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    Art, music, sewing, photography, gardening

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    Industrial sewing machines since 1980, head mechanic for CC Filson.
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    ironicly, hand sewing, leather carving and stamping
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  1. These machines are beasts, for many reasons. There's really no comparison between a 101 and a lockstitch machine. The original manuals are good, parts are still available. I have machines with 4-5 million cycles on them, still running. They are a pretty sturdy machine. They are however difficult to troubleshoot and adjust, and I've been working on them for almost 37 years. They are also fascinating and a real good example at American engineering from years gone by. Regards, Eric
  2. Believe it or not, it's not slippery enough and doesn't evaporate. As a footnote, cleaning up a spill of silicone is an all day project...
  3. I pay $14 a gallon for my Lilly White. We buy volume of course, but it's the same oil that most will pay twice as much for. On the other hand, the price of my Silicone thread lube has jumped up to $60 in the last few years, a good $20 more than I used to pay. Not really sure for the cause of that increase, but we have to use it on several high speed joining operations to keep down needle heat. It does stain, so we test it on everything first. Regards, Eric
  4. I never get tired of learning Art. I just gottaknow.
  5. I assume it is, though I don't know what Bob sells. It's pretty much been the industry standard sewing machine oil for a very long time. Regards, Eric
  6. Lilly white is used for its ease of cleaning with dry cleaning solvents that we use in factories to remove oil spots from fabric. It's also non-detergent so it doesn't foam in a splash type oil system. I also use it to lube air cylinders in atomizing type oilers. As for the leather we use in our luggage factory, it is dyed and finished before we sew it and the oil is simply wiped off for cleaning. Many garments purchased at the retail level have had oil spots removed at the factory. Juki has come out with "oill- less" heads in recent years. They will not have the life expectancy of older machines using oil. Regards, Eric
  7. I've bought 35 or so new Jukis is the last few years. I spoke to Juki about oil and Lilly white is fine and won't void any warranties. I use it in all of my machines. Regards, Eric
  8. Return it! Your machine will be heading back this coming week.
  9. The new knives are the correct next step. Whenever I trouble shoot a machine, I try and look at the most likely event that is causing the issue. First the threading, you did that, knife sharpening is subjective. I have a honing machine that I sharpen knives on. The stationary knife must be exactly parallel across it's width or your cutting will be hit and miss. Replace the knives with new ones, then address your knife timing. New mechanics will often make the mistake of changing the hardest thing before checking the threading and then the blades. It's keeping the diagnostics in order that will save many a headache. Good luck. Regards, Eric
  10. Hard to say what they'll do, but they could perhaps use someone who knows what they're talking about. I've said it before, but I don't have the patience to be a dealer. if I were, I'd hope not to be misinforming folks. I do that enough just as a head mechanic, but I do keep the factory humming along with little or no machine down time, and that's where I make my money. Regards, Eric
  11. If it's sewing good, keep it. It's certainly capable of what your doing. It is not a needle feed machine. Needle feed machines don't have the alternating presser feet. Overall, it's probably a better machine. When you get fussbudget back from me, it's certainly worth selling and it will be in good shape. It will make someone a decent machine. This could all end up better for you in the long run. I do still think for your products I've seen, you could still benefit from a needle feed machine. Regards, Eric
  12. From looking at the first picture. If you thread your bobbin thread through the tip of the finger on the bobbin case, it will put your bobbin thread where the knife will cut it. Don't make any adjustments to your knife system since it's still cutting your needle thread until the bobbin is threaded. It will sew that way, but not cut. Regards, Eric
  13. Just curious this morning why a machine dealer would sell a machine that is supposed to be a needle feed when it's actually a walking foot. Not even close to the same as a 211G157 needle feed. I've been under the weather, so somewhat absent, but sheesh. Regards, Eric
  14. We ship machines between factories all the time. We bolt the table to a full size pallet with the head still in the table. We then strap the head to the table with multiple straps and then strap the table to the pallet. We'll shrink wrap the entire thing which does an amazing job at dampening all the vibration. Or course all our factories have fork lifts, but a lift will work for pick up and delivery. Most drivers carry pallet jacks. For pricing we use and the only trucking line we avoid is YRC. Regards, Eric
  15. I still have the parts diagrams, I'll see if I can get them to you in the next day or so. Regards, Eric