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  1. #69 (T70) thread requires a #16 or #18 needle and nothing more. If you use a needle meant for #207 thread the hole it pokes will be 4 or 5 times to big to give and resistance to the thread. This may be why the loop is dissolving before the hook can pick it off. You can try to offset the problem by creating more slack in the top thread on the downstroke. The check spring travel, center position and spring tension affect the slack. Normally, you stop the downward travel as the needle penetrates the material. Set the bottom stopped bracket so the spring stops as the needle enters the top layer. Play with the positioner slot until you get the most extra thread on the downstroke. This may allow the loop to form. Do install a #18 needle,
  2. The 111 cutout is too short. You'll need to route out the left side to 20 3/8+ inches (trim to fit) and move the rubber shock mounts. Also, the pivots probable won't match the ones in the table. You may need to buy matching mounts to go from the table to the machine, based on the holes in the machine's bed.
  3. Okay. My Singer 168 bed size is 7" x 20 3/8". My shorty table is 33 1/2" x 20". It has a floor pedal to lift the feet, connecting to the lift lever via a chain.
  4. It was assembled by Bob Kovar, at Toledo Industrial Sewing Machines. He put a metal oil pan under the machine. My table is a shorty, only about 36 inches long.
  5. Wizcrafts

    Juki 563L

    I had a Juki LU-563 many years ago. The bobbin tension spring has two tiny screws on it. The rightmost screw fastens the spring to the bobbin basket. The screw near the middle of the spring adjusts the tension it exerts on the bobbin thread. Back off that spring a turn with a tiny flat blade screwdriver. Load the bobbin so it feeds counterclockwise. Pull the thread from the bobbin into the angled slot and then pull it around to towards the needle while pressing down on top of the bobbin. This should cause the thread to pop under the end of the tension spring. Adjust the tension as needed with that little center screw. I suggest removing the bobbin and cleaning out any thread fragments and dust. Also, make sure there is a star shaped anti-backlash spring inside the bobbin basket. It keeps the bobbin from free-spinning when you sew fast (time is money). If the backlash spring is missing, buy a new one. They're cheap.
  6. Keep in mind that 29 series machines are meant for shoe and boot repairs, not production. That's why some shipped with a T-bar darning attachment on top.
  7. That is cost ineffective. See if you can exchange that patcher (and pay the difference) for a newer one that has a bigger bobbin. We've discussed the 29k58 before.
  8. Do you already have a shoe patcher? Do you realize how tiny their small bobbins are? If not, if you want to sew sidewalls on, get a large bobbin patcher. They are capable of running #138 thread and won't run out sewing one pair of sneakers like the small bobbin model would. Singer patchers are actually series 29 machines. They originally were made with only a very small bobbin and a fixed gearbox. These itsy bitsy bobbins are best threaded with no more than T70 bonded, or 3 ply cotton thread. Later on in the 20th Century, Singer extended the arm out to 17.5 inches and made a detachable gearbox that came in small and large shuttle models. The larger bobbin holds enough #138 bonded thread to sew around 5 or 6 belts, guitar straps or rifle slings (I know from doing this for years). The last and best big bobbin Singer patchers were the 29K72 (1960s) and 29K172 or 29U172 (1970s, made in JP).
  9. If you are going to sew sidewalls, #92/15 pound test thread is marginal, but acceptable if sewn in a double row, with 1/8 inch spacing at no closer than 5 stitches per inch.. You really should use 22 pound test #138 bonded nylon/polyester thread for higher stress areas in the toe box.
  10. The Cobra servo motor is brushless and has up/down pushbuttons to set the startup speed, top speed and direction or rotation. Being brushless means there are no graphite brushes to wear out. Pushbutton motors can be super confusing to configure, especially n the fly (almost can't be done). The ones I used started at about 100 rpm. The new motors may start slower. The Family Sew motor sold by Toledo Industrial sewing Machines has graphite brushes and a single knob on the front to set the top speed. Direction can be changed on the back. They retrofit them with 50mm (2") pulleys for slower low speeds at more torque than the standard 70mm pulley. Most of these motors start at zero rpm and smoothly increase.
  11. Wizcrafts

    Looking for Cowboy Outlaw reviews

    That is beautiful work and excellent stitching! I love that bike seat!
  12. Wizcrafts

    overwhelmed with options

    I guess you'll need to ask the dealer how high the table can be raised and still have the floor pedals function. Do you need higher than standard office or computer desks? The pedestal table isn't really the best for sitting at on a regular chair. I use a bar stool with my CB4500. To the best of my knowledge, the only authorized US Cowboy sewing machine dealers are in Ohio and Texas. If there are others in the west coast I don't know about them right now. Cobra is based in California and Springfield Leather is an affiliate dealer in Missouri.
  13. I'll ask a couple of dealer friends to see if they know if your Singer 236 post bed has the same bed size as my Singer 168 post bed. Then I can measure mine.
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    Couple consew 206RB questions

    The way this knee lifter works is the bent rod pushes on the pivoting crank. If the rod is set too high it can actually push against the body, lifting the head. If it is set too low, it can slide past the "beak" and flop around uselessly. The trick is to position the rod high enough so that it gives the full required amount of lift to the feet, yet does not also push the body itself up. You should have a discoverable range of height that accomplishes these two things.
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    Claes Patcher Needles