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  • Birthday 07/13/1981

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    Manchester, UK
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    Leather, wood, nature and mechanics.

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    Sheath's, belts and one off's
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  1. Adler 69 Alternative

    Thanks Matt. I cant see any LCW-8 for sale and never looked into Seiko's, but having a search for Seiko I found this : No model number or anything so its guess work for me.
  2. Hi Gang, My Adler 69 is fantastic and I would like to buy something very similar, just one notch up on the leather thickness. I require a cylinder arm for making handbags out of veg tan, able to sew up to 6mm with 20s thread. The Adler 69 can do it, but it struggles a little. What would you buy? (that is available in the UK)
  3. Thank you all, I will give it a go.
  4. Hi All, I hope you can help me. Is there a formula, or a process in which to calculate how big a gusset should be? When I attempt a bag Im always left with extra/less length which ruins the process. Please see an example picture from the internet, followed by an even more complicated example from De Bruir. If the bag is one long leather all the way around with a zipper, how does one calculate or work out the size of the other bit (gusset?). Is there a trick?
  5. Thank you all for your input, Ive taken everything on board. Ive raised the feed dog with a shimmy and ordered a KH69R replacement set.
  6. Hi Jimi. I bought the machine a week ago so its possible previous owner put the wrong combination on. I will look into finding the correct one to replace it with.
  7. Hi Bert. Yes it looks straight to the eye. I will double check with a straight edge.
  8. Hello, My Adler 69-72 is marking my leather. Not so much from the top side, but from the bottom where the presser foot pushed the leather into throat plate. Is there any way to raise the bottom feed dog so its flush with the throat plate? I've unscrewed the inner and outer spring tension screws as far as they will go. I have a spare spring on order to experiment with (cutting it down) but that may be weeks away. The bottom feed dog seems to be 2mm below the throat plate, I think this may be my issue and I'm not sure how to solve it, other than grinding 2 mm from the throat plate. I've also noticed the upper feed dog holder has vertical play, around 1mm. In theory, I could put some cushioning under it which will raise the bottom feed dog to the correct level but I'm unsure if its wise and Im positive there is another way that I cannot see. The 69-72's bottom feed dog only moved horizontally, and maybe only lifts 0.2 mm during a stitch. I believe this is by design on these models. Please see picture attached, showing on the far left; how far down the bottom feed dog is, and centre; the feed dog holder. Any advise is greatly appreciated.
  9. I bought what looks like the same machine a week ago. My first industrial! Exciting right?
  10. Adler 69 Reverse Stitch

    Very interesting Glenn, any more information on the 69-72? I'm having a lot of fun playing around with it as its my first industrial machine. Reverse spacing is now sorted, however the reverse leaver cover is staying off as it limits reverse stitch length, as other above have found.
  11. Adler 69 Reverse Stitch

    Hello Adler 69 owners. I have joined your club and also experience reverse stitch problems. I know this is an old thread but does anyone have any more information? Did removing the cover plate result in any issues? Did anyone fix this issue? It says on my machine : Adler 69 - 72 (is this a 372?) /E 42 435270 With the reverse cover plate removed, i get around 6mm forward 5mm back. With cover plate in place, i get 5.5mm forward 3mm back. Before I take the plate to the grinder how are you guys getting on with it?
  12. Hello, My first attempt at a bag. I usually do belts, wallets etc.. Never anything this big. I made a few mistakes but I don't mind. Its a prototype, its for me, and its specifically to be slung over a Bergen / shoulder to carry bug out stuff like first aid kit, fire starting kit, knife, phone, car keys etc.. for when I'm camping out. I had a lot of fun with this one and really love how the leather is scarred / stretched to show its story. I thought I should share with you guys what I have been working on. Merry Christmas to you all, and have a happy new year!
  13. Yes Cyberthrasher that's what I do. No idea about super sheen never used it but I hear its very similar, hence why I mentioned it may be the cause of the cracks in above picture.
  14. Fishing Bag With Class

    That worm just made me smile. Looks ace!