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  1. singer 111w153 pushrod?

    Cowboy Bob has all the parts you'll need to get this thread release working again. I got parts for my 111w103 from Bob a few months ago and the machine is working like new again.
  2. singer 111w153 pushrod?

    When you lift your presser feet, whether by hand or foot, or knee lever, the bracket on the back is supposed to push the rod to the front. There it is supposed to make contact with the bent steel tab on the backside of the upper tension assembly. When that tab is pushed forward, the top tension disks will separate enough to let the thread flow past the disks with minimal tension. This is the expected behavior when you want to remove the material, or pull through freshly loaded top thread.
  3. Issues with Juki LU-563

    Lower the feed dog so that just tops of the teeth are showing top of the throat plate during the transport cycle. They need to be very slightly above the plane of the throat plate, but not that high.
  4. Issues with Juki LU-563

    Back off the foot pressure screw! That is way too much downward pressure for that thickness and density of leather. You only need to apply enough foot pressure to prevent the material from lifting as the needle ascends.
  5. New Cowboy 4500 - Need some help.

    My solution is to lower the steel loop thread guide that sits just before the top tension disks. There is a small amount of slack in the mounting bracket, which can be used to lower it for a sharper angle to the disks.
  6. Cowboy or cobra?

    This appears to be a phishing expedition, as were previous topics started by the same O.P.
  7. I hand wheel all of my machines around turns and belt tips. The thought of hand wheeling a possibly sharp edged washing machine pulley doesn't appeal to me.
  8. Difference between Adler 205 370 and 205 374

    The -374 has a smooth feed dog, like the Cowboy and Cobra 441 clone machines. The -370 has teeth on the feed dog, like the stock Juki 441.
  9. Sewing Machine for "Turfing"

    It took me one minute to get some search results and many more to read through patents from 1908 to understand them. A "Turfing" machine is a rug hooking machine. It is also referred to as "Tufting." You may get more details by reading through the Rug Turfing Machine search results. How this applies to the model 31 machine in question will only become apparent after you see it or a close-up picture of its business end. If the machine was factory customized for sewing rugs, it may not be able to do normal sewing without a lot of modifications.
  10. Zig-zag machinez

    The Pfaff 138 is the smoothest running industrial sewing machine I ever owned. I let it go decades ago and would not have done so if I had better hindsight. The only thing I didn't like about it was the limited width of zig zag throw it had. Perhaps somebody else would have known how to tweak that range for more throw.
  11. Pfaff 145

    Just the Pfaff 145 head sells for almost $600 on fleabay, so that is a great price. It leaves you a couple hundred to invest in having it professionally adjusted. Oftentimes, failure to sew is caused by somebody inserting the wrong needle, or a misaligned needle. Or, the needlebar could have been moved up from an unfortunate impact. Other times, the hook may have rotated out of time from a thread jam, or a safety clutch may have popped from a jam, if said machine is so-equipped. Anything beyond these could mean bigger problems. You will need the complete model number and sub-class to determine what features it has and needle system it requires. The official manual is available in PDF format on the Pfaff.com website.
  12. Bell Knife Skiver

    You can probably buy a decent brand new bell knife skiver from Techsew, in Montreal. They advertise via banners on top of every page here. It would save you converting Canadian money into USD. Ask for Ronny. Note, there are two types of feed on these machines. One is bottom feed and the other is top and bottom driven. The dual feed is stronger, but more expensive. Most of the machines made today are clones of the Fortuna. The bell knife is pretty much standard across all brands. If you buy one for veg-tan, or other dense leather, the metal wheel is best. If you need to skive chap, upholstery or other soft leather, get the stone wheel. I have both for my Fortuna. The 2" solid foot is the one I use most of the time. I do use a roller foot once in a while, but it isn't as wide and leaves marks on the sides. Learning to use a bell knife skiver is definitely a hands on experience. No amount of book learning or watching videos will help you master these machines. However, videos can get you in the ballpark. It is all done by experimentation and learning from previous mistakes, or being lucky enough to have an in-person teacher.
  13. Bell Knife Skiver

    Do you realize that the topic to which you replied today is now 10 years old?
  14. slow stitching speed

    You might want to think about changing servos to a Family Sew 550. I have that motor on my CB4500 and on my long arm Singer 139 walking foot machine. It starts at zero rpm and slowly increases with pedal motion. There is a knob on the front face of the motor that limits the top speed, or not. There are no sudden changes in speed.
  15. Singer 211g151

    If you have any further technical/operational questions about this machine, please post them in the Leather Sewing Machines section of the LW.N. That is the best place to obtain assistance with leather sewing machines and does not require every post and reply to be approved by a moderator to have them appear.