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    Sewing Printing Painting Fixing

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  1. Sewing machine

    I like to noodle around with old machines, I like to save them. LOL. If you enjoy that sort of thing, take your time and enjoy the process. But time is money, and if you need a working machine as soon as possible, save your bucks and buy new from a Dealer who will support equipment they sell to you. Craigslist sometimes has a fantastic deal that you can't pass up, but sometimes you wish you had passed it up! My Pfaff 545 (High Lift) was one of those fantastic deals. I got lucky, this machine was like new. It had a flaw that I happened to discover and after fixing it (work I did myself) with some forum help, and a professional tune-up at a Commercial Sewing Machine Repair Shop, I have a machine that will do just about anything I need. I have purchased new machines as well. Only one of those machines I was sorry I had purchased. It was lots of problems, but the Dealer was sketchy. I should have researched Dealers more before buying that one. Wished I'd known about this forum then, I'd have purchased from one of the reputable Dealers here. Good luck! Can't wait to see what you come up with.
  2. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    I got my first project done on the machine with the help of a small motor (1.5 amp) attached to the machine. My project the repair of my Greenhouse Cover. I have well over 1,000 Japanese Maple trees that I've been growing and my poor Greenhouse Cover that I bought Spring of last year was falling apart. My young trees still need protection from the heat and direct sun in the warmer months. The webbing reinforced plastic was still very usable and functional, only the manufacturer used a very cheap cotton thread to construct it and it was falling apart after a year in the sunshine. I estimate that I had sewn about 400 feet of v69 bonded poly thread through the machine last night and the machine powered through it with no issues, perfect stitching all the way through. All I have left to do is attach a few grommets to anchor my newly repaired greenhouse cover to the frame. It felt good to be able to do this job at home, I didn't have to drive to the shop and drag this huge cover around. Since I did all of my sewing in one sitting, the small motor and foot pedal got a bit warm, so this motor set-up is really just temporary or for smaller jobs, until I find something better. I had the foot pedal already and decided to just put out a few bucks for a 1.5 amp motor. Has a little more oomph than most of the small motors I have owned. I did try a zigzag stitch at one point, and decided since there was lots of skipping going on in the stitch with zigzag, that I would just do the entire repair job with straight stitch. That was fine for this project, so my zigzag was just an experiment. I'll have to figure that out later As far as parts go for my table set-up, I was able to locate a real pitman rod, I had also found a new bolt (bent rod) for adjusting the belt pressure on the 1/2 horsepower. After upgrading the tension spring and the foot pressure springs in the machine, I may even be able to sew with v-92 thread, we'll see. I'll wait to get it into the table before I try that. Of course I still would wish to be able to sew a longer stitch, but if 5mm is all this machine will do, I will still be handy as a portable machine. I ordered a new wooden carrier/case for porting it around, arrivingtomorrow. I will want to get a decent thread stand for the portable set up too, that was one of the parts the previous owner took off the machine. Sailrite has a nice one that swings out from the bed of machine. The older 20U-33 machines like mine came with a couple thread stand options and a light that attached to the back of the machine. I also ordered a modern LED magnetic light for the machine which will plug right into the socket I have for the foot pedal (portable set up), or into the 1/2 horsepower motor in the table set-up. The magnetic lights look pretty nice and nice that you can moved them around on the machine as needed. I was having a hard time lastnight seeing what I was doing without a light attached to my machine. Just wanted to share what I've done with this machine if there is anyone else out there looking for ideas on how they can put together a portable machine that may be the answer to some of your projects where you need something a little beefier than a standard home sewing machine and you need to be able to take it with you.
  3. New Sewing Machine

    Joe, That looks like a really versatile machine. I remember reading the specs on that one before, I really liked that it had a bobbin winder on top and the fact that it uses the "M" size bobbin. Also, had read that it can handle thread weights up to 207 bonded, nylon or poly. I think for what the machine can do, it seems to be a real bargain at prices I have seen listed on-line. Oh, I almost forgot, let us know Joe if you do use the 207 weight bonded thread. I'm curious if it would work well in top as well as bobbin thread? I'm sure you will have lots of fun playing with your new machine, so Congrats to you!
  4. Is Google is killing art?

    Bob, Yes I agree with you there! The Renaissance artists were amazing! About replicating the human face (in whatever art form)... yes it does stand out when something is wrong with the way a face looks in an Art piece. Another thing that really stands out for me (when it's not right) are hands and feet. Also very challenging to master these subjects as well. But I guess the key is - keep at it! Just make a start! Practicing in leather would be quite expensive though! Probably best to do your mastering on paper first, til you get that right!
  5. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    Okay, I think I figured out my stitch length problem! The stitch length problem is really a math problem. Since I don't have the manual for this machine, I was guessing based on what I found on internet that my machine would do 5 stitches per inch. Well, after finding some more info (brand new 20U machines for sale), I think the longest stitch on the machine would be 5mm, not 5 stitches per inch! Conclusion: This machine is now sewing the longest stitch possible, unless I can find a trick to make it sew longer stitches than manufacturer intended. Sadly, this won't do for some of my heavy duty sewing. I do like that it can easily sew the v69 poly bonded thread and I can use it for upholstery work, sewing denims and that type of thing. I can also use it as a portable machine, but this thing is heavy! I think I found out it's limitations! I still like it though and it's in great condition. Thank you all for reading and for you input.
  6. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    Constabulary, thank you for that idea! Yes, I'll be needing a pitman rod too. Wasn't sure what that was called, so thank you again!
  7. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    Well, I found a little time today to get the singer 20U out again and still haven't found the rod I need to get the motor properly hooked up. I've been to the hardware store and poked around a bit, just hadn't yet found the right bolt/rod. I did find a sewing machine shop that may have the part I need though, and I would prefer to just buy that if I can. So in the meantime.... I decided to install a couple of parts on my machine to beef it up a bit. I found the parts on the site for my machine. I added a heavier duty beehive spring in the tension knob, a heavier duty take up spring, and a heavier duty spring for the presser foot. These three changes will allow me to work with thicker/heavier materials. It took some doing, but I got the stitch looking good. I tested the stitched by turning the handwheel manually, which took some time! Since I don't have an actual manual for this exact machine (which is a 20U33) I downloaded the closest one I could find, which looks slightly different than my machine and older. There are a few things that look a little different on my machine, and the stitch widths on the 20U's can vary from about 9mm to 12mm. My machine does 9mm zig zag at best and I'm happy with that. I'm guessing that most of the 20U machines are capable of 5 stitches per inch, which I wish mine could do. I'm getting close to 6 stitches per inch. This is a bit shorter stitch than I thought this machine was capable of. Anyone know how to make the stitch longer? I've got the stitch dial set to it's longest, which says "5" on the dial, so I'm certain that's not the problem. This machine is older, but it is in like new condition. So the parts are not worn out. Is there something I'm missing or something to learn about how to adjust the machine to make it stitch longer? Please let me know if you have the same machine I have and if you are able to to get 5 stitches per inch. Thanks so much!
  8. Uwe, This is very exciting! I've been following this technology since it first came out, but can't make the investment myself in this type of printer right now. I've got wide format printing equipment and make banners and such, I don't have the Customer base for that type of product (yet). It's so Jetsons though! : ) I don't think I'd ever eat 3-D printed food, lol. However, for machine and car parts, very cool! This is weird stuff:
  9. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    Thanks dikman and 400volt! Okay, no fear - I will proceed! Had a busy weeks, lots of my Customers in a rush for stuff, so have been away from the forum. Hopefully I will find some more time to mess with this machine next week. Although I say I am not in a hurry (I'm not, I have other machines) I am anxious to get this one together. I think this machine is going to be one I'll use pretty regularly for it's zigzag stitch. I have so much v69 thread too, which is all good thread but not getting used much these days. So I'm excited! Again, thankyou!
  10. Pfaff 545 Adjsustments

    Congrats on getting the 545 running!
  11. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    Michiel and BRMAX, Thank you for your ideas! Initially, I was hoping that when I found a Singer 20U, that it could share a table with another machine. Unfortunately, my Pfaff 545 isn't the same size opening. I have seen a few photos of tables that people have altered in different ways, even for machines that were shorter - they put a filler piece in the table to temporarily fill the gap in the table for smaller machines. That's also something to consider, but the whole belt and motor combo would have to be easy to adjust for me, otherwise I wouldn't do that. I really don't mind having (2) Commercial tables, I can always lift the Singer 20U out when not in use, and still utilize the table as part of my extension table(s) set up for my Pfaff when I sew long banners. So I do have some floor space in that area of the shop. I'm not in a hurry to get this Singer 20U set up. BRMAX, thanks for your ideas about fabricating a bolt, I had been thinking I might do just what you have described. Not being in the bolt-bending business myself, I wasn't sure if I was on the right track though, if the bolt was actually bendable. Glad you described it, thank you! Wouldn't you think you could just buy that bolt with the bend already in it? I was unable to find anything but maybe someone who sells motors would have those parts available to them. I'll keep trying and if no luck, will probably just visit my local hardware store and start fabricating! Thanks so much!
  12. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    I am hunting for the rod and the bolts that go here to hold the motor into position and/also adjust the belt tension. Can't find anything online, just a part. Hopefully I can find one, if not I may just fabricate this part. If anybody has one of these, please let me know. Much appreciated!
  13. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    Previous Owner fixed a couple things. Trying to add more pics because I wanted to show the paper clip wrapped around the top of the rod that connect to the motor. Anyhow, I'm unable to post another photo, but use your imagination. I am sure this is part of the reason the machine had never really been used at all. I have Mickey Mouse to thank. So glad the head is in such great shape. Really just a few small adjustments all over the machine and it will be a great workhorse for standard sewing in the table. I'm thinking I will go ahead and use the clutch motor in the table, that makes sense. Later, when I get the table all set up (taking my time) I will work on making the machine portable too. It has the kind of hinges that allow you to just lift the machine right out of the table without any unscrewing or anything. Love that!
  14. Something to Sing(er) about! :)

    As found condition - under the table