Ken Nelson

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    saddles,tack and chaps

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  1. Questions about my new Pfaff 1245

    Rubbing alcohol is good to clean up that machine. I would lay it down and let it set on the paint and it should soften all the gunk and a small brush, ie-toothbrush should get it out or compressed air- high pressure and a lot of it. Same way with cleaning the hook. The Alcohol will evaporate and won't leave an oily residue behind. Then the proper oil will be the only lube there. Just my opinion.
  2. 1998 Ferdco/Juki Pro 2000

    That machine was imported by Ferdco, from Japan, and then set up for heavy leather by them. They are very reliable and very long lasting. I purchased one 4 or 5 years older than that one a couple of months ago. I love it but am going to convert it to Servo.
  3. Adler K205-374 question

    Or you can turn it over, take a shoe hammer and tap them down.
  4. Adler K205-374 question

    That means you need to get handy if you aren't already. Actually, I used to build custom spurs and bits and built a couple of presser feet back when I had my metal shop. Not hard to do at all if you have steel stock, welders, grinders, sanders, buffers, a drill press and a little time. You have to be equipped to do a good job. Metal or leather work. Just my 2 cents worth.
  5. Adler K205-374 question

    Weaver shows the feed dog in question in their 2018 wholesale catalogue for $103.00. You might check with Bob Kovar at Toledo SEwing. PM me. Ken
  6. Installing a conch on gun holster.

    Might I suggest, put the screw between the layers of the holster if it is a lined holster. Both layers of my holsters are tooling leather, the same weight. Super glue the stud when you put it in. cover the screw head with a thin piece of leather, skived to a feather on the edges . Glue the holster together and sew. I don't build a lot of holsters but the ones I do are all western holsters and fairly expensive. The only place I put a concho on a holster is on the band going around the holster. I just don't like the "LUMP" on the inside of a holster. Not saying I am right but just how I do it.
  7. Pfaff 545 screws

    Thank you very much, Sir.
  8. Pfaff 545 screws

    I am on the hunt for the screw that attaches the Lift Bracket Link # 91-08 021-11 on a Pfaff 545 H4. I have come up with 2 different #'s for the screw. 91-000 237-25 and another place I come up with a number of 91-000 237-15. Does anyone have a couple of these screws they would be interested in selling or can anyone give me the correct size if they are available at a hardware store. Thanks for any help. Ken
  9. Need saddle trees for Welsh ponies

    Lewis Saddle trees in Hereford, TX
  10. tree fit question

    To back up a bit here; when you talk about a horse rounding up his back on hard and sliding stops, if you notice the pictures of the professionals doing it- notice most of them do not have a flank cinch. This allows the rear of the saddle to "lift" off of the horses back. In my opinion, the saddle does not lift off of the loin, the loin drops down from the saddle. If you were to ride one of these horses with a wide flank cinch like ropers and ranch cowboys ride and kept it snug, it would interfer with the horses ability to do these stops and slides. But then again no horses stop harder than a good calf horse. Now, most calf saddles are pretty short seated, do you suppose that has anything to do with their ability to stop so hard and keep stopping hard. It is all interesting, isn't it. One indicator on how well saddles fit in my world is dry spots. However, a good percentage of horses are not rode long or hard enough for that to be an indicator. One indicator is often a horse that is "cold backed" is or has been ridden quite a lot with an ill fitting saddle or a "blanket-pad" problem. Given some time, the "ouch" spots will numb up for the rest of the day to a point. Same thing often makes horses quit pulling. A few months ago I saw a perfect example of this at a ranch rodeo in Valentine NE. This overweight fella was riding a pretty little paint horse that really wasn't big enough to carry his bulk. Add into this, the man was riding a saddle that looked to be a 14 inch seat and was a very poor quality production saddle. The horse humped around for a good 5 minutes when he first got on him. Not only was this man riding a horse too small for him, a saddle too small for him, a poor quality saddle, the man rode like a sack of potatoes, sitting up on the cantle of his saddle. Guess what, he did get a sloppy loop on a 450# critter and paint would not pull him one step. I rest my case!!
  11. tree fit question

    Ok, I believe if you consult with "real cowboys-horsemen" out of big, rough ranch country you will find a general agreement on fitting saddles on horses. Remember these people ride horses hard, long hours in varying terrain, doing a lot of different kinds of work. Everything from covering miles and miles of country a day, to sorting cattle a horseback, roping heavy cattle, roping fast cattle, dragging cows out of bogs and the list goes on. What I have learned by being around these people is the following. #1. If you sore up your horses, you are on the fence or hay crew or going down the road. 2. Years ago, many years ago, almost everyone rode a certain type of horse and a good saddle fit about everything you rode 3 Now a days, you either ride one type of horse or you have more than one saddle to fit the different types you are riding 4. Soring backs is possible with a very good fitting saddle, properly built if you use poor quality blankets, pads etc, don't keep them fairly clean and do not ride well and do not saddle a horse properly. 5. The picture Bruce posted is priceless. I have a tree in my shop that fits a horse just like that. It is still bare but it has had over 300 sets of stirrup leathers stretched and shaped on it. 6. In conclusion, get a high quality saddle that fits your horse that is suitable for the type of riding you do AND fits your horse correctly Buy quality blankets and pads to put under your saddle. Keep them clean If you can not afford quality tack, you may need to reconsider owning and riding horses. I have never seen a good cowboy-horseman put a gunny sack, piece of carpet or bed blanket under his saddle. Learn to properly saddle your horse, learn to sit a proper seat, if you don't already know how. 7. Watch your horse's back and address little problems before they become big problems.
  12. Speed Reducer Quick-Release?

    Cowboy Bob, Are you selling that speed reducer and if so, How much? Thanks
  13. Pretty ignorant post! Apples to Oranges and is it any business of yours what he is asking for his property?
  14. 31-15/31-20

    Too bad I have never mastered operating a treadle sewing machine. I have no use for either of these stands but they are COOL.
  15. 31-15/31-20

    I thought I would post a picture of the Singer 31-20 I have in my shop. I don't really know why I keep it as I rarely use it these days. A few years ago, I was using it quite a bit with a roller foot on it sewing designs in padded seats on saddles and some of my college boy buddies' girlfriends were using it to make boot top purses. It has 4 or 5 original feet and the original treadle stand is kind of net. Note the original pittman on it. The post office dropped it on the way to deliver it and broke a vital piece of casting off of the bottom and I had a friend of mine, who is a machinist repair it and you have to look close to see it and it has worked good for 10 years with no issues on the repair. I have another one of these treadle stands that does not have a top and has a smaller wheel on it and a metal pittman that is not original but it would be good if someone wanted an off grid stand for any standard size industrial sewing machine. I put this machine in a power stand with a servo motor when I use it. pulls a remarkable stitch with 92 on top and will do a good job with smaller sizes of course. I have used 138 in it just to see if it would do it and it does but I don't sew with 138 in it. That is what my chap machine is for.