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    Burton, Michigan, USA
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    Leather work, sewing and sewing machines

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    Handgun holsters, tooled belts, custom made to order items, sewing, alterations, repairs
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  1. Zipper installation multipurpose guide

    RockyAussie; Would you mind posting the new details and .stl file links in our 3D Printers and Lasers forum? There are a few members lurking there that would appreciate seeing this. You can link to this topic in a post you make in that forum. I for one will try to find somebody with a 3D printer to make your zipper guides for me (our usual 3D printer guy just moved). I mostly use #5 YKK zippers in Biker wallets and money belts. But, I do use a #4 or 4.5 on occasion.
  2. Found a Puritan on Craigslist

    If I lived within a hundred miles I would scoop it in a heartbeat!
  3. Aside from the previous replies about installing a smaller motor pulley, adding more free movement with the motor's clutch/brake adjuster screw, and/or lengthening the motor's control arm, you could disassemble the right end of the motor and smear a little grease on the clutch pad. This should let it slip a little, allowing you better control before the clutch fully engages.
  4. I have a CB4500, which is the big brother of the CB3200. I have sewn leather as light as ~6 ounces on it - with #92 bonded nylon thread. When it comes to sewing thin leather, it must be firm or it tends to get pushed down into the throat plate, or worse, into the hole in the feed dog. So, in those instances, I may remove the feed dog and change the throat plate to a flat one that has a narrowish slot. Further, when using thin thread, I back off the thread tension on the check spring and top tension disk, balancing via the bobbin tension spring.
  5. Singer 29k71 not sewing, need help!

    I would like to add one more item to your checklist, Paqman. Check the functioning of the thread retaining paddle shaped spring (Singer #8656) inside the needle bar. Many owners of patch machines aren't even aware of this spring's existence. It can really only be seen when the needle bar has been removed from the revolving head. The job it is meant to do is to hold the top thread static as the bar moves down to BDC, then makes an upward jog to form a loop for the shuttle hook to pick off. If that spring is weak, broken, missing, or bent, the top thread will have nothing stopping it from dissolving the loop as it tries to form. If the spring on top of the trapeze shaped driving arm is still engaged, it will simply pull the thread loop up before the hook gets there. This used to drive me crazy until I figured it out and learned how to replace the spring. In some older machines, especially those that were using #138 thread, not only have I found worn paddle springs, but also slight thread depressions under them in the steel needle bar. This double wammy makes even a new spring fail to secure the top thread on the up/down stroke at pickoff time. Note: Anybody planning on removing the thread retaining spring 8656 should note the positions of the two tiny #590 screws as you remove them. Keep them apart and reinstall them into the same holes when you replace the spring. They are usually filed on one side to avoid binding and gouging the inside of the revolving bushing as the bushing it rotated. Left as is one or both will hit the bushing in certain rotational positions.
  6. Contact Bob Kovar (Toledo Industrial Sewing Machines) or any authorized Cowboy sewing machines dealer near you and ask them about placing an order for the new wide mouth vibrating binder attachment for the Juki 441 and its clones. Allegedly, it has enough clearance through its mouth to feed and add binding to leather edges (I don't know the maximum thickness). It has to be custom ordered by a dealer as far as I know. Be forewarned that this attachment sells for about $450, landed, in the USA. New information The Cowboy/Hightex binder appears to be a complete set and is described as follows: "HT-BH01 Binder: synchronized with presser feet and needle plate that allows binding of acute radiuses, for binding heavy materials, such as shoes, carpet, bags, pouches, belts."
  7. Just brought a singer 29k

    They used really thin 3 cord glazed linen thread. I have some of this thread in my shop on a mini spool. It is thinner than the 3 cord linen thread from Barbour. I'm guessing between #69 and #92 in diameter. Could be Tex 80.
  8. Cobra 4 presser foot leaving marks

    Almost all of our belts are made of bridle leather. We just rub out foot marks and any other scratches or range marks with a modeling spoon, and sometimes even a teaspoon.
  9. Supreme sewing mach.

    papaw; Supreme is just a brand name badge. Without close up photos there is no way for us to figure out if it is a clone of a standard type of machine, or is a special build. It is possible that there are additional model details on a metal tag or stamped into the bottom of the frame.
  10. When you see a thread size like (digits)/3, it is describing a 3 cord cotton or polyester, or polycore garment thread. Then there are spun silk thread sizes. These measurements, especially the Japanese NM system do not correlate to bonded thread sizes in any direct manner. For a full explanation, read this page on SuperiorThreads.com
  11. I like how Patrick fitted the hand wheel from an old domestic Singer machine onto his industrial 188k. Not only did it have a bigger diameter - slowing the machine down a bit - but also has a release mechanism to wind bobbins on its built in bobbin winder, without driving the machine itself. The coat hanger to secure the reverse lever was interesting too.
  12. Seiko STW-8B

    From your photos it is obvious that this machine is set-up for upholstery sewing at higher speeds. It has a 2850 rpm motor and about a 3:4 pulley ratio. It will definitely get long seams sewn in almost no time! As for sewing slowly, that depends on the new owner being able to feather the clutch, or replace the motor with a servo motor.
  13. Maximum thread size for Singer 211U566A

    See this thread and needle size chart
  14. We now have a separate section of the forum where 3D printers and Laser Cutters are discussed and plans posted. If you get time, would you post your photo and files of the 3D printed pulleys in that forum for others to benefit from?