Techsew Ron

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  1. Most customers of ours who sew wallets would use a light-medium flatbed walking foot machine (or cylinder bed if they're also doing bags). As Wiz mentioned earlier, find a machine that can use up to #138 or #207 thread and uses smooth presser feet so it doesn't mark leather. Of course you'll want a servo motor for slow and precise stitching. All of the machinery advertisers on sell this type of machine. Ron
  2. Techsew GC2301

    Hi @JD62, the 2301 is a machine that we discontinued about 10 years ago. Our manufacturer stopped producing parts for it and we phased it out. I would recommend taking a look at our other cylinder walking foot machines (model 2600, 2700 and 2750) which are great for wallets, belts, bags and other leather goods. cheers! Ron
  3. Newbie from Poland says hello!

    Witamy, Bert!
  4. Post Leather sewing machine

    Most shoe and boot uppers are sewn with a post bed, roller foot machine. You'll likely come across bottom feed machines with a roller foot and top and bottom feed machines with gear driven roller foot. The bottom feed only machines are more affordable but top and bottom feed are better for feeding thicker and more multi layered materials. A post bed walking foot machine is another option but the price on these goes up significantly and they're not really necessary if you're just sewing bags and shoes. Ron
  5. Techsew 3850 Trouble

    Hi there, if something got jammed you may require a timing adjustment - please give us a call in the morning and we'll walk you through it to make sure everything's ok. Ron

    It basically goes right into the slide plate, here's one on the Techsew 2700:

    We have a custom binding attachment for the Techsew 2750 so this machine would be a good option if you want the binding option for infrequent use - if you're looking for a dedicated binding machine then I would recommend the Techsew 2800. On the Techsew 2800 it's is a bit more difficult to switch the binding and non-binding parts back and forth. Give us a call with any other questions! Ron
  8. Pfaff 335

    If it comes with a servo motor and the vendor will offer a warranty then go for it! Try it in person first to make sure you're comfortable.
  9. Techsew 180 bobbin tension?

    Hi, please send us an email to and we'll look into this for you. Ron
  10. Roller feed vs walking foot

    thanks Greg!
  11. Roller feed vs walking foot

    Hi Tom, advantage of a machine like the Techsew 830 is the ability to sew right along the edge with increased visibility due to the proximity of the needle to the roller foot. For sewing 2-3 layers of 6-8oz leather you're better off with a walking foot machine. A roller feed machine like the 830 is great for soft leather and is commonly used for shoe and boot production, however it does not quite have the feeding power of a walking foot machine and you'll be limited if you want to venture into belts and thicker leather. Walking foot machines can also use larger thread sizes and are much more versatile (especially cylinder arm machines). If you're concerned about sewing straight lines with a walking foot machine you can always use an edge guide with a left toe zipper foot for better visibility and edge sewing. cheers! Ron
  12. Machine for holsters

    For holster making we typically recommend a machine that can sew at least 1/2" leather thickness and something that can use size #25 needles with #207 or larger thread. Most of the machine advertisers on here offer such machines, the most popular being the 441-type which can handle up to 7/8". cheers! Ron
  13. Help choosing first machine

    thanks Dave, hope all is well buddy ! come visit soon. Ron
  14. Sewing Machine Options

    For thin leather to beyond 1/2" thickness your best bet would be a 441 clone type of machine. They typically start at around $2500 but will be the closest to an "all-in-one" solution that you can find. Ron
  15. Before I jump in the deep end...

    If you're mainly using garment leather/chap leather around 2-2.5oz, the machines you mentioned will all be appropriate for your needs. As someone previously mentioned adding a speed reducer will certainly help if you want extremely slow sewing speed beyond what a servo motor can reduce to. A cylinder walking foot machine would also be good for you as it would add some versatility in being able to sew into hard to reach areas. Ron