Contributing Member
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Primosand

  • Rank

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Hermosa Beach CA
  • Interests
    Purses, lined duffle bags and backpacks for now

LW Info

  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Just starting out
  • Interested in learning about
    Sew leather and what machine to buy
  • How did you find
    Sewing machine research on the web

Recent Profile Visitors

1,466 profile views
  1. Hello

    I'm NOT a pro ..... But I can offer a few tips. I sew big heavy bags and backpacks for fun and I make and sew up Sunbrella canvas boat covers, biminis and boat upholstery for the well heeled. My go to machine is a Consew 226R with a 550 watt Consew servo motor and a speed reducer pulley. You can spot these machines a mile away. They all look the same regardless of who made them. They are still around because they are excellent, reliable, old school machines. But the older models have smaller bobbins. My Consew 226R still has the older smaller bobbin. Do a little research and figure out when the various brands started going to a bigger bobbin. Seiko, Juki, Consew. And it must be a compound feed machine. I paid $730 for my 226r had to fix a broken upper thread tension lever and added the servo and speed reducer pulley. Watch all of Uwe Groose's fix it videos you learn a lot about fixing things yourself. Good luck finding a new machine.
  2. TechSew SS800 1hp servomotor w/ needle positioning

    This post is clear as mud.
  3. WTB cylinder walking foot machine

    Uwe Groose is in Detroit. I'd buy a used machine off him before buying anything new.
  4. Durkopp Adler 467-FA373 complete $800

    Wow, very nice, such a deal. Sorry to hear about the bankruptcy, hope it doesn't land on you too much Uwe
  5. Hello

    Sorry you're right it says your son not your mom my mistake. Well done on the picture. Now I gotta see this fancy mini headrest that so complicated or I won't be able to sleep at night. Listen Jess I've now bought a lot of sewing machines both before and after going broke. Before going broke I would walk into a store, see a machine demo get impressed and "buy", pay top dollar or even extra top dollar for new machines that were good machines but not what I needed and not worth anywhere near what I paid. Now that I'm ..... lets say "short on funds" I am very careful with what I buy. I have to be. I sit at the computer and over time watch everything that is for sale .... everything. When I'm not on the computer I'm at my sewing machineS learning how in hell they were able to make these complicated Mini headrests because I can't afford to call the guy. The machines I buy now are exactly what I need and only what I need to do that complicated Mini headrest, or whatever I'm trying to learn. I take my time and watch a posted sewing machine ad for a while. Dose it get snapped up right away? If not the price will eventually drop. My twin needle Pfaff 142-6 was listed at $1200. I paid $450. These little domestic Pfaff machines 230-260 and 332-260 were $80 and $100 (fine little machines but NOT industrial leather machines). You just need to learn "what machines are really designed to do" and patiently wait for yours to come up for sale at a reasonable price. I'm in Los Angeles where there are probably a lot of machines but still I am amazed at how the right machine does come along for sale if you just patiently wait for it. I use craigslist, Offer-Up, Facebook and I watch estate sales (all online) Uwe Grosse makes YouTube videos (the best in the world) that will teach you how to fix, time and dial in your own industrial leather machines. He's a member here on this site and sells an occasional restored machine. "thesergeant" is another YouTube guy well worth checking out because he makes a lot of videos about a bunch of different machines and explains what each machine is capable of doing and how each compares to all his other machines. I like to put a 550 watt servo motor and a speed reducer pulley on my leather machines. Even if I hardly ever get a chance to do leather. It gives you quit, comfortable control and added torque. With my very limited sewing experience a clutch motor is just plain scary. Good luck and post pictures when you can. jeff
  6. Hello

    No PICTURES! (of the wrong machine you bought and your mom's mini) and no mention of what machine you bought. Youre not going to get much help with that approach. Before you hire someone to do the head rests look up a guy named "Cechafio" on YouTube. This is exactly what he does (car leather) and he has a bunch of good videos showing how he does it. Practice with fake leather a few times untill you figure it out. This will also teach you about what machine you should buy next. Good luck
  7. Just started

    I'd like to see what your new ideas for your motorcycle bags looks like. (pictures). I've just cleared my cutting table after doing of a batch of nylon bags for grocery shopping. They have outlawed single use plastic grocery shopping bag here in southern California. Now id like to get back to a leather bag. Probably a small, ladies backpack/purse type thing. Its still in my head. I've just got my new twin needle pfaff 142-6 set up with servo and a speed reducer so its ready to do leather. It came with 1/4 inch needle gage and I'm hioing that won't be too narrow. I also have a new $80 pfaff 230-260 that I got working and I'm very impressed with this little machine. I was able to put nylon webbing handles on my grocery bags using a "satin stitch" with that little machine. It did sound like I was running a lawn mower though. Let us see what you motorcycle bags look like ...... Pictures
  8. recycled table and top

    very nice
  9. Greetings from Michigan

    Elizabeth, After contacting the Amazon seller "Zero Express" for a return authorization for the Consew 3000 (they email authorization and if you ask a free UPS shipping label) I sat down at my computer last night and ordered a new servo motor AND bit the bullet and ordered a $$$ speed reducer pulley. I bought the old style Consew Premier 550-1 with the finger dial on the body where you have to reach under the table to adjust speed. The cheapest SRP I could find was on Ebay : It was $169.28 with California tax and free shipping !! The servo motor was only $105 with no tax and free shipping. I can't believe the Chinese or the US sewing machine import merchants can't flood the US with speed reducer pulleys on the cheep. So now I wait a week. I'll need to figure out what size my second belt will be and get that ordered. I have to drive an hour into the garment district in Los Angeles to buy these things but after the gas and $12 for parking it's usually cheaper to buy on Amazon. As for finding a reputable service guy. Don't waste your time or money. You need to learn to be your own "go to guy". I did. I fix my own machines now .... all of them. I've restored 4.5 domestic vintage machines (sold two and made money) and I fixed/replaced the "tension release slide arm" on my Consew 226. When I bought the 226 it was my 1st industrial machine and the seller/repair guy said it was in great shape and that he'd had gone through and fixed any and all issues and it would last me forever. I paid $730, it came with a Consew 550-1 watt servo and a clean, decent but not new table. (No locking caster wheels) When I realized the thread tension wasn't releasing when I lifted the presser foot I went on-line to see what was up. And lucky for me and you there was this guy "Uwe Groose " who makes the very best "how to fix your industrial sewing machine" videos in the world. His videos are so well done it made the repair look "doable ".... and it was. It is extremely satisfying to do your own repair work. When you do your own repair you know "what was really done" you know "what it really cost" AND "how your machine works". Others that helped with that repair was Gregg O'Neil at KeyStone Sewing Machines who got me a Japanese made part after I bought a Chinese made replacement part that was junk. Constabulary and Wizcrafts are two more forum members that know their stuff and were willing to help. There are a lot of very experienced members on the forum and they've all been very willing to help "us" less experienced figure it all out so ..... ask your questions and learn to do it yourself. Tip number 1: Take a ton of pictures as you dismantle a machine to make a repair. enjoy your new machines.
  10. Greetings from Michigan

    Dialing in a machine the way "you" like it. This is the set up that works best for me ..... on my Consew 226 I have a Consew Premier CSM550-1 (550 watt) servo motor with a speed reducer. The reason this Consew servo motor works so well for me is that I was able to open it up and disable the brake. With the brake disabled (I think I just removed the brake shoe pads, it's been a while) I can start to feather it up to speed so slowly that I can clearly see the thread being pulled or dragged through the the needle. I can also control the speed well enough to take 3 or 4 steps (stitches) forward with "no jump at all" and 3 or 4 back to lock in the start of a seam. I can also slow it down when coming to the end of a seam where I have to put the needle on a specific mark and then carefully/slowly back stitch it again to lock and finish the seam. I usually sew with a bonded nylon and or poly thread T-69 , T-90 and T-138 and 18, 21, or 23 needle for reference but it shouldn't matter what you use. The other thing I love is it has the power to push through a knot of just about any fabric at a dead crawl. Leather or like this last job with ballistic nylon where it's folded over a few times at a seam/corner and you need to sew through as many as 5, 6, 7 or 8 layers. It will slowly drive the needle through it like butter. Reminds me of tiny hydraulic press. No doubt the speed reducer is contributing to the desired slow speed, torque and control. Another really nice touch are the 4" casters with brakes that I've put my tables on. I can easily move the machines over to my cutting table (dinning table) if I'm doing a large canvas boat cover for instance so that the table can support the weight of the heavy canvas or roll the machines out on my patio to work outside. It makes the tables much taller than normal but I've found that with my bad eyes it just brings the work up a bit closer to where I can see it. The problem I have with this new Consew CSM 3000 (750 watt) that I just bought for my double needle Pfaff 142-6 is that I can't figure out how to disable the brake. So when it starts up it's like it "jumps into motion" all be it to the slowest speed (200-500 spm) rather then the needle slowly starts to move. Same thing with the stop it just comes to s screeching stop instead of letting me slow it down. This CSM 3000 is a newer style of motor (with digital speed control out front on the on/off switch box ... very nice) but does not have the mechanical brake that my older CSM 550-1 has. I've googled "servo motor brakes" a bit and these newer Consew servo motors may have a magnetic brake. I've opened up both ends of the motor and was still unable to figure out how to disable the brake. If any of you folks out there that know what you're doing and can shed some light on this servo motor brake business I'd like to hear from you. If I can't figure out how to disable the brake and get control of this newer servo I'll have to return or exchange it for the older Consew model or buy a different brand that has much more control over startup speed and stopping. Looks like I'll probably have to pony up the money for a speed reducer pulley as well, something I was hoping wouldn't be necessary this time around. jeff
  11. Greetings from Michigan

    Hi Elizabeth, Today I'm finishing a rush job that must be done to by 3:00 so I can't talk much. But wanted to let you know I have a Consew 226 and love it. Servo motors ...... yes. Clutch motors .... NO !!! I'll show you my set up with servo and speed reducer pulley when I have more time. It's dialed in and perfect for leather. My new Pfaff 142-6 twin needle that I just got isn't dialed in because I just bought the wrong servo motor. (don't buy a Consew Preimer 3000, 750 watt) Does a Singer 111w155 have reverse? I know the consew 226 does. You want reverse. jeff
  12. Servo motors for leather sewing

    Thanks for the input gentlemen. I've ordered a 750W motor rather than a 550W. I'm going to try it out without a speed reducer or needle position and see how it works. I figure I can add the other items later if needed. Interesting that a speed reducer screws up an add on needle position device. I had not considered that. thanks again for the help.
  13. Hi Folks, I'm looking for a little advise before I spend my money. I recently bought a Pfaff 142-6, twin needle upholstery machine that came with a clutch motor. I want to upgrade it with a new servo motor. I'd like to know a couple of things before I spend my money.. 1. 550W or 750W ? I have Consew 226R with a 550W Consew servo motor and a speed reducer pulley set up similar to the way Cowboy or Cobra cylinder arm machines come new. It works great but would a 750W work even better? 2. Does adding a speed reducer pulley add torque (piercing power) at very low speeds? Leather sewing speeds. 3. What particular brands are the best deals (bang for your buck) on a servo motor these days? (are all brands the same?) Check out my new Pfaff 142-6 pictures below. I'm so proud, always wanted a twin needle machine but that clutch motor is down right scary and has to go. What is a perfectly good clutch motor good for in a re-purposed kinda way? I was thinking a polisher for cleaning up vintage sewing machine parts that have a bit of rust. Thanks in advance for any advice you'd care to share. jeff
  14. Hello from Maine!

    Interesting machine. I will start watching for Singer 114W103's Good luck
  15. Singer 132K6 for sale

    Dennis, sadly your machine is out of my budget at the moment and shipping it across country would really put it out of my budget. So I'd like to ask you a couple questions about Singer if you don't mind. I've never owned or used a Singer before. I've recently started restoring Italian made, vintage 1950s Necchi sewing machines. These are marvelous, very well machined, but little (domestic) sewing machines. If I'm not sewing with #138 or heavier thread I'm just not happy. While scouring Craigslist, estate sales and the like for vintage deals you run across a bunch of old Singer machines. Both large and small (industrial and domestic) some some like new and some a pile of rust and neglect. Prices are sometimes very low .... like $80-$100 for an industrial that needs a lot of work. I can't tell if your machine has a reverse on it. I'd like to identify one or two models of industrial, American made Singers that can do what your machine does as easily as your machine does it but with "reverse", maybe even a zigzag feature although zigzag is not really that important to me. A straight stitch machine that can calmly walk through a 1/2" of tough leather so slow that you can see the thread being pulled through the needle is what I'm looking for. I'm guessing that Singer parts are far more available than say Adler or Pfaff just based on how many you see up for sale so I'm guessing that restoring an old Singer would be the quickest way to wind up with a fine old machine like yours at a price that I can afford. What model/models of older Singers can do what your machine does, has a reverse feature, with replacement parts being relatively easy to obtain? thanks for your time.