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  1. MtBiker, I thought he meant to say the foot wont lift while sewing. The 206 and 226 are unison feed machines, they should lift and lower while stitching. Maybe he's testing it with the foot in the "up" position, with the lift lever up. At least that's what I thought might be the issue. No way he could have two failed machines at the same time?
  2. Are you turning the handwheel with the foot already "up" by the lift lever? If it's already up, I don't think it will lift much or any higher by turning the wheel. The chances of having 2 machines with the same mechanical issue at the same time are pretty slim...Probably nothing wrong.
  3. So many replies I feel like maybe I learned something here also. I dye quite allot, but always submersion dye in a 5gal bucket...Something different I guess. Often fully finished goods, stitched and all if the thread is brown or black. I found that a quality leather dyes much better. Herman Oak, Wickett, etc. They don't just dye better, they dry quicker and the color is more consistent.
  4. I see it's been 10 days since you posted, but I would not buy a landis 1 unless you just like the look as a collectible. They're a threaded needle machine that is somewhat crude and hard to use when trying to make modern goods. Lots use them still because of low cost (And low Amish buy them for the peddle power advantage) You can buy many BETTER used machines if you shop around for the same or less. Randall/Campbells, Landis 3 or 16, etc. Somemes a deep Champion stitcher can be found and I think they're one of the easiest to use. You can find used machines pretty cheap if you look, I personally have 2 landis 16s that are in working condition that came out of an Amish Shop. (Usable working condition as they are) that I'd sell for $1300 for the pair. I thought to keep one to give a good going over/full rebuild/repaint just because I like how it looks, and the other to keep as parts or a spare machine for the first, or to make a sign post out of A Juki 441 is a good machine and is a jack of all trades machine that can do nylon and leather. But, they do not stich quite as well as an old hook and awl machine.
  5. Uwe thanks for the photos and the test fit up. I have a few odd applications I'm working on and this helps out a good bit. Also received a floorplate for my Adler 205-64 from you and looks like what I need, Thanks.
  6. That's a pretty interesting machine. I am curious why you'd want one? Is it a collection item?
  7. Tony V I thought that myself when I saw the packing in the photo. When I saw "organic" I thought maybe from hives not treated for mites, etc?? But unless you plan to eat it and want to be a real nit pick it's kinda a so what? Maybe he used it because it's what he found in Kroger?
  8. Yes that's true, and I'm glad at least they (durkopp adler) own part of it. You can say that Minerva is partly owned by the Chinese as a result. I also believe many Durkopp Adler parts are also now made in a plant in Romania, possibly also owned by the Chinese. It's becoming a vicious circle here I'd not be surprised if in 10 years, they'll bring it all "home" for better profits. I had a "Classic" Luberto for while, I bought it on a whim at at an auction and eventually sold it for a fair profit to a gent in KY. I liked it overall. For some reason I broke more needles on it than any threaded eye stitcher I've owned though? And no reverse It was a very stout, easy to use machine. I believe the Classic was just a little more refined/beefed up no9.
  9. Matt part of the problem with Pfaff is that it's just a brand name nowadays. Pfaff, Durkopp Adler, Mauser Spezial (Did I spell that right?) All belong to the Chinese. Chinese owners are free to use the names as they see fit, including marketing Chinese made clones under the PFAFF and Adler name. Lucky for us, so far anyway, the Chinese owners have left Durkopp Adler to operate in Germany as it had been. (Mostly). I think it's a matter of time though..... On a side note, there are very few US made machines to choose from. I've thought a few times to perhaps start building machines, although I just don't quite have time. Anyone remember Tony Luberto? He at least made and marketed a machine. If he can do it, anyone can. Weaver could very likely make and sell Adler 205 clones in house at the same price as the Chinese imports they offer but they choose not to.
  10. 200 Euro for a double butt/bend sounds about average really for that common cut in leather. Chahin tanned in Mexico double Bends Wholesale around $330 US here in the States and I'd call that a mediocre leather at best....And often carries that characteristic you note. I'd guess leather in Germany is very high compared to the rest of the world? Is it Sepici/Turk leather or something from Mexico/Argentina? I guess leather is very high in Germany, as I have many a time seen Weaver Leather Employees packing leather bound for individual customers in Germany. Surely it must be high over there to warrant freighting from the States? Europe is such a big place you can use a couple new "German Owned" tanneries. Located in lets say, Romania or Bulgaria where workers earn 4-600 Euros a month....Tannery Heaven.
  11. Probably work out good for small stuff. Probably good for thin light leather like watch bands and wallets. I can't tell how big your cylinder is, but from a guess based on 100psi air pressure you're looking at 1/2 ton maybe. I have a pair of Air Mites that I use and they look to have a considerably larger cylinder and they're rated at just under 1ton. My Atoms are 27 US tons.
  12. Maybe I'll try 4 and 3 cord for the bobbin, see if it solves issues.
  13. Yeah Weaver actually does 2 different kinds of Bridle by Herman Oak. The English Bridle is absolutely great. Waxy top coat, deep dye penetration (In black struck through nowadays) and stuffed just right. The standard Herman Oak "Bridle" they sell is terrible. it's basically just a cardboard hard strap and tooling leather they spray on a real thin black finish (Weaver employee's words). I once got a batch of it in by mistake. (I guess they pulled standard HO bridle rather than the English Bridle). I thought it was some kind of Chahin or Saedesa imported leather it was so bad. That stuff cracks easily, and when you stitch it it shows just how thin the finish is.... I threw it in the trash it was so bad...... The SLC leather looks like the same HO English Bridle Weaver sells, but split down and not dyed or pasted on the flesh side. HO is a tannery, they'll make anything you want to you specs 10 sides or more. Maybe SLC is buying it this way and getting a better price? Maybe, just the piece in the photo is split down? Another possibility is that SLC has a splitter and just buys heavyweight and splits down in shop for lighter weight orders. Call them and ask. TOM-E I buy both and the HO is overall a better leather than Chahin. It's got a great tight grain and much less stretch than about anything else. Sews, burnishes and stitches great. There are lots of good leather but I'd say it's about tops. The HO is usually really consistent in weight unlike imports...I once bought some leather from Thoroughbred Leather (? who made it) and after making a batch of goods, the leather shrank and all the riveted on hardware was loose...That was an education I guess...
  14. I have a peerless 30 "champion" stitcher that I modified for a special sewing application a couple years ago. Everything has worked well on it as long as I've run lubed nylon thread (277) When trying the past few days to switch to linen, I've had quite a bit of trouble with the lock. It either stays a shade loose on the underside, or pulls up nearly to the top with only a slight adjustment of the tensioners.....I just can't seem to pin it down, anyone with thoughts? 4 cord left twist linen top and bottom. Do I need right hand twist thread on the bobbin? I've been using Frankel Stitching Wax. (I buy allot of Fiebings, so tend to go that route). The wax pot in in on the work side of tensioners, rather than having the pot before the tensioners.....Maybe dry thread through the tensioners is the issue? Tried a larger awl to no benefit, Also took the tensioner apart and honed flat (thought maybe some minor grooving was causing issues) and re-polished the tensioning washers and cleaned springs. Everything looks pretty good... Sewing 12oz HO bridle.
  15. Hmm, It's usually when I order leather tanned in Mexico (Chahin via Weaver) that I see that. Is your leather from Mexico/Chahin? I'd say it's a sign of lower quality tanning. 2 coats of dye might cover it. sometimes with Feibings Oil dye 2 coats are what you need. (Brown especially).
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