Kydex. I have no idea how thick it was last time. I only recall changing to a non-leather point 7x3 needle. This is the same thing I do when I have to sew webbing tow straps. I have 3 types of needles for my Cowboy machine: leather S point, triangle/diamond leather point and round point for cloth and webbing. I can also tell you from experience that a CB4500 can sew through 1/8 inch thick plastic liners used in motorcycle saddle bags. The only major difference between your 3200 and my 4500 is the maximum lift and strength of the presser spring. I have an extra heavy foot pressure spring that's needed when I sew 3/4 inch stacks of veg-tan leather.
  15. Juki 1341 questions

    I use a #25 needle when I sew with #277 thread. A #24 needle pokes a hole that's too tight, unless the bottom thread is smaller.