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  1. Let's go to the charts - love the charts -
  2. If you want to start with an old "home" machine rather than a leather machine you will be disappointed, yes they can sew leather and canvas and do an ok job but not 10OZ, that is to much. I would say look for a Singer 111 (or comparable) or a Singer 29 treadle machine. These machines are typically priced under $500 and easy to use and maintain. Bernina Record 830 - $450 -----NO Domestic 153 -------NO Singer 500A - $50 ----- not a bad machine for $50 bucks if its not locked up and has the cams with it wont do 10OZ of leather, but has great default stiches Singer 401A - $250 ----- Also good machine but $250 is to much - wont do 10OZ leather Singer 15-91 - basic machine will sew like a tank - still wont do 10OZ Pfaff 34-6/2bs --starting to get there but recommend a speed reducer and or servo motor extra $150 for that. Pfaff 360 - Also Nice machine wont sew 10OZ
  3. Ok I grabbed some screen pics of these machines - what a great collection - This is the only Class 8-8 I know of. I think you don't even bother to tan the leather you just roll the whole cow right through those rollers and a saddle comes out the other side. HAHA
  4. This guy has everything, plus some stuff I have never seen before - worth a shot. I have just looked at his pictures never contacted him. Steve's Industrial Leather Sewing Machines 126 Booloongie Road,, 4670 Gooburrum, Australia +61 419 393 750
  5. NICE work!
  6. How about the NEW TechSew 3850. All this in the base package, just under $1700 looks like a great deal? •Powerful compound walking foot feeding mechanism •Sews from 5-6oz leather up to 1/2" thick •10.5" cylinder arm •Extra large capacity bobbin •Reverse feed for reinforcing stitches •Includes chrome plated double-toe foot & center groover foot - will not leave footprints on leather •Equipped with the 1HP 800W Techsew SmartServo motor and speed reducer to sew at slow & controlled speeds - great for novice, intermediate and professional sewers •Large heavy duty flywheel •Uses the same needles, bobbins and presser feet as the Techsew 4100, 5100 series •Includes fully assembled reinforced U-table, bobbin winder, lamp, threadstand, accessories (needles & bobbins), tools, instruction manual •Includes Limited Lifetime Warranty and FREE technical support for the life of your machine •Machine comes pre-threaded, oiled, adjusted and READY TO SEW
  7. I suspect you have the room to mount it like this?
  8. The speed reducer is just a pulley that mounts in between the motor pully and the machine. So you will need that and a second belt.
  9. Ahh the tricky Servo motor question - how slow can you go? Well I can't comment on the "digital part", but the Sew Green 550 servo motor I use has a dial on it that drops the speed down or up. If you want the one-stitch-at-a-time control, you will want to install a speed reducer along with the servo motor. this will let you bring the machine to a crawl. You can get really slow with the servo alone, but it takes a little practice with the foot. There are digital systems that I assume replace the knob with a digital number. I have been happy with this motor and no speed reducer.
  10. Ok - I went to The Vault and found another one, so now we have 2 for the Museum . I don't think many original owners of the these machines ever used them that much. I bet it was a status symbol in the parlor. I paid 18 gazillion dollars for it at a fancy auction.... ok $25 from a yard sale.... What else we got for the Museum?
  11. Personally - I would not recommend a Sailrite. Did you read Wiz's post in the sewing forum on "The Type Of Sewing Machine You Need To Sew Leather" its a great place to start. That being said - here are the basic questions to ask yourself: How many hours are you sewing, hobby or full time? How much $$ do you want to spend? How much time spent fixing sewing machines? I am sure there are a lot more questions to ask but that is a good start. If you go out to CL you will see a number of machines that look big and sew anything and may be in your budget. However they may need constant care-and-feeding, my not be leather machines, and you will be in the sewing machine repair business rather than the sewing leather book business. However if your handy with some tools you can save a lot of money and sometimes get lucky with a machine that is in good order. Now if you are sewing full time and want to make it more than a hobby then you need a newer machine that will be reliable. Personally I am in the sewing machine repair category - so I like the old Singer machines.
  12. Well since that machine does not have reverse, I'm not sure how you got it to go backwards? I have seen them sew "in-place" standing still but not backwards. When you start your first few stiches - make sure you hold the needle thread and bobbin thread tight in one hand, other wise they might not grab and then it wont sew. How did you thread the machine? That also may be the issue.
  13. That Singer base is highly sought-after. They clean up very nice and look great with the old machines.
  14. The front part is fused to the rocker bar and has no play in it so I left it for now. The back part had a bent set-pin. I managed to get the bent one out of the back and re-pin it so now it is tight again. I also found one that was slightly longer so It does not get lost in there. Once they are set they are not easy to remove. I will eventually replace that setup once I find a new rocker-bar.