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  1. Here is another option for squeezing an industrial size machine onto an domestic treadle. Photos and idea with permission of Bruce Day. Simple axle and sheeves move the drive outside of the the frame More Pictures at https://sites.google.com/site/oldironmachines/home/bruce-days-treadle-mod Sorry about the huge pictures ... Lee
  2. The 3/16 -32 mounting hole mr greg identified above accepted a #10 -32 on my seiko stk 8bld3 . Seemed like a very nice fit. Equivalent.. dont know. Easier to find for me.
  3. Hi All, Getting my timing reset from previous owner was indeed tedious. I was also impeded by contact issue. Ultimately resolved after much fussing about. Thanks Uwe for the clarifying photos. Lee
  4. The treadle plate looks to have been made for a wooden pitman. It is pretty easy to make a hybrid. e-friend bernie describes the process at : http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachineshop/hybridpitman/hybridpitman.html I personally have taken a two part motor control rod (pitman?) and clamped onto the stub a shortened treadle pitman and bent a loop to fit over the treadle plate stub. Not pretty, but it worked well and only required a hammer and a vice. Lee
  5. Cool find. Here is a shot of the motor clutch that came on my 21w180. It is a Wheeler Wilson Clutch with a 1890s patent.. Looks like the harp from a domestic machine attached to a wooden frame. .
  6. lots of bobbin winder tips from weavers on youtube like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vNEcI6c1B8 lots of interesting details
  7. Ok, I tried both... spooled off a bit, then rewound some on some kind of factory spool from the antique mall up in georgia (looks like a shuttle bobbin?). Used a wooden dowel in a power drill. I have to be more careful to keep it from puddling at the bottom. Looks like it working fine, sewing with no dropped stitches. thanks guys
  8. Whoops, just put on a different spool and everything is good. Ok, tossing the junky full spool. Thanks for comments. Lee
  9. Funny you mention that .. The label has "Old Heavy " penciled in ..
  10. Hey Guys, still having fun with my Seiko STH 8BLD3. I have a couple 16 oz spools of v92 poly of on my vintage stand which is about 2' tall. I have not used V92 much in the past and only on 4 or 8 oz spools. The black bonded poly (full, came with the Seiko) appears to be recent vintage and and does not unspool easily. The thread is fairly stiff and feels like it is breaking loose as it comes off, and drags quite a bit as it comes over the shoulder of the thread. It causes a crazy high "pre-tension". My first working solution was to improvise a thread guide another foot above thread stand. This reduced the angle of the pull off the spool and yields a much reduced pull tension. Seems to be working. Any thoughts? Junky thread (I had been using dabond)? Lee in Florida
  11. Hey CD Welcome to the 78 Club .. I now have a 78-1 and 78-3 and cannot tell any difference between (just visual side by side, not detail examination). Mine works well with the standard 31-15 knee lift mechanism.. It dropped right into a 31-15 treadle-power-treadle table. I have done a lot of piecing with mine and it works great. Very capable machine. I have not found a live source for the feet. Yes, it does handle heaver thread than the 31-15. What is the metal cylindrical chunk above the stitch length adjuster? Thread lube pot? Where did you find your replacement shuttle. I found replacement needle plate on the online auction site. I wonder what the little cutter under the needle plate is meant to do? Got some pictures of my 78-1 at: https://sites.google.com/site/oldironmachines/home/singer-78-1 Happy Day Lee
  12. I think it is the rotating mass of the huge handwheel that smooths out the compression resistance of the vibrating foot during the material feed part of the cycle. You can easily feel the resistance change with the lighter handwheels in place. LIke pushing a dolly that has a wheel with a flat spot, or a light daysailer trying to punch through a short chop. WIth this rig the treadling is pretty darn smooth. This combination also has good contact on the belt drive surface , so slipping is not a problem. Lucky to have the spare 42-5 hanging around. I kinda like the multi-generational aspect of the setup, treadle, handwheel , machine, probably near 100 years start to finish! I can frequently start sewing no handed and can sew as slow as 2 stitches per second under foot power. looks like 2 stitches per treadle cycle. Having fun in Florida Hey Uwe. Thanks for the stitch gauge pdf. easy to use. file is at http://docs.uwe.net/SLG.pdf Lee
  13. Colt, those are some fine looking bags. Lee
  14. Hey .. You peek into my garage? Need a powered stand cheap in Florida?
  15. So cutting the story short ... A Craigs List Find where the owner volunteered a price of $800 to get it out of the house (bad family memories). Please believe me that the lady knew what she was doing, understood the deal she was giving me, and that I did not fast talk some poor widow (also very not poor). Seiko STH 8BLD3 .. much like the more common Consew 206RB5, new table with servo motor and foot operated foot lifter .. The machine appears to have been only partially setup. No oil in the tanks, no rubber feet on the table to protect the pretty tile floor. She did not know how to thread it. So I did a basic walk through with her, oiled a little , sewed a little and gave her a chance to change her mind. Nope, she was happy that I would get use of the machine. WOW, sometimes it pays to be friendly. So I load her up and bring her home, fretting about which treadle machine will be moved to the garage. In a moment of inspiration I found that it dropped right in the Singer 31-15 table top on top of the old patcher treadle. After swapping out the handwheel for a spare monster Handwheel from a Singer 42-5 the rig sews great under treadle power. A quick experiment showed 15 layers of Sunbrella sewed fine under foot power. This would not be able to do heavy duty for leather, but will do just fine for my heavy cloth sewing (and there is always the power table if I need it). Thought you guys would like to know .. I understand this is a bit weird .. but it works for me. Lee