gottaknow

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About gottaknow

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    Industrial sewing machines since 1980, head mechanic for CC Filson.
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  1. Return it! Your machine will be heading back this coming week.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 freightquote.com and the only trucking line we avoid is YRC. Regards, Eric
  8. I still have the parts diagrams, I'll see if I can get them to you in the next day or so. Regards, Eric
  9. For those screws, I use SnapOn screwdrivers that are quite large with a hex head shape on the top of the shaft just below the handle. You can then put a box end wrench on the screwdriver for some serious torque. Those screws are messed up from using screwdrivers that were too small. If you can't find screws, let me know. I have a bunch of them. Regards, Eric
  10. A lot of chirps come from feed dog to throat plate contact. Not a place that gets lubed for obvious reasons. Way to tell is to loosen the throat plate a bit (both screws) and then sew. If it gets quiet, there's your chirp. You can usually fix this by tweaking your feed dogs side to side a bit. Regards, Eric
  11. We still use a 28 stitch tacker for setting belt loops. Nothing better. Regards, Eric
  12. The 269's aren't for the weak of heart. The two air cylinders can be operated off one pedal or two as Wiz described. One cylinder drops the clamp, the other engages the run cycle. If the machine makes stitches and the needle hits the knife, your knife timing is off, not the shuttle timing. When replacing the knife plate, you must engage the first two gears closest to the front of the machine. That sets the knife timing. You can alter the X and Y dimensions of the tack pattern as long as you keep it inside the clamp area. This machine had the cam changed to perform a specific task. Standard 269 trackers were either 28 stitch or 42 stitch. They were the standard of apparel manufacturing for decades. I still use several. Regards, Eric
  13. Our luggage factory uses a similar machine to that one Wiz for setting all the leather straps and buckles on our luggage. It's made by Brother, who seems to be fairly aggressive in their automation work stations. If I recall, the price was less than I thought it would be. I have a Brother memory label setter that sets all of our different labels. It can be set for different sizes in about 10 minutes. It was about 7k and has paid for itself in less than two years. I've always been a firm believer in buying the very best you can afford. I understand this can be tough for hobbyist to justify, but if you're going to make a profit as you know, you really need good reliable machines. Regards, Eric
  14. I bought a Reece 101 keyhole buttonhole machine two years ago. $14,500. And all it does is buttonholes. Really nice ones though. My seam sealing machines for waterproof breathable fabric were 35k each. And I have two of them. The return on investment in a factory happens very quickly though. Regards, Eric
  15. We were shut down all week as is customary in the sewing factory circles. It messes up production in the summer when you have people taking vacations randomly, so the shut downs occur nation wide. It's the same with a lot of the support industries as well since there's no one to talk to anyway. Regards, Eric