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  1. I bought a couple small plastic boxes at JoAnn Fabrics, about 5" x 10 3/4" x 1 3/4". They have plastic latches on the lids. I used a Forstner drill bit slightly greater in diameter than the bobbin diameter, to drill a row of holes through a piece of pine 1 1/2" x 7/16". I then used my table saw to rip the pine in half directly through the middle of the holes. Spacers between the rows of bobbins is 1/2". I used small pieces of pine as fillers in the ends. I know everyone doesn't have a wood shop, I bet a lot of you have a friend with some woodworking tools that would help you out. I tie the ends of the thread on the bobbin through one of the holes in the bobbin side. You can see in the photo which ones are the first I done. Ferg
  2. Patria, I have a Seiko CW 8B. I think mine has been through considerably less than yours. I have promised myself that if I ever come across a MotherLoad as you have, I may have to trade my wife of 40 years for another outbuilding to put them in. LOL Fixing those machines isn't work, it is FUN! Ferg
  3. UWE, My RB5 made it through with a Made in Japan sticker. We all know that doesn't necessarily mean anything but it is a good machine. Ferg
  4. I have a Consew RB5, love it, in fact it is my favorite. When I bought it I tried the 207 thread which it did not like at all. Don't exceed size 138. My times with shredding have been one of several problems: Wrong size needle (too small) for the thread in use, improper thread path, and "Funky" thread. Ferg
  5. Yes, there is a LOW 3 Phase that is 203v. with a HIGH that is 230v. Depending on your load those voltages will vary, especially when a motor starts from a dead stop. Also, 440v 3 Phase, you don't want to go there for your equipment. lol Ferg
  6. I made my "Clicker Knife" handles from Brass. I gave "The Knipper" a cheap blade to copy. One straight and one curved. I strop mine before each use, have had for over a year and never sharpened. Be aware that he is very busy and he may also not be too happy with me for saying he made those. The small round knife I bought from him is the best one of about four I have. Ferg
  7. Hi my friend I'm currently looking to get a skiving machine and can't decide between a cobra np10 or the techsew sk5 . I believe a cobra is a nippy brand and the sk5 is a global brand. I read all the posts on skiving machines. I live on the east coast .Dabbling in leather work , light stuff, but will like to do heavy work also. Currently using Lisa sorrel knives.  I have a techsew 2700 sewing machine . And will get heavy sewing machine in future. Thanks reason I don't post and ask questions in forum is due to trolls etc. thanks again 

    1. Ferg


      Those two skivers or practically identical except some times one is higher priced than the other.

      Personally, I believe we should learn to skive by hand with a good skiving knife, I use a small round knife that is maddeningly sharp. Like that word?  lol

      The Fortuna is the machine that most clones are copies of. It is terribly expensive and only seldom does a used one come up for sale.

      If I can help further just let me know.


  8. I forgot to mention the other day...... Anyone wishing to pay cash for this machine can get same for $1395.00 Ferg
  9. I have a SEIKO CW 8B WALKING FOOT, 10.5" CYLINDER ARM with reverse, set up for leather I wish to sell. Less than 30 hours of use. Includes the LED light, Drop down roller guide, Bobbin winder, standard foot, 12 Bobbins including one in machine. Uses series 135 needles and popular Singer feet. Complete with Pedestal Style Stand, speed reducer and Sew Pro 500 Servo, plus Thread stand. Will sew 3/8" leather with 69 to 138 thread all day long. I have sewn 1/2" chrome tanned leather but I don't recommend that. Servo allows you to sew very slow or about 800 stitches per minute. Reason for selling? I need a heavier duty machine. Asking $ 1595.00 Would like to sell to someone who can come to Southwestern Ohio to pick it up. I will package for shipment if preferred, buyer must pay the shipping which can be determined by preference for shipper. Ferg Please, if you are simply curious and not serious about possible deal do not e-mail me. I can take PayPal, Credit cards can be used in PayPal also.
  10. Have and used Fenice, haven't used Edge Kote. Fenice required several applications on everything I tried it on, to get a nice edge. The product is a thinner consistency than I like. I presently use Ghiardini. It has a much better consistency and many colors available plus you can mix according to a color table they provide for hundreds more. I always use a clear sealer base coat. You can follow with two applications of color and get a fabulous edge without the heat treating etc. Personally, I cannot imagine doing edges in a "Pile". To me that would be entirely unacceptable. Ferg
  11. If you can swing the extra money for the $60 1 ton you won't be sorry you did. Ferg
  12. I made a number of the Tandy style purse years ago. It is a great minimal design without lining. Incorporating a lining will allow you to place pockets inside and on the back of the outside. In those days I laced almost everything. Now I would sew this on one of my machines. Ferg
  13. Bobby, Haven't heard from you for awhile. I perused all of your photos this time. I shall always be totally impressed with your work. I will be 83 years young this month. That means I have viewed pieces of art in many genres. Your work will forever be an inspiration. Ferg
  14. My fix may be more complicated than you wish to pursue but it works. Since you have a pattern for adult obviously, measure a portion of the pattern that would pertain to the same on the 3 yr old. Divide the smaller dimension by the larger (your Tandy pattern), that will give you a percentage you need to work with. Take the Tandy pattern to Office Depot or some other place having the capability to print. Tell them to print the drawing/pattern the percentage you came up with above. Works for me. Ferg
  15. Uwe, I have an Industrial CNC router, doesn't do metal. I have made many un-available items, some from the multi layered plywood, best I have used is "Apple Wood". From one Innovator to another, That is some mighty fine work. If I owned a 4500, I would have to have one of those. Ferg