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  1. Good test advice. It should work smooth and the stitching should look good on both sides of your test. Check out some Juki 1541 videos on YouTube and it should give you an idea of what they run and sound like. They have a really nice purrrrrr sound to them.
  2. I don't own one, but I always liked the concept. A simple machine, with a small footprint that can sew really heavy leather. My first issue was, wow they are really expensive, even used they are typically average $800, however if its the right tool for the job then who care what it costs. The second issue was a crank arm vs. a foot pedal. Most of the time I wish I had a few more hands to help me out, so loosing one hand to cranking is a drawback for me. I think I would have bought one of these if it had come in a foot pedal kick-press version. Then I can just stamp out the stiches and use both hands. My last point would be speed, since you crank-out the stiches they are not very fast but if your not concerned with speed of production its no big deal.
  3. I have a hard enough time getting the 80-100 year old machines to work the way they are meant too. I suspect most of these machines we restore had been in service for 50 plus years before they end up in the back of a barn or basement for another 20 or 30 years before I find them. So restoring them is reward enough for me.
  4. It works great. Since I sew canvas and leather most of the time it's fine, but they are right with the big foot and being a flatbed it's harder to accomplish detailed work on smaller projects. It all depends on what your making and how many turns and corners you will have. I love the look of 346 and 415 thread but it's not really necessary for most projects.
  5. only forward----------> no reverse. You stop lift the foot up with the needle down, turn the project 180 then put the foot down, then sew over the last few stiches. While they are tough machines it will be hard to get them to sew an inch thick.
  6. Reverse is typically just for backstitching the end and start of the row. So you go forward 2-3 stiches and then backstitch over that 2-3 stiches then continue on forward until you get to the end and then reverse for 2-3 stiches and done. You don't typically drive the machine in reverse for very far. Try and run with 138 on the top and 92 in the bobbin and see if that makes a difference. Also with a new machine it should work correctly I would contact Tecsew support and see if they can help get it adjusted right.
  7. Well here is my Singer 7 head in the Black next to the Adler 20 head. They look the same to me.
  8. I suspect if it only runs a few minutes at a time - with the belt off - it has issues and you should contact the company.
  9. Could it be that it is just getting overloaded? It says something about that on the PDF. Reduce the load? Not sure if that means your belt it to tight, or the wheel to heavy? Or maybe the project to thick? But I am sure it is one of them CSM1000.pdf
  10. So your at this show now - anything else impressive you want to share?
  11. Sure I don't NEED it but yes I want it. Just like I want this!
  12. I would not have been able to turn those down for free, but then I have yet to find a machine I don't want.
  13. Sure I know it's an Adler - I was using the Singer 7-31 for comparison since the head parts look identical and when I would look up the Adler 20 it always had that flat plate on the front of the head mine does' have that. So since I could not find a picture of the Adler 20-20 that looked like mine I was wondering if it may have started out as an Adler but someone rebuilt it with the Singer class 7 head parts? No big deal now I just have to get it back togeather and working now.
  14. Sure we can figure something out. I will get some pics of it and measure it. I have 3 45k that I have been stripping the parts from. Not sure what's left on them? I will get some pics.
  15. There is a Chandler 108b, if it is still available I see on CL - Massachusetts - I think that would be a medium weight machine?