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  1. Hi Constabulary, I will post a picture of what I have... It is a real bastardised Singer 111w It has a lever for stitch length adjustment and also does reverse. Its German made and is called Singer 111wd180. I can find no information on it.. It came with a spare presser bar with a roller attached. So I have installed it and wish to set it up properly. Cheers Alex PS I now have a spare shuttle carrier for the Claes. Maybe you can convert your 201 to the larger spool 203... I can lend it to you for an extended period...
  2. The Patent Elastic is the forefather of the Claes patcher and the Claes patcher can do 12 mm. It is far superior to the Singer, in that respect... The Slaes patcher is rebadged for the US market as.... hmm I have forgotten...I will find out later. Alex
  3. Hello all, I have a strange singer 111w, which is needle feed only. I have an old singer rolling presser foot, but no matching needle plate or feed dogs. I understand that I need a single line feed dog, but there seems to be two types. One with a teeth both infront and behind the needle hole and another type with teeth only behind. I will need to do sharp turns and I wonder if the feed dog with teeth behind the hole would be best. Do you have any advice? Thanks Alex
  4. Thanks for posting... I think I am going to give it a go... I have a few tools from a cobbler, a press and a few other things.. I am waiting for this book, "Handmade Shoes for Men" by Laszlo Vass and Magda Molnar,to arrive before Christmas and then I'll have a crack... First, I might try replacing a leather sole on an old pair of shoes.. Cheers ALex
  5. Despite not owning one of their machines and being on the wrong side of the pond...Ryan O ' neel has been nothing but helpful and courteous, despite me not spending big bucks... That's great service.. I just wanted to let my appreciation be known.. Cheers Alex
  6. aw.... "handy?!" that's terrible... Thanks Tom for the work on making it a searchable pdf...That's a real bonus... Does anyone have anymore glove resources, maybe we can add them here? There is not much around.. Cheers Alex
  7. Well, I am going to give it another go this year after last year's disasters.... Someone has taken the time to upload this information from a long out-of-print glove making book from the 30's... Have a look here... and let us know how you get on... http://livingstonjewelers.com/gloves.html Cheers Alex
  8. Hello YinTx, You certainly do some neat and careful work, which is a joy to look at. I have never seen such polished tools, and I guess they help you. Can you remember where you bought them from? Cheers Alex
  9. As Constabulary said, its very close to a Claes. The arm looks to be the same in shape and form. Check out the very early Claes machines... Its seems to be somewhere between them and the later CLaes RPX. However, the take-up lever with its spring system is different to what I have seen. ALthough i have not really researched it.. Cheers Alex
  10. This sounds the most sensible and easiest thing to do. The grinder/sander is something that almost everyone will have access to Cheers Alex
  11. After removing the teeth, why not simply sandblast the base to make rough and then polish by hand to the smoothnes you wish?
  12. Hi Glenn, Thanks for the info. I am just waiting for an invoice.... I am glad to hear the modern feet will fit the patcher... Cheers ALex
  13. Hi shoepatcher, I am in Germany, so maybe your guy would not be willing to send here... Its funny how you can find the presserfoot for the patcher, there but I cannot here... I have found something new about the CLaes 214-1. The foot can either be fixed or move with the leather, in the same way as the Adler 105-8. My feeddogs are a little sharp so I will blunt them with some 1000 grit sandpaper
  14. Hi Constab, Yes it was a good find... I must say I am very pleased with it and the fact that it does not seem to mark the leather too much. This time I made sure that I got all the extras with it... It took me a while to realise that these can be as expensive as the machine itself... Funily enough I bought two Claes machines in a matter of two weeks... My Singer Patcher was stolen about 6 months ago from the Keller Taush and I have been scouring the internet for a replacement since then. The Claes Patcher is simply superior in every way... Accept I cannot get presser feet...Yet.. It does have a reverse, as you suggest. I wonder why it would have a wider feed dog... more surface are to grip, but for what? Thanks for the offer of the manuals... I'll pm you shortly. Cheers Alex
  15. Well Gentlemen, I got myself a Claes 214 at the weekend.... It was a bit of a chore, but finally got it home... I have posted pics of it in the "leather machinary" section by mistake.... Have not yet managed to move it here... Thank you all very much for so willingly giving up some of your knowledge to help a fellow sewer. Cheers Akex