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  1. Ok that makes total sense with the pies vs fans for compassion vs stretch. I have been running binding tape over the seam after sewing so I guess that will get a bit scrunched up after turning the bag. Not such a big deal I suppose. Thanks for the insight!
  2. Interesting I wouldn't have assumed the slots went right up to the stitch line. I'm machine stitching these so I would need to pre-cut the slots, and either glue or clamp it together before stitching. Thanks for sharing!
  3. How wide is your seam allowance and how close to stitch line do the "v" slots go? Oh and how close together do you make the slots?
  4. I'm looking for some advice in regards to sewing curved corners into bags. See picture below of one I've just sewn. Typically I've been using a 1/2" seam allowance, but I'm finding it may be too much when doing this type of corner. The material lines up along the stitch line but is much too tight at the outer edge of the seam allowance. It's a real battle to sew it like this and things tend to move around. Solutions I see are, a smaller seam allowance or cutting perpendicular slits in the seam allowance around the corner. Id really like to hear how others are doing this as I'm self taught and just haven't seen how it's done. Thanks in advance! Will
  5. The needles I've been using are actually diamond point. One of the other problems I'm encountering with this leather is that the trailing and leading edges of the needle blade are actually developing burrs on them. I wasn't aware of Titanium needles, I would imagine it would prevent that problem, but I'm unsure if it help the knot pulling up. Unless there are some options for different diamond point profiles that would do a better job making that hole bigger?
  6. Interesting thought, I'll experiment with foot pressure. I did some additional experimentation last night and went down to a #22 needle with the same results. Then decided to try some 69 thread with the #22 set-up, so a very oversized needle. After substantially reducing the upper thread tension, since I was no longer using the 135, the stitching was perfect... My hunch is still leaning towards the leather as the culprit. I'm thinking the hole cut by the needle closes somewhat during the needle upstroke and makes it difficult to pull the knot up into the leather. A bigger needle to thread ratio may solve the problem, but since a #24 needle is not enough and already really over the machine capacity I may be out of luck. I will try the presser foot pressure to see what happens....
  7. I thought I'd post back up on this issue I was having. The inconsistency reared it's ugly head again today when going back and sewing chrome tan with the LU563. I then spent hours and tore into the machine and made sure everything was set-up properly and at the end everything seemed fine except the lower stitch once and a while won't pull up into the leather. Even with the top tension near maximum and the bobbin tension as low as it will go. Next I went over and tried sewing on my Singer 211 with the same thread and same leather. Immediately I had to increase the upper thread tension close to maximum and it two was displaying the irregular thread tension on the underside even with the top tension so high. I've come to the conclusion that the issue must be the leather density and the top finish on this pretty basic chrome tan leather. I've been sewing with both topsides facing out and I think it's preventing the thread pulling up properly from the underside. Neither machine has a problem sewing veg tan in the same thickness or thicker and you don't need to run the unreasonable thread tensions to make it work well. I guess I'll have to use a bigger machine. I quickly tried out my Adler 205 which is set-up with 305 thread and it did the job no problem. I wonder if I downsize the needle and thread if it will still work....
  8. Torielli Skiver Info

    I just picked up a Torielli skiver this past week from a gentleman who used to run a boot factory in Montreal. Tha machine appears to be in great shape and works well, although I replaced some of the old wiring which was rough. Im curious if anyone knows much about the brand or the machine. Any old manuals about? Looks very similar to a Fortuna and I wonder if parts might be interchangable to some extent.
  9. Thanks for posting that, very helpful to have on hand. I had adjusted the inner hook guide arm clearance after Uwe's post and I haven't had the stitch issue since. We'll see if it recurs in the next few days (hopefully not) if it does I'll go back and do a complete assessment of all the adjustments again.
  10. Thanks for the suggestions, after having another quick look at the machine I wonder if bobbin case opener is causing a slight hang-up when releasing the thread. Timing seems fine and the needle guard does seem to be in the correct position to deflect the needle. I'm going to check this one more time, just to make sure. The funny thing with the needle burring is that it happens on both of the sharp edges of the point (closest and furthest from the machine operator) which makes me question weather it's the material causing it to happen, especially since there's no indication of the needle striking anything on the machine. If it is striking the machine I would expect to only see it on one edge of the needle point. Could these be a bad batch of needles? I'm going to try adjusting that bobbin case opener and see what happens. I'll report back. Thanks again. Will
  11. Hello, looking for a bit of advice. I've been having an ongoing stitch consitancy issue while sewing two to three layers of approx 5 oz chrome tan leather. Approximately once in a ten inch length it's common for me to have one stitch not pull up into the material. See attached picture. Adding tension does negate the issue sometimes, but it usually comes back. I've noticed that the diamond point needles I'm using also tend to develop burrs on the cutting edges relatively fast and I had assumed the leather density was causing it but wonder if there is something else I might be missing? It doesn't happen when sewing veg tan of the same weight and thicknesses. is it common to burn through needles with chrome tan leather? Would the burrs cause my problem? The set-up I'm using is as follows: juki lu-563 Schmetz 135x16 size 24 diamond point needle 135 nylon thread (not lubricated) These are the needles I've been using.
  12. Here's a measurement for an Adler 205-370, just a hair over 1/4" with a slightly modified weaver harness throat plate.
  13. I think those may indeed work, as the binder on mine has a spacer under the flange. Can you tell me if this style of binding attachment is designed for a specific kind of binding material or operation. I'm just comparing it to a binder that brings the tape in flat and folds it in the binder. Like the picture below.
  14. Hello, I've recently acquired a Consew 227 RFS binding machine and I'm wondering if anyone can point me to a supplier of generic binding attachments of different sizes that might work with this machine. I realize that it's very common to have these attachments custom made, but I've seen pictures online of similar binding attachments that are supposedly off the shelf items. Of course I can't find any reference to a supplier only that they can be bought online. The attached pictures show the binder that's currently on the machine.
  15. W.h. Horn 8" Splitter (Chase Pattern)