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  1. Presser feet for the Pfaff 145/545/1245 series are readily available. To see what's available, try a search on Ebay like that looks this: Pfaff (145,545,1245) (feet,plate) You'll get an idea as to what's available. There are vendors on here (including me) who sell parts and can advise you. Get a new throat plate while you're at it, yours has seen better days. You piping/welting task is indeed different from what most leather and upholstery folks do. Most piping feet have the needle on the right side of the piping for upholstery work. Your graphic appears to be a domestic sewing foot. Many folks modify existing feet to fit specialty needs. A simple grinding wheel and polishing wheel, along with some practice and patience often yields good results. Here's the $38 Harbor Freight mini grinder/polisher I use most of the time to modify feet: You may be able to use a double welting foot like this and place your piping in the right channel (ignore or grind off the left channel). You can also try a left-toed foot like this (this is one of the feet I have for sale in my ebay store) : You can also start with a normal double-toed foot and then grind off one side to get the needle very close to the piping. It all depends on how close you need to get to your piping to make the seam work right. In my experience, Kwok Hing is one of the manufacturers who makes very nice quality parts (look for the Logo). Their full selection of Pfaff part is shown here: http://www.kwokhing.com/pfaff
  2. The Pfaff 335/145 series machines have two presser foot springs, one nested inside the other. It appears that on the old casting machines the outer, strong spring is not adjustable. If it is adjustable, I don't really see how. The inner spring is adjustable with the thumb screw, but that spring makes almost no difference. Either I'm missing something or I don't understand the design intent here (other than purposely locking the operator out from making that adjustment for some factory/production reason or saving $0.50 in production cost by not threading the hole and the sleeve.) Only my Pfaff 593 was cooperating in being taken apart to show the thin inner spring (pulled a little). On this machine the sleeve does not have a knurled top. I was able to loosen the set screw that appears to lock the sleeve in place, but the extension sleeve would not budge or move at all after loosening the set screw. On my Pfaff 145, the extension sleeve has a knurled top, which makes it look like it's intended to be manipulated somehow. Unfortunately the set screw that holds that extension sleeve in place is messed up and I can't loosen it. Maybe you are able to move that sleeve up and down to adjust the outer spring, and then lock the sleeve in place again with the set screw. None of my machines were cooperating in testing this theory. On the modern casting of Pfaff 335, the outer spring is adjustable and you can adjust foot pressure: This archive picture of my former Adler 69 shows how on that machine the inner and outer spring on that machine are adjustable with independent, nested, lockable adjustment screws. This seems how it should be, quite frankly. Maybe Adler filed a patent on that design to keep Pfaff from doing it.
  3. So it turns out I don't know how to lower the foot pressure on a Pfaff 335 either! I removed the foot pressure adjustment screw on my Pfaff 145 and it made almost no difference at all in how strong the feet press down. This needs further investigation . . .
  4. Try lowering your presser foot pressure. Many people have the foot pressure set much too high for what they're sewing. Many people don't even know how to change that setting (perhaps because the manual does not talk about it!) Dial back the screw on top of the head to the least amount of pressure that keeps the material from moving when it shouldn't. Support the material with your hands as you sew so the machine needs just a little bit of force to move the material. Don't push or pull on the material, let the machine do the feeding.
  5. My Sewpro has the same interface. Try these:
  6. You'll need to give us more than "P S + -". Brand and model and a photo of the motor would be useful. It's nearly impossible to guess which settings the various manufacturers programmed into these control units. There are no standards, really. You may need to track down a manual.
  7. I'm guessing this is actually a Mitsubishi CU-865. If that's the case, $950 for that machine in nice working condition is a good price in my book. Florida (Miami) Sewing Machines wants $2,100 for their Mitsubishi CU-865 on Ebay. Parts are getting scarce, though. Make sure it's complete.
  8. Those nubbies/nibs/nubs/knots look kind of frayed, too. Perhaps your top thread is getting roughed up as you sew. A larger needle size may help. A brand new needle will fix many problems, too (the best $0.25 you will spend while sewing.) Also check for burrs on your feed dog or elsewhere in the thread path. Pull your thread through the feed dog hole by hand back and forth at various angles - the thread should slide smoothly and not get frayed. Many new few dogs need to be de-burred and polished to work well. Also, I have no clue which machine you are using. Did I miss something? At the corners, perhaps lift the foot only enough to clear and turn the material, but not enough to release top thread tension. Make sure your needle is in the material when you make turns. Make sure you use new, good quality thread, not some old bargain bin special. Lumpy thread will cause all kinds of problems. Make sure the thread pulls off the spool very smoothly without snags. A poorly wound or sticky cone of thread will be trouble. Springy thread that falls off the cone also causes trouble (use a cone sock or sleeve). In general, make sure your thread path is PERFECT! Make sure your bobbins are wound perfectly, too. Thread should pull off the bobbin very smoothly without lumps or snags or changes in tension as you pull with your fingers. Run some tests on scrap leather making "square spirals" with various needle and thread sizes and see which combination works and looks best before you sew more precious belts. Take notes and use the combination that actually worked. Report back with what you found.
