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  1. Need Needles for my Singer 144WSV37

    I am with shoepatcher on this, especially since some sub classes of the 144 call for the 7x23 needle. If you can get a measurement from the end of the shank to the top of the eye and the diameter of the shank of the needle that came with the machine I can compare the 7x23 and 214x1 to it. Also, if you can see the number stamped into the shank and the overall length can sometimes be useful.
  2. my latest embossing plate

    Great job as usual.
  3. Rest In Peace Dear Friend- RaySouth

    Sad news indeed. Ray was a very helpful and considerate man who I am sure will be missed by many. Thank You David for sharing this with all of us who met this good man online. David
  4. Source for type I bobbins?

    My mistake. My apologies to the OP.
  5. Source for type I bobbins?

    Here is one source
  6. Champion / Landis / McKay 77 repair

    Sharon, In this video you can see the small idler pulley peeping out from behind the machine. Watch above and behind the C in the word Champion. You can see that the belt comes around the large top pulley and then to the other side of the small idler pulley. In the photo of your machine it looks like the belt is straight down toward the floor instead of coming immediately to the opposite side of the small pulley. Hope this helps.
  7. Champion / Landis / McKay 77 repair

    Below the top pulley on your machine there should be an idler pulley that holds the tension on the round belt.
  8. Impressions on Buffalo Leather

    I believe that this leather is actually water buffalo and not American bison. It may be vegetable tanned, but it has a fairly thick top coat which gives it a semi crackle effect. If it is veg tan you could try to wet the flesh side before attempting to stamp it, but the top coat may not fair too well with heat or with wetting the piece or this coating might prohibit a clear impression. It may be best to use this leather for another purpose.
  9. Here is a nice YouTube video on embossing and debossing upholstery leather.
  10. Made a Primer on Pockets

    Very well done Mike. Thank You for sharing your blog post.
  11. To add to the excellent respose to the OP from Wiz, this machine weighs about 500 pounds and requires lots of oil ( think 30 weight motor oil ) to lots of oil points. It can get messy, especially when you clean the thread rollers. Thread lube as opposed to liquid wax helps make things easier on the operator. Parts can be hard to find so if you get this machine get any spares that you can put your hands on. Here is an excellent overview by Lisa Sorrell, a member here.
  12. Thank You to leatherworker member Harrybodger for posting the Youtube video.
  13. Using Eco-Flo Dye

    Contact Turtle Feathers Inc. They ship internationally and carry a large selection of Angelus products at good prices.
  14. Thread comparison

    Here is some nice info and photos of stitches made with different cutting point needles.