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  1. Tippmann Boss VS CB 3200

    I really like the concept of The Boss, small footprint can be made portable, sews thick leather, no power needed ect. That's also what its drawback are. Since its so small its not great for larger projects, since you have to hand crank you loose one hand to the crank vs a foot pedal and two hands on the project. Hand cranking and clutching (like a motor cycle) is tedious. Someplace between 50 and 100 cranks you will loose patience with this process and your cranking may get a little lazy and not complete your follow-through up\down correctly and the machine may bind up. It' funny in the Cowboy Outlaw video he actually says "run this machine like your angry at it". In the demo videos they typically run the machines with small scraps of firm veg-tan, rather than actually making something. As your making your decision look for some videos of people actually making things and watch how they use the machine and their hands. Then picture yourself making the same project, you can crank-it-out -angry style, or gently guide it along peacefully. Good luck.
  2. Singer 111W153 & table resto project

    Looks great! I want a sandblaster! You should get a Servo motor for it. That giant clutch motor while they look great there is really nothing great about them. The Rex Servo is about $100 buck on Amazon, I have got a few and they work great. The best upgrade you can do for the machine, other than a sandblaster.
  3. Help! I'm reaching the end of my tether!

    I sold this machine a few years ago, it was working when I sold it. I'm sure that part could have been wrong, if I ever come across another one I will have to compare.
  4. Help! I'm reaching the end of my tether!

    Correct that is the 51. They are all 80 year old puzzles and figured any tricky thing to look for may help out a little. When I put that head back together it was stiff and didn't spin smoothly, I took it apart 3 more times and then finally got it to spin smooth and I still have no idea what I changed. Does that k3 have an internal presser foot spring? Or is it getting foot pressure from the bar?
  5. Help! I'm reaching the end of my tether!

    There are a number of items that can keep the 29k from making a stitch. A few are really simple and frustrating. Some include worn parts on the inside of the head, but lets assume they are ok. From what I understand its sewing "in place" and not advancing the leather. So even if it was not threaded and you just blank stitched you would not get even stitch holes? Or are you getting very small stitch holes in a line? Here are a few things to check. On the back of the 29 there should be a wing nut sliding adjustment, move that all the way to one side and the other. When you raise and lower the foot, that spring should compress and release. Sometimes it gets stuck and wont release so you don't get any pressure on the foot. You may need more oil in there and not even know its stuck until you hear it click release. But if the foot has no pressure and not moving its probably the spring. So check that tension on the spring and see if it is actually doing its job, and you feel pressure when you raise and lower the foot lever. That little screw in the front middle under the second tension assembly is annoying and I'm not sure of its value other than to frustrate. So loosen that and it makes the machine work. If the machine is feeding correctly and you have the right pressure on the leather and getting spaced holes and its still not picking up the bottom thread. Flip the needle plate around. It has 2 sets of holes, again not sure why, one set works and the other does not. This can also be frustrating. Once you find the side of the plate that works mark it with a dot. Last thing, since the head can rotate by turning the Wings, there may be one direction it prefers and it will start sewing. I guarantee that direction is not directly forward like you think it should be. So turn the wings that rotate the foot to the right slightly and then left slightly and see if you find that point it actually picks up the thread. This also means that you have a worn track in there and a few parts need updating.
  6. Singer 111w155 stitch length selector “wacky”

    That is tricky. If its not adjusting the "normal way" take a look under the hood. Tip the machine back and rest it on a block if you don't have a tilt-knob there, this way you can use both hands. Watch as the plunger pops in place, the eccentric lever arm then should move smoothly in/out as you turn the wheel. I am going to guess that its not moving or slipping and the feed eccentric needs to be reset. Here are the Singer instructions.
  7. Bag kote and waxed leather. No go?

    I think once you added the "homebrew" oil/wax product (depending on how well it set in) I don't think you going to want to cover that with a finish. The leather will breath from the rough side and your olive oil mixture will start to mold and using the bag-kote will then trap the mold in, it wont be pretty. So you would clean that off as best you can with a leather soap, then use a leather dressing\conditioner. The "food based" oils are not good, your project will get sticky and mold-up. You can experiment with your own formulas, and process but I would stay away from the cooking oils.
  8. Starting Leather Working

    WOW - he did cover a lot in that video, and I'm glad that works for him. I would recommend you don't follow those instructions. I do recommend finding a basic leatherworking class before you start. They will go over what you need and what you don't and the correct order to making a project. In the mean time watch the videos from Weaver Leather, they do a great job of how to get started.
  9. Singer 111w155 stitch length selector “wacky”

    You pressing the stitch-selector release button/plunger just to the right of the inner cover plate and you turn the hand wheel slowly till you feel that button drop into place. Then you turn the hand wheel and read the stitch selector window numbers, and hope they actually line up with the correct count. If they don't its not a huge deal, you just figure out the math as you set it. Then release the button and its all set.
  10. What singer is this?

    I will bet its a 29k51. A great machine other than the small bobbin size that is common on 29 machines. I like the hand wheel on the side, those parts are harder to find.
  11. Singer 7-31 dimensions

    When you get a freight quote, they give you a few options. You can have it delivered directly to your house or place of business, but if you don't have a loading dock (like at home) then they charge you an extra $50-$80. So it is less expensive if you pick a freight terminal and you then pick it up. The tricky part with that is then you need to unpack it and load it yourself, these machines are heavy so bring help.
  12. Are sewing machines worth the money

    The machine will last a lifetime, unlike my computer or phone, and if I wanted to sell it they really hold there value. One of the less discussed benefits of this investment is the ability to quickly prototype new projects that I was not willing or able to tackle before. I can grab some low grade veg-tan, trace out a project and sew it up in 20-30 minutes and typically the first draft looks pretty good. This is a really big deal, it helps you flush out ideas and concepts that you would never want to take 2-3 hours and hand-sew. So your skills and designs will improve very quickly. This flexibility is really amazing you will be making things left and right just because you can and it become rather addictive. I grab some scrap from one project and make a small leather case out if it, pound a snap on it and give it away as a gift. Also people will start bringing you there stuff to fix and unlike before when you had to hand-sew, you will be excited and patch a bag or a backpack in a few minutes. Its really great feeling.
  13. Singer 7-34 Manual and Needle Type

    Here is the PDF. Singer 7 CLASS_all_instructions.pdf
  14. Special edition? Cb4500

    I wonder how far it traveled, is it still in the same State it was shipped to? I think it became self-aware and escaped off the tuck, we can call it Johnny-4500!
  15. Loking at a 111W113

    Once motor is removed place in bag and recycle it. You will want a Servo motor. That is a good looking machine.