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  1. Thread help

    Can anyone help me identify this thread? It is nylon but not bounded. I just need a name for it to find some. Thanks
  2. My father said that my grand grandfather used hard red seal wax to modify lasts. That was before plastic lasts. If you are in a hurry plastic lasts are a lot easier to work with. You just melt some milk gallons , spread it with a butter knife and grind it to shape. You can also look for George Keloff’s Last Designing and Making Manual book and video it has step by step instructions on making lasts But why not use leather like everyone else? I’m sure you can find some on the ;-)
  3. Pfaff sewing machine

    I was surprised to find plastic gears in my 230. The Pfaff 130, 230 or 360 type of sewing machines have two plastic gears one driving the hook and one at the zizgzag fork. I don’t think it matters that much because it doesn’t require much to turn the hook and make the needle from left to right. But those plastic gears get old and crack. I do like the build in knee lift option and I think that makes a big difference sewing small pieced. The problem I found with domestic machines is that, they don’t feed as well and you have limited choices of needles. If you don’t sew thick leather a sewing machine like Singer 20U with a servo motor would work
  4. micro and real suede supplier

    I'm looking for a supplier for micro suede and real suede. I would like to use both in combination in making shoes. Find thin micro fiber but not is not a problem, but I need micro suede around 1.4 or 2 mm thick and real suede the is 5 oz. Thanks
  5. Consew 146 repair manual

    Hey Gregg That is what I'm looking for. I didn't know that Stager made the first version of the machine. What is the equivalent Seiko model? Do you have a pdf of the manual? I was playing with the cam in the image but I was moving it more then 1.6mm. Since last week the machine has been taken apart cleaned and put back together. Now I have to adjust everything. Thanks
  6. It is good enough for government work it is good enough for me. Chapter 4 has good info on Consew Model 225, the Juki LU-562, the Singer Model 111 W 155 & 31-15 sewing machines
  7. I'm looking for a repair manual for the Consew 146 not the parts or instruction manuals. I have those. The machine I have feeds backwards and the thread gets fought in the bobbin finger holder. It needs some more adjustments but those two are the major problems right now. thanks
  8. Just curious. Does it have the walking foot drive or it is a only a roller foot?
  9. contact cement + fire

    I was watching a video on youtube and a french shoemaker lighted the contact cement on fire after he apply it to the shoe. He said that will speed up the drying time. I did a google search and supposedly cyclist call it hot patching. Any of you set the cement on fire? Does it waken the bonding strength? For your enjoyment
  10. Broken Singer 31K32

    I like cheese. Melted cheese to be precise. Bronze is easy to weld with a tig. I used to work in a foundry for a while and making a big sculpture is done in pieces and welded together. Also, imperfections in casts are filled by welding and than chased the welds. You can't even tell the difference. Unless, you switch the arms around on a sculpture. One guy at the foundry welded the the left arm were the right should be on life size sculpture. It tool the sculptor while to realize :-) if you really want to fix it do this. Time for fondue
  11. Broken Singer 31K32

    The best way to weld cast iron is to heat it red hot first and then braze it with bronze roads. The heating part is important and it it will destroy the paint around the weld. Unless you have other cracks, leave it the way it is. There is still plenty of tread and and material for to nut to tighten. Also, look for bend shafts too.
  12. Damaged sewing machine

    Ok that was in much worst shape than my machine is right now. That is what I was thinking of doing, but only to the part that is perpendicular to the bed. I don't think I have to weld the whole crack, because it stoped at a bolt hole in the middle of the bed. Did the weld crack again? Cast iron is not that easy to weld, and welding it with nickel roads is not the strongest way to do it. UPS doesn't want to do much about the damages. They send me to the UPS air cargo office in China, and the office in China doesn't want to do anything until the I get a letter from the forwarding company that the seller used. It is the forwarding company that has to file the claim until I will get the letter. So if you do ship something do it on your account, otherwise you can't file a claim. The other thing You want to do is open the package and inspect the contents before you leaving UPS. If you don't the will say that it could've been damaged after leaving the station. Also, UPS made me sign a paper that I received the package undamaged before they actually give me the package. And they charged me 30 bucks to actually bring me the package to the door of their station. The people I met there were nice.
  13. Damaged sewing machine

    I doubt 1/2 pig iron casing would help they managed to crack that already. The shipping was airfreight from China for a zig zag post sewing machine and a skiving machine. Both packaged were damaged but only one is in bad shape. I could not find this type of machine in the US. I just heard from the people that sold me the machine. After I send a video they told me the machine is junk. Anyone needs any parts for a Consew 199 or 146 type sewing machine?
  14. Damaged sewing machine

    Who is there to blame? UPS charged me 500 to deliver the head, that is a lot of money I paid them to destroy something. I know how they operate. My father worked worked for shipping companies for 20 years. He used to pick fights with coworkers because he was disgusted on how they handled packages. It was packed in the original packaging form the factory and tied to a pallet. I'm sure that manufacturers would not send thousands of machines just to to be destroyed before reaching their customers. At my last jod we purchased and had to ship back an 48 inch printer because they did the same thing. Crushed one end of the box. The paper roll carriage was bend about 5 inched. It probably it probably costed them 5 or 10k
  15. Damaged sewing machine

    I've been in contact with the seller. They handled the shipping and they didn't get insurance. I called UPS the next day after I got the machine and they want me to open a claim. That was Friday when I only knew about the crack, I will call Monday again after I talk to the seller. My father used to work for DHL and he said that is nothing out of ordinary. They throw around and drop packages all the time.