Gregg From Keystone Sewing

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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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  1. It's not that easy, unfortunately, once you've signed for it. Not as far as UPS goes anyway. Obviously, there is such a thing as 'hidden damage' from shipping, but are going to have to prove that it was packed exceptionally well, and unless you can demonstrate that, UPS is not going to do a heck of a lot here, based on past experiences. Heck, it can even be packed in the original, international shipping container, and still not be covered. It's a darn shame it can go three quarters around the world without any damage, but can't make it across state lines. Nothing grinds my gears like a poorly packed machine, yet I see it all the time, and do my best to prevent it from happening from machines both coming and going.
  2. Glad to help! It's always fun to share, and I've learned a quite a bit here too, as usual. Sharing here is ALWAYS a two way street.
  3. OK, here we go. Let me preface that this post comes with some emotional turmoil; Seeing the Abco SOS tag make me feel like "If you can't find anything to do, don't do it here!" "Get back to work!" Thanks for that, Dad. Abco was formerly who we are now. Abco was chosen so we would be listed at least near the top of the list, close to first listed sewing machine dealer in the Philadelphia telephone book. Today, of course people don't think like that any longer. For some younger folks, this is why you see so many names like AAA, A-1, or the like. My mom got tired of spelling Abco for people all day. This was between 1977 through 1980 before we moved into the building we are in now. Small window into my mind, thanks for giving me at outlet to share! Anyways, let get on with it if your still reading up to this point. I think the machine in question is missing some parts, and this is how the tension release works, very different than just about any other machine I can think of, but very few have an edge chopper. BTW, the chopper arc is missing on these two, I've got one more with it not pictured. Between all three, we may have one complete machine. Check the pics, think this is going to provide the best visual explanation I can give. There are no internal sewing parts that are going to release the tension, as setup from the factory.
  4. OK, now my interest perked up. Few things. Number one, are you sure this part is going to work in conjunction with this machine? Second, make sure (SURE) if you do go with this part, use a good quality item; a good quality tension release slide will break like glass; poor quality will bend like a paper clip. I've got more than one of these 111W117s here, and now I have to see for myself what is going on. I'll report back.
  5. Not so secret is this flip guide, that will work on your LH-515 as well, commonly available generic part.
  6. The only constant with needles is that it's next to impossible to designate every system designation, system cross references, needle point, size, finish (coating) and shank variety within a system. And boy have people tried over the years. I wanted to share with everyone what an "S" point designation was from Schmetz, as I had no idea myself, and had to look it up in the book. And I only have read books about needles and deal with them nearly on a daily basis. On a related note, my understanding is that Schmetz is being bought out by Groz-Beckert, and have no idea how that is going to play out. Not the first time Groz-Beckert made a move like that, but not with a name as prominent as Schmetz, for sure.
  7. This is the original, and even this is based off the older Singer 153W Class
  8. As far as machines go, this one here looks complete,ready to sew. Just flip the handwheel 180 degrees, put the slide plate covers over the hooks, and I think your ready to go? gottaknow obviously speaks from (a lot) of experience, and if you are not going to use this or any machine for angular stitching, then it's true this machine may not be for you. But if you are in need of machine with needle feed, drop feed only, with split needle bar, this is as good as any out there, new or refurbished. And if the mechanism is weak in terms of wearing premature, then you have to deal with it, otherwise you are not going to be able to do angular stitching at all on any machine!
  9. Didn't know this was a thing trying to find this book, I'll check our physical books here.
  10. Sounds like you have to fix it with a hammer to move it. Preferably a leather mallet would do it. Don't over tighten the screw, it can break the casting and create a true mess.
  11. Sounds about right; I was skiing in Vermont Friday! All the best.
  12. I deal with parts issues as they come, deal with them and move on. I think I remember sending this off to someone recently for this very issue; this is a parts book from an Adler 366 that shows the anti backlash spring installed. This is a common hook used in a lot of machines, and the spring in question can be used here, or not.
  13. Books are too large to upload here, I'll link them to my website for download; Pfaff 438 Parts CLICK HERE Pfaff 438 Service Manuals that cover this machine, book one CLICK HERE book two CLICK HERE
  14. Glad things are looking on the up and up on this thread. On the rock arms in the back we want a 10 degree angle.
  15. If they were formerly using the shorter, incorrect needle system, you are going to have to raise the needle bar to the correct height to accommodate the correct needle. As for spacers, Adler 205 uses shims here to bring the hook closer or farther away, depending on needle thickness, sold in .2mm and .3mm shims.