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  1. 111w153

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8SsIFb6Bqz7bjBSb2Y2cjlMNGs/view This link seems to work and looks to be the same book Edit: uploaded file since 3rd party files often disappear! SINGER-111W152-111W153-111W154-111W155.pdf Lee
  2. 111wW115 hook replacement

    Hey Game, The whole issue is in the adjustment of the presser feet . I have done 2 of these machines and both were tough for me to dial in ( I am an admitted rank amateur). if the adjustment is off the vibrating foot does not clear the feed dog and that pushes the material forward. Be patient, it took me many adjustment cycles before everything fell into place. There is a good discussion of this topic at :
  3. From the chapter where no good deed goes unpunished... Trying to help a neighbor get his 111w153 working again. It has a sketchy past, unknown when it sewed last , sister tried to adjust the bobbin tension, presented with a broken timing belt. So far... 1. Replaced timing belt. went surprisingly easy! Arrows are lined up. 2. Unfroze the stitch length eccentric and the push button 3 Re timed the hook. It was striking the needle solidly .. wow . Needle timing was ok. 4. balanced out the walking foot. >> So now things are sewing fairly well except. The Presser Foot Lifter doesnt have any effect until the needle is mostly out of the fabric. I would expect to be able to leave the needle buried and lift the lever and have the feet clear to about 1/4". Any suggestions for next steps? Lee in Florida where it is getting warm and humid! Oh, and thanks Uwe for the great hook timing video.
  4. Consew 226 Sewing machine

    Both Toledo Industrial and Keystone Sewing sell the the 550 size servo with the 50mm pulley as the default or an option. As mentioned above this is a great place to start. I had an eagle brand servo come with a machine and had no luck fitting a smaller pulley (odd shaft size, I was unwilling to throw any more money at it).
  5. 8283E2A2-607D-4ACA-A27E-0181DD86B138.jpeg

    The Treadle is an Adler, perhaps the machine too!
  6. Singer 78-3 Leather Needles

    Hey Leathersmyth . . what kind of sewing do you do on your 78?
  7. Singer 78-3 Leather Needles

    Whoops, my notes say that it sewed ok with 138 thread top and bottom, but I have only done limited test sewing, no projects or extended testing. It was before I built my junk box bobbin winder and it was a bit tedious on a treadle powered winder on a domestic machine.
  8. Singer 78-3 Leather Needles

    I adjusted my needlebar on my 78-1 (uses same needles) to utilize 29x3 (round point) (29x4 leather) needles since that is what my SInger 42-5 is using. . You can just as easily use the very similar (except needle has a skarf) 135x16 or 17 needles that are more modern and about the same dimensions. This is technically a simple 1 screw adjustment , but the challenge is getting the connection to move after being in the same position for the better part of a century. Some combination of tapping, heating, oiling and brute force may be required. I have a 78-3, but mostly run my 78-1. I have note figured out what the real difference is, but I have not tried very hard .. smile .. Some pics and such for my 78-1 are at https://sites.google.com/site/oldironmachines/home/singer-78-1 I have not tried 138 thread on my machines. best of luck. let us know how it goes.
  9. Some fun comments on the 16-88 are here ..
  10. With my big screen monitor I believe you have a 16-88 which is an early top and bottom feed machine. http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Trade-Literature/Sewing-Machines/pdf/sil10-54.pdf talks about it a bit. I would guess that it is a predecessor of the 16-188 but it is just a bluff. Looks like it has sewn miles of seams .. grin .. it could be fun. My old 16k33 uses class 15 bobbins and bobbin cases. I think some 16-188 feet are available.
  11. Hey Guys, Spotted this cool video on youtube about replacing the handwheel with a motor pulley and avoiding the speed reducer. Anyone have experience with this adaptation? There may be some safety issues , but I dont have long hair and have never got my fingers caught in a spoked wheel. Cheap way to slow down an industrial Happy Day Lee
  12. Considering a singer 31-15

    Hey Mr d, Try a Google search like 31-15 leatherworker.net and you will get a number of finds. Parts and supplies very available. Downside.. Notorious for lasting forever.
  13. 111W117 on a table at last

    Hey Mr dikman .. did the machine come to you with the handwheel mod? Looks like you should have great control... bet that chipboard top weighs almost as much as the machine. Keep having fun. Lee
  14. Consew 206RB

    Hey Ramper .. sounds like a great find.. Have fun.
  15. For clarification .. found a decent copy of the 111w155 manual which details threading . I dont remember the source , but the manual had a 1950 copyright.