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  1. New Cowboy 4500

    I was not aware that they currently have a brake built in to the motor !! Mine does not have that feature.
  2. New Cowboy 4500

    The hand wheel should turn quite easily. Look for something causing a drag on it. When the wheel is installed, there should be a small amount of clearance between it and thrust washer on the machine head.
  3. What about this machine?

    Always bear in mind that there is no such thing as an "Industrial Strength" machine, and just because it is made of cast iron, and painted black does not make it a real industrial machine. Many of them are Grandma's old sewing machine that showed up at a yard sale. EBAY and Craigslist sellers lie !! The old domestic machines are excellent within their limitations, but none of them are real "Leather" or "Industrial" machines. A simple way to tell is that if the motor is the size of a man's fist, and attached to the back of the machine, it is a domestic machine. Real industrial machines have a motor the about the size of your head mounted underneath the table. And real industrial machines are NEVER designed to fold down into the cabinet like a domestic. They are much too heavy !! Another consideration is that the thickness a machine can handle is dictated by the fact that MOST, but NOT ALL machines release the thread tension as the foot rises either by the thickness of the material being sewn, or when climbing over a thick section like a seam. This can cause skipped stitches and a host of other problems, such as tangles on the back side. This applies to both domestic and industrial models. This is a feature of the design of most machines, allowing easy removal of the work from under the foot when raising the foot manually when done sewing. Some machines, like my Singer 42-5 can sew as much thickness as you can jam under the foot, as it does not have this tension release feature.
  4. Capability of hand crank singer 15-91

    Always bear in mind that there is no such thing as an "Industrial Strength" machine, and just because it is made of cast iron, and painted black does not make it a real industrial machine. Many of them are Grandma's old sewing machine that showed up at a yard sale. EBAY and Craigslist sellers lie !! The old domestic machines are excellent within their limitations, but none of them are real "Leather" or "Industrial" machines. A simple way to tell is that if the motor is the size of a man's fist, and attached to the back of the machine, it is a domestic machine. Real industrial machines have a motor the about the size of your head mounted underneath the table. And real industrial machines are NEVER designed to fold down into the cabinet like a domestic. They are much too heavy !! Another consideration is that the thickness a machine can handle is dictated by the fact that MOST, but NOT ALL machines release the thread tension as the foot rises either by the thickness of the material being sewn, or when climbing over a thick section like a seam. This can cause skipped stitches and a host of other problems, such as tangles on the back side. This applies to both domestic and industrial models. This is a feature of the design of most machines, allowing easy removal of the work from under the foot when raising the foot manually when done sewing. Some machines, like my Singer 42-5 can sew as much thickness as you can jam under the foot, as it does not have this tension release feature.
  5. How to Ship Consew 206RB5

    If you are moving it yourself, and either can't or don't want to remove the head and pack it separately, (which is the best way), lay it down in the trailer or truck, rather than haul it standing up. These things are pretty top-heavy. If it is already laying down, it can't fall over and be damaged !!
  6. Sewing cinch straps

    Back when I worked for the airlines, just for fun we made up a test sample using passenger seat belt components to do an experiment with a tester used for testing the pull strength of cable assemblies. Passenger seat belt webbing is identical to automotive seat belt material. Surprisingly, the metal fittings broke before the webbing did. I don't remember the exact tension that we went to, but it was well over 10,000 pounds when it failed. We used a standard passenger buckle and end fittings in the experiment. Webbing is amazingly strong !!
  7. New Outlaw hand crank Boss clone

    I have always felt that some things should NOT be made of aluminum !! It is not strong enough for some applications.
  8. CB4500 thread guide mod

    Interesting !!! I had not noticed the needlebar thread guide on my 4500, and had not been using it. Never seemed to cause a problem at all. I will use it the next time I sew something on the machine and see if it makes any difference one way or the other.
  9. The clutch motor....