  9. The closest thing I could find is the Consew 227R-2 manual . Consew machines were made by Seiko for many years and the Consew 227R-2 should be nearly identical to the Seiko CW-8BV. You can always try to contact Seiko directly and see if they have more info, or an original manual. I don't know much about the binding options for the LCW-8BV, but it likely uses something that looks like this generic KHF48 binder attachment made by Kwok Hing:
  10. The Cowboy CB-4500 is just one of several available machines that are copies/clones of the original Juki TSC-441, which is still in production. The clone machines are nearly identical and the whole group is generally referred to as "441 Class" machines. "Cobra Class 4" and the "Techsew 5100" are among the other options you can choose from. The various vendors use very different names and paint colors for the machines they sell, but they all are essentially identical, well regarded machines with different stands and accessory packages.
  11. Only you can judge in what condition these machines are and what features you care about. Personally, I care about reverse and adjusting stitch length without having to turn the handwheel. Looking at a finished stitch line, nobody can really tell which of these three machines it was sewn on. Only you can tell how enjoyable or painful the experience was. Pick one and start sewing and learn how to maintain the machine. Assuming they're all in good working condition, the Pfaff is the most valuable in that $300 trio. Wear parts like hooks, feet, tension units, needle bars and the like are all available from aftermarket sources at reasonable prices for all three machines. Cheap really is overrated, though, especially if the parts don't work or fit. I bought three different "cheap" tension units for the Singer 111 class until I found one I actually liked (an original Juki LU-562 part - it cost more but is worth every penny and it's the only one I actually installed on a machine.)
  12. Thanks! I used my iPhone 6 for the most recent video snippet. My main video gear is a Canon 70D with either a EF 24-105mm f/4L or the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro lens (when I want to get really close.)
  13. Normally, if everything works just right, you should be able to sew material that just fits under the feet in the highest manual foot lift position. When you lower the foot lift lever, the feet would stay at the same height, but the tension release "slider" would go down and re-engage thread tension. There's a spring between the slider and the clamping block that separates the two and pushes the slider down to release thread tension even if the presser bar clamping block (and feet) stay up.
  14. Thanks for adding some pictures of the Ferdco original, Tor! I've had a piece of stainless steel angle iron sitting in my garage for months now. I bought it intending to machine some of these needle guides from scratch. I may still do it. The part looks simple enough, but making a few dozen with the required precision is not so easy in my experience. I have a contact in Taiwan who is looking to make custom sewing parts, but their minimum order quantity is 300. That may be more than Ferdco ever sold of these things - I think you'd be lucky to sell 30 of these over a few years.
  15. Can you post some close-up pictures of your tension release unit and also the back of the machine? There were some subtle variations on the Adler 69 over time and I'm not sure exactly what your machine has installed. The problem you experience may actually have to do with the thread tension release slider on the back of the machine. It looks similar to this Juki version: This part slides up and down as you lift the feet. The ramp indicated in the picture pushes a large pin through the body to release thread tension up front. There's nothing you can adjust here. The position of the ramp determines when your thread tension starts to release as you lift the feet, and also when thread tension engages again as you lower the feet. This unit may be worn or it may have been replaced at some point with a similar one that works, but isn't quite right. If the ramp position is too high, it will release tension too early as you lift the feet, and tension will re-engage too late as you lower the feet,which sounds a lot like what you're describing. In the long run it may be worthwhile replacing this unit with an OEM new part. The part is itself is cheap but replacing it requires major surgery (I made a video once about replacing this unit on a similar machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aSNYzUTnW4 ) The video also shows how this slider works. This may end up being your long-term fix. As an interim work-around to get you back in business sewing thick dog collars, you can disable the automatic thread tension release. If your machine has the convenient manual tension release tab on the bottom right like this unit: ... then you have the option of disabling the automatic tension release while keeping the convenient manual tension release. You'll loose a minor convenience feature but in return gain maximum sewing functionality. In reality the automatic thread tension release does not work on about half of the project machines when I start working on them. Many people never notice that it doesn't work. To disable the automatic thread tension release mechanism, you can remove the big pin that goes from the back to the front of the machine. This disables the automatic part but keeps the manual tab functional. Removing the big pin is not very hard to do and takes about two minutes. I tried it out on my project machine with an Adler 69 head: