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About ljk

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  • Birthday 03/24/1944

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    50 years of sewing, and leather working, embroidery machine
    owner, operator, mechanic and digitizer. Clicker die maker
    and operator. Sewing machine mechanic, volunteer sewing
    machine service on domestic machines at Colorado location.
    I own 40 machines

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    sheaths, bags, shoes, boots
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    Old sewing machines and related.
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    I have 2 staplers back in a corner of my garage in Fl. I'm still in Colo. until Nov. Shoot me a e-mail after Nov. 10 if your still looking. tx Lynn
  2. Hello I have downloaded this info which may help your research. One of my trades is auto upholstery and I have been interested in the various leathers used. Why do european cars left in hot florida sun interiors deteriorate so quickly? The site I showed you shows a south carolina location. I know we have car production that of which some are exported. Do they have to meet european specifications. The site specs. veg tanned only and I would like to know how durable it is. I think your research will show that modern leather is corrected, thinner, more flexible, and not as durable. I also think 3rd world countries are making chrome finished splits with questionable durability. Keep in touch tx Lynn
  3. Help with Singer 112w116

    I downloaded image from e-bay. This type of assembly is used on heavier machines, such as 112, 144, and 145. I would call machine dealers on this site for the parts you need. tx Lynn
  4. Is a serger what I need?

    I have a bunch of Merrow machines. I keep 3 in use for a Merrowed edge for custom patches. Very sturdy machine but not very heavy. I run mine with std. domestic sewing motors. Once set up they are very reliable. Bought my first one from online dealer it ran, but had to feed manually because he ground off the feed dog, bad, bad. They use cams to change stitch length. Of the two girls in the shop one won't use it and one will but only if I'm not available. They have a very good knife system. I use those small storage type racks from Sams for tables. That said a industrial serger 3 thread will work also for your needs. Juki and Siruba are very good. If I set up a Merrow machine It will run properly, however you will probably send it back several times to adjust or repair. Two issues breaking needles (failure to remove material properly) and failing to thread properly. I would sell one for $500. It will be set up. I would require materials to test, includes video prior to mailing. I welcome any comments. tx Lynn
  5. I have these two. One with italian mark and one german. Commonly used in the saddle and other veg. leather venues. One is used daily in cutting heatsealed embroidered patches. The single sharpened upper edge makes a downward cut very clean . The other used in my shoe and leather hobby. For example after sewing a wallet I can cut a very clean line along the stitch line. Makes burnishing easier. As long as inside edge is clean or can be cleaned up with minimum removal their useful.
  6. This is a twin needle attachment used to add a double stitch to a single needle sewing machine. The one shown I am modifying to make jeans belt loop. The one you have I could use to sew a narrow double line on shoe uppers. Let me know if I could buy one and after trying I will get back to you with feedback. tx Lynn
  7. Piping question

    Coming from the world of upholstery when I need to pipe or welt I use a welt foot of appropriate size. For boot side seams and purse piping I used lawn trimmer string. The hardware or big box store has many sizes and it is stiff. Plus you can melt the end and pull an appropriate taper. Lacking the right size foot a zipper or side seam foot will work.
  8. Pearson #6

    Hello I do have a 144w103 in Colorado, have some history. Also have a 111w155 in Florida that was the crinkle 50sh paint. Excellent original condition. tx Lynn
  9. I've have or had a Schabe, a Fipi, and a USM model C. I sold my business but kept the C. The C is very fast and reliable but only good for about 1000 clicks per day after that the flywheel gets warm and can multiple click (not good) The Fipi has auto height, I had to replace the trigger (microswitches) The Schwabe has never had anything but fluid replaced, simple design. Both machines run on phase converters. If weight is a problem a Tippman might be a good choice, or a Solar 10ton (check weight) Both can be viewed on Y tube. Best thing is the ability to manipulate a hide around the cutting mat. Those little mechanical clickers.don't look like much to me. My choice Cowboy cb10 good luck LJK
  10. Wanted to buy: Adler 30-7 or 30-5

    I do have a 30-1 It is setup with a gear belt reduction mounted on the back. This was a commercial system available back in the 90s. I used this machine on the bike circuit sewing patches and doing leather repair. It fits into a box for transport and also is used as a table. Has had work on the head will do 5/6 per inch depending in material thickness. Arm I would rate very good. Machine at my shop in Colorado won't be there till middle may. Price $750 If interested let me know and will send pictures when I get to Colorado
  11. Question on Singer 31-15

    I made the comment about the (31-19) because there may have been a possible miscommunication between the seller and buyer about the number. I have the short version I use for vamps. I also lengthen the stitches on most of the 33 and 44 series machine I have owned. The 31-15 was the go to machine for upholstery when I started the 111w machines where very expensive. I knew a girl on the bike circuit who used a 31-15 and not just a patch sewer, she could put a zipper in a heavy leather. She was a very accomplished stitcher. Good old machine.
  12. Question on Singer 31-15

    Hello The 31-19 was a walking foot. A fellow I knew had a leather factory and used them to sew thin western jackets and vests. He kept parts and said he could repair and service them in minutes.
  13. It seems like everybody clicks toward the middle therefore you get a slight valley. Naturally after time you get uneven cutting and possible die bending. Now I'm speaking of red die boards, and also wood boards. I go to Harbor Freight and buy a cheap planner, about forty bucks. Use a low setting and plane from outside edge toward the middle. As you get toward the center the cutting action will lessen. Continue planning all around the edge until it will cut across clean and smooth. These planners usually run flat but adjusting the blades can be done
  14. Pfaff straight stitcher.

    This is a good straight stitcher with reverse, includes roller foot for leather. Regular high shank industrial machine $250 Located near Daytona Beach.
  15. These machines were used for a special leather product (vintage BMW) tank bags. Set up with teflon feet, split needle bar on 112w140. Also has special speed reduction pulley that can be quickly converted to high speed. The table also has plate you add to front of cuttout so you can use regular 111w style machine (included) Machines are near Daytona Beach but could be moved to southern Colorado in may (yearly) trip. total $650