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  1. Just call or email Sergey at SewPro directly. He's a nice guy and best source for pricing info, since he's the only one selling the SewPro line. Weaver sells Adler 205-370 clones for around $4,650 (or considerably less if you sign up for their wholesale program). The Adler 205 synchronized binder kit by itself runs about $500. Cowboy/Hightex also make a Adler 205 clone, but they cost more than the Cowboy 4500. A good industrial sewing machine will last decades in caring hands. Lease and utility payments for a retail shop is money you will never see again. Pretend you already have a retail shop, sell some bags through your current sales channels set that "retail shop" money aside. You'll be able to afford a good machine every couple of months.
  2. Any Cowboy dealer should be able to order Cowboy or Hightex parts. Otherwise, what's the point of being a Cowboy dealer? Neal's Saddlery is apparently the authorised distributor for Cowboy products in the U.S. - check with them if your favorite dealer can't get the parts you need. Cowboy 4500 with fixed binder: Cowboy 4500 with synchronized binder: The synchronized movement of the binder seems exaggerated on the Cowboy 4500 - it moves much more than the needle. On the Adler 205, a hole in the arm allows installation of a "finger" that does the synchronized movement:
  3. The Cowboy 3200 and Cobra Class 4 are both variations on the Juki TSC-441 design. Both are fine machines, but neither of them will do binding as well as the Adler 205 design. They rank about the same on the monster scale, the Cowboy 3200 being more of a stubby monster. If money is no object, consider the new Juki LS-2372 (around $7K), less of a monster but only slightly less intimidating when you sit in front of it. The next step down on the monster scale are Juki LS-1341 or Adler 269 class machines, which also have many aftermarket copies floating about. Here's a video that show three different Durkopp Adler machines (205, 269, 69) doing binding work. The Durkopp Adler 269 may actually be a good candidate for range of work.
  4. I have the swing down edge guide parts available, send me PM for details. Here's a photo of the edge guide presser foot Kwok Hing makes, but I don't have these in stock right right now:
  5. The feet in that ebay listing above are standard Singer 111 class feet and will not fit your Cobra. You can also use a swing-down edge guide to guide along an edge of a layer on top of another material. The edge guide roller can "float" above the bottom layer and follow the edge of the top layer. You'll need the edge guide (KG-867 or KG967), and mounting adapter (KB205), and a hand lever extension (UX441).
  6. One of the very few machines I know of that excels at heavy duty leather sewing AND binding is the Durkopp Adler 205 class with a synchronized binder. Durkopp Adler stopped making the originals a few years back, but aftermarket copies are readily available, e.g. the SewPro 205-420 with the binder setup shown in the video below. Weaver and other vendors also sell Adler 205 clones. The Juki TSC-441 class is more popular, but when it comes to binding, the Adler 205 is the superior design.
  7. ...and the thread tension discs should NOT open during normal sewing. If they do, something is not right. Normal walking foot movement during sewing should not actuate the tension release mechanism.
  8. Consew 226 r-1

    One of my videos shows how to reset the safety clutch at the 1:20 mark https://youtu.be/1wNBPX8i524?t=1m20s
  9. Taking TK-8BL Sewing Machine

    And as soon as we get the perfect belt installed, the "how do I slow it down" saga begins. Perhaps a new servo motor that is adjustable both in position and speed would be prudent investment right now, especially since the whole setup itself was free to begin with.
  10. Taking TK-8BL Sewing Machine

    Most motors have an adjustable mount that allows you to move motor position and adjust belt tension. Belts are available in 1 inch increments over a large range. Just get the right size belt so that you adjust belt tension via the motor pivot. That's what everybody else does, or should be doing.
  11. Compression spring for Ferdco Pro 2000

    Nothing super special about the spring, really. Juki Part No. 210-50802, should be less than $10. This is what a new spring looks like:
  12. Here's a Pfaff model number and subclass decoder document: In Introduction To The Pfaff Numbering System.pdf
  13. Compression spring for Ferdco Pro 2000

    Bob's number shows up twice in the signature at the bottom of his post. You'll know which machine it's based off if you give us a chance to tell you after we get a look at it.
  14. Taking TK-8BL Sewing Machine

    Heck, if it's free just get it and report back! Don't overthink it. It'll be a great machine to learn with no matter what. Chances are good that it's a really nice machine. I'm voting for the the Taking TK-8BL being a clone of the Seiko STH-8BL:
  15. Compression spring for Ferdco Pro 2000

    You'll have to find out which machine your Ferdco is based on. I'm guessing it's either a Juki or Seiko. Knowing the original make and model opens up your parts sourcing options a great deal. Post a few pictures of your machine so we can narrow down the make and model of the original machine.