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  1. Also make sure you actually pull up the bobbin thread through the feed dog hole. You can't just leave the bobbin thread dangling underneath after changing the bobbin. Hold the top thread and hand-turn one cycle to pick up the bobbin thread and bring it to the top. The hold both threads for the first few stitches to avoid tangles underneath.
  2. That Adler 30-5 sure looks like it's worth a loooong drive to pick up. If I was within driving distance, my inquiry to them would go like "I'll take it. When's a good time to pick it up?" https://wichita.craigslist.org/for/6131529553.html
  3. When you get a chance, please let us know exactly what you ordered and how it worked out. Did the folks at Altanta Attachment offer any insights you care to share?
  4. I'm afraid almost nothing form that Pfaff 335 binding kit will fit on a Consew 227. The cylinder arms are totally different. The off-the-shelf binder you're looking for will be similar to this KHF-48 style binder made by Kwok Hing for large diameter cylinder arm swing machines.(http://www.kwokhing.com/KHF/app/app_bi_cy.htm)
  5. The Pfaff 138 gets my vote. There's a detailed topic on that machine:
  6. Many stands in the technical part of the show did indeed have "no cameras" signs plastered all over. The entire Juki stand was off limits for photos and videos. I took only a handful of photos and one video during the show. I may post about a few items here and there as time and motivation allows, but I don't plan to write a detailed trip report.
  7. I stopped by the stand again today to take a closer look. The designer/engineer was there and offered some additional insights. The stand is rather over-engineered in a good way. There is a fair amount of complexity because certain parts are customized to the sewing machine head installed on the stand. So you can't just order a dozen of these stands and sell them to a bunch of people with very different machine heads. Purely hypothetical, if you were a manufacturer of a certain size and affluence in, say, Southern California, you could just order sixty of these stands, have them loaded onto containers and shipped to the Durkopp Adler NA headquarters in Georgia to be fitted with shiny new identical Durkopp Adler 669 cylinder arm machines and then delivered to your factory. That's the way to do it, purely hypothetical. The cost of the stand is only about a quarter of what that Durkopp Adler 669 and Efka drive system runs - a bargain in my opinion, especially if you buy sixty of them.
  8. Having built my share of flatbed table attachments and sewing machine stands, I was duly impressed by the convertible sewing machine stand the French company Echo Positif (http://www.echo-positif.fr) showed at the TexProcess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany today. The lady was very kind to let me film a demo:
  9. The various bits that connect to the guides are listed on the Kwok Hing website: http://www.kwokhing.com/adler/da_guide.htm The zipper guide is called KG-BZ
  10. It sure looks heavy duty to me. That motor can probably operate an elevator. Love that monster hand wheel.
  11. Thank you Eric!
  12. Yes, That Pfaff 335 is for light to medium use. That Adler 105-64 is well suited for heavy materials and 1500 Euro is not really that expensive (it's the Pfaff that's bloody cheap.)
  13. I'd recommend checking with Global Industrial Sewing Machines (http://globalsew.com) in Haarlem, Netherlands. They're just a two hour drive north of you. If you REALLY want to see everything make a day trip to Frankfurt and visit the TexProcess Trade Show that runs from May 9-12. I'll be there, like a kid in a candy store. That show only happens every two years in Europe. For flatbed wheel-driven machines, the Durkopp Adler 887 is one of the current reference machines:
  14. The Consew 206RB-5 is a made-in-China copy of the original made-in-Japan Seiko STH-8BLD-3, which you can buy for around $1,500. Seiko made the older versions of the 206RB for Consew. So if you want a new Consew 206RB-5 with the same quality and reputation as the older ones, buy the Seiko STH-8BLD-3. Very nice machines. Made-in-China by itself is not bad thing per se. You just have to pick the right factory or suppliers. A few decades old is good when it comes to industrial sewing machines. Buy an Adler or Pfaff from the 70's or 80's when Engineers ruled and happy, well paid workers in Germany assembled the machines. TechSew has done their homework and picked good suppliers for their machines from what I can tell.
  15. There actually is a list of numerically sorted part numbers in that particular PDF file. I've seen the numerically sorted pages removed from many PDF scans. I just ran OCR (Optical Character Recognition) text recognition on the PDF file which makes it searchable. You can type in a part number and it should show up three times (or more): once in the grouped parts list, once in the numerically sorted parts list, and once in the picture plate pages. It worked for two of the three part numbers I tried out. Here's the OCR version of the SInger 97-10 parts list that should be text searchable: 97-1_10 OCR.pdf Having searchable PDF files is a step in the right direction. I can search my own PDF archive on my computer for certain mystery part numbers. But my archive of PDF parts lists is incomplete and nobody else has access to it. It would be preferable to have a centralized, online parts look-up system. But that may not be practical (unless Google decides they LOVE vintage sewing machine parts lists.) 97-1_10 OCR.pdf