Ken Nelson

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  1. If you call Panhandle leather in Amarillo, I bet they can get you a side of harness that you can get some 9 ft. reins out of. It will be expensive but very good and very heavy. Be sure to put the bit end on the butt and the tail on the neck. I used to carry a few pair of 9 ft when I had a shop in Rapid City but didn't get much call for them. Panhandle carries HO harness and is some really good stuff.
  2. I used to have a Luberto's Classic that would sew an honest inch of skirting leather. I wish I had not sold it. Wonderful machine and simple.
  3. I am interested in looking for resources for learning to do upholstery work. I have no interest in driving 50 miles to night classes in the winter-to classes not recommended by local upholstery shops. Local shops will not do classes due to past poor experiences., I understand that. Any help will be appreciated. Ken
  4. Have you sewn this machine off.  Shipping to South Dakota USA  57382.  Might be interested, depending on shipping.  Thanks   Ken

    1. Sonydaze


      Hi Ken, I have someone coming to look at it tomorrow.  If they do not purchase it, I'll figure out weights and shipping.




    2. Sonydaze


      Hi Ken,

      Fedex says it will be right around $120 for shipping.

      Let me know if that works for you?




    3. Ken Nelson

      Ken Nelson

      Let me think about it.  Thanks  Ken

  5. If anyone aspiring to become a competent saddle maker can, he or she should attend this seminar if at all possible. Not often does the opportunity to study under a legend become available. The price is very reasonable.
  6. Adjusts the pressure on your presser foot, and it will affect the pressure needed to raise and lower said presser foot. HTH Ken
  7. I use 794S needles on my Cobra Class 4. If you don't have a really good operators manual with this machine, I would suggest you go to the Artisan site and pull down the manual for the Toro series machines. It is really good and is way more indepth than most of the 441 manuals. I used to trade on used sewing machines a little. I only bought one from individuals that sewed when it come into the shop. None of them took any parts, just a lot of adjusting and I got lucky there. I have seen some that were so worn out it cost more for parts than the machine was worth. Learning how to adjust these machines is part of learning how to sew. Do not let it scare you. It is not rocket science and there is a lot of help available. A really good manual or mechanics video is worth a lot. HTH's Ken
  8. I second the vote against ring shanks anywhere on a saddle.. NOT a good idea any time.
  9. There should be a plate and bottom feed dog with this machine. I think Max may be on to something. I would also advise you not to run it dry. HTH Ken
  10. Panhandle leather in Amarillo for HO of any thickness. They will do what they say they will. That said, I have used Wickett & Craig for a lot of stuff, medium and small stuff, built saddles from it. Good leather, always ordered from them direct, was never really unhappy with what they sent. Myself, I prefer Herman Oak for saddles but use W/C for a lot of stuff. Both good, but that is just my opinion. Ken
  11. This machine is sold. Thank you. Ken
  12. I have a good Ferdinand 900 B for sale. It is located in Wessington Springs, SD. It has been gone through and is in really good shape. It includes, machine, stand, clutch motor, thread stand a few extra bobbins, 2 pks of needles and 2 spools of thread. this machine is cosmetically not perfect but I do not think it has seen a lot of use. It sews good and is smooth. Servo motor available for another $125.00. I am asking $1500.00 for the machine. I will be going to West Texas next month and can meet if you are along the way. I don't want to ship it. Check out the full story on the South Dakota Craigslist.
  13. If It were mine, I would send it to Art and have the master get it sharpened right, then before it gets real dull, use the wet, dry paper on glass for touch up. I buff my splitter blades and get along good with it but you have to be very very careful. Art is very reasonable on his charges.
  14. Needles, extra bobbins, Thread extra feet, I think it is very reasonable. Ken
  15. Well said sir.