    My personal cure for that problem is to apply a suitable amount of pressure on the hand wheel with my right hand, sort of like a brake to slow things down, if need be. It helps a lot to have a huge wheel on the machine, and a small pulley on the motor, like what I have on my 42-5. Very easy to control that way
  10. Moving a Singer 241-12

    I suggest after removing the head, remove any thread stand, lights or other parts from the top of the table, then turn it upside down, and slide it down the stairs on it's top. Just get in front of it, and let gravity do the work. Easy one-man job that way !!
  11. As far as negotiating stairs go, if your machine comes in a box, the head and stand will arrive separately if you buy new. Best to leave the pieces in their boxes, and lay the boxes down on their sides, and SLIDE them either up or down the stairs. Open the boxes AFTER getting it up or down. When I took delivery on my Cowboy 4500, I moved it up my stairs by myself as two separate pieces. I had to strap the stand to a hand truck in order to slide it, as it did not come in a box. I just laid the things down, and got behind them and pushed them up the stairs. If going down, just go down the stairs a few of steps ahead of the load, and let it slide down by it's own weight while you control it. I move heavy luggage up or down the same way. Have a friend standing by in case you need a hand, but there is not usually enough room on stairs for two people to work together, so the sliding method seems to me to be the best way to deal with the situation. Just be careful that it doesn't get away from you !! If your machine does not come in boxes, strap the head by itself to a hand truck for ease of handling. If it is a flat-bead machine, simply turn the table upside down after removing any thread stands, or other protuberances, and slide it on it's top.
  12. Help With Old Singer Sewing Machine

    . Always bear in mind that there is no such thing as an "Industrial Strength" machine, and just because it is made of cast iron, and painted black does not make it a real industrial machine. Many of them are Grandma's old sewing machine that showed up at a yard sale. EBAY and Craigslist sellers lie !! The old domestic machines are excellent within their limitations, but none of them are real "Leather" or "Industrial" machines. A simple way to tell is that if the motor is the size of a man's fist, and attached to the back of the machine, it is a domestic machine. Real industrial machines have a motor the about the size of your head mounted underneath the table. And real industrial machines are NEVER designed to fold down into the cabinet like a domestic. They are much too heavy !!
  13. Singer 16-41?

    After I oil my machines, I always place a piece of absorbent fabric under the foot, and lower it on top of the fabric, and in addition, I lower the needle into the piece of fabric to catch any oil that runs down from the needle bar.
  14. Singer42-5

    Depending on where you live, there may be an industrial machine dealer nearby if you are near a large city. A great many of them have an assortment of old machines available to cannibalize in their storage areas. I am in the Atlanta, Ga. area, and found a couple of very cooperative dealers with available parts. You might have to go on a personal search through their storage area to find what you need, because they often have no idea what machines they have available, and very often nothing is cataloged. One of my dealers had 42-5 bobbins in stock, that I got because I had correct part numbers from on-line catalogs. There is a certain amount of small parts interchangeability, but you will have to determine that for yourself, as there are no cross-reference catalogs that I know of. Once it is up and running, you will find the 42-5 to be an excellent machine. Happy hunting !!
  15. Stuck/stripped screws on Singer 2281

    In situations like this, I have always had good luck using the small hexagonal screwdriver bits. You simply turn them with a wrench while pushing them hard into the screw with the handle. You can increase the grip of the screwdriver bit by coating it with valve grinding compound. It makes a huge difference !!. If the situation permits, you can hold the bit hard into the screw using a clamp, instead of the handle and then turn it with a wrench. It only requires a small amount of movement to break it loose. Using the screwdriver handle tends to cause the tip to "walk" out of the slot if not held absolutely straight. You may have to carefully re-cut the slots a bit deeper using a small file or piece of hacksaw blade, if they are badly boogered up. Keep in mind that when buying replacement screws that Singer uses it's own proprietary threads that are non-standard, so you will likely need to get replacements from a Singer supplier, or get a friend to make them for you on a lathe